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Is Harry Potter returning? Let's all try to decipher J.K. Rowling's cryptic tweet (updated)

J.K. Rowling sent Twitter abuzz after posting a cryptic tweet on Monday that seemed to suggest something was brewing in the land of Hogwarts.

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J.K. Rowling speaks out against Scottish independence on Twitter

Scotland is set to hold a historic referendum vote on Sept. 18 to decide whether or not the divided country should separate from the United Kingdom and become an independent nation, and world-famous British author J.K. Rowling has taken to Twitter to express her opposition to Scottish independence. On Sept. 6, the Harry Potter series author tweeted, “People before flags, answers not slogans, reason not ranting, unity not enmity #bettertogether.”

Rowling also took to Twitter to support a measure being billed as a compromise, writing “I sincerely hope that the rumours in the Sunday papers that we are about to be offered Devo Max are true”—referring to a vote that could significantly increase Scotland’s fiscal and political independence while maintaining its ties to the U.K. READ FULL STORY

Children's Laureate sparks conversation about diversity in books

British author and Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman took a 24-hour hiatus from Twitter after an interview posted Sunday on Sky News led to a barrage of what she called “racist tweets.”

The Sky story was originally titled “Children’s Books ‘Have Too Many White Faces’,” but several hours after publishing, Sky changed the headline to “Call For More Ethnic Diversity In Kids’ Books”—after being contacted by Blackman, reported The Guardian. “Not once did the phrase in the banner headline pass my lips because I don’t think in those terms,” Blackman tweeted to her roughly 14,700 followers.

Fifteen minutes later, James Matthews, Scotland Bureau Chief at Sky News, tweeted, “Our headline writers are changing that Malorie and pass on their apologies” at both Blackman and Richard Suchet, the Sky correspondent who conducted the interview and wrote the accompanying article. READ FULL STORY

Curtis Sittenfeld takes the celebrity 'body-after-baby!' trope to task

If anything, we should all blame the Ice Bucket Challenge. On Friday, American Wife and Sisterland author Curtis Sittenfeld took note of a People article about Kelly Clarkson’s participation in the Ice Bucket Challenge which noted that Clarkson “reveals her post-baby body” while taking on the challenge. Below, take a look at Sittenfeld taking People to task over a decidedly gendered take on Clarkson’s so-called “reveal.” (People, like Entertainment Weekly, is owned by Time Inc.)

Sittenfeld then came up with an even better idea:

And Sittenfeld didn’t hold back, showcasing how men seem immune to the sort of headlines that plague the new-mom set.

Sittenfeld is doing a good deed here. No one ever comments on how Bill Clinton looks in his Tiger Woods-like golf polo.

Authors take to Twitter to toast Alice Munro on Nobel Prize

The book world is a buzz with the news that short story virtuoso Alice Munro has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature. Fans and well-wishers — including other prominent authors — have taken to Twitter to congratulate Munro. Check out Margaret Atwood, Jodi Picoult, Salman Rushdie, and others’ reactions to the “master of the contemporary story” winning the Nobel Prize:

Margaret Atwood

Reza Aslan

Christopher Barzak

Harlan Coben

  Hart Hanson

Jodi Picoult

Anne Mazer 

Patrick Ness

  Andrew Pyper

Corey Redekop

Salman Rushdie

Cheryl Strayed

Melissa Wiley

On the Books: Stephen Baldwin sued for missing book deadline; Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

This morning’s books news is all about the Nobel Prize (congratulations, Alice Munro), but aside from the announcement, there’s a bevy of lawsuits, betrayals, and even teenage angst to cover in the literary world. Read on for today’s top books headlines: READ FULL STORY

Comedian Jenny Johnson signs book deal

It Books, a subsidiary of HarperCollins, recently signed comedian and Twitter star Jenny Johnson, according to The Hollywood ReporterThis morning, Johnson tweeted: “Next stop, Oprah’s book club.”

The GQ, Glamour, and Grantland.com contributer and former television news producer became an overnight sensation after her late 2012 Twitter feud with R&B singer Chris Brown.

Johnson’s book of humorous essays is expected to be released in 2015.

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Twitter co-founder lands book deal

The co-founder of Twitter has a story to tell, and he’ll need more than 140 characters. Biz Stone has a deal with Grand Central Publishing for Things a Little Bird Told Me, a book about creative thinking that will include personal anecdotes. Grand Central, a division of Hachette Book Group, announced Monday that Stone’s book is scheduled for April 2014. Stone, 38, has written two books about blogging: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content and Who Let The Blogs Out?

Q&A: Justin Halpern talks new book 'I Suck at Girls' and having to top 'S-t My Dad Says'

Justin Halpern may very well be the first successful example of a digital era writer. Halpern’s Twitter feed @s–tmydadsays brought the San Diego comedian unprecedented social media success, and most impressively a major CBS sitcom deal (which turned into the erstwhile William Shatner vehicle, $#*! My Dad Says). Now, Halpern is giving readers another taste of his father’s wisdom in I Suck At Girls, his new novel that’s part memoir, part romantic comedy and all side-splitting confessional.

EW caught up with Halpern before the May 15 release of his brave compendium of unfortunate interactions with girls (leading up to his eventual marriage) and pressed him about what it took to admit to the world: I Suck at Girls. READ FULL STORY

Should comic books emulate the TV biz? Plus: More reviews of 'The New 52'

Pop culture in September. A month of beginnings and renewal. A time when a certain sector of entertainment expends much marketing energy to not just psyche up the public about its products but get them excited about the very medium that delivers those products. We’re talking TV, of course, and the “new fall season” that’s imminent. But this month, we’re talking about the comic book industry, too. Last week, DC Comics began rebooting its entire line of comics via an initiative called “The New 52.” Ongoing hits like Action Comics (home to Superman) and Detective Comics (abode to Batman) restarted with new creative approaches, storylines, and creative teams. Launching with them: A bevy of new series, many starring familiar characters, returning to prime time comics the way TV stars of the past return in new vehicles. (‘Tool Time’ Tim Allen/Last Man Standing = Construction worker Alec Holland/Swamp Thing. Grunt-grunt!)

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