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Published: Thu, 13 October 2005 0:42:39 EST

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Rowling, King among winners for populist book awards

Thu, 13 October 2005 23:14:5 EST

Jon Stewart, a two-time winner at the first-ever Quills Awards ceremony, joked in a brief monologue about the uncertain expectations for these people's choice prizes for books.

Finalists for book awards announced

Thu, 13 October 2005 23:9:57 EST

E.L. Doctorow's "The March," his novelization of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's bloody Civil War campaign, and Joan Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking," her memoir of grieving her late husband, were among the nominees announced Wednesday for the National Book Awards.

Hank Williams author in town for book signing

Tue, 4 October 2005 19:25:11 EST

The voice on the other end of the telephone line was low and coarse. Occasionally, Paul Hemphill would chuckle at a humorous comment, then express genuine amazement for "the silence of a fallen star," a lyric simmering with emotion.

Everyone else vs. the South

Thu, 29 September 2005 20:46:55 EST

When Oxford Press gave history professor James C. Cobb the flexibility of helping with the jacket design for his newly released book on the South, they used his selection of a photograph, but balked on his suggestion for the title.

Schiavo's family writing book

Thu, 29 September 2005 20:51:44 EST

Terri Schiavo's parents and siblings are writing a book about their struggle in the epic end-of-life case that divided the country and captured the attention of everyone from the Pope John Paul II to President Bush.

Thinking like the opposite sex

Tue, 27 September 2005 20:6:44 EST

Men are different from women. You say you knew that. But if you truly understood and appreciated those differences, you might get along much better with members of the opposite sex, including your spouse, your son or daughter or colleagues at work. At least that's the theory promoted in "Why Men Never Remember and Women Never Forget," by Marianne J. Legato (Rodale, $24.95).

'Charlotte Simmons' gets unusual face-lift

Mon, 26 September 2005 18:27:14 EST

Pitch a book by its cover? You bet. The paperback publisher of Tom Wolfe's unevenly reviewed latest novel "I Am Charlotte Simmons" is hoping that a dramatically redesigned cover - and a youth-oriented marketing campaign, complete with a contest featuring a trip to Cancun - will help draw young adults to the book, mocked by some reviewers who found the septuagenarian author's accounts of campus sex life unconvincing.

Hoard: Rethinking the past

Thu, 22 September 2005 18:35:11 EST

ichard Hoard was sitting on his front porch swing on a blue-sky September morning as a gentle breeze shook loose a few leaves from the oak in his front yard.

Brando's quirky pirate novel to hit stores soon

Sun, 4 September 2005 21:7:41 EST

LOS ANGELES - Marlon Brando makes a posthumous appearance not in movie theaters but in the nation's book stores this month. The legendary actor is co-author of "Fan-Tan," a 256-page adventure about a dashing, early 20th-century pirate, due out Sept. 15.

Grade 'A' rock

Thu, 1 September 2005 21:14:48 EST

Rolling Stone magazine apparently has developed a little crush on Athens, with the city landing on the magazine's top 10 lists twice now for some form of its rock-ability.

Fantagraphics revives Dennis the Menace comics

Thu, 25 August 2005 23:48:54 EST

SEATTLE - "Peanuts" turned to gold for Fantagraphics. Now the once-struggling comics publisher hopes another cartoon icon, "Dennis the Menace," can follow in Charlie Brown's footsteps.

Gardens Across America

Fri, 19 August 2005 21:9:44 EST

The American Horticultural Society has released "Gardens Across America: The American Horticultural Society's Guide to American Public Gardens and Arboreta."

Georgia alumnus has found 'Calling'

Tue, 16 August 2005 19:29:3 EST

Joe Samuel Starnes will read from his debut novel ''Calling'' at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Borders on Alps Road, followed by a book-launching party at 8 p.m. in Tasty World, 312 East Broad St., Athens.

Celebrating country churches

Sat, 13 August 2005 20:28:1 EST

Mercer University Press, Macon. 144 pp. $40. Available through Mercer's Web site or at Barnes & Noble in Athens; and Trade-A-Book in Watkinsville.

Heeding the 'Calling'

Thu, 11 August 2005 21:52:43 EST

Two strangers meet on a bus and share their stories of life's opportunities and disappointments. One man has the fear of Jesus in his voice and a possessed look in his eyes, while the other seems to be along for the ride, just waiting for it all to end.