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LONDON (Reuters) - Paul Beatty was on Tuesday named as the first American to win the prestigious Man Booker fiction prize, for "The Sellout", a biting satire on race relations in the United States.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Many writers might give their right arm to be paid almost $1 million to deliver a lecture. But Bob Dylan's silence since he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature might mean he never sees the award money.

LONDON (Reuters) - A new edition of William Shakespeare's complete works will name Christopher Marlowe as co-author of three plays, shedding new light on the links between the two great playwrights after centuries of speculation and conspiracy theories.

RABAT (Reuters) - A ninth century library in Morocco, widely believed to be the oldest in the world, is going digital to make its ancient treasures available to a wider audience.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Huge waves wiped out part of a popular Australian seaside art exhibit on Monday, dragging sculptures down the beach and into the ocean.

Sports News

(The Sports Xchange) - Penguins captain Sidney Crosby made his 2016-17 season debut Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh after sitting out six games with at least the third concussion of his career.

(Reuters) - The Chicago Cubs were given a welcome slugging boost on Tuesday when Kyle Schwarber was added to their World Series roster hours before the scheduled start of Game One versus the host Cleveland Indians.

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The greatest day in Cleveland sporting history began on Tuesday with Major League Baseball's Indians hosting the World Series opener while the Cavaliers unveiled their NBA championship banner to open a new season.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Prized Golden State acquisition Kevin Durant should not try to become the team leader at his new home, says Hall of Famer Gary Payton.

(Reuters) - The NBA's 2016-17 season will tip off on Tuesday with a record 113 international players from 41 countries and territories on opening night rosters.

Science News

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Images taken by a NASA Mars orbiter indicate that a missing European space probe was destroyed on impact after plummeting to the surface of the Red Planet from a height of 2-4 km (1.2 to 2.5 miles), the European Space Agency said on Friday.

(Reuters) - A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts docked with the International Space Station on Friday, NASA TV reported, two days after blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bottom-dwelling, mud-grubbing, armored fish that swam in tropical seas 423 million years ago is fundamentally changing the understanding of the evolution of an indisputably indispensable anatomical feature: the jaw.

OXFORD, England (Reuters) - Spiders can control the tension and stiffness of their webs to optimize their sensory powers, helping them locate and identify prey as well as partners, according to researchers at Oxford University.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA's Juno spacecraft lost its main computer and science instruments shortly before it was due to make an orbital pass near Jupiter on Wednesday, scuttling highly anticipated close-up observations of the largest planet in the solar system.

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- John Fordham

Ronnie Scott’s, LondonJoe Lovano and Chucho Valdés teamed up to find dazzling invention and lyricism in a seamless set

American saxophonist Joe Lovano’s roots in his homeland’s classic jazz go deep, but he’s been taking his masterful technique on longer trips lately – notably into west African music with his Cross Culture and Village Rhythms bands, and now a partnership with Havana piano phenomenon Chucho Valdés, with a vivacious Cuban rhythm section in the engine room.

On the first of two nights at Ronnie Scott’s, the quintet played some robust originals, and put inventive Cuban spins on both swing classics and Thelonious Monk quotes with lyricism and wit. Lovano prowled brusquely on tenor sax through a spiky bebop anthem, escorted at a contrastingly languid lope by Yaroldy Abreu Robles’ congas, before Valdés fired up the first of several dazzling piano fusions of diamond-bright treble runs and drum-pattern chords, and double bassist Gastón Joya flew through a seamless improvisation like a wind player’s circular breathing.

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- Kate Molleson

Theatre Royal, Glasgow Scottish Opera’s music director, Stuart Stratford, made a flimsy opera bubble and wink, but the orchestra’s performance was lacklustre

Mascagni’s first opera was the mega-hit Cavalleria Rusticana and he spent the rest of his life trying to live up to it. His second effort, L’Amico Fritz, is as pastel and sweet as Cavalleria is blood-red and fiery; it’s flimsy, dated, occasionally gorgeous, mainly unmemorable. Given Scottish Opera’s thin provision it is debatable whether a diaphanous Mascagni romcom should be top priority here, but the company’s newish music director, Stuart Stratford, is mad for the composer – he held the score aloft as he took his bow – and has promised to bring us more Mascagni every season.

