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11 pounds of marijuana addressed to St. Martin's Press intercepted by feds

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Two Express Mail parcels of marijuana en route from San Diego to the New York City offices of book publisher St. Martin’s Press were seized by federal agents after postal workers detected a “suspicious odor” coming from the packages, the Smoking Gun reports.

The sender had either been smoking too much of the stuff or reading too much fiction; the packages, the contents of which could be valued as high as $70,000, were addressed to Karen Wright — no one by that name works at St. Martin’s, according to a company phone operator — and the supposed sender “ABT Books” does not exist either. St. Martin’s Press publishes many major books, including titles by Robert Ludlum, Emily Giffin, and Augusten Burroughs. READ FULL STORY

J.K. Rowling is no longer a billionaire

The billionaires club has hit J.K. Rowling with a banishing spell. According to the newly updated Forbes Rich List, the Harry Potter author has gone from billionaire to millionaire (several hundred times over, of course). She apparently broke a few rules of how to stay rich by giving away a lot of her fortune — reportedly $160 million of it — to charity and by paying her top-rung British taxes.

There’s no way that the socially minded Rowling, who once lived on welfare, gives two Quaffles about her standing on the list, and no one should shed a tear over a stratospherically rich woman becoming slightly less so. But I always liked knowing that an author of imaginative, timeless, honest-to-goodness books became a billionaire.

Perhaps Rowling’s upcoming book for adults and the April opening of Pottermore will help bring her back above the line. Honestly, I don’t really care as long as she stays richer than Stephenie Meyer.

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Cee Lo Green is writing a memoir. Please let there be a chapter dedicated to Purrfect

Grand Central has announced that the “Forget You” singer and Voice coach is working on a memoir, which will probably be one of those books that’s more appealing the more incomprehensible it is. The memoir, coming out in 2013, will feature “insights” from fellow Goodie Mob member Big Gipp. Cee Lo’s statement in a press release teases what his memoir has in store:

Talk about art imitating life? Enter into the super-natural, the surreal and the extra-ordinary that is [Cee Lo Green.] Do you think this is by chance? CRAZY? FORGET YOU? After reading this book, there will be no doubt that I am meant to be. CEELO GREEN A.K.A ‘everybody’s brother’ will make you a believer, not only in me, but also…yourself. READ FULL STORY

Bobby Brown shopping Whitney Houston tell-all book?

Too soon? Looks like Bobby Brown’s concert tribute wasn’t his final word about ex-wife Whitney Houston. The R&B singer is reportedly working on publishing a tell-all book about his life with the late pop diva that he initially shopped back in 2008. A rep for Brown told EW, “We do not comment on gossip and rumor.”

But it won’t be easy to get the book to a store near you. Brown isn’t exactly on good terms with the Houston family after making it his prerogative to duck out of the funeral early. On top of that, he signed a confidentiality agreement as part of the couple’s divorce, reports say. The two were hitched for 14 years before their split in 2007. READ FULL STORY

Stephen Colbert to release a children's book about a pole

Stephen Colbert previewed his children’s book I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) during his hilarious Colbert Report interview with Maurice Sendak last month. The wonderfully blunt Sendak, author of the kids’ classic Where the Wild Things Are, called Colbert’s pseudo attempt at writing for young people “terribly ordinary” but also added, “The sad thing is, I like it.”

Earlier today, Grand Central Publishing officially announced the May 8 release of I Am a Pole, which follows a flag pole on his search for his life’s purpose. Is there hidden symbolism there? Probably not, as it’s meant to be Colbert’s send-up of a children’s book hastily written by a famous person. In a statement, Colbert said, “I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it.”

In October, Grand Central will also be releasing Colbert’s next book for adults, America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t.

Colbert returned to his Comedy Central series this week after a short hiatus to take care of his ailing mother.

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Bill O’Reilly book on JFK assassination coming this fall. A children’s book is also in the works

Composite sketches of famous literary characters

If Law & Order: Literary Crimes existed — and hey, it doesn’t seem that far off — it might star some of the faces found on The Composites, a blog by Brian Joseph Davis. Using descriptions found in novels, Davis utilized law enforcement composite sketch software to render the faces of literary figures like Judge Holden from Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, Aomame from Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, and Edward Rochester (pictured left) from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. Some of the mugs, like Keith Talent’s from London Fields by Martin Amis, look appropriately creepy, and the sketch of Humbert Humbert from Lolita is especially interesting, as it’s based on character description that’s inherently unreliable.

Are these accurate depictions of your favorite literary characters? Who else do you want to see get the police sketch treatment?

See the trailer for 'The Hunger Pains,' the Harvard Lampoon's 'Hunger Games' parody -- EXCLUSIVE

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Is there endless comedic potential in a dystopian novel about children who are forced to kill each other on national television? Of course there is, and the smartasses at the Harvard Lampoon have written what they promise to be a “scene-for-scene parody” of Suzanne Collins’ mega-best-selling YA novel The Hunger Games. The Hunger Pains (Feb. 7) follows the inept heroine Kantkiss (Katpiss?) Neverclean, a young girl living in the telemarketing district of Peaceland, who is forced to compete in the violent annual Hunger Games.

EW has obtained the satirical trailer for the movie spoof based on the parody of the book (one more level of irony and the world really will end), and it features celebrity cameos, impressive production values, and an incredible Effie Trinket doppelganger (Katie Amanda Keane as Effu Poorpeople). Watch below! READ FULL STORY

Your favorite authors in doll form -- see photos!

Ever wanted to fit your favorite authors into your back pocket? Now you can! If you need a little stocking-stuffer for the reader in your life, these tiny, handcrafted dolls (the manly men can call them literary action figures) by Debbie Ritter are available on Etsy. Click through below and tell us your favorites!

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Soundbites from Donald Trump's new book 'Time to Get Tough'

Most of Donald Trump’s new book, Time to Get Tough: Making America No. 1 Again, reads like a 190-page diatribe against the Obama presidency, illegal immigration, and the people and media outlets who have dared to criticize him. The former presidential hopeful obviously has strong opinions on the nation’s current political climate, but the Celebrity Apprentice star also has plenty to say about celebrity and the entertainment business. Here are some of the self-proclaimed “ratings machine”‘s thoughts on Hollywood: READ FULL STORY

'Cake Wrecks' for the holidays: See photos!

Who knew such hilarity could be found in confectionery calamities? Blogger Jen Yates has an eye for botched cakes — her first book, Cake Wrecks: When Professional Cakes Go Hilariously Wrong shot to the New York Times best-seller list, and her new holiday-themed edition, Wreck the Halls, is sure to be a stocking-stuffer for adventurous bakers everywhere. It’s amazing that anyone would buy, let alone eat, these gross, scary, or just plain wrong dessert disasters, but they’re certainly good for a laugh. Sample a few slices below! READ FULL STORY

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