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Monday, October 1, 2012

Book buzz: Clifford and 'Hobbit' anniversaries

By Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY

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

Middle-earth mania: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and a flurry of books (plus a Peter Jackson movie!) document the occasion.

Moehringer on Sutton: After first thinking of writing a biography, author J.R. Moehringer re-imagined the story of bank robber Willie Sutton as a novel. Watch Moehringer talk about a murder pivotal to the Sutton story.

Clifford turns 50: Happy birthday to children's literature's favorite Big Red Dog. Read five facts and flip through a gallery of Norman Bridwell's furry character.

Listomania: Bob Woodward's The Price of Politics is No. 11 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list; older books are getting a boost from the new movies they've inspired; and Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin has an e-book sale right before his new book is published.

Nora Ephron: Two out-of-print Nora Ephron books, Crazy Salad and Scribble Scribble, will be re-published as a single volume paperback and e-book, out Oct. 16 from Vintage.

Nobel in lit: Ladbrokes handicaps the Nobel Prize in Literature, and guess which erotic trilogy-writing Brit has a 500/1 chance.

Coffee and a book: Could there be a more ideal combination? Hillcrest Media Group and Dunn Brothers Coffee are teaming up for a new venture,

Stephen King: Check out the cover of Stephen King's Joyland, out next June.

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