On the Books Aug. 24: Stephen King producing left-leaning radio show, 'Notting Hill' bookstore closing, and more

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++ The Travel Bookshop, the site of pivotal scenes between Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, will be closing unless someone comes to the rescue. Several authors and Alec Baldwin, who also had a role in the film, are voicing their support for the store.

++ Master of horror Stephen King is taking on a truly scary endeavor: putting on a left-leaning radio talk show in a market dominated by conservative talking heads. Pat LaMarche and Matt Dunlap will host “The Pulse Morning Show” on King’s Maine-based Zone Radio.

++ Sapphire, author of The Kid and Push, which inspired the Oscar-nominated film Precious, speaks out about racism in the creative arts.

++ Booktrack (available in Apple’s App Store) melds music and reading by setting soundtracks to e-books. Its first soundtrack-enhanced book will be The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.

++ Do spelling and formatting errors in ebooks drive you nuts? Well, the problem might be around for a while.

++ Bibliophiles, look on in envy at these 20 celebrity libraries.

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Comments (14 total) Add your comment
  • shocked!

    Wow! Another left-leaning talk show! How cutting edge!

    • Brad H

      Yeah… the money is in leaning right. Everyone knows that!!!

  • Templar

    Sad about the bookstore. I feel a special affection for that area in London.
    Yes, spelling, formulating, punctuation, grammatical, tense, syntax errors drive me round the bend.

    • picky

      even worse than spelling errors are words that are mispronounced in audio books

  • Barack Palin

    How fitting that master of horror Stephen King is producing a left-leaning talkshow considering the true horror that is the left-leaning Obama administration. It takes a master of horror to disseminate the true horror that B. Hussein is subjecting America to.

    • Brad H

      Are people who refer to Obama as “Hussein” trying to pretend to not be bigots? Or are they just accepting it?
      Pointing out that someone’s middle name is associated with other cultures as an insult seems pretty blatant. No?

    • raingod

      Yet another right wing retard who’s too ignorant to understand its the rethugs who got us into and keep us in this mess. They all need to be tried and convicted for treason.

  • kelly

    If I had a library it would probably look like Nigella’s. Love it!

  • NannerB

    I’m a fan of EW.com and probably stop by at least 5 times a day to check out what’s happening in the entertainment world. I’m also a huge fan of author Karen Marie Moning’s. I was so excited to hear that Dreamworks has optioned her Fever series and have been excitedly waiting for the news here on EW to get even more excited and am extremely disappointed that it hasn’t been mentioned on your website, if not in entertainment at least on Shelfari!

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