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J.K. Rowling: Potter pressure over

NEW YORK, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The author of the "Harry Potter" books, J.K. Rowling, expressed her relief and sadness over the ending of the series at a New York news conference. "The pressure's off," said Rowling on her first visit to the United States in six years. "I feel quite libe

J.K. Rowling Q&A in New York

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The author of the "Harry Potter" series, J.K. Rowling, is headed for New York for the first of two question-and-answer sessions with fans.

Authors flock to Scotland for book fest

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Hundreds of authors began arriving in Scotland Saturday for the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

U.N.: Oil-for-food indictment 'progress'

UNITED NATIONS, April 14 (UPI) -- The United Nations has labelled as "progress" a U.S. indictment of three businessmen over the oil-for-food bribe scandal.

U.S. businessman indicted in oil scandal

NEW YORK, April 14 (UPI) -- A Texas businessman and two others were indicted in New York on charges of alleged secret kickbacks in the U.N. oil-for-food program.

Actors join in Oscar 'screener' protest

HOLLYWOOD, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Actors are joining directors in protesting the Motion Picture Academy of America recent ban on the use of screeners for Oscar consideration.
John Irving

John Winslow Irving (born John Wallace Blunt, Jr.; March 2, 1942) is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter.

Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Some of Irving's novels, such as The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, have been bestsellers and many have been made into movies. Several of Irving's books (Garp, Meany, A Widow for One Year) and short stories have been set in and around Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire where Irving grew up as the son of an Exeter faculty member, Colin F.N. Irving (1941), and nephew of another, H. Hamilton "Hammy" Bissell (1929). (Both Irving and Bissell, and other members of the Exeter community, appear somewhat disguised in many of his novels.)

Irving was in the Exeter wrestling program both as a wrestler and as an assistant coach, and wrestling features prominently in his books, stories and life.

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