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Encyclopedia brown
Donald J. Sobol
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‘Encyclopedia Brown’ Author Donald J. Sobol Dies at 87

Donald J. Sobol, the author of the extremely popular boy-detective book series 'Encyclopedia Brown,' died last week of natural causes. He was 87.

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Rope Sales Spike After Success of '50 Shades of Grey'
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Rope Sales Rise Thanks to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

There's no denying that E. L. James' erotic novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey' -- which features a storyline involving bondage and sadomasochism -- is a bonafide phenomenon. And now, even hardware stores are getting in the craze as sales of rope are on the rise.

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Grave Fears For Christchurch Earthquake Missing
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Horror Writer Rolling Out His New Novel on Toilet Paper

Author Koji Suzuki, the horror novelist behind the 'Ring' movies, has a new scary novel set to be published in America in an unusual way: it's entirely printed on rolls of toilet paper.

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The Writer's Coffee Shop | YouTube
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Listen to a Hilarious ‘Clean’ Version of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

E. L. James' trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey" continues to create buzz almost a full year after its release. A couple weeks ago, it was banned by a library in Florida, causing soccer moms to kick up their crazy level. Then, innocent cutesy Disney Star Selena Gomez spoofed it with, 'Fifty Shades of Blue.'

Now, the erotic S&M-laden novel series gets a thorough scrubbing by radio show 'Kid Kraddick in the Morning'. Since the original text was too raunchy for air, KiddNation replaced all the suggestive language with acceptable alternatives.

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Florida Library Bans ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ Soccer Moms Freak Out

E.L. James' 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has taken the publishing world by storm, with many deeming the steamy erotic novel "soccer-mom porn."

And while it certainly isn't suitable for children, a lot of adults are upset that the libraries in Brevard County, Fla. have banned the book from its shelves.

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Maurice Sendak facts
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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak’s passing marked more than just the end for a great children’s author and illustrator. Parents and children alike have read and loved Sendak’s works and stories for years because as Sendak often said, he didn’t consider his books to be for children. They may have been marketed that way, but the ideas and images Sendak created spoke to more than just the young and young at heart.

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Uggie, 'The Artist' dog, penning memoirs
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‘The Artist’ Wonder Dog Uggie Is Writing His Own Memoir?

Uggie may have retired from his thriving on-screen career as the back-flipping Jack Russell terrier from 'The Artist' and those awesome Nintendo DS commercials, but it looks as though he just might become the next best-selling author. Yup, you read that right. Uggie -- a dog -- will be releasing his memoirs this October.

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The Old Man and the Sea Stop-Motion Video
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Artist Recreates The Old Man and the Sea With an Epic Stop-Motion Video

Tons of high school students have read Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, and chances are you've searched for the Spark Notes version at one point or another. Well, if you're one of those kids still trying to avoid reading the book, artist Marcel Schindler has created an even better way to experience the classic story.

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Berenstain Bears books
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10 Wonderfully Awesome ‘Berenstain Bears’ Books

Fans of quality children's books were saddened by the passing of Jan Berenstain, cocreator (with her husband Stan) of the long-running 'Berenstain Bears' books series. (Stan passed away in 2005 from cancer.)

Cartoonists and parenting book authors, Stan and Jan sought out to create a series that could deal with the ups-and-downs of parenting. The Berenstain Bears launched in 1962 with 'The Big Honey Hunt,' and includes over 300 titles published in 23 languages.

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‘Berenstain Bears’ Co-Creator Jan Berenstain Dies at 88

Fans of the Berenstain Bears children's books are in mourning today after it was announced that co-creator Jan Berenstain died of a stroke on Friday at the age of 88.

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Stephen King
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Stephen King Reads Creepy Excerpt From ‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Dr. Sleep’

Horror master Stephen King wowed a crowd at George Mason University recently when he read excerpts from 'Dr. Sleep,' his upcoming sequel to 'The Shining.'

The story finds a grown-up Danny Torrance, the young boy from 'The Shining,' using his special psychic abilities against a band of vampires. 

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NewYorkPhewYork
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Scratch-and-Sniff Book Lets You Take a Whiff of New York City

Ah, New York City. The sights and smells are like nowhere on earth. Where else can you see the Statue of Liberty and take in the aroma of hot dogs? Or fish? Or, um, sewers?

Showcasing the Big Apple in all its olfactory glory is the goal of a new scratch-and-sniff book called 'New York, Phew York,' illustrated by artist Tim Probert and inspired by author Amber Jones' experiences in the city.

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Borders
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Borders Employees Diss Customers in Hilarious Farewell Note

Borders bookstores will shut their doors forever at the end of this month, and in a final kiss-off to those who patronized the once-popular chain, employees at one of Borders' franchises hung in their display window a bitter note which listed all the things customers had done to piss them off over the years.

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jessica simpson
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Jessica Simpson Stalker Selling Self-Published Book About the Starlet

An obsessed Jessica Simpson fan has taken his love for the star to novel heights. Marce William Burchell who, after allegedly stalking Simpson for years, decided to pen and self-publish a book about the object of his affection.

The best part? The book's insane title: 'The True Story of Jessica Ann Simpson's 22 month long attempt to seduce a married man- her very Active Super Secret Sex life: True Story Jessica Simpson Seduction of A Married Man (Volume 1).'

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That's Not Your Mommy Anymore zombie kids book
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‘That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore’ Picture Book Teaches Kids About Zombie Apocalypse

Since 2007, the Zombie Research Society has been raising awareness about the undead and the upcoming zombie pandemic. Their latest effort, an illustrated book called 'That's Not Your Mommy Anymore,' aims to educate the younger members of our society on what to do when a parent becomes a brain-eating monster.

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