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  • Oscar-winning 'Exorcist' author dies at 89

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    William Peter Blatty, the author of the novel "The Exorcist" and writer of its Oscar-winning big-screen adaptation, has died aged 89, the director of the iconic horror movie announced Friday. The novel was panned by critics but went on to sell 13 million copies, topping The New York Times bestseller list for 17 weeks, and is retrospectively considered to be one of the greatest horror novels of all time. The original film, directed by William Friedkin and starring Linda Blair, was a box-office hit and cult sensation that sparked a worldwide debate about the occult within the Catholic Church and inspired a generation of horror filmmakers.

    Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:44:11 -0500
  • George R.R. Martin teases 2017 release of 'Winds of Winter'

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    George R.R. Martin has suggested to fans that the next instalment in the "Game of Thrones" book series could finally be released this year reports Vulture. "Winds of Winter" is due to be the sixth book in George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series, although the "Game of Thrones" TV show has already overtaken the books.

    Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:41:50 -0500
  • Hair salon? Library? Novel time for I. Coast women

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    As many African women spend much of their spare time in hair salons, Ivory Coast's chief librarian, also a woman, came up with a brainwave scheme to help them read and learn to read. Crammed on shelves between hair extensions, untangling creams and straightening lotions, a total 23 hair salons now offer customers a range of books on loan from the National Library. "Libraries are practically non-existent in our suburbs and the ones that do exist get very few visitors, and rarely women," said chief librarian Chantal Adjiman, who launched the project in 2012.

    Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:09:55 -0500
  • Introducing the Costa Book Awards 2016 category winners

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    The category winners have been announced for the Costa Book Awards 2016. The Costa Novel Award was won for the second time by Sebastian Barry, for his work "Days Without End," while Francis Spufford's 18th-century tale "Golden Hill" claimed the title of Costa First Novel Award. "Falling Awake," by Alice Oswald, won the Costa Poetry Award, and Brian Conaghan's "The Bombs That Brought Us Together" came out top in the Costa Children's Book Award category.

    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 05:59:59 -0500
  • Four British authors, one Irish to compete for 2016 Costa prize

    Novels by four British authors and one Irish writer will compete for the 2016 Costa Book Awards after winnings their individual categories, the prize committee said on Tuesday. Francis Spufford took the debut novel category for "Golden Hill", Keggie Carew won in biographies for "Dadland", Brian Conaghan in children's books for "The Bombs That Brought Us Together", and Alice Oswald in poetry for "Falling Awake". Irish novelist and twice Man-Booker Prize shortlisted Sebastian Barry took the Costa novel award for the second time for "Days Without End".

    Tue, 03 Jan 2017 14:33:28 -0500
  • Multimedia version of 'A Portrait of Artist as a Young Man' honors centenary

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    To mark 100 years on December 29, 2016 since the publication of James Joyce's semi-autobiographical novel "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man", scholars at University College Dublin have released a multimedia version of the book complete with maps, data visualization and a new audiobook. The digital multimedia edition reproduces the text of the novel's original 1916 publication in a single volume by B.W. Huebsch Inc. in New York.

    Thu, 29 Dec 2016 10:07:01 -0500
  • 'Carve the Mark,' 'Caraval': two hotly awaited YA books ring in 2017

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    As the new year begins, two highly anticipated young adult novels are set to release: one, the start of a new duology from the author of "Divergent'; and the second a buzzed-about debut novel that has already sold film rights.

    Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:53:10 -0500
  • 'Watership Down' author Adams dies aged 96

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    British author Richard Adams, the author of the much-loved classic novel Watership Down about a community of rabbits, has died at the age of 96, a statement on the book's website said on Tuesday. "Richard's much-loved family announce with sadness that their dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at 10 pm (2200 GMT) on Christmas Eve," the statement said.

    Tue, 27 Dec 2016 12:39:35 -0500
  • World-famous diamond inspires new and bloody history

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    Many precious stones have a blood-soaked history, but a new book reveals the world's most famous diamond the Koh-i-Noor surpasses them all, with a litany of horrors that rivals "Game of Thrones". The Koh-i-Noor ("Mountain of Light"), now part of the British Crown Jewels, has witnessed the birth and the fall of empires across the Indian subcontinent, and remains the subject of a bitter ownership battle between Britain and India. "It is an unbelievably violent story... Almost everyone who owns the diamond or touches it comes to a horribly sticky end," says British historian William Dalrymple, who co-authored "Kohinoor: The Story of the World's Most Infamous Diamond" with journalist Anita Anand.

    Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:50:58 -0500
  • Handwritten J.K. Rowling fairytales sold at UK auction

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    The collection of fairytales was created within the "Harry Potter" series and helped the young wizard and his friends defeat his nemesis Lord Voldemort. The copy auctioned this week was given in 2007 to publisher Barry Cunningham, who gave his backing to the first "Harry Potter" book and thus launched a global literary craze. "To Barry, the man who thought an overlong novel about a boy wizard in glasses might just sell... THANK YOU," Rowling wrote at the front of the book.

    Wed, 14 Dec 2016 03:23:39 -0500
  • JK Rowling illustrated manuscript sells for $467,000 at auction

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    A rare book hand-written and -illustrated by "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling sold for $467,000 at auction in London on Tuesday, at the lower end of its estimated price range. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is one of six copies that Rowling made as presents to those who helped bring her magical world of wizards and witches to life. The copy sold on Tuesday, bound in brown Morocco leather and adorned with silver, was presented to editor Barry Cunningham, who published Rowling's spellbinding debut, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone", and carries a personal dedication from her.

    Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:42:07 -0500
  • Protests end Wonder Woman's fight for equality at United Nations

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    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wonder Woman's battle for equality for women and girls at the United Nations has come to a untimely end. The scantily clad, curvaceous comic book superhero has had her appointment as a United Nations honorary ambassador cut in less than two months following protests. A United Nations spokesman said the character's role at the 193-member state organization would end on Friday despite plans for Wonder Woman to be used in an empowerment campaign for women and girls into 2017.

    Mon, 12 Dec 2016 19:12:37 -0500
  • Wonder Woman stint as U.N. ambassador ending after outcry

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    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wonder Woman's reign as a United Nations honorary ambassador comes to an end this week, the U.N. said on Monday, in an unexpected departure less than two months after appointment of the scantily clad, curvaceous comic book character sparked outcries of protest. Plans had called for use of Wonder Woman in an empowerment campaign for women and girls into 2017, according to the comic book's publisher, but the character's role is ending on Friday, a U.N. spokesman said. Appointment on Oct. 21 of the comic superhero as U.N. honorary ambassador to fight for gender equality, especially to appeal to young people, sparked heavy criticism that the choice sent the wrong messages.

    Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:37:09 -0500
  • New celebrity biographies to go under the Christmas tree

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    The Tony-nominated and Drama Desk award-winning American actress and singer has produced a collection of autobiographical essays recounting memorable moments from her career. If the book is half as entertaining and likeable as Kendrick herself, it's sure to be a winner. Fans of the TV series "Gilmore Girls" will enjoy Graham's autobiography, which quickly became a New York Times Bestseller when released in November 2016.

    Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:32:30 -0500
  • Wesley Snipes writing debut novel that will be released in 2017

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    Wesley Snipes is writing his first novel, a supernatural thriller that is set to be published next year.

    Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:09:01 -0500
  • Book hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling up for sale

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    LONDON (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" fans will be able to bid for a piece of history next week when a book designed, hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling goes on sale at Sotheby's auction house in London. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is one of six copies the author produced to give as gifts to those who helped bring the story of the boy wizard to life, and is seen fetching 300,000-500,000 pounds ($378,000-$630,000) at Tuesday's sale. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is a volume of five wizarding fairy tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the final book in the "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

    Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:00:05 -0500
  • Book hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling up for sale

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    LONDON (Reuters) - "Harry Potter" fans will be able to bid for a piece of history next week when a book designed, hand-written and illustrated by J.K. Rowling goes on sale at Sotheby's auction house in London. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is one of six copies the author produced to give as gifts to those who helped bring the story of the boy wizard to life, and is seen fetching 300,000-500,000 pounds ($378,000-$630,000) at Tuesday's sale. "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is a volume of five wizarding fairy tales left to Hermione Granger by Albus Dumbledore in the final book in the "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows".

    Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:27:15 -0500
  • Harry Potter script tops Amazon's best-selling books of 2016

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    Amazon has announced its best-selling books of 2016, with the two-part play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" topping the chart.

    Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:24:47 -0500
  • Five illustrated books every kid will enjoy for Christmas 2016

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    With International Picture Book Month having come to an end, here are this season's most successful young children's books that make the perfect stocking fillers... Anthony's 2014 debut children's book, "The Queen's Hat" won an Oscar's First Book Prize and was adapted into a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra. Anthony both writes and illustrates his picture books, which have a large following among parents and kids alike, teaching lessons without a sniff of moralism.

    Fri, 02 Dec 2016 10:04:34 -0500
  • Culture-inspired coffee table books for gifting

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    Looking for a truly memorable Christmas gift this year? Here's a selection of some of the most beautiful books to adorn the coffee tables of anyone interested in art and culture.

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:22:34 -0500
  • 'The Girl on the Train' author Paula Hawkins to release new thriller next May

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    The second novel from "The Girl on the Train" author Paula Hawkins is to be released May 2017. Entitled "Into The Water," the novel is described as a "dark and moving" psychological suspense thriller about "the slipperiness of the truth, and a family drowning in secrets" according to Hawkins's publisher. Hawkins's editor Sarah Adams said that "Into The Water" "is a menacing, moving, deeply satisfying read which entranced me from first page to last," she said.

    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:54:12 -0500
  • Brooklyn Beckham brokers book deal

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    David and Victoria Beckham's eldest son is already an established model and photographer and from May 2017 will be able to call himself a published author, too. "What I See" will be a Penguin Random House title when it goes on sale next Spring. This first book from the eldest Beckham sibling will carry a foreword and captions penned by Brooklyn, however, will be focused mainly on cataloguing his photography.

    Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:44:42 -0500
  • Older, poorer U.S. men less likely to read books: survey

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Older men earning less than $30,000 a year are most likely to be among the 26 percent of American adults who say they do not read books, a Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday showed.

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:12:28 -0500
  • Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill to write children's books

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    In the first story, Evie will receive a magic bracelet from her Grandma Iris in Jamaica. "I have so many great memories of being a little girl," Ennis-Hill said, as reported by The Bookseller. "Evie's Magic Bracelet" will be published by Hodder Children's Books, which also recently published a picture book by Olympic runner Mo Farah.

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:34:21 -0500
  • Vargas Llosa to open Guadalajara Book Fair in its 30th year

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    The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a program featuring Latin America as guest of honor and welcoming 650 writers from 44 countries. FIL is the second-largest book fair worldwide in terms of both publishers and visitors, attracting an international exhibitor list and drawing a large audience with its programs for adults and kids alike. For the 2016 edition, which begins November 26, Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa will take the stage in the opening of the literary program, which will honor the Peruvian author's 80th birthday.

    Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:22:28 -0500
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