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2008-08-10 12:00:32

By Patrick T. Reardon Chicago Tribune It's the yearning. In an American culture drenched in sexually charged ads, movies, music and books, the Twilight series of romance novels by Stephenie Meyer are surprise hits, subverting expectations and hearkening to a more innocent time. Yes, the ingredients seem ripe for steaminess a la "Gossip Girl" - - Bella, the central character, a typical high school prom-going girl; Edward, the gorgeous hunk who turns out to be a vampire; and Bella's close...

2008-07-31 12:00:33

British author J.K. Rowling says her fairy-tale collection, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, will be published this December. The collection was mentioned in Rowling's book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Rowling hand-wrote and illustrated seven copies of Beedle, six of which she gave away, while the last one was auctioned off for charity. The online book dealers Amazon bought the auctioned copy for nearly $4 million. Although the book wasn't expected to be published, the BBC said...

2008-07-27 00:00:30

By SUZI FEAY Page Turner Well, who knew? I'd heard of "slash fiction" before - an internet phenomenon where (mostly) female fans write sex scenes featuring male characters in popular culture. At Dirty Books, an event forming part of the London Literature Festival at the South Bank, we found out more. It surfaced around the time of the Lord of the Rings trilogy; apparently Frodo and Sam scenarios are very popular in slash circles. But blimey, hot trouser action between Harry Potter and...

2008-07-11 00:00:19

By ROGER McBAIN, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7520 or mcbainr@courierpress.com Magic, fantasy and adventure play principal parts in both open- air features screening at Mesker Amphitheatre Friday and Saturday in this month's Movies at Mesker shows. They all come into play in "Nim's Island" on Friday. The film stars Abigail Breslin as an imaginative young girl who lives in a world of fantasy on an isolated island she inhabits with her father, a scientist. Jodie Foster plays the...

2008-07-04 06:00:44

CHERYL COLE (pictured) has been voted as having the UK's "favourite fantasy body" - elbowing fellow X Factor judge Dannii Minogue into second place. More than 2,000 men and women were quizzed in a survey conducted by YouGov. The star of Girls Aloud, who are performing at Warwick Castle tonight, was announced as Sharon Osbourne's replacement on the ITV1 talent show in June. She received 15 per cent of the vote. Minogue, whose older sister Kylie picked up her OBE at Buckingham Palace...

2008-06-28 12:02:25

By Alan Scher Zagier Associated Press POTOSI, Mo. -- Jen Leffler first escaped into the world of Harry Potter as an adolescent in suburban Chicago. A decade later, the love affair continues. Only now, it means taking road trips to concerts across the country. Inspired by the characters and story lines from J.K. Rowling's intricate fantasy world, hundreds of bands devoted to the Potter experience have formed in recent years. The genre has its own name (wizard rock) and fashion...

2008-06-15 18:00:17

J.K. Rowling has penned a brand-new Harry Potter story which is being turned into a mini-movie. The film will be shown at a new theme park called The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida. All the regulars, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are shooting the movie at Leavesden, Herts, before starting two films based on final Potter novel The Deathly Hallows. A source said: "They are also working on extra sequences and clips which will be part of...

2006-08-22 15:11:59

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - E.L. Doctorow and Stephen King are up against former presidential candidate Al Gore and a man who made a fortune writing about his dog for The Quills, a book prize that aims to bring some Oscar-style glitz to publishing. With no "Harry Potter" book published in the past year, there was no clear front runner for book of the year, which will be the chosen by the public in online voting from a list of nominees in 19 different categories. With...

2006-08-22 14:56:34

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - E.L. Doctorow and Stephen King are up against former presidential candidate Al Gore and a man who made a fortune writing about his dog for The Quills, a book prize that aims to bring some Oscar-style glitz to publishing. With no "Harry Potter" book published in the past year, there was no clear front runner for book of the year, which will be the chosen by the public in online voting from a list of nominees in 19 different categories. With...

2006-08-01 12:10:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling on Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises. "My fingers are crossed for Harry," Irving said at a joint news conference before a charity reading by the three writers at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The author of "The World According to Garp" and a string of other bestsellers said he and King...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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