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Associated Press / October 7, 2009

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Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall,’’ a tale of political intrigue set during King Henry VIII’s reign, won the Man Booker prize for fiction yesterday, and Ian Frazier won the Thurber Prize for American Humor for his lighthearted book on parental guidance, “Lamentations of the Father.’’ The American Book Awards, given for outstanding work of multicultural literature, were also announced: Houston A. Baker’s “Betrayal: How Black Intellectuals Have Abandoned the Ideals of the Civil Rights Era,’’ “The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: Selected Works of Jose Antonio Burciaga,’’ and Claire Hope Cummings’s “Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds.’’

Tweets from Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor said she’s headed to the hospital for a heart procedure. The actress, 77, wrote on Twitter that she is to undergo a “very new’’ procedure to improve heart function. “Any prayers you happen to have lying around I would dearly appreciate,’’ Taylor wrote yesterday, adding that she plans to inform her 155,944 Twitter followers when the procedure is complete.

Actor stricken
Tony Roberts had a minor seizure during the Sunday matinee of “The Royal Family’’ but is looking forward to returning to the Broadway revival of the 1927 comedy. Roberts’s daughter Nicole said the 69-year-old actor is “feeling great’’ and is taking medication. He became ill during the preview performance and had to be taken to a hospital.

Ruling for Gibson
A judge ruled yesterday that Mel Gibson’s conviction stemming from his 2006 drunken driving arrest is being expunged. The ruling came after his lawyer had requested the dismissal. The actor-director successfully completed the terms of his three-year probation following the misdemeanor drunken driving arrest in which he made derogatory comments about Jews and women.

Fair enough
"People say, 'How come you always write about life and death?' I say, ''Well, John Grisham always writes about lawyers. Stephen [King] always writes about monsters.' " -- Mitch Albom, whose new book is "Have a Little Faith"

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