Thursday, January 19, 2006


Associated Press reports that is planning an original series of Webcasts. The show, hosted by Bill Maher, will feature authors and artists with new releases.

The 12-episode Webcast series, which will begin airing June 1, is the first offering in what the Seattle company says is a broader plan to add more original programming to its Web site.

Kathy Savitt,'s vice president of strategic communications, content and initiatives, said the long-term goal is to help become more of a "destination," where offerings such as this help people find artists whose works they might not previously have thought of buying.

The first episode is being recorded at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, with authors Stephen King and Armistead Maupin, musician Rob Thomas and actress Toni Collette. Previews of the show will begin Tuesday, leading up to the June 1 launch.

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Die Laughing: Funny Crime and Mystery Fiction


A woman with a complicated past returns home to become the small town's new sheriff. Best Mann For The Job is by the writer/artist team of Chris and Erica Well. Read it from the beginning at Watch the trailer on YouTube.