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What happened to Peter Rabbit? New Beatrix Potter tale to be published

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One of childhood's most beloved children's stories is getting a new book.

A story by Beatrix Potter went undiscovered for years, but it will be published for the first time in September.

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"The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots" was found two years ago in a letter Potter sent to her publisher in 1914. It mentioned "a well-behaved prime black Kitty cat, who leads rather a double life," referring to an unedited version of the story, The Guardian reported.

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A search through a London archive found three handwritten manuscripts and a rough color sketch of the main character. It also contained a pencil sketch of the villain, Mr. Tod.

Potter planned to finish the story, but was interrupted by World War I, marriage, sheep farming and colds. 

Potter died in 1943 and the story went unfinished.

Quentin Blake has lent his colors to the story. Blake illustrated Roald Dahl's books like "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

"The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots" will be published in September by Frederick Warne & Co, the original publisher for Potter's books. 

Black History Month - how it began

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied-or even documented-when the tradition originated. Although blacks have been in America at least as far back as colonial times, it was not until the 20th century that they gained a respectable presence in the history books.

Blacks Absent from History Books

We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Born to parents who were former slaves, he spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coal mines and enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. The scholar was disturbed to find in his studies that history books largely ignored the black American population-and when blacks did figure into the picture, it was generally in ways that reflected the inferior social position they were assigned at the time.

Established Journal of Negro History

Woodson, always one to act on his ambitions, decided to take on the challenge of writing black Americans into the nation's history. He established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now called the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History) in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he launched Negro History Week as an initiative to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history.

Woodson chose the second week of February for Negro History Week because it marks the birthdays of two men who greatly influenced the black American population, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. However, February has much more than Douglass and Lincoln to show for its significance in black American history. For example:

  • February 23, 1868:W. E. B. DuBois, important civil rights leader and co-founder of the NAACP, was born.
  • February 3, 1870:The 15th Amendment was passed, granting blacks the right to vote.
  • February 25, 1870:The first black U.S. senator, Hiram R. Revels (1822-1901), took his oath of office.
  • February 12, 1909:The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City.
  • February 1, 1960:In what would become a civil-rights movement milestone, a group of black Greensboro, N.C., college students began a sit-in at a segregated Woolworth's lunch counter.
  • February 21, 1965:Malcolm X, the militant leader who promoted Black Nationalism, was shot to death by three Black Muslims.

Romance author Jackie Collins dies at 77

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Best-selling author Jackie Collins died of breast cancer Saturday at age 77.

People first broke the news, reporting Collins kept her stage 4 cancer diagnosis private for more than six years.

In her last interview with People earlier this month, she said she was happy with her decision to keep the diagnosis private and continue working. (Video via CBS)

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"I've written five books since the diagnosis, I've lived my life, I've traveled all over the world, I have not turned down book tours and no one has ever known until now when I feel as though I should come out with it," Collins told People.

Many of her books made it to The New York Times bestsellers list, and several were turned into movies and miniseries — like "Lucky," "Hollywood Wives" and "The Stud," which stars her sister Joan Collins. (Video via Umbrella Entertainment)

Collins is best known for her sultry stories set in the glamour of Beverly Hills.

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"If I find that my characters want to have sex, then I just go with it. But I don't control the characters, they control me," Collins told The Insider.

Her family said she was "a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force." (Video via Jackie Collins)

Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization and to Penny Brohn Cancer Care.

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Harry Potter villain's name has been pronounced wrong this whole time

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Since Harry Potter took over pop culture, everything associated with the wizard's archnemisis Voldemort has equated to fear. And now an even scarier thought: Muggles and wizards alike should've felt his wrath a long time ago because apparently his name has been pronounced wrong the entire time.

"Lord Voldemort, himself!" one anchor said.

"There's a deep rage in Voldemort," Ralph Fiennes said.

"This is going to be Harry's last chance to finish the Voldemort problem," Daniel Radcliffe said.

Everyone pronounces the Harry Potter villain's name with a hard 'T': Voldemort, including Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort in the movies as well as Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

But J.K. Rowling left Potter fans questioning the meaning of life (again) Wednesday night when she replied to a tweet concerning the correct pronunciation. Apparently the 'T' in Voldemort's name is silent, so it's actually pronounced "Vol-de-more." (Video via Warner Bros. / "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix")

Just take a moment really quickly to let that sink in.

Not to point wands or fingers, but if there's one person to blame for the mishap, it might be JK Rowling herself. After all, she consulted on the movies, meaning she had eight movies to correct the actors' pronunciation.

Although "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" chimed in on the conversation in 2010. He posted a tweet saying, "Yo my names Voldemort & the t is silent, but don't say my name or imma get violent #FreestyleFriday."

Let's all be thankful he didn't get violent over this. 

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#BackToHogwarts as J.K. Rowling wishes Harry Potter's son good luck

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The books may be done, but the legend of Harry Potter has taken on a life of its own, blurring the lines of fiction and reality. 

