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… and a Happy 70th Birthday to Stephen King!

Maine’s master of nightmares, Stephen King, is 70 years old today.  Happy birthday! It’s a popular day for literary birthdays, apparently.

The author has penned such well-known titles as Carrie, Pet Sematary, The Shining, The Talisman, Misery and, of course, It, which currently is tearing up the box office.

Check out this piece written by the Bangor Daily News for the birthday milestone (it even got King’s seal of approval; he tweeted the story out earlier today).

Happy Birthday to ‘The Hobbit’

J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Hobbit, the book that introduced us to Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, The Shire and the Ring, is 80 years old today.

Published on Sept. 21, 1937, the book is beloved by millions of readers and continues to be discovered and enjoyed by new generations. In 1954 Tolkien published his subsequent trilogy, The Lord of The Rings, which largely follows Baggins’ nephew, Frodo Baggins, and his journey to destroy the Ring.