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Author Thomas Steinbeck dies aged 72

Aug 16 2016: Thomas Steinbeck, the eldest son of the novelist John Steinbeck and, later in life, a fiction writer who fought bitterly in a family dispute over his father’s estate, died on Thursday at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 72.

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US bookstore sales record 10th month of continuous year on year growth

Aug 15 2016: June USA bookstore sales rose 5%, to $770 million, compared to June 2015, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. This is the 10th month in a row that bookstore sales have increased.

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Top 12 highest paid authors

Aug 04 2016: According to Forbes Magazine, the world's top 12 highest-paid authors earned a combined $269 million over the last 12 months.

Forbes arrives at its estimates by looking at print, e-book and audiobook sales from Nielsen BookScan, while attempting to factor in TV and ...

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Harry Potter fever builds

Jul 27 2016: Barnes & Noble reports that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II is the company's most pre-ordered book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. Stores across the country are currently preparing to host Countdown to Midnight Magic parties beginning ...

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Co-author of Left Behind series, Tim LaHaye, dies aged 90

Jul 26 2016: The Rev. Tim LaHaye, a leader of the Christian fundamentalist movement and co-author of the best-selling "Left Behind" series of apocalyptic novels prophesying mass slaughters and the end of the world, died on Monday in a San Diego area hospital. He was 90.

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Muggle Mob stops traffic on Broadway

Jul 25 2016: In anticipation of this Sunday's release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two (a two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany), more than 300 Potter fans gathered last Thursday for a massive flash mob, or "Muggle Mob," on ...

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Jeff Bezos to have a bit part in new Star Trek movie

Jul 18 2016: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has a bit part in the new "Star Trek Beyond" movie. Apparently security was tight on set for Bezos who arrived with a full contingent of security, and then waited patiently all day for crews to shoot the single tracking shot that includes his ...

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USA bookstore sales up for the ninth month in a row

Jul 18 2016: May bookstore sales rose 3.1%, to $826 million, compared to May 2015, according to preliminary estimates from the Census Bureau. This marks the ninth month in a row that bookstore sales have risen - with an average growth for the year to date of 6.1%

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