Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile as he arrives at Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia. Photograph: Luis Eduardo Noriega/EPA

Pope Francis on Thursday urged Colombians to shun vengeance following a bloody 50-year war with guerrillas but challenged the country’s leaders to ena(...)

Danse, Morob: Olwen Fouéré in Laurent Gaudé’s play. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

A woman advances through mist and forest, led by a pack of yelping, growling dogs. It was the first image that came to the award-winning French novel(...)

 Virginia Reeves: “An exquisite opening chapter of terse dialogue and fraught moments sets up a classic American tale of a bygone era of hardship and hostility”

If work and love are the basis for happiness, as Sigmund Freud believed, then Roscoe T Martin’s discontent with life is understandable. The protagonis(...)

Fidel Castro might have eliminated illiteracy, but he closely controlled what books his citizens had access to. Photograph: Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images

When Fidel Castro and his fellow guerrillas seized power in Cuba in 1959, it marked the start of the most radical effort yet undertaken in Latin Ameri(...)

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos: “I receive this not under my name, but under the name of all Colombians.” Photograph: John Vizcaino/Reuters

When Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday for his work in negotiating a peace deal to end Colombia’s long guerrilla war, he(...)

The Jaws first edition also included a drawing by the author, Peter Benchley. The book’s popularity was boosted by the film (bottom right)

The auction of 20th-century first edition books, novels, poetry and drama, collected by Dr Philip Murray, was held at the Gresham Hotel in Dublin on (...)

First editions of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Ballroom of Romance, to be auctioned next week

Book collecting “is the only form of collecting other than kleptomania that has a medical name attached to it”, says Philip Murray. The name is biblio(...)

Cuba’s president Raul Castro (C) looks as Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos (L) shakes hands with FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono, better known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, after signing a historic ceasefire deal. Photograph: Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

Colombia’s government and the Farc rebels signed a historic ceasefire deal in Havana on Thursday, bringing them tantalisingly close to ending the last(...)

A handout picture released  by the Colombian culture ministry shows the remains of the Spanish galleon San Jose, sunk off the Caribbean coast of Cartagena. The ship was sunk by British warships in 1708. Photograph: AFP/Culture ministry

The discovery of the “holy grail of shipwrecks” off the coast of Colombia this week has provoked a three-cornered fight over ownership of the gold, em(...)

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel: ‘I like reviews. It shows that someone has read the book and is willing to discuss it.’

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel is a novelist from Equatorial Guinea, who writes mostly about social, political and economic ineqality in his country and in A(...)