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Archive | May, 2011

2011 London International Antiquarian Book Fair

The London International Antiquarian Book Fair is one of the highlights on the rare book calendar. This year’s fair begins on Thursday 9 June and continues until Saturday 11 June at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. Visitors will see rare and collectable books offered for sale from the finest booksellers in Europe, North America and Australia. […]

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Video Review of Maus by Art Spiegelman

My colleague Lindsay is here to tell us about Maus by Art Spiegelman. This well known graphic novel addresses the horrors of the Holocaust in a unique way. I’ll let Lindsay explain.

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Top 10 books about outsiders

Over at The Guardian, author Stephen Kelman lists of his top 10 books about outsiders. I’m glad to see he highlights Frank Cauldhame from Iain Banks’ The Wasp Factory – a nice twisted book if ever there was one. This novel was one of answers to the daily literary quiz questions on our Facebook page […]

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End of the Oprah era

The publishing world is mourning the end of the Oprah TV show – the final episode is broadcast today. The NY Times reports. I went to college in 1986 and can remember the Oprah show quickly becoming an established part of day-time TV, especially for a bunch of lazy students with nothing better to do. […]

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Knocked up? Don’t read these books

The Millions blog tells us about books that should not be read when you are pregnant. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin: I admit, I haven’t read the novel, but I love the movie, starring the bewitching Mia Farrow. I have purposely kept my blonde hair very short these last 8 and a half months because […]

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Board games inspired by books

The Guardian asks what books should be adapted into board games. I’d start with American Psycho and then do The Road.

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AbeBooks’ literary charades: name these books

Everyone loves to play charades, right? Well, this is literary charades with a little help from Youtube – you have the guess the books that Beth, Christi and myself are describing without the use of speech. Enjoy.

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Aminata Forna wins Commonwealth Prize

Aminatta Forna’s novel The Memory of Love has won best book at the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize awards held over the weekend in Australia. Forna was born in Glasgow but also spent some of her childhood in Sierra Leone. Her book, which is also shortlisted for the Orange Prize, is set in the war-torn West African […]

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Pop up book of the day: ABC3D

Roaring Brook Press has a superb pop up book – ABC3D by Marion Bataille. What a great way for a child to learn the alphabet.

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The mighty bookselling power of Oprah

My Publishers Lunch newsletter tells me how Nielsen Bookscan has tracked the sales of Oprah’s Book Club selections over the past 10 years: Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth – 3.37 million copies sold James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces – 2.7 million copies sold Elie Wiesel’s Night – 2.01 million copies sold Cormac McCarthy’s The […]

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