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Ozeki, Lahiri & Tóibín Lead Shortlist for 2013 Man Booker Prize

The six-book shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has been revealed. NoViolet Bulawayo, Eleanor Catton, Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and Colm Tóibín are the contenders. The winner will be announced on 15 October at London’s Guildhall We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (signed copies) The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (signed copies) […]

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Eugene O’Neill’s underpants for sale

  When it comes to collectible literary underwear, Johnnycake Books, up in Salisbury, Connecticut, is hard to beat. A pair of Eugene O’Neill’s boxer shorts are being offered for sale by this particular bookseller for the grand price of $1,750. They are pale blue, size 32 with the initials “E O’N” stitched into the waist-band.  […]

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Signed Hemingway photo sells for $8,250

Look at Ernest Hemingway in this signed photograph that appears on our list of most expensive sales in August. The photo is inscribed “Norma – glad you finally came to Key West – ever, Ernest” and dated 1937. Sitting on a sailboat gunwale, Hemingway looks fit, tanned and totally at ease. This photo sold for$8,250 […]

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Last Elmore Leonard Novel and the James Tait Black Prize winner

Hot on the news that five new JD Salinger works could be published beginning in 2015 the estate of Elmore Leonard has come out with news that Elmore’s son plans to finish the late author’s final novel. Elmore Leonard passed just last week, and it has now been reported by the BBC that his son, […]

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Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing

American crime writer Elmore Leonard has died at 87. The author wrote 45 novels including Fifty Two Pick Up, Get Shorty and Maximum Bob. He had suffered a stroke earlier this month. Born in New Orleans in 1925, he began his writing career with westerns before switching to crime in the 1960s. Hombre, 3.10 to […]

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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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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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