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New York man gets medieval on King James Bible

A retired interior designer from upstate New York named Phillip Patterson recently decided that he wanted to learn more about the bible, so for the past six years he has spent upwards of 14 hours a day copying out the passages of the King James bible line by line; in much the same way that […]

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80 years since Nazi book burnings

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Nazi book burnings.  On May 10, 1933 70,000 people gathered in central Berlin to burn tens of thousands of  books which were deemed to be un-German by the National Socialist regime.  These ranged from works of socialists, pacifists, Jewish writers or simply works that sympathized with another ideology.  An article […]

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AbeBooks monthly bestsellers from April 2013

AbeBooks Top 10 Signed books from April 2013 1. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson 2. The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher 3. Life after Life by Kate Atkinson 4. The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks 5. Wool by Hugh Howey 6. The Path to Power by Margaret Thatcher 7. The Steep Approach […]

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Miles Franklin Award shortlist 2013

The Miles Franklin Award is considered by many to be the most prestigious literary prize in Australia, it is given for the “novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.”  The shortlist for the 2013 award have just been announced and this year five women are […]

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ANZAC Day remembering Gallipoli

April 25th is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand, it is the anniversary of the start of the battle of Gallipoli in which French and British Empire forces (led by mainly by troops of Australia and New Zealand) attacked the Ottoman capital of Constantinople.  The campaign was the first major battle undertaken in WWI […]

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Author Smack Talk: The Literary Diss

Perhaps it’s mean and base of me, but I really enjoyed this article that I found on The Examiner. It lists 50 examples of authors trash talking each other’s works.  Reading a highly articulate slam from one of the century’s greatest authors against another literary titan is something I find very amusing – perhaps because […]

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Sanity prevails with Adele memoir, and other miscellany

I was crawling the blogosphere looking for something interesting to tell you all and I couldn’t choose between three stories, so I decided you could enjoy all three. The first comes from the UK where The Belfast Telegraph reports that a publisher offered pop music superstar Adele a giant stack of money to produce a […]

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Shuswap Word on the Lake Festival 2013

If you are an aspiring or amateur writer in British Columbia you may want to keep the weekend of May 24 – May 26 open because Salmon Arm will become the province’s literary hot spot as the Shuswap Association of Writers presents the 10th annual Word on the Lake Readers and Writers Festival.  The festival […]

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Adam Johnson wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

This afternoon The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.  The book was described by the committee as an “exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.” The Orphan […]

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The Little Leather Library

Measuring only about four inches and bound in a simple embossed leather covering the books of the Little Leather Library are absolutely Spartan in design. Max Sackheim,Harry Scherman and Charles and Albert Boni knew they would need to be thrifty if they were going to successfully launch a publishing house in the middle of World […]

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