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Today in history: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling turns 50

She's best known as the author of Harry Potter, which has achieved worldwide reknown, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.

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Colleen McCullough, 77: obit insults author, draws outrage

The shockingly sexist obituary drew a collective groan of disgust, and readers, fans, and activists alike took to Twitter to defend the memory of the celebrated author.

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Nursing home workers write their stories with “Loving Hands”

"With Our Loving Hands: 1199 NE Nursing Home Workers Tell their Story" is an unusual book for several reasons.

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Farley Mowat: Writer, socialist and environmentalist

Canadian author Farley Mowat, who died on May 12, wrote with humour, keen perception and passionate social commitment, completing over 40 books and numerous articles.

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Ideology in crime mysteries: dapper detectives vs. working PIs

For many years, detectives came from a variety of occupational backgrounds - but with the large exceptions of industrial workers and farmers - "largely because these people do not have the leisure time to be detectives."

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Today in black history: Happy birthday Toni Morrison

On February 18, 1931 author Toni Morrison was born She was the first African-American woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Achebe inspired generations of Nigerian writers

Author Chinua Achebe, who revolutionized literature concerning Africa with his groundbreaking novel, "Things Fall Apart," inspired generations of African writers.