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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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        British author Sally Beauman, author of "Destiny" and other novels, dies

        Jul 16 2016: British author Sally Beauman died on July 7 aged 71. Writing in The Guardian, Lisa Appignanesi described Beauman as "a proud, loyal, fiercely private, beautiful and generous woman--at all ages. Her intelligence was incisive and broad. She could tell you everything, not ...

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          Dr Carla D. Hayden confirmed as 14th Librarian of Congress

          Jul 14 2016: Dr Carla D. Hayden has been confirmed, 74-18, by the U.S. Senate as the 14th Librarian of Congress, for a renewable 10-year term. Hayden was the longtime CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore and a former president of the American Library Association. ...

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            Book sales at brick and mortar bookstores rise 2% year on year

            Jul 12 2016: Publishers' trade book sales (i.e. books for general readers) at physical retail stores in the USA rose for the second year in a row in 2015, climbing 1.8%, to $4.15 billion, according to the Association of American Publishers' StatShot Annual. Physical store sales ...

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              Jojo Moyes takes 3 of top 20 bestseller spots for first half of the year

              Jul 11 2016: Nielsen BookScan’s list of bestselling print books for the January–June period includes three editions of Jo-Jo Moyes' Me Before You. The book also came in at #2 on Amazon's Kindle bestseller list for approximately the same time period, beaten by The Girl in the Ice by ...

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                Elie Wiesel dies aged 87

                Jul 02 2016: Elie Wiesel, Auschwitz survivor and author of more than 40 books has died aged 87 in New York, where he lived and had been a citizen since the 1960s.

                Born in Romania in 1928, he was deported to Auschwitz in 1944. After the war he became famous for writing about his ...

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