Reza Aslan talks about the book "Tablet & Pen" - a collection of writings from the Middle East. -poetry, short stories and extracts from novels that collectively offer a history of literature from Morocco to Pakistan.
Let the Bullets Fly
Let the Bullets Fly is a Chinese action comedy that's broken all cinema box office records in China - raking in more than 660 million yuan - about 100 million dollars. The film is set in the 1920s in a small town in rural China. It's an action comedy with a Western feel and has been described by the director, Jiang Wen, as the story of 'a modern-day Robin Hood'. The film has a stellar cast and has pushed censorship boundaries on the mainland with its somewhat cheeky script. Angharad Law reports
The multi-talented Scandinavian crime writer talks to Mark Coles about his new book The Leopard - a crime thriller that continues the story of Inspector Harry Hole from his previous book The Snowman.Jo Nesbo
Battle: Los Angeles
Film critic Nigel Floyd reviews the latest alien invasion film set in the streets of Los Angeles and starring Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez.
Maxine Hong Kingston
Maxine Hong Kingston is the much lauded, award winning Chinese American author of books addressing the female migrant experience. Over 10 books in 35 years she has developed a devoted following and we talk to her about her newest; 'I Love a Broad Margin to My Life' which she has described as a culmination of her life's work.
How does art survive in a time of oppression? For an answer, we're off to Uzbekistan, where deep in the middle of Central Asia's most formidable deserts, which for two decades after the first world war became a haven for artists exiled from Mosow and which is now is home to a remote museum containing one of the greatest collections of 20th century Russian art ever compiled anywhere. It's the subject of a new documentary called The Desert of Forbidden Art and we speak to one of the films directors, Tchavdaar Georgiev.
Echoes from Ugarit
The actual tablet from the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit which shows musical notation written in cuniform.
The composer and pianist Malek Jandali discusses the importance of the oldest musical notation in the world, found on a clay tablet in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit, and why he was so inspired by it that he has composed music for piano and orchestra called 'Echoes from Ugarit" based on those early notations.
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…