On the Books Aug. 24: Stephen King producing left-leaning radio show, 'Notting Hill' bookstore closing, and more | EW.com

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On the Books Aug. 24: Stephen King producing left-leaning radio show, 'Notting Hill' bookstore closing, and more

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++ The Travel Bookshop, the site of pivotal scenes between Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in Notting Hill, will be closing unless someone comes to the rescue. Several authors and Alec Baldwin, who also had a role in the film, are voicing their support for the store.

++ Master of horror Stephen King is taking on a truly scary endeavor: putting on a left-leaning radio talk show in a market dominated by conservative talking heads. Pat LaMarche and Matt Dunlap will host “The Pulse Morning Show” on King’s Maine-based Zone Radio.

++ Sapphire, author of The Kid and Push, which inspired the Oscar-nominated film Precious, speaks out about racism in the creative arts.

++ Booktrack (available in Apple’s App Store) melds music and reading by setting soundtracks to e-books. Its first soundtrack-enhanced book will be The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore.

++ Do spelling and formatting errors in ebooks drive you nuts? Well, the problem might be around for a while.

++ Bibliophiles, look on in envy at these 20 celebrity libraries.

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