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July 21, 2013 Author Kevin Maher laughed off the Dubliners as a 12-year old, yet one line stayed with him. It was that line that convinced him to go back to the stories, discovering a love of James Joyce in the process.
July 20, 2013 Crime novelist Robert Galbraith was outed as British author J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter books fame. Reporters were tipped off to Galbraith's true identity by an anonymous tweet, and they turned to an unlikely source to confirm Rowling's authorship: a computer science professor at Pittsburgh's Duquesne University.
July 20, 2013 In his haunting new graphic novel, cartoonist Xie Peng, 36, captures a psychological journey into the world of young Chinese. He worked for six years on the book, which renders a landscape of competition, anxiety and stress, and where everything, including dignity, is a commodity.
July 19, 2013 Also: Martin Amis talks about the "burden" of his famous surname; a new study says children's books reinforce gender stereotypes.
July 18, 2013 It was revealed this week that the Harry Potter author wrote a detective novel under the name Robert Galbraith. A law firm she dealt with has come forward to say one of its partners let the secret slip to a friend of his wife's, who then tipped off a newspaper.
July 18, 2013 Also: William Blake's cottage is up for sale; Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald is writing a book; Glen Weldon reports from Comic-Con.
July 17, 2013 Also: Jonathan Franzen answers an odd accusation; Zadie Smith's next book will be a "science-fiction romp."
July 16, 2013 Also: David Carr on why Barnes & Noble is good for Amazon; The Onion wonders whether J.K. Rowling is a pseudonym for Newt Gingrich.
July 16, 2013 More than 200 novels, the Star Wars' book series spans 25,000 years, from the beginning of the Jedi Order to 40 years beyond where the original trilogy left off. According to The Wall Street Journal's Alexandra Alter, the books help keep fans interested between movies.
July 15, 2013 The Cuckoo's Calling, a debut mystery supposedly by a former British military man, was in fact written by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, working under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The novel received positive reviews when it came out earlier this year.
July 15, 2013 Scholastic began as a four-page magazine for high schoolers in 1920. Today, the publisher of Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Magic School Bus, Harry Potter and The Hunger Game, has grown into a $2 billion business, and one of the biggest children's book publishers in the world.
July 15, 2013 "Juror B37," a woman in her 50s from Seminole County, Fla., explains to CNN her thinking about a key piece of evidence in the case. George Zimmerman was acquitted over the weekend of charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
July 15, 2013 Also, Lionsgate on Orson Scott Card; the best books coming out this week.
July 15, 2013 When Joel Goldman was diagnosed with a medical condition that makes him shake and stutter, he quit his law practice and started writing novels inspired by true crime in the Kansas City area. Eventually, he gave his disorder to FBI Agent Jack Davis, one of his main characters.
July 14, 2013 When J.K. Rowling published The Cuckoo's Calling, her first post-Potter book, she decided to go by the name Robert Galbraith.