Hilary Mantel, Double Booker Prize winner and author of the Wolf Hall trilogy, dies at 70

The publisher of the famous British novelist Dame Hilary Mantel has announced that she is 70 years old. “It is with great sadness that AM Heath and HarperCollins announce that best-selling author Dame Hilary Mantell DBE died suddenly and peacefully yesterday, surrounded by family and close friends, at the age of 70,” HarperCollins said in a statement. Hilary Mantell was one of the greatest English novelists of the century and her beloved works are considered modern classics. We will miss her very much.” Mantel is best known for the sprawling…

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America’s Most Banned Books Author Elaine Hopkins Calls BS On Parents ‘Worrying’

More than 1,600 different books Public schools and libraries have been banned for the past school year, as parents and community members across the country continue to stir up hell over acts that address cultural identities, racism, homophobia and abuse. Many banners in favor of the book insist that the material is simply not suitable for younger readers. But the authors say these concerns are just excuses — and they’re really about exclusion. “They act like they’re worried about the kids,” he said, “but they’re not.” Ellen Hopkinsauthor crankAnd the…

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How Scientology Protected Tom Cruise and John Travolta – And Kicked Out Nicole Kidman

MRinder served as Senior Executive Director of the Church of Scientology from 1982 to 2007, both on the board of directors and as head of the Office of Special Affairs, where he articulated the public image of the religion-like faith. He often acted as the public face of Scientology, speaking to the media and putting out PR fires. Since leaving Scientology in 2007, he has become one of the pioneers of Scientology in the world, appearing in the HBO documentary. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Beliefco-host of Emmy…

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Sumner Redstone’s New Book Will Drop the Sexual Assault Bomb

These reports appear as one of several scoops featured in this week’s issue of closeNewsletter pulls the curtain off the media. Subscription over here Submit your questions, tips and complaints here. Confider has learned that a new book about the battle for power at global entertainment empire Paramount will reveal previously unreported allegations of sexual assault on the late Sumner Redstone, and a woman named in the book has already issued legal threats to its authors. Unwritten: The Battle for the Media Empire and the Legacy of the Redstone FamilyWritten…

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‘GLOW’ star Betty Gipin is more than a Magic 8 Ball with boobs

Betty Gilpin deleted her Twitter account long ago, but when the cover of her book was revealed, she dipped her toe in the waters of social media to gauge the reactions. There was one comment below, and it was just a GIF of my boobs bouncing, like, ‘Yeah, that looks right. ‘ Gilpin remembers dryly. Drawing a line of decapitated Barbie doll heads on a bright pink background into this GIF is a big stretch, but this isn’t the first time Gilpin has experienced this kind of gratuitous jump. “I…

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‘Boy Meets World’ Maitland Ward became a porn star and was ignored by Hollywood

eElizabeth Berkeley was hanging out with a guy when she walked out of Whole Foods with a bag of produce on her hip. I hate the word “canoodling” but that’s what it was – less craving, more pasta, with “can” added to the front for encouragement. She turned away from the man, blushing when she saw me—a woman with a bun over her head, clumsily running a bag of vegetables, who happens to be fucking men with rods as big as zucchini digging out of the bag for a camera.…

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Summer Boismier of Norman High School in Oklahoma gave kids a QR code to the Brooklyn library’s list of banned books

A high school teacher in Oklahoma resigned this week after providing her students with a QR code to access banned free books online, a strange new twist in the cascading right-wing panic over the teaching of race and gender in schools. “I don’t feel like I can go back to the classroom right now in this state and environment in which we find ourselves doing my job,” Summer Boismier told The Daily Beast. It was the resignation of Boismier First reported by Fox 25 reporter Wendy Soares. Boesmere, an English…

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Sympathy for “The Wire” star Michael K. Williams knows no bounds

MEckel Williams’ path to becoming one of the most prolific TV actors of the 21st century began with Janet Jackson’s video. It’s a story he shared in interviews before his death on September 6, 2021, of a drug overdose in his Brooklyn apartment and one he gave again in his sensational posthumous memoir, Scenes from my lifetoday by Crown Publishing Group. The anecdote goes that Williams was an uninspiring 22-year-old living at home with his mother when Jackson’s famous black and white photo of “Rhythm of the Nation” appeared on…

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Banning the book backfires while forcing the Killar Independent School District in Texas to withdraw the Bible, The Book of Anne Frank

One school in Texas pulled dozens of challenged books from its library shelves — including the Bible — just before the start of the school year under a new policy introduced by conservative leaders. “Attached is a list of all the books that were challenged last year. By the end of the day, I need to pull all the books from the library and classroom,” Jennifer Price, executive curriculum director for the Keeler Independent School District, directed administrators in an email Tuesday, obtained by Texas Tribune. “Once this is complete,…

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Comedian W Kamau Bell in the studio

W Kamau Bell (Propaganda worker, no copyright) Houston – Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. On Houston Live, W. Kamau Bell, Emmy-winning comedian and host of the CNN series United Shades of America, prepares for a trip to Houston. But first, he’s going to join us in the studio. He’ll be in town with bestselling author Kate Schatz to discuss the new anti-racist activism book, Do The Work! Do your job! Anti-racism activity book (Workman Publishing) Copyright 2022 by KPRC Click2Houston – All Rights Reserved.

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