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Friendship Library lends books out of Atenas restaurant

The Friendship Library was the invention of former librarian Linda Ledbetter and accountant Bruce Brasington, two expats from the United States who settled in the town of Atenas. Over the years they have accrued more than 2,000 books, which they decided to house in the La Carreta restaurant.

‘The Family’ tells story of cult in Costa Rica

In Marissa Kennerson’s new novel “The Family,” 17-year-old Twig lives in a reclusive commune near Turrialba.

Family of photographers to release book of aerial landscapes

For years, the Pucci family has photographed Costa Rica in all its splendor. But about two years ago, they decided to try a new angle: from the air.

Springsteen turns song into book with unflinching ‘Outlaw Pete’

With the publication of his not-quite-for-children children's book, "Outlaw Pete," Bruce Springsteen has surprised even himself. Writing such a book "was the last thing I saw coming," he says, never mind the many other rock stars who have delved into the children's section lately — including, most recently, Keith Richards with "Gus & Me."

Former expat in Costa Rica launches novel about Vietnam

For author Caroline Vu, who once lived in Costa Rica and wrote for The Tico Times, “Palawan Story” has certain autobiographical elements: Like Kim, Vu was also born in Vietnam, she was evacuated during the war, and she lived much of her life in the United States.

Gioconda Belli: Let’s get back to focusing on happiness

Renowned Nicaraguan novelist and poet Gioconda Belli sat down with The Tico Times to discuss her latest novel, politics, and what it's like to go home.

PHOTOS: Grinding out the blues over the weekend, Barrio Amón ‘felt like New Orleans’

Scores of music fans flooded the Amón Solar building in San José's Barrio Amón last Friday to celebrate the International Blues Festival.

15 things not to miss at Costa Rica’s International Book Fair

We’ve done some of the legwork for you and put together a list of things you might not want to miss at this year's International Book Fair.

Here’s why you shouldn’t miss Costa Rica’s International Book Fair

For 10 action-packed days starting Aug. 22, the 15th Costa Rican International Book Fair will attract hundreds of authors, publishers, experts, and venders to San José's Barrio Aranjuez.

Poet Luis Chaves wins coveted German artist residency

For the past two decades, Chaves’ career has grown exponentially. Now he is the first Costa Rican to be accepted to the Berliner Künstlerprogramm.

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