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Top 10 bestselling signed books on AbeBooks from June 2013

Top 10 bestselling signed books on AbeBooks from June 2013 1. Son by Philipp Meyer 2. Transatlantic by Colum McCannhtt 3. American Assassin by Vince Flynn 4. The Last Man by Vince Flynn 5. The Guns At Last Light by Rick Atkinson 6. Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn 7. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled […]

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Own two bookshelves and your children will succeed

Well, it’s not quite as simple as that – you can’t just own the books – but a recent study has concluded that there is a correlating relationship between parents who own, and love, books and how well those children fare in school.  This concept should not be shocking to anyone as it’s not difficult […]

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Richard Matheson passes away

The world lost another great writer this week when science fiction legend Richard Matheson passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday. Matheson, will be best remembered for his 1954 book I Am Legend; the novel helped popularize both the post-apocalyptic fiction genre as well as the zombie genre of horror. His work spanned the fantasy, […]

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Final Iain Banks novel The Quarry available today

Only 11 days after his passing, Iain Banks’ final novel, The Quarry, has been made available to his fans.  The book details the thoughts and emotions of a son watching his father suffer through the effects of terminal cancer. There’s an eerie coincidence: Banks was unaware of his own impending cancer diagnosis when he began […]

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Hemingway, their man in Havana?

Ernest Hemingway led a very interesting life – he was a World War I ambulance driver and a journalist during the Spanish Civil War, he lived in Paris, Havana, Toronto and a number of other American cities, and he won both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize. He did a number of amazing things which he […]

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Khaled Hosseini Interview and other news

There were a couple of neat book related stories that I found this morning that I wanted to share with you. The first is a great New York Times interview with Khaled Hosseini in which he reveals that: the best book he was ever given as a gift was a Farsi translation of White Fang; […]

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Penguin Book Truck coming to an event near you

If you find yourself at a book event this summer and happen to see something which looks a lot like a bright orange food truck/cart, take a second look – you may have found the Penguin Book Truck. Designed to look like a classic New York City hot dog cart and lunch truck, these mobile […]

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Annotated Philosopher’s Stone sells at auction for £150,000

The English charity PEN held an auction yesterday where they acquired a large number of first editions from various authors and then had the authors sign, annotate, and in some cases illustrate these editions.  The auction, which was entitled “First Editions, Second Thoughts” raised £439,000 for the charity whose goal is to fight censorship and […]

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini published today

Some authors churn out books nearly at the pace one would read them, but Khaled Hosseini takes his time with his craft.  It has been six years, less a day, since Khaled Hosseini published  A Thousand Splendid Suns; and  it is one week shy of the 10th anniversary of  his debut novel, The Kite Runner, […]

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The Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2013

I am going to go out and say it, there are far too many book prizes given out every year.  This isn’t to say that I don’t think authors deserve to be recognized for their fantastic work, it’s just that it can get a bit tedious when every day it seems that another seven prizes […]

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