| Jul 9, 2013
| 11:20 AM
As if the opportunity to watch “Downton Abbey” three months before everyone in America weren’t enough, here’s yet another reason to move to England: An enormous statue depicting Colin Firth as a dripping wet Mr. Darcy in the...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 7:38 AM
Kelly Clarkson is currently out $235,000, is not able to take possession of the Jane Austen ring she bought last year, and faces British Austen fans who want to buy the ring back.
Clarkson, an avowed Austen fan who has also purchased a first edition...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 8:10 AM
What do a National Book Award-winning novelist and popular TV host Stephen Colbert talk about when they get together?
"Fifty Shades of Grey," of course. And also James Joyce.
Colum McCann, who won the National Book Award for his novel "Let the Great...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Author-based theme parks were the talk of the night as the cast and filmmakers celebrated the premiere of Sony Classics' "Austenland" on Aug. 8 at the Hemingway Lounge in Hollywood after the film unspooled at the ArcLight.
Producer Stephenie Meyer,...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 8:16 AM
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling, 1998
It is wonderful to open a book and delve into a world of wizards, wands and magic. This world is so expertly hidden that you start to believe (hope) that it is all true. I shut the back cover...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 8:12 AM
The Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" has many pleasures, but it wasn't immediately apparent that literature would be one of them.
Based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name, the main character, Piper Chapman, is a middle class woman who...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:47 PM
Singer Kelly Clarkson, the first "American Idol" winner, bought a ring at auction that belonged to author Jane Austen, but the British government won't let her take the ring out of the country.
The gold and turquoise ring cost the "Tie It Up" singer...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 11:07 AM
Joan Collins, the 80-year-old "Dynasty" star, reportedly asked to be removed from Shirley Jones' tell-all autobiography in a scene involving the offer of an orgy.
Jones recently published "Shirley Jones: A Memoir." In the book, the "Partridge Family"...
| Jul 24, 2013
| 6:48 PM
Hundreds of anti-gay demonstrators in the former Yugoslav republic of Montenegro may have set back their country’s bid to join the European Union on Wednesday with their rock-throwing protest against a gay pride march.
At the first known pride...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 12:11 PM
Famed British author Jane Austen is replacing scientist Charles Darwin as the face of the country's £10 note.
The Bank of England picked the writer of classics such as "Pride and Prejudice" and "Mansfield Park" to grace the soon-to-be redesigned note,...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 2:25 PM
Responding to complaints that famous women were underrepresented on British currency, the Bank of England this week announced that novelist Jane Austen will replace naturalist Charles Darwin on the 10-pound note beginning in 2017. Inevitably, the move has...