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Random House, Penguin Publishing Houses To Merge

Executives of the publishing giants Bertelsmann and Pearson announced on Monday that they will pursue a merger of their publishing houses, Random House and Penguin. The united publishing companies are set to become a large and influential force in publishing.
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With App, Book Brings 'Horrible Hauntings' To Life

Halloween is coming and award-winning author Shirin Yim Bridges' new children's book Horrible Hauntings gives a new terrifying take on famous ghost tales. That includes the Headless Horseman and Bloody Mary, and readers can use apps to play with the ghosts on phones and tablets. She talks about her new book with host Michel Martin.
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Should 'The Generals' Get Fired More Often?

During World War II, even successful generals could be fired. But after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, no one was fired. A new book from Thomas Ricks examines the changes in our military over the past 60 years.
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The Power Of Language, 'Found In Translation'

A new book by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche uncovers tales of language and translation, like the story of Peter Less, whose family was killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. Just a few years later, Less interpreted for those very same people at the Nuremberg trials.
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A Safe Haven For The Printed Word Turns 200

The American Antiquarian Society houses the largest collection of materials printed in the U.S. Its library has books, newspapers, letters, even board games dating from 1640 to 1876, and its members include some notable characters, including 14 presidents.
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Annotating 'Frankenstein' And Reviving A Classic

Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin talks with Princeton English professor Susan Wolfson about a new annotated version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein she co-edited.
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With Barbs, Author Becomes Literary Star In China

Han Han has boy-band good looks, drives race cars and has built a following of more than 8 million on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. He writes what many young Chinese think but dare not say publicly — criticizing everything from corrupt officials to the nation's conformist educational system.

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