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On the Books July 18: Borders approaching liquidation, Harry Potter plagiarism claim fails

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++ Things are not looking good for Borders, as the bookstore chain attempts to find someone to save it from liquidation before tomorrow’s auction deadline.

++ Like a spell from the wand of Neville Longbottom, a lawsuit filed by the estate of author Adrian Jacobs against J.K. Rowling claiming plagiarism in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire has fizzled.

++ The very drunk are different from you and I. Jimmy So at The Daily Beast analyzes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s alcoholism and the new collection, On Booze.

++ After the success of memoirs from the likes of Keith Richards and Patti Smith, publishers are aching to get their hands on one by David Bowie. His editor probably wouldn’t even have that many ch-ch-ch-changes.