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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Book buzz: Book festival weekend

By Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY

Here's a look at what's buzzing in the books world today:

Book love fest: Really, what could be better than books and fall weather? D.C. and Brooklyn dwellers can enjoy their favorite authors at book festivals this weekend. Follow me @lindsdee and check Monday for a recap from the National Book Festival.

Full circle: When they could not pitch The Strain as a TV show, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan wrote the books as a vampire horror trilogy. Now, there will be a pilot from FX, to be overseen by del Toro and former Lost screenwriter Carlton Cuse.

Happy Birthday, Stephen King: The king of horror turns 65 today. Read a letter the author wrote to his 16-year-old self and check out eight fun King fan sites.

Who authors teach: The Nieman Storyboard asks author-professors, from Mark Bowden to Rebecca Skloot, what books they include on their class syllabus.

Wal-Mart Kindles: Wal-Mart stores will discontinue sales of Amazon's Kindle tablets and e-readers, "a sign of how seriously (the chain) views Amazon as a competitor in the consumer goods market," The New York Times reports.

Les Miz: Check out an extended first look at the upcoming film musical Les Miserables, directed by Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) and starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

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