Using #BackToHogwarts, J.K Rowling took to Twitter Tuesday morning to wish Harry Potter's son a good first day at Hogwarts.

Going by traditional literary beliefs, James Sirius Potter departed Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters on the Hogwarts Express for his first day at the wizarding school.

Could the tweet be more than just an author keeping her characters alive? Potter fans, and publishers, could only hope.

UPDATE: J.K. Rowling couldn't write just one tweet.

Per the author's request, her best wishes were forwarded to James Potter.

And then she realized what the gravity of all the well-wishers might mean.

Potter fans know that Harry and best friend's Ron adventure back to school their second year was much more hectic, thanks to a flying car and Whomping Willow.

But James Potter's first day was still a success as he was sorted to Gryffindor, just like his father. (Where else?)

Judy Blume saves desperate husband who gave away wife's treasured book

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A New York man is scrambling to find his wife's "irreplaceable" copy of Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" after he gave it away in a box of free books he left on the street, Today.com reported Friday.

"I accidentally gave this book away on Saturday July 25th in a box on the corner of Green and Franklin Streets in Greenpoint," reads a poster in Brooklyn. "The book is extremely important to my wife. It was a keepsake from her mother and is irreplaceable. On the inside cover is a note that reads 'Christmas 1991.' If you happened to pick up this book, can you please get in touch with me?"

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Blume herself reached out to the desperate husband.

"Will send signed copy," Blume tweeted Thursday. "Not the same, I know. Let's hope it saves the marriage."

The next day, Twitter user @reddsauce responded, "I'm the terrible husband!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart ... marriage saved!!!"

There is no word on whether he was able to track down his wife's book, but Blume said she's "on the case."

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Sadness, in Greenpoint. A photo posted by Maris Kreizman (@mariskreizman) on Jul 30, 2015 at 9:33am PDT

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Oops! Maya Angelou stamp includes quote from another author

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A new limited-edition stamp honoring the late Maya Angelou apparently attributes another author's quote to the poet and civil rights icon, The Associated Press reports.

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled the "Forever" stamp – which includes the quote, "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song" – at a ceremony Tuesday in Washington.

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But that quote isn't Angelou's, children's book author Joan Walsh Anglund said in a Washington Post report. The line – with slightly different pronouns – appears in Anglund's 1967 book, "A Cup of Sun."

President Barack Obama also misattributed the quote to Angelou in a 2013 speech.

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"I think it easily happens sometimes that people hear something, and it's kind of going into your subconscious and you don’t realize it," Anglund said.

"It's an interesting connection, and interesting it would happen and already be printed and on her stamp. I love her and all she’s done, and I also love my own private thinking that also comes to the public because it comes from what I’ve been thinking and how I’ve been feeling."

The U.S. Postal service provided a lengthy explanation for why it used the misattributed quote:

"The Forever Stamp honoring Maya Angelou contains the sentence “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”  Maya Angelou cited this sentence frequently in media interviews and other forums and it provides a connection to her first memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

The sentence was chosen to accompany her image on the stamp to reflect her passion for the written and spoken word.  The sentence held great meaning for her and she is publicly identified with its popularity.

We were not aware of Joan Walsh Anglund’s book “A Cup of Sun,” written in 1967 until the reporter brought it to our attention.  It appears that Ms. Anglund’s poems and books have been cherished by many readers over the years.   

Dr. Angelou was a prolific writer and considered by many to be a wise person with a great deal of life experience.  Had we known about this issue beforehand, we would have used one of her many other works.

The Postal Service puts a great deal of time and energy into vetting the stamps it releases each year.  This stamp was similarly vetted.  We found that the phrase was widely attributed to Angelou in many media and by some dignitaries. "   

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Norman Bridwell, creator of 'Clifford the Big Red Dog' books, dies at 86

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Norman Bridwell, best known as the creator of the children's book series "Clifford the Big Red Dog," has died. He was 86.

According to his publisher, Scholastic, Bridwell died Friday at his home in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. The cause of death was not released.

Scholastic first published Bridwell's extensive "Clifford" series more than 50 years ago. Since then, it's reportedly sold more than 129 million copies in 13 different languages.

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Scholastic's CEO released a statement saying, "Norman Bridwell's books about Clifford, childhood's most loveable dog, could only have been written by a gentle man with a great sense of humor."

Bridwell also was quite tenacious to get the book originally published. "Clifford" was rejected by nine publishers before Scholastic finally gave it the green light.

The gigantic friendly canine even wound up in a PBS cartoon using the same name.

"Clifford" also made his debut on the big screen in 2004, and there's another movie in the works that's due out in 2016.

Bridwell completed two more "Clifford" books before he died: "Clifford Goes to Kindergarten" and "Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah." Both are due out next year.

Norman Bridwell said, "I feel very fortunate in this part in teaching children to read. Something I didn't plan but it's worked out that way."

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