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Michelle Obama book vies with Trump exposé at book awards

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The awards will be given out in London in May This year’s British Book Awards is dominated by two US heavyweights: former First Lady Michelle Obama and President Donald Trump. Obama’s memoir, Becoming, goes head to head with Michael Wolff’s White House exposé Fire and Fury in the narrative non-fiction category. There are eight categories from which the book of the year will be chosen, with the winner announced on 13 May. Obama’s book is also nominated in the audiobook category. The audiobook shortlist…

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Ely Sainsbury’s cat Garfield holds ‘book signing’

Image copyright Book Guild Image caption Garfield, now 12, has been visiting the supermarket since 2012 A cat that gained 5,000 Facebook followers after making a supermarket his second home has been “signing” copies of a book about his adventures. Ginger tom Garfield took a liking to Sainsbury’s in Ely, Cambridgeshire, after the store was built on his old stomping ground. The co-author Cate Caruth said copies of the book – What’s THAT doing There? – sold out in half an hour. Garfield “signed” his book in Ely Library with…

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A veteran at 11, South African author poised to publish fifth book

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – In between public speaking engagements and running a charitable foundation, South African Stacey Fru is working hard on her fourth and fifth books. That seems a common enough routine for a successful author, but what sets Stacey apart is that she’s just 11 years old. She wrote her first book, ‘Smelly Cats’, about two feline cousins, in 2015 and finished it before her parents realized what she was doing. Next up for publication this year are “Where’s Tammy”, about a girl who goes missing because of her…

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‘Green Book’ denies Netflix top Oscar on night of music and diversity

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Road trip movie “Green Book” triumphed over “Roma” to win best the best picture Oscar on Sunday, denying Netflix bragging rights as the first streaming service to beat Hollywood at its own game. Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for “Roma,” his sentimental black-and-white journey back to his childhood, and the film won two other Oscars, including for best foreign language. In the biggest upset of the night, Britain’s Olivia Colman won her first Oscar for her role as petulant monarch Queen Anne…

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Oscars 2019: Olivia Colman and Green Book spring surprise wins

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Olivia Colman was in tears – and blew a raspberry when told to end her speech British actress Olivia Colman defied the odds to scoop an Oscar on a night when Green Book also sprung a surprise by winning the award for best film. Colman won best actress for playing Queen Anne in The Favourite and charmed the ceremony with a tearful speech. Green Book won three trophies in total, including best picture, which had been widely expected to go to Roma. Bohemian Rhapsody…

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‘Green Book’ enjoys biggest Oscar nominations bounce at box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-nominated dramedy “Green Book” has turned Hollywood awards race publicity into more box-office gold than each of the seven other films in the best-picture contest. FILE PHOTO – Actor Mahershala Ali talks during a news conference to discuss the movie “Green Book” at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada September 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni The road-trip movie about race relations in the segregated U.S. South of the 1960s had collected more than $127.1 million at global box offices as of Monday, according…

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HMP Nottingham prisoners smuggled drugs in Harry Potter book

Image caption The “Spice-like substance” was found on samples from the book Inmates at a prison condemned for high levels of violence and suicide have smuggled drugs in a Harry Potter book. A copy of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire found in an HMP Nottingham cell tested positive for a psychoactive substance similar to Spice. The jail is one of 10 on which Prisons Minister Rory Stewart has staked his political career. He vowed to resign if an improvement plan failed, but admits it remains a “challenge” to…

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Art of the Deal: How Trump’s own book explains his battle for the border wall

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Donald Trump inspects an early prototype of the border wall – it’s now more likely to be a type of fence If he ever pulls it off, Donald Trump’s deal to build his long-promised wall on the Mexico border will be the biggest deal of his life. Building it would require a feat of negotiation and compromise with his political opponents that right now looks difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. It’s a good job, then, that the US president authored a 1987 book…

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Nick Vallelonga: Green Book writer sorry for Muslim 9/11 tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nick Vallelonga (right) appeared with his Green Book co-writer Brian Currie and their Golden Globes The writer of Oscar-tipped film Green Book has apologised for a 2015 tweet in which he said he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 attacks. Nick Vallelonga tweeted his support for Donald Trump, who said he had seen “thousands and thousands” cheering – a claim that’s been widely discredited. Vallelonga wrote that Mr Trump was “100% correct”, but has now said sorry “for the hurt I have…

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The school using giant book murals to encourage reading

Image copyright Mundelein High School For many students, this week saw the end of the Christmas break and a return to school. However, one school in Illinois, US, has taken a novel and eye-catching approach to motivating its students in the new year. Students of Mundelein High returned to find six floor-to-ceiling book covers lining the corridor of the school’s English department. The vinyl prints, which wrap around sections of wall like the jackets of giant books, flank the doorways of three of the school’s English classrooms. The school explained…

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