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Year of Living Dangerously author CJ Koch dies at 81

Australian author Christopher John (CJ) Koch, famous for writing The Year of Living Dangerously, has died at 81 in Tasmania, reports the BBC. His first novel, The Boys in the Island, in 1958, was a coming-of-age story about a young man growing up in Tasmania. The Year of Living Dangerously, published in 1978, follows a […]

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Studying the art of Lolita

We love books about books. Lolita – The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design is a book about a book’s artwork. The question behind the book is what should Lolita look like? The question that has challenged cover designers since 1955 when Lolita appeared in a plain green wrapper. […]

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Top 10 most expensive books ever sold

With lots of excitement surrounding the Bay Psalm Book that’s coming up for auction at Sotheby’s, this is a good time to step aside and consider the most expensive books that have ever been sold. By saying books, we are including documents and manuscripts, and not just objects published on a press. I would be […]

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New Zealand’s 27-year-old writing sensation takes Booker in her stride

The Daily Telegraph carries an interview with Eleanor Catton, the 27-year-old novelist from New Zealand who has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.  The Luminaries is tale set in the New Zealand goldfields during 1866, and Catton is the youngest writer to be ever shortlisted for the award. In her second novel, The Luminaries, […]

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Buzz building for Bay Psalm Book auction

Buzz is building for the November sale of an ultra-rare Bay Psalm Book. The book, predicted to become the world’s most expensive printed book when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s, has been touring the United States. It’s interesting to see regional media giving considerable space to the subject of rare books.  David Redden, Worldwide Chairman […]

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Coming up… the 2013 Sidney Literary Festival

Sidney on Vancouver Island in British Columbia is a book town by the sea thanks to its multitude of bookshops. That bookishness continues next month with its literary festival on October 4, 5 and 6. Lots of local authors will be appearing including Susan Musgrave, Brian Brett and poet Wendy Morton, who is sponsored by […]

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The rock star of rare books goes on tour

The book that could become the world’s most expensive book is going on tour. Rather like a rock star except the gigs are in libraries rather than stadiums. However, the Bay Psalm Book actually does have celebrity status within the rare book world and Sotheby’s will auction a very rare copy on November 26. In […]

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Ozeki, Lahiri & Tóibín Lead Shortlist for 2013 Man Booker Prize

The six-book shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has been revealed. NoViolet Bulawayo, Eleanor Catton, Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and Colm Tóibín are the contenders. The winner will be announced on 15 October at London’s Guildhall We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (signed copies) The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (signed copies) […]

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Thug Notes burns through Fahrenheit 451

Yo, listen up. Thug Notes offers his gangsta analysis of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It’s a pretty good interpretation once again. I wonder if university students will be referencing Thug Notes this term?

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The best travel book I’ve read recently

Travel writing is one of the genres that I dip in and out of. On Saturday, I visited Black Sheep Books on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia and picked up a copy of Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman from the store’s rather good travel section. Salzman’s book is recommended by Paul Theroux in […]

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