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Archive | October, 2008

Books with secret signs

A man called Justin Scroggie gives us his list of the top 10 books with secret signs at The Guardian. If I was called Scroggie, then I’d change my name. His school days must have been pure hell. Mr Scroggie is the author of Tic-tac Teddy Bears and Teardrop Tattoos: The Secrets and Signs You […]

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Wales’ oldest book

A bishop meets Wales’ oldest book. (A fine example of local journalism – a story out of nothing) Drych Cristianogawl, which translates as Christian Mirror, is housed in The National Library of Wales. The book was on display at Blessed William Davies School as namesake William Davies was one of a group involved in printing […]

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Bookish fashion sense

What does a librarian wear while doing housework? …. A dustjacket! I’m sorry about that. The rest of the photos from this librarian fashion show are pretty neat though.

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Dead authors speak again

The British Library is releasing rare recordings for some of the past centuries greatest authors… British Writers and American Writers are a collection of rare recordings, including the only surviving recording of Virginia Woolf and the sole audio of Arthur Conan Doyle, who can be heard explaining the importance of spiritualism. F Scott Fitzgerald recites […]

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Babylon book from Nebuchadnezzar for sale

It’s amazing what you can find in New Hampshire these days. I often find treasures for sale on AbeBooks but this one really is a treasure. The Antiquarian Bookstore in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is offering this nameless book from 605-562 B.C. I say ‘book’, but it’s actually a large clay cyclinder belonging to Nebuchadnezzar II, […]

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Governor General Literary Awards

The Canada Council for the arts has announced the shortlist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards, I have included descriptions of the books that I have readily stolen from the Canada Council website… Rivka Galchen – Atmospheric Disturbances. Atmospheric Disturbances is a poignant and very funny journey inside a mistaken mind. A writer with tremendous […]

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The American Idol of literature

The website FieldReport.com has launched an online writing contest with a $250,000 grand prize. The writing must be a true story, not longer than 2,000 words and monthly prizes of $1,000 are then given out to the highest ranking pieces of writing in 21 categories such as “Breaking News – Eyewitness to current events”, “Crisis […]

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Four types of Harry Potter readers

A professor at Ulster University claims there are four types of Harry Potter readers, one for each of the four houses at Hogwarts His research found ‘Hufflepuff’ readers take the tales at a slow, steady and systematic pace and enjoy re-reading the books over and over. “People will look back and say ‘Why did we […]

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More on foreign fiction

Finding books by foreign authors like JMG Le Clezio is not going to be getting any easier, English translation rights have been slow sellers at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

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NPR lists best foreign books

After Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio was given the Nobel Prize for Literature, a large number of English speaking readers began asking what else they might be missing out on and sales for Le Clezio’s book exploded on AbeBooks since most of his English translations were out-of-print. A stat that is thrown around is that only […]

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