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Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 06/23/2011

J.K. Rowling Announces Harry Potter E-Books; Florence Wants ‘Mona Lisa’ to Visit Italy


LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) J K Rowling arrives at the Orange British Academy Film Awards 2011 held at The Royal Opera House on February 13, 2011 in London, England. (Dave Hogan - GETTY IMAGES)
Great Gifts: Reclusive heiress Huguette M. Clark, who died last month in New York, has left a painting from Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” series to the Corcoran Gallery of Art. (Washington Post)

Harry Potter and the Mysterious Internets: Harry Potter mastermind J.K. Rowling is finally launching an online store that will sell Harry Potter e-books directly to consumers. (Wall Street Journal)

Released: The Chinese legal authorities released dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday after a three-month detention, ending a prosecution that highlighted China’s poor human rights record. (New York Times)

And Now, Questions: Chinese artist Ai Weiwei cannot talk about what had happened during his detention, raising questions about the motives of the Chinese authorities. (Der Spiegel)

The Face that Launched…: The city of Florence, Italy is launching a campaign to bring “Mona Lisa” to Florence; the city is seeking 100,000 signatures to petition the Louvre to allow the famed work to visit. (AP via Washington Post)

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