The Speed Read

Scott Turow is writing a sequel to "Presumed Innocent"....Carolyn See does not like Paulo Coelho's new novel....Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible! elevates biblical characters to superherodom....Meghan McCain has a book deal....Richard Wright gets a first-class stamp....Tim Parks revives Pinocchio.... The next book from Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (no joke: It's in its sixth printing after going on sale April 1), will be "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." ... Elvis and Lord Bryon: separated at birth?.... Blueberries for Sal is back.....And President Obama has read all the Harry Potter books; so has Russia's President Medvedev.....

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  April 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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Fascinating updates. The piece on how both the American and Russian presidents have read Rowling's epic hints at the importance of literature.

It does boggle the mind as to how Obama--admittedly less busy as a pre-candidate senator--could have taken the amount of time to read the Potter novels to his daughters. Maybe he did some summarizing and supplemented with the films. On several occasions when I met an author who I had read extensively, I've said "I've read all your books" which wasn't entirely accurate. Whatever, it's wonderful to have such an intelligent, reading president, and fostering father.

Posted by: lheffelkcrrcom | April 13, 2009 10:34 AM

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