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Archive | June, 2010

Rare book thief jailed again

Serial rare book thief William Jacques is going to the Big House, again. I imagine he won’t be given a card for the prison library. Libararies and rare bookshops around the UK breath a huge sign of relief.

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John W. Campbell Award nominees

The nominations list has been announced, nice to see some Canadians in there too. 1. Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl 2. Iain M. Banks, Transition 3. Nancy Kress, Steal Across the Sky 4. Paul McAuley, Gardens of the Sun 5. China Mieville, The City & the City 6. Adam Roberts, Yellow Blue Tibia 7. Kim […]

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John Updike’s archives

I think John Updike’s legacy is pretty safe. The NY Times took a look into his archive at the weekend. And there is a memo from a researcher catching Updike up on current sales and commissions at Toyota franchises of the kind owned by the Angstrom family, along with photocopied pages from a handbook on […]

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Leather-bound books from the Franklin Library

The Franklin Library, a division of The Franklin Mint, was a publisher of fine collector edition books from the early 1970s until 2000. Known for beautiful bindings, Franklin books were published in three styles – full genuine leather, imitation leather, and quarter-bound genuine leather. The full leather-bound editions were produced throughout the Library’s lifespan but […]

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The best of travel writing

The sun is finally out, it’s been a bit of a grey spring here in the Pacific Northwest, and like clockwork everyone starts daydreaming about their upcoming vacation time. Beth has been contemplating road trips in literature while Julie looked at some beautiful and collectible travelogues from days gone by. However I can assure you […]

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Anthony Bourdain & the future of food writing

The Guardian looks at the changing world of food writing. It’s 10 years since Anthony Bourdain brought out Kitchen Confidential and now he has a new book, Medium Raw. Instead of riffing on a lavish, career-hobbling multi-drug habit, Bourdain’s main dilemma now is whether or not he should endorse a rubbish restaurant in return for […]

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Top 20 authors under 40 in Britain

The Telegraph adds some fuel to the fire set last week by The New Yorker when they listed their top 20 American authors under the age of 40. In response the British paper has posted their own list: 1 Chris Cleave 2 Rana Dasgupta 3 Adam Foulds 4 Sarah Hall 5 Steven Hall 6 Mohsin […]

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Mark Twain tribute to daughter sells for $242,500

A 64-page tribute written by Mark Twain to his daughter, who died aged 24. has sold at auction for $242,500, reports the BBC.

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Nobel winner Jose Saramago dies at 87

Portuguese author Jose Saramago has died at the age of 87. Saramago is best known for Blindness, written in 1995 – a story of a country whose entire population lose their sight. He won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998. There are nine signed copies of Blindness currently on AbeBooks – I imagine they’ll […]

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Sotheby’s Literary Letters Auction

Literary letters up for auction from Sotheby’s New York include Mark Twain, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Albert Einstein, Emily Dickinson and more.

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