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Archive | March, 2012

Victoria Residents: Friends of the Library Booksale is This Weekend

The 2012 Friends of Library Booksale is March 31st and April 1st in Victoria at the Nellie McClung branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library.

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Movie Review: The Hunger Games

AbeBooks review of The Hunger Games movie.

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It narratives and anthropomorphism

Our latest Avid Reader newsletter is out. This time we address the subject of talking animals and objects, otherwise known as It narratives and anthropomorphism. This literary phenomenon covers many genres. We don’t hesitate for a second when a child’s toy or a rabbit or Dora’s backpack speaks and offers some words of wisdom. There’s […]

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A timeline of Dystopian fiction

Good Reads has built an infographic about Dystopian fiction – I’m sure you can guess why. Two words… Hunger…. Games.

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Hark! a Great Gift – Kate Beaton’s “Hark! A Vagrant” Book Now Available

Kate Beaton’s Hark! a Vagrant web comic is now available in a book. It’s hard to imagine anything more wonderful.

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Men and Rubber – another book title that time forgot

I’m reading a book called The Art of Camping by Matthew De Abaitua at the moment. It told me how car camping was partially created by light bulb inventor Thomas Edison, automotive pioneer Henry Ford, the poet John Burroughs and Harvey Firestone, who used to go off on high-profile car camping trips around America. They […]

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Avant-Garde Books from Behind the Iron Curtain

The Russian Avant-Garde movement began prior to the rule of Nicholas II and thrived in the early years of the Communist regime. This selection of rare and collectable treasures shows how Avant-Garde art influenced books and other publications during these turbulent years. Glasnost brought in political openness and revealed some beautiful rare books. See the […]

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Frameworks for Dating Fossil Man

Yesterday I was searching the site looking for books about dating and finding love (don’t even ask), and came across this gem – Frameworks For Dating Fossil Man by Kenneth P.Oakley from 1966. I am not sure when the word ‘dating’ came into modern usage but this book’s title could be used on a modern […]

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The Grumblings of Monks in Margins

I love this post from brainpickings. It’s a list, taken from the spring 2012 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, of complaints, comments and notes that monks wrote in the margins of pages of illuminated manuscripts. Illuminated manuscripts go back centuries, and I can imagine those monks put in very long days, doing very painstaking, repetitive tasks, […]

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Beautiful Antique Gardening Book: Vegetables, Fruits and More

Just so we’re clear – I do not have anywhere close to $1200 to spare to spend on a book (though…mortgage payments are so overrated). But if I did, I’d choose this one. I can’t stop looking at the images the bookseller included on the listing. The book is called The Instructive Picture Book; Or […]

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