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Leonardo DiCaprio will play cult leader Jim Jones in a film based on the Texas author’s book

It’s something many authors dream about: writing a bestselling book and selling it to the movies. For Fort Worth-based Jeff Guinn, it just came true. his 2017 book, The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the People’s Temple, is heading to Hollywood, and Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio wants to play Jones. “I have been informed …

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Opinion | Ron DeSantis’s deliberately vague book crackdowns sow confusion

Comment on this story Comment Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s crusade against “wokeness” thrives not just on zealotry, but also on deliberate vagueness. His laws restricting classroom discussion of race and sex are fuzzily drafted, leading educators to feel as though they’re perpetually on thin ice, always in danger of straying into “woke” transgressions that are …

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Slash talks new book, childhood with Joni Mitchell, how he stumbled into’ playing guitar, and why Guns N’ Roses would probably get ‘cancelled in this day and age’

Guns N’ Roses guitar god Slash certainly has led a wild life, and if he wanted to pen a juicy memoir filled with the typical topics of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, certainly dozens of publishing houses would make him an offer . Just the acoustic album GN’R Lies — which turns 35 this …

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Florida’s Pinellas County removes The Bluest Eye from schools

The Barnes & Noble Clearwater clerk eyed the stack of paperbacks I slid toward the register. Four copies of “The Bluest Eye,” rounding out the other two I’d just purchased by Tyrone Mall. “Enjoy your… large amount of Toni Morrison,” he said. I told him that the Pinellas County school district had just banned the …

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Don’t Miss Steve Rosen’s Long-Awaited Eddie Van Halen Book, ‘Tonechaser’

Veteran music journalist Steve Rosen has released his long-awaited book Tonechaser – Understanding Edward: My 26-Year Journey with Edward Van Halen. Chronicling the close friendship Rosen shared with the late, great guitarist from 1977 to 2003, tonechaser appears as a 580-page hardcover book and features a collection of images by Van Halen photographer Neil Zlozower …

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Decision made for 2023 PA One Book selection

(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Office of Commonwealth Libraries has made its decision for its Pennsylvania One Book program. “Mel Fell” by Corey R. Tabor has been named as the 2023 PA One Book Early Literacy selection. In its 18th year, the One Book program promotes the value and benefits of reading …

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Comic Books and Billboard Charts, Collecting and Ranking | Inner States

Underwater imagery from the Golden Age of Comics (Courtesy of Malcolm Mobutu Smith) Malcolm Mobutu Smith collects comic books, and he takes it very seriously. He has a room dedicated to his collection. It has light controls, atmosphere controls, and safes. I have to say, that kind of dedication? It’s something akin to love. This …

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Missoula Artist Publishes Illustrated Glacier National Park Fact Book

The Missoula artist and author Josh Quick is, by his own definition, a “fact nerd,” who struggles sometimes not to share the bits of information, both random and relevant, that he’s accumulated over the 45 years of his life. The urge was especially bad in his youth, when Quick said he was “such an annoying …

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a new Jesmyn Ward novel is coming this fall. ‹ Literary Hub

January 27, 2023, 10:09am Lovers of gorgeous prose and ghost-soaked literary fiction rejoice: two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward’s next novel officially has a release date. Let Us DescendWard’s first novel in five years (since 2017’s Sing, Unburied Sing) will be published by Scribner on October 3. The publisher has described the novel as …

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