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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.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
Ronald S. Coddington, an author and editor, has spent nearly four decades collecting Civil War-era images — especially cartes de visite, his favorite. Out of a collection of 2,500 images he has assembled, 1,500 are cartes de visite, with the remainder being daguerreotypes, ambrotypes and tintypes. In 2004, his first collection of images resulted in "Faces of the Civil War: An Album of Union Soldiers and Their Stories" published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. The format he used, in which he was able to research and write a thumbnail biography of each person, was so successful he did a second volume, "Faces of the Confederacy: An Album of Southern Soldiers and Their Stories," published in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Pakenham | March 7, 2004
I grew up on A.A. Milne, the Brothers Grimm, Babar and, most of all, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear. Though I now learn that Theodor Seuss Geisel began writing and publishing children's books in 1937, he did not become widely read until the late 1950s, by which time I was a hard-bitten newspaper reporter. I read my first Dr. Seuss book -- The Cat in the Hat (Random House, 61 pages, $8.99) -- last week, to celebrate what would have been Seuss Geisel's 100th birthday, March 2. A grand work!
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2012
Three of the most popular books in America are being kept off the shelves of the Harford County Public Library system because administrators consider them to be pornographic. British author E.L. James' erotic trilogy about a steamy affair between an innocent literature student and an entrepreneur with dangerous desires has topped the list of Amazon.com's best-selling books. Ditto for the New York Times' best-selling fiction list. Every other library system in Central Maryland owns copies of "Fifty Shades of Grey" and its two sequels, and maintains waiting lists of hundreds of eager readers who want to check them out. Harford County's reluctance to purchase the novels in the face of overwhelming public demand and accusations of censorship places it in among an embattled minority of libraries nationwide.
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By Liz Atwood | May 18, 2008
Kristin Covaleskie, Baltimore City's Teacher of the Year, makes a surprising admission. For years she encouraged her students to read, while she herself didn't enjoy reading very much. All that changed when Harry Potter cast a spell on her. From the moment she picked up the first book in J.K. Rowling's series, she was hooked. Covaleskie, who grew up in Oneida, N.Y., has taught in the city schools for 12 years - the past six at Northwood Elementary. The fourth grade teacher is single and lives in Butchers Hill.
NEWS
January 20, 2005
Muff Singer, 62, who wrote or co-wrote more than 35 books for toddlers and preschoolers, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at her Los Angeles home. A former political activist and the wife of former City Comptroller Rick Tuttle, Ms. Singer published her first book in 1981 and turned to children's books in the 1980s after the birth of her daughter, Sarah. Many of her board-page books, including What Does Kitty See and Little Duck's Friends, came with a stuffed or squeaking toy of the story's main character.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2004
The third movie made from J.K. Rowling's series of novels about a young wizard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, opened in theaters this weekend. In August, Rowling's fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is due out in paperback. Is there any end to Potter-mania? The numbers suggest not. Author J.K. Rowling's birthday: July 31, 1965 Harry Potter's birthday: July 31, 1980 Age Rowling began writing stories: 6 Year Rowling worked for Amnesty International in Africa: 1987 Year Rowling first imagined Harry Potter: 1990 Year Rowling taught English in Portugal: 1991 Year Rowling's daughter Jessica was born: 1993 Publisher's advance for the first book in 1996: $4,000 Number of years Rowling lived on the dole (British welfare)
NEWS
February 17, 2002
Area literacy groups invited to apply for grants BALTIMORE - First Book, a national nonprofit group that provides new books to low-income families, is seeking grant applications from literacy groups in Baltimore and Baltimore County interested in distributing books throughout their communities. Applicants must be tutoring, mentoring or family literacy group programs that work with low-income children in those jurisdictions. Applications are available by contacting Baltimore First Book at ndt5spring@aol.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 24, 1999
CLUE BY CLUE, children's writer Ken Munro revealed the secrets of writing mystery books about familiar people and places during a visit Friday at Spring Garden Elementary School in Hampstead.Invited by fourth-grade teacher Erica Steele, he met with the fourth and fifth grades. The large audience was divided into four sessions of about 75 pupils and teachers.Even when speaking for the fourth time, his humor and enthusiasm remained strong. He was obviously delighted to share the author's life with children.
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By Susan Campbell and Susan Campbell,Hartford Courant | June 17, 2007
Quick: Name the Four Gospels. How about the Ten Commandments? The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism? Seven Catholic Sacraments? Hello? Anybody? America purports to be a religious nation, yet what we know about religion is, well, sinful. Stephen Prothero, head of Boston University's religion department, says it's time to teach religion in America - not devotion but religion. Prothero and others have found a shocking lack of knowledge about the religions to which Americans purport to belong, bested only by their ignorance of religions to which they don't belong.
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