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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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Canada Reads 2015: The Longlist

It’s time for the annual Canadian book battle wherein five well-known Canadians each pick a literary work to champion, and verbally spar on the airwaves. A brainchild of the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC), Canada Reads first aired in 2002 and has been going strong ever since. The debates take place in front of a live […]

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Lost for 76 years – An Australian Family Treasure Comes Home

Books are not just ordinary products to be bought and sold. To some people, a book can have immense meaning and significance, particularly when it has been lost in the sands of time. One such story comes from Megan Billington from South-east Australia. Let’s listen to Megan explain. “My grandfather wrote a small 66-page paperback […]

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