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Book Critics Circle names award nominees
NEW YORK, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Novels by Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan and David Grossman are among the National Book Critics Circle's finalists for 2010.

NBC nabs Kelley's 'Wonder Woman' pilot
HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- NBC says it will pick up the pilot for David E. Kelley's take on iconic superhero Wonder Woman.

Mystery author writes of Obama 2012
NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Publisher Simon & Schuster says a novel by an anonymous author will explore possibilities for a re-election campaign by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Assange wants book to be 'unifying'
LONDON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Julian Assange, the Australian founder of WikiLeaks, says he wants the book he is writing to become "one of the unifying documents of our generation."

'Green Lanterns' to protect Ohio snowplows
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The Ohio Department of Transportation said "Green Lantern" comic books were an inspiration behind the new green lights being installed on snowplows.

'Fantastic Four' to lose a character
NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- New York-based Marvel Comics said the current storyline in its "Fantastic Four" series will result in the death of a core character.

Singapore convicts death penalty author
SINGAPORE, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- The British author of a book criticizing Singapore's use of the death penalty faces a prison term there for contempt of court, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Russia Newsweek folds up shop
MOSCOW, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- German media company Axel Springer said it would discontinue publication of Newsweek in Russia after six years operating in the red.

Ex- Indonesian Playboy editor imprisoned
JAKARTA, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Erwin Arnada, who was editor of the now-defunct Indonesian version of Playboy magazine, has been sent to prison for two years, officials said.

Few ask a doctor about sex, most use Net
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C., Oct. 8 (UPI) -- People with questions about sex used to ask a friend or a doctor, or looked for a book, but most consult the Internet now, a U.S. survey indicates.

Vargas Llosa wins Nobel literature prize
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa has won the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Nobel Committee announced Thursday.

'Mr. Big': 'Sex and the City' is dead
NEW YORK, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Actor Chris Noth, "Mr. Big" in the "Sex and the City" TV show and movies, says critics for New York magazine and other outlets "killed" the franchise.

Forbes 400: The rich got richer
NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway held on to the top spots on Forbes magazine's list of the 400 richest in the United States.

Writers recommend books for Obama
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- "Pride and Prejudice" and "Animal Farm" were among the books recommended for President Barack Obama's reading list by writers at a Washington gala.

Court strikes two sex literature laws
PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 21 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court has struck down two Oregon laws intended to keep pedophiles from giving sexually explicit literature to children.

Palin's author neighbor packing up
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Author Joe McGinniss, Sarah Palin's next-door neighbor in Alaska since May, says he's heading back East to write the book about her he's been researching.

DA doubts Dragon Con founder's illnesses
ATLANTA, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Georgia prosecutor says he doubts the veracity of the myriad of health problems claimed by the founder of a science-fiction convention facing sex charges.

Children's book on evolution wins award
LONDON, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- An illustrated children's book with an evolution theme has won an award in Britain, and its author says it's an important topic for youngsters to learn.

Russian spy now faces copyright suit
MOSCOW, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Russian magazine has threatened to sue exchanged spy Anna Chapman, saying she had no right to post a photo taken for its pages on her Facebook page.

U.S. romance novel publisher going digital
NEW YORK, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- A major U.S. publisher of paperback books says it is giving up mass-market print books and will make them available only on a digital or print-on-demand basis.

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