May 5, 2014 Also: The novelist Will Self has declared the novel dead; the best books coming out this week.
To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007.
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April 29, 2014 Also: J.K. Rowling says her mother never knew about Harry Potter, and George R.R. Martin on drones.
Hattie McDaniel played Mammy alongside Vivien Leigh's Scarlett in Gone with the Wind.
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March 28, 2014 Also: George R.R. Martin releases a new chapter of The Winds of Winter; Brad Leithauser writes about the enduring charm of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster.
Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones performs in May 2013 in Los Angeles.
March 12, 2014 Also: The Twitter Fiction Festival launches; Mindy Kaling is writing a second book; the creators of HBO's Game of Thrones series say they know how George R.R. Martin's series will end.
March 3, 2014 Also: Philip Roth talks about his male characters; a preview of George R.R. Martin's next book; the best books coming out this week.
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President Obama greets people after making a speech about the economy and jobs Tuesday at an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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July 31, 2013 Also: an excerpt from George R.R. Martin's upcoming novella; a plea from the OED; a new short story from Adam Johnson.
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