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"J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and Me" will be presented on A&E\'s Biography tomorrow. Friday, March 22, 8:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Check your local listings.
The blurb says the show includes video footage of Rowling painting pentagrams on church doors and offering blood sacrifices to Satan. Just kidding. It says she was influenced by The Simpsons, though.
A letter from Harper Lee, which is interesting especially in that Lee no longer gives public appearances or publishes anything. The letter was sent to the Duluth Public Library.
\"In these barbaric times what could be a more civilized adventure than for one city\'s people to come together to read one book at the same time?\", Lee wrote.
They include Strawberry Girl, by Lois Lenski, Lion\'s Paw, by Robb White, Alexandra, by Scott O\'Dell, Tampa Boy, by George Ryland Bailey.
the new york times says Stephen King is at it again.His publisher isoffering samples of the book, \"Everything\'s Eventual,\" to consumers with personal digital assistants via telephone kiosks on the streets Manhattan neighborhoods.
Those who point their gadgets at telephone kiosks equipped with the Streetbeam technology will get five or six paragraphs from \"Everything\'s Eventual\" downloaded onto the devices. They say it may also be shared with other owners of similar hand-held computers.
This Wired Story talks about used books sales now that sites such as eBay and Amazon have been listing used books next to the new ones. They say publishers and booksellers take sales figures, among other factors, into account when they make decisions about future advances, print runs and orders on the author\'s next book. Unfortunately for the authors, proceeds from preview copies, remainders and used books don\'t go to the publishers; and thus aren\'t counted by the publishers as sales.
\"\"I have to admit, a little piece of me died each time,\" said Ursu, who has tracked sales of her book since its release three months ago. \"For a first-time novelist, every sale matters, and I think those used books that are right there on the page attract people who normally would buy a new copy.
NYTimes Story on David A. Vise, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post and author of the new book \"The Bureau and the Mole.\"
He bought 20,000 copies of his book, then returned about 17,500 copies and asked for his money back. A rival publisher grumbled that Mr. Vise appeared to be trying to manipulate best-seller lists by bolstering sales of his book.
He said he never meant to manipulate best-seller lists or to profit from reselling his books, and conducted all transactions in the open, under his own name. \"My goal was to increase awareness of `The Bureau and the Mole,\' \" he said.
Russell Banks can\'t understand why some parents of Canandaigua Academy students objected to the use of his book, \"The Sweet Hereafter\", in English classes.
\"\"Anybody who picks up a paper and reads about the priest being indicted for pedophilia knows this goes on, and to pretend it doesn\'t, is to lie. It\'s the same thing with drug abuse, domestic violence and school bus accidents and then the question becomes, \'How do you deal with that?\' To some degree, everyone has to deal with these issues more or less.\"
Someone passed along This NYTimes Obit on Virginia Hamilton, Writer for Children.
They say \" an internationally recognized writer for children whose work celebrated the African- American experience as an essential component of American life, died yesterday in Dayton, Ohio. She was 65 and lived in Yellow Springs, Ohio.\"
Michael Moore is hitting the road in support of Stupid White Men:
On Tuesday, populist filmmaker-writer Michael Moore will start out on a 13-city book tour that almost never happened - for a book that was nearly shredded.
The saga of \"Stupid White Men\" (HarperCollins), Moore\'s book lampooning President George W. Bush as well as much of Establishment America, is one of a major U.S. publisher flirting with self-censorship in the wake of Sept. 11.
\"They wanted me to pay for the privilege to censor myself!\" Moore says. \"Suddenly, you\'re in Kafka-land.\"
It\'s also a tale of how an intransigent author, a host of angry e-mail-writing librarians and a nascent outcry within the publishing world itself turned the contretemps into a 1st Amendment triumph - and the book itself into a best seller . . .
CNN Says Stephen King will only publish five more books, and a limited series for ABC, and then, he\'s ending his career in publishing.
Most people could hope to do that much in a life time.
\"You get to a point where you get to the edges of a room, and you can go back and go where you\'ve been and basically recycle stuff,\"