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Celebs try a new line: children's books

Jen Young noticed This CNN Story on a growing trend, celebrity kids books. Jerry Seinfeld, John Lithgow, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Andrews, Marlee Matlin and Spike Lee have all jumped on the band wagon.
Unlike other children's books that might court customers with colorful cover art and enchanting drawings, the celebrities are the key to promoting their books.

Hemingway memorabilia to be preserved

Charles Davis writes "Yahoo! News has one that says Communist Cuba has agreed to a U.S.-funded project to preserve
thousands of Ernest Hemingway's documents and photographs found decaying at his
Havana estate along with stuffed animal heads and rifles wrapped in parcel paper. "

Author Admits Fabrication

So It Turns Out Gabe Hudson the author of the short story collection \"Dear Mr. President,\" admitted late Thursday that he fabricated the story about sending his book to President Bush, who, as the author had it, wrote back with a scathing critique.
Hudson would not make himself available for comment Friday, but this much is clear: He lied not only to the media - a forgivable sin, some might say - but to thousands of people who paid $19 each for his book. It\'s a puzzling move by a first-time author trying to develop a loyal base of readers.

Author Faces Computer Sex Charge

SomeOne writes \"A Newsday.com Story Says
The author of two books on stupidity has been charged with trying to meet a teenager on line for the purpose of sex.

Sixty-one-year-old James Welles has written books called \"The Story of Stupidity\" and \"Understanding Stupidity.\" Both are about the dumb moves people make.

Welles now faces a charge in Lantana, Florida, with using the computer to set up a date with a 15-year-old girl. But the \"girl\" was really a 40-year-old undercover detective.
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Booker-winner Yann Martel under fire

Hose Head writes \"Here\'s One on

Yann Martel, a Canadian writer riding his first big success, freely credits another author with the idea behind his prize-winning novel -- the tale of a shipwrecked boy trapped in a boat with a wild feline.

Yet the 39-year-old Martel found himself entangled in controversy Wednesday over the inspiration he drew from a novel published some two decades ago by one of Brazil\'s most respected authors, Moacyr Scliar.
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Booker-winner Yann Martel under fire

Hose Head writes \"This Story
says
Yann Martel, a Canadian writer riding his first big success, freely credits another author with the idea behind his prize-winning novel -- the tale of a shipwrecked boy trapped in a boat with a wild feline.

Yet the 39-year-old Martel found himself entangled in controversy Wednesday over the inspiration he drew from a novel published some two decades ago by one of Brazil\'s most respected authors, Moacyr Scliar.
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<i>Family Matters</i> Author Mistry Cuts Short US Tour

India-born Canadian citizen Mistry cites airport racial profiling as the reason for his decision.

From the Yahoo story: \"As a person of color he was stopped repeatedly and rudely at each airport along the way -- to the point where the humiliation for both he and his wife has become unbearable,\" the newspaper quoted the memo as saying.

Thanks again to Publisher\'s Lunch for the tip.

Fairytale Life for Princess Diaries\' Author

Here\'s A Nice Reuters Story on Meg Cabot, author of best-selling books \"The Princess Diaries.\"
She says for some reason, people think that she\'s a real princess and that the books are really about her.
Cabot\'s books about Mia Thermopolis, the gawky New York teenager who discovers she is really a princess and heir to a tiny European kingdom, have sold more than a million copies around the world and been turned into a film by Disney.

Scolded author quits Emory

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has A Story that says an Emory University history professor has resigned after an outside academic panel issued a report condemning his research for a book that went to the heart of the national controversy over gun control.

R-rated lines net apology

Charlotte-Mecklenburg public library director Robert Cannon apologized Tuesday for a sexually explicit reading at the publicly funded Novello Festival of Reading. He said said the library should have warned the audience of 450 about the content beforehand.

The author said he wouldn't want to speak in a place so conservative that his work requires a warning label.

"This is the world their children are going to grow up in," he said, adding that he didn't recall seeing children in the audience. "They're going to hear dirty language. They're going to hear about sex."

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