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Archive | April, 2011

Beautiful bookplates

The Guardian has a slideshow of some lovely bookplates that can be found in the British Museum.

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Donald McGill: king of saucy seaside postcards

The Encyclopædia Britannica blog salutes Donald McGill – king of Britain’s saucy postcards from the olden days era. (Do click through and look at the examples.) McGill designed and produced over 12,000 seaside themed postcards between 1904 and 1962. His designs were once very well known—and postcard holders across the UK often displayed McGills cheeky […]

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Rookie novelist wins at 2011 BC Book Prizes

The BC (as in British Columbia) Book Prizes were handed out last Thursday evening in Vancouver. Congratulations to all the winners. The star of the show was Gurjinder Basran from North Delta, who took home the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her debut novel Everything Was Good-bye. The book concerns growing up as an Indo-Canadian […]

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Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas dies at 93

Chilean poet Gonzalo Rojas, one of Latin America’s great voices in poetry, has died at the age of 93. Rojas won many literary awards, including the 2003 Cervantes Prize – the No.1 award in Spanish-language literature.

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Green Books for Earth Day

It’s Earth Day tomorrow. Earth Day was created in 1970 by a senator from Wisconsin and is now celebrated around the world. It promotes an appreciation for the Earth’s natural environment and asks people to think green. In our line of business, sustainability comes from used books – we love the idea of a book […]

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Life After Death: Literature Published Posthumously

An author’s death rarely means the end of original works from them – The Pale King by David Foster Wallace is the latest and greatest example. A dusty, forgotten manuscript found in a cardboard box soon becomes a bestseller. Sometimes the author’s talent goes unrecognized and success comes after their death. This broad selection – […]

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Inside the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

My colleague Lindsay recently visited the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. This event features the world’s finest booksellers, including many who sell on AbeBooks, and a huge number of rare books are on display.

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Writers and Kitties

Writers and kitties. This right here? This is the good life.

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Norman Mailer’s apartment up for sale

The strange apartment which Mailer had remodelled to resemble the crow’s nest of a ship has come onto the market. So if you happen to be in the market for a funky Brooklyn Heights apartment, have $2.5m to spend, and want a literary connection this is the property for you.

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Cider with Rosie typewriter for sale

Laurie Lee’s vintage Corona travel typewriter is up for sale reports The Guardian. Cider with Rosie remains one of my favourite books to this day. I must read the other two books in the trilogy.

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