This was also the first of the year’s Sunday afternoon concert performances that put the Scottish Opera orchestra on stage with an “acoustic shell” around it to prevent the sound disappearing into the wings. Stratford was duly decent with the score – he knows how to aerate Mascagni’s music, how to make the phrases bubble and wink – but the orchestra has been maligned for many years and it showed in lacklustre strings, winds that didn’t really blend, tepid Gypsy pastiches that should have sounded red-hot.

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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Various venues, Kraków, PolandA celebration of experimental music from around the world celebrates differences as well as connections – even if everyone there dresses in black

If, per Theresa May, being a citizen of the world is being a citizen of nowhere, what does that mean for music, which is more globally interconnected than ever? Artists collaborate via email, rack up the air miles, and can be heavily influenced by a tiny scene on the other side of the world. At the same time, you can never rip up your roots entirely. The 14th edition of Unsound festival washes these conundrums down with gallons of of bison grass vodka.

The Kraków event follows recent spinoff festivals in Russia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, with the organisers setting up collaborations between European musicians and locals, some of whom are in tow here. The overarching theme is Dislocation, whether it’s artists “dislocated” from their homes and scenes, or – come Monday morning, after four days and nights of cutting-edge electronics – punters dislocated from the very fabric of reality.

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- Caroline Sullivan

Village Underground, LondonFormer dancer and theatre designer Isabel Munoz-Newsome proves herself a captivating frontwoman for these hotly tipped rockers

The missing link between Joy Division and Pendulum? If pop required such a thing, Pumarosa would fit the bill. The London-based five-piece have a foot in both camps: Isabel Munoz-Newsome is the haunted frontwoman/guitarist, unravelling stories about the disintegration that comes of being with the wrong person, and the other members produce cacophonous electro-rock that mimics the sound of a multi-vehicle pile-up.

Tipped at the end of last year as a band to watch, they’ve haltingly worked their way up to headline status, and it’s only right that this London bill-topper should be in a cheerless brick-lined warehouse. (Munoz-Newsome blinks at her surroundings and manages: “This is nice.”) The purple stage lighting does its job of transforming the band into looming silhouettes, although occasionally the clouds part to reveal the backing foursome hunched over guitars and a keyboard, while the singer, in a white leotard and black skirt, clutches her guitar in a stranglehold. In her right hand is a drum mallet, which finds itself swiped up and down the frets to create a scree of protest.

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- Rian Evans

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on AvonEnglish Touring Opera’s soloists were joined by local choirs and new English translations of Bach’s verses, both adding a vivid modern relevance

English Touring Opera’s latest presentation is Bach’s St John Passion, but their approach is not operatic in the sense of staging the work with the trappings of costume and props. Neither is it touring in the conventional way of a production doing the rounds. Rather, ETO’s soloists and regular accompanists, the Old Street Band, are working at each venue with choruses from within that community, in a natural extension of the company’s outreach and education programme.

The impact of the opening chorus Herr, unser Herrscher, delivered by the joint forces of the Cantamus Chamber Choir, the Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus and choristers from St Laurence School with a considerable body of sound, was testimony enough to a worthy endeavour.

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Book Reviews

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE CONFESSION, by John Grisham2. WORTH DYING FOR, by Lee Child3. AMERICAN ASSASSIN, by Vince Flynn4. THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST, by Stieg Larsson5. SIDE JOBS, by Jim Butcher

Top 5 at a Glance1. LIFE, by Keith Richards with James Fox2. BROKE, by Glenn Beck and Kevin Balfe3. EARTH (THE BOOK), by Jon Stewart and others4. THE LAST BOY, by Jane Leavy5. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARK TWAIN, VOL. 1, by Mark Twain

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson2. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson3. THE FINKLER QUESTION, by Howard Jacobson4. LITTLE BEE, by Chris Cleave5. CUTTING FOR STONE, by Abraham Verghese

Top 5 at a Glance1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown2. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, by Stieg Larsson3. THE RECKLESS BRIDE, by Stephanie Laurens4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson5. 61 HOURS, by Lee Child

Top 5 at a Glance1. EAT, PRAY, LOVE, by Elizabeth Gilbert2. INSIDE OF A DOG, by Alexandra Horowitz3. STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson4. THE GLASS CASTLE, by Jeannette Walls5. THREE CUPS OF TEA, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

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