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E.L. James, author of the 'Fifty Shades' books, whips Piers Morgan on Twitter

British journalist Piers Morgan tried to use E.L. James to distract from his ongoing Twitter feud with J.K. Rowling, but the "Fifty Shades of Grey" author ended up spanking him on social media.

"Hi @E_L_James, any chance you could start tweeting me one of your books?" Morgan tweeted at the erotica writer. "I need some relief from this Harry Potter crap."

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Finding books in the least expected places around L.A.

The back wall at the Blue Bottle Coffee in downtown Los Angeles is lined from top to bottom with books.

The airy coffee destination fills the corner of the historic Bradbury Building in downtown Los Angeles. Behind plate-glass windows, patrons can be seen drifting to the counter for personalized service at the newest Los Angeles outpost of the Oakland-based chain.

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Irwin Stambler, who chronicled the history of rock in scholarly encyclopedias, dies at 92

Irwin Stambler, an aeronautical engineer whose love of music inspired him to write some of the earliest and most flavorful encyclopedias on pop music, has died at the age of 92.

Stambler died Feb.

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Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Betty White and the Obamas

It’s one thing to read “Where the Wild Things Are.” It’s another to have it read to you by Barack and Michelle Obama.

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Stellar nonfiction chosen by the National Book Critics Circle

Next month, the National Book Critics Circle will present its 2016 book prizes in six categories; these are the five finalists in nonfiction. Each book deserves to be read for years to come, but every one of them seems to speak urgently about this particular moment — a time of economic inequality and political turmoil, and of new attention to long-simmering conversations about race, history and violence.

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Rigoberto González grew up in a family of immigrant farmworkers. Now he writes award-winning books

In 1980, I arrived with my family to the U.S.-Mexico border from Michoacán with what little we could bring with us on the three-day journey by bus. Not long after, once more members of our extended family joined the migration, 19 of us moved into a tiny apartment in Thermal, Calif., where we didn’t have much privacy or personal space for the next few years.

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