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Dan Rodricks | December 4, 2013
Some time within the past week, 160,000 new books arrived in The City That Reads, a term I've neither heard nor uttered since the Kurt Schmoke mayoralty and its much-mocked motto ("The City That Bleeds," "The City That Breeds") faded into memory nearly 15 years ago. But, it's true: One hundred and sixty thousand children's books are being distributed free to Baltimore schoolteachers this week, and they, in turn, will distribute them to their students, most of whom are from low-income families lacking extensive libraries at home.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2012
[Spoiler alert: Do not read further in this interview if you have not read "A Storm of Swords," the third book in the series, "The Song of Fire and Ice. "] Scottish actor Richard Madden, 25, has broken into the spotlight by playing Robb Stark on HBO's hit show, "Game of Thrones. " As the second season of the show continues, Stark, the eldest son of the beheaded Ned Stark (Sean Bean), has been declared "King in the North," and has launched war against his family's sworn enemy, the Lannisters, who hold the Iron Throne.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2004
Nathan Miller, a former reporter for The Sun who was the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books of American history and biography, died Friday at a Washington nursing home where he had been since suffering a stroke two years ago. He was 77. "Every newspaper person has a yearning to be an author. Nat didn't talk about it, he went out and did it, and he managed to draw thousands of readers into naval and presidential history," said James H. Bready, a retired editorial writer and author of a monthly column on regional books for The Sun. "His last book, New World Coming: The 1920s and the Making of Modern America, was a climax to his earlier works.
NEWS
By Georgia N. Alexakis and Georgia N. Alexakis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 27, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Under normal circumstances, any U.S. senator might have felt upstaged by a pair of bears and a monkey.But when Curious George and the Berenstain Bears interrupted Sen. Slade Gorton Thursday morning on the East Lawn of the Capitol, the Republican from Washington graciously yielded the spotlight.Gorton was there to help launch Book Bank, a national book donation program, and who better to get about 40 children excited about receiving free books than the book characters themselves?
FEATURES
By Athima Chansanchai | March 13, 2001
There's a new Harry Potter book in town. Well, actually two books, but before you or your child hyperventilate, you should know they're not the newest additions to the extraordinarily popular series by J.K. Rowling. The fifth installment of the saga isn't due out for at least another year. But two slim paperbacks were released yesterday - "Quidditch Through the Ages" and "Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them" - that promise fans the satisfaction of fresh material about the boy wizard and a chance to help out the newly created children's charity, Harry's Books fund.
NEWS
By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | January 4, 1995
In late January 1988, a pictorial book chronicling Glen Burnie's growth over the previous 100 years sold out 2,000 copies in three days. That spring, 3,000 second-edition copies sold out in 15 days.Or so it was thought.But one day in late November last year, Nicole Clary, executive director of the Northern Arundel Chamber of Commerce, was rummaging around in a storage room when she found four cases of the 100-page, white, hardcover books.The chamber quickly put the 400 books on sale, at $20 each, and already half of them have been sold.
FEATURES
By Randi Kest | February 17, 1999
When she was 6, children's author Jan Brett knew what she wanted to do when she grew up: create children's books. She loved to draw and used art to express herself. Brett's aspirations to write books led her to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School in 1970. Eleven years later, her first book, ``Fritz and the Beautiful Horses,'' was published. Since then, Brett has written and illustrated more than two dozen books including the popular ``Berlioz the Bear'' and ``The Mitten.''Another childhood passion of Brett's was animals.
NEWS
June 1, 1997
Dr. Jenny R. Bramley, 87, believed to be the first woman to receive a doctorate in physics in the United States, died Monday in Lancaster, Pa.Born in Moscow, she earned a bachelor's degree at age 16 at the University of Paris. She received a doctorate at New York University at 19. She was a physicist for the Army Signal Corps Engineering Laboratory in Belmar, N.J., and for the Navy designing cathode ray tubes. She held patents for color-television tubes and the tubes used in early computer terminals.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | March 5, 2012
With less than three weeks remaining before "The Hunger Games" movie is released, I thought it was time to join the 20-plus millions who have read books in Suzanne Collins' hit trilogy. (That and the contunued urging of my teen-age niece, K.T.) Collins' tale about the life-or-death competition among youngsters in post-apocalyptic North America was aimed at a young adult audience -- much like Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series -- but has swept far beyond that group.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tricia Bishop | April 18, 2002
Two-time Newbery Award winner E.L. Konigsburg, 72, entered the working world not as a writer, but as a chemist. "I came from a small town where ... when you did go away to college, you went away to be something - an engineer or a teacher or a chemist," the author says in an interview at the Web site of her publisher, Scholastic. "I never knew anyone who went away to be an artist until I was in college." It would be many years after college before Konigsburg, who also illustrates her books, began her writing career.
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