Murakami said comparing the fight against the coronavirus to a war, as politicians often do, is inappropriate.
Fiction by Ken Follett, Matt Haig and Sue Miller will be among the dozens of upcoming releases excerpted in two free e-book compilations.
Bestselling author Paulo Coelho paid a moving tribute to acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan using a quote from Bhagavad Gita, saying, "A star joins other stars in the sky".
The decision was made to help children and perhaps adults cope with confinement measures.
The 84-year-old Caro jokes that he has a long history, like many writers, of social distancing. But the pandemic has touched him personally and professionally.
Reading is not only a great form of escapism, but it also helps to stimulate creativity and enrich language skills, making it a great idea for all ages.
Emirates Literature Foundation’s (ELF) initiative, Kateb Maktub, has spearheaded the drive to increase the number of Arab author pages on Wikipedia in both Arabic and English, and reports a 516 per cent growth in the short span of one year.
In the book, children help in a variety of ways: sending care packages to American soldiers overseas, recycling plastic bags, cleaning up a park, donating toys to a children's hospital and encouraging others to vote.
In her work, Hindi is the soil on which Indian civilisation grows, while the spring of Urdu lies just below, irrigating the soil and making it fertile.