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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...

2006-07-31 09:51:01

By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - What began as a small protest by Bangladeshis in East London worried about how they would be portrayed in a low-budget film has escalated into a feud between literary heavyweights Salman Rushdie and Germaine Greer. On Sunday, several dozen members of the Bangladeshi community of Brick Lane, a street renowned for its Asian restaurants, demonstrated against the filming of a novel by Monica Ali which they say portrays them as simple and...

2006-06-26 14:52:50

LONDON (Reuters) - Children's author J.K. Rowling has revealed that at least two characters will die in the seventh and final installment of her bestselling Harry Potter series, but was careful not to say who. Children and adults are expected to rush and buy the final Harry Potter novel in their tens of millions when it is complete, and if the publication of the sixth book is anything to go by, secrecy surrounding the plot will be tight. Rowling has already said that the final...

2006-06-26 12:53:26

LONDON (Reuters) - Children's author J.K. Rowling has revealed that at least two characters will die in the seventh and final installment of her bestselling Harry Potter series, but was careful not to say who. Children and adults are expected to rush and buy the final Harry Potter novel in their tens of millions when it is complete, and if the publication of the sixth book is anything to go by, secrecy surrounding the plot will be tight. Rowling has already said that the final...

2006-06-25 15:58:49

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Author JK Rowling confessed on Sunday she was feeling sad that her days penning the Harry Potter books were almost over. But, as ever, she steadfastly refused to reveal any plot twists in the tale of the teenage wizard when she went to a garden party for 2,000 children at Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday. Rowling, now writing the seventh and final book in the saga that has already sold over 300 million copies, told...

2006-06-26 02:55:00

By Paul Majendie LONDON -- Author JK Rowling confessed on Sunday she was feeling sad that her days penning the Harry Potter books were almost over. But, as ever, she steadfastly refused to reveal any plot twists in the tale of the teenage wizard when she went to a garden party for 2,000 children at Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 80th birthday. Rowling, now writing the seventh and final book in the saga that has already sold over 300 million copies, told Reuters: "I am...

2006-06-25 13:51:36

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Potter and Captain Hook will be hot on the trail of the Queen's stolen handbag on Sunday at one of the most surreal garden parties ever staged at Buckingham Palace. To celebrate her 80th birthday, Queen Elizabeth has invited 2,000 children to her London residence for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party with children's characters Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear joining forces with Thomas the Tank Engine. Lucky ticket holders from a nation-wide...

2006-06-22 16:29:54

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Harry Potter and Captain Hook will be hot on the trail of the queen's stolen handbag on Sunday at one of the most surreal garden parties ever staged at Buckingham Palace. To celebrate her 80th birthday, Britain's Queen Elizabeth has invited 2,000 children to her London residence for a Mad Hatter's Tea Party with children's characters Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear joining forces with Thomas the Tank Engine. Lucky ticket holders from a...

2006-05-15 08:00:03

Please read in paragraph 12 ... Gospel according to Judas ... instead of ... Gospel according to St. Judas By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It may be the last mystery left about "The Da Vinci Code" -- how did a work by a near unknown author and sneered at by some of literature's leading lights become one of the best-selling novels of all time? With well over 40 million copies sold worldwide and the film version of the novel set to open the prestigious Cannes film...

2006-03-29 15:35:00

LONDON -- JK Rowling's latest teenage wizard tale -- "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" -- was named Book of the Year on Wednesday at the British Book Awards. Rowling, whose sales have topped 300 million worldwide, was able to reassure young readers around the globe that the final book in the Potter saga was on target. "I am enjoying writing the last book in the series and it's coming along nicely," she said. Rowling fought off an eclectic band of authors to land the prize -- they...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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