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Crime writer Judy Penz Sheluk discusses small town mysteries

One of my jobs is to inform journalists about AbeBooks, our books and our booksellers. But I like it when a journalist turns the tables and tells me about their book. Meet Judy Penz Sheluk. She’s a journalist who specializes in antiques and has covered stories about AbeBooks for years. Judy is also a crime […]

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Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize is Marlon James with A Brief History of Seven Killings

Congratulations to Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. James is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize and the first Jamaican author to win the prize since it was first awarded 47 years ago. His novel is fictional history and focuses on the attempted murder of Bob Marley in 1976. […]

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Champion of oral history Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Belarus journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish academy praised her for: “polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Her recordings of oral histories documented the implosion of the Soviet Union from the point of view of the ordinary person. English translations of several […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Link Lineup

1. Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell dies. 2. Bibliophiles around the world reveal their top books and best places to read. 3. The top 10 most beautiful medieval manuscripts. 4. British Politician Jeremy Corbyn’s cultural favorites including his favorite book, his favorite band, poet and author. 5. The New York Times Sunday Book Review talks […]

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Amy Stewart turns to fiction with Girl Waits With Gun

I’ve been reading Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. Released this week, it’s Amy’s first novel and marks her entry into fiction after a series of entertaining non-fiction hits including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs and Flower Confidential. Amy is no ordinary author as she is truly committed to books and the literary […]

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Rare Book about Cigar Store Figures Sells for $1,550

An exceptionally rare book about cigar store figures has sold for $1,550 on the AbeBooks.com marketplace. Hunting Indians in a Taxi-Cab by Kate Sanborn has an eye-catching title and also contains valuable photographic evidence of a rather forgotten form of advertising. Published in 1911, this small book has just 74 pages and about 8 1/2 inches […]

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Step into Eureka Books – a literary goldmine in Northern California

The word ‘Eureka’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘I have found it’ and I almost shouted those very words after reaching Eureka Books, a wonderful bookshop nestled in a corner of Northern California. We’d driven south for five hours, give or take an hour or two, from the glorious sand dunes of Southern […]

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Terry Pratchett 1948 – 2015

The man who gave us Discworld is gone. Sir Terry Pratchett died today, at home, surrounded by family, of complications from end-stage early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Throughout Pratchett’s lengthy career, he published over 70 books. He was by far best known for his Discworld books, a series of 40 bizarre and very funny fantasy novels set […]

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Ayelet Tsabari Wins 2015 Sami Rohr Prize

There’s been very exciting news for Ayelet Tsabari: it was recently announced that the Toronto-based author has won the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize. The prize began in 2006 and was conceived by the grandchildren of Jewish philanthropist Sami Rohr on his 80th birthday, to honor his appreciation for Jewish literature. Administered by the Jewish Book […]

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American Novelist Robert Stone Dies at 77

Loss for the literary world today – American novelist Robert Stone has died of COPD. The New York City-born writer was best known for his second novel, Dog Soldiers, which earned him a National Book Award in 1975. However his career spanned nearly five decades, with his first novel, A Hall of Mirrors, published in […]

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