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Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY
USA TODAY - Here's a look at what's buzzing in the book world today:
Bookish blunder: Bridget Jones is back... with an unexpected guest. Random Penguin has admitted that some copies of Helen Fielding's Mad About the Boy, the latest Bridget Jones novel, were accidentally published with 40 pages of David Jason's memoir, My Life.
Celebrating Munro: Reaction to Alice Munro as the recipient of this year's Nobel prize for literature has been overwhelmingly positive. At The Guardian, Margaret Atwood commends Munro's talent and modesty: "Faced with the Nobel she will be modest, she won't get a swelled head. The rest of us, on this magnificent occasion, will just have to do the for her." Joyce Carol Oates, who was a contender for the prize, tweeted, "Much deserved Nobel Prize for wonderful Alice Munro. Long live short stories!" At The New Yorker, Deborah Treisman reflects on editing Munro's work, writing, "We don't so much read Alice's stories as live through them."
Happy reads: Would you like a book with that? McDonalds has announced that it will distribute 20 million copies of four original books in Happy Meals, starting on National Literacy Day (Nov. 1) and continuing for two weeks.
'Cups of Tea' suit: The class-action lawsuit against Greg Mortenson, Penguin and Mortenson's non-profit over his book Three Cups of Tea has been rejected by a court of appeals. The suit alleged that Mortenson misrepresented the truth, stemming from a 2011 investigative report that accused him of fabrication and misappropriation of funds.
Potter stamps: The USPS will issue a Harry Potter Forever stamp in time for the holiday season. It's the next best thing to delivery by owl.
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