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NYC’s new police chief salutes George J. Zaffo’s long forgotten ‘Your Police’ book

In other news, New York City announced its latest police chief, William J. Bratton, yesterday. What’s that got to do with us or books at all? Well, Mr Bratton, who is already a very known policeman for his pioneering strategies on crime reduction, took a faded yellow children’s book from 1956 into the press conference. Your […]

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Underdog James McBride takes National Book Award

Winners of the prestigious National Book Award were announced Wednesday evening, with James McBride taking the fiction prize for The Good Lord Bird. Many are calling the win a surprise, considering the underdog was up against favorites Thomas Pynchon and Jhumpa Lahiri. But the winning novel is said to be wildly entertaining, darkly funny, and well […]

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Five Doris Lessing books you must read

Lots of articles paying tribute to Doris Lessing, who died at the age of 94 yesterday, have appeared this morning. The Guardian lists her five best books (see below) but the author wrote more than 50 books, including novels, poetry, drama and short stories, so you have a huge selection to choose from. Lessing’s obituary […]

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Short Story Collection Nabs the Giller Prize

Lynn Coady was named winner of Canada’s 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month for her collection of short stories, Hellgoing.  Now in its 20th year, the Giller Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction.  Previous winners include literary hard-hitters Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, Joseph Boyden, and Michael Ondaatje. Writers Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan, and Jonathan Lethem made […]

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Literary pumpkins carved by AbeBooks

The AbeBooks’ marketing has celebrated Halloween with a pumpkin carving session where carvers had to create literary pumpkins. The one lesson that we learned is that artistic pumpkin carving is actually very challenging. We have a new appreciation for the people who create detailed masterpieces out of a common, rather bland-tasting, squash. Behold, literary pumpkins […]

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Rare spell books sell for $13,865 but beware of the curse

Just days before All Hallow’s Eve, two handwritten, spiral-bound books of spells have sold on AbeBooks.com for $13,865, but the buyer risks being cursed if they are not a believer in witchcraft.  The opening page of the first of the two grimoires (that’s a magical textbook) is inscribed with the haunting warning: “To those not […]

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Eleanor Catton strikes Booker gold at 28

New Zealand’s Eleanor Catton has won the 2013 Man Booker Prize at the tender age of 28. She is the youngest ever winner of the award and pockets £50,000 for The Luminaries, an epic 832-page mystery set during the 1866 New Zealand gold rush. Born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Catton lives in Auckland. […]

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Literary Canada buzzes as Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Canada, and particularly Victoria in British Columbia, is a buzz this morning with the news that Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The 82-year-old, famous for writing short stories, is the 110th Nobel laureate in literature and the 13th woman to receive the prize. Munro last published work was in 2012, a […]

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Thriller writer Tom Clancy dies at 66

Author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66 in Baltimore. The thriller writer’s career was launched in 1984 with the release of his debut novel, The Hunt for Red October, which famously became a bestseller after being published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press. It was of their first fictional works and proved […]

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1977, The Shining and all that

It’s 1977 and Stephen King publishes his third novel called The Shining. The book powers King into superstar status in the literature world. Stanley Kubrick goes on to make a famous movie in 1980 and interest never seems to wane in this story about the Overlook Hotel, an isolated resort in Colorado. Today, we have […]

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