Cuban Book Ban
Virginia Rosen, president of the Greater Miami Chapter of the ACLU of Florida, displays a copy of "Vamos a Cuba," June 21, 2006. On July 24, a federal judge temporarily barred the Miami-Dade County school district from removing the children's book from school libraries. The judge ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, which is seeking to keep the book, "A Visit to Cuba," in schools.
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Three-year-old Mitchel Huebel of Lumberton, Texas, checks out the cover of a book during a Friends of the Port Arthur Library book sale at the Port Arthur Library in Port Arthur, Texas, on July 21, 2006.
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Former Vice President Al Gore shakes hands with a woman after signing a copy of his book "An Inconvenient Truth" for her on July 18, 2006, in Philadelphia. Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide was made into a documentary of the same name.
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Night club entrepreneur Amy Sacco and musician Paul Shaffer celebrate her first book, "Cocktails," at a party and book signing at Barneys New York on July 18, 2006. Sacco, a first-time author, is the owner of famed New York nightspots Lot 61, Bungalow 8 and Bette.
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60 Years Of Bikinis
Style and fashion guru Kelly K. Bensimon signs her new tome, "The Bikini Book," at Lycra Cabana during the Sunglass Hut Swim Shows Miami at the Raleigh Hotel on July 15, 2006. The book by the editor of Elle Accessories explores the history of the bikini, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
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'Murder in Samarkand'
Former British Ambassador Craig Murray with his book, "Murder in Samarkand" in London on July 17, 2006. Murray was the British ambassador to Uzbekistan until he was removed from his post in October 2004 for exposing human-rights abuses by the U.S.-backed regime of President Islam Karimov.
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An auctioneer waits during the auction of the complete First Folio edition of William Shakespeare's plays, still in its 17th-century calf-leather binding, at Sotheby's auction house in London on July 13, 2006. An anonymous London book dealer purchased the book, widely regarded as one of the most important in the English language, for 2.8 million pounds ($5.2 million).
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Rick Warren, a pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church in Orange County, Calif., and the author of "The Purpose Driven Life," speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, on July 12, 2006. Warren, a prominent U.S. pastor and best-selling author, said he would bring his message of finding hope in life through faith to communist North Korea during a planned trip there next year.
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Diablo Cody poses in Minneapolis on June 12, 2006. Cody turned her adventures as an amateur stripper into a sharp and funny memoir, "Candy Girl," subtitled "A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper."
Author Zadie Smith is seen at the Harper Collins summer party at the Serpentine in London on July 12, 2006.
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Author Kinky Friedman, a and candidate for governor of Texas, autographs and campaigns on July 12, 2006, during a book signing for his recent work, "Cowboy Logic," at the Texas Star Trading Co. in Abilene, Texas.
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South African writer Mary Watson, winner of the 2006 Caine Prize for African writing, is pictured in central London, July 11, 2006. Watson, with her book "Jungfrau," was the seventh winner of the 10,000-pound ($18,000) short story prize. Also called the Man Booker Prize, the award is one of the most prestigious for young African writers.
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Dating coach Patti Feinstein poses among several dating books which she feels are misleading to readers in the self-help section of a bookstore in Chicago on July 6, 2006. Feinstein says she became a dating coach after getting fed up with her career as a matchmaker and seeing many of her clients' dates go badly.
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Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks with a reporter on July 6, 2006, in his office at the Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Huckabee said a new book he's writing may help him gauge the amount of support he has for a possible 2008 presidential bid. Huckabee said the book will focus on various policy issues he's faced in his 10 years as governor.
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Doctor Of Laws
J.K. Rowling, the creator of "Harry Potter," receives an honorary Doctor Of Laws degree from the University of Aberdeen at Marischal College in Aberdeen, Scotland, on July 6, 2006.
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Barbara Albright, a prolific writer of food and knitting books, smiles for a picture on April 10, 2005, in Wilton, Conn. Albright died from a brain tumor on July 5, 2006, at the age of 51, her husband said. Albright wrote about 25 books, including "1,001 Reasons to Love Chocolate," which she co-wrote with Mary Tiegreen. She often appeared as a guest on television programs.
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His Own Voice
Author Thomas Steinbeck poses in Santa Barbara, Calif., on June 30, 2006. Steinbeck has followed a winding journey to the point where he can carry on the family tradition without feeling he will constantly be judged by his father's legacy. At 61, he is just now finding his own voice as an author.
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Kaie Wellman displays her book "eat.shop.portland." during an interview at Foxfire Teas in Portland, Ore., on June 7, 2006. To get Wellman's hand-picked recommendations for hipster-centric locales like Vancouver, B.C., Brooklyn, N.Y. and Austin, Texas, you'd have to have an eye for off-the-radar Web sites that feature an affinity for an organic, independent aesthetic.
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Best Mystery Novel
Author Jess Walter stands by a train overpass in downtown Spokane, Wash., on June 1, 2006. Walter won the 2006 Edgar Award for best mystery novel of the year for his book "Citizen Vince."
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Peter Lewis stands on the stairway to the treehouse he built in his backyard in Bridgeton, Maine, on May 22, 2006. His book, "Treehouse Chronicles: One Man's Dream of Life Aloft," grew from the journal Lewis kept as the treehouse project developed. The antidote for what he calls "adult-onset adolescence" is a 250-square-foot insulated retreat with two porches, 21 windows, a coal-burning stove and a spiral staircase.
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