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Final five for Canada’s Governor General Award

The 2013 Governor General Literary Award nominee list has been whittled down to five finalists.  The prize will be awarded to the Canadian author with the best novel of the year.  Northern favorite Joseph Boyden has received a national nod for his third book, The Orenda, but competition is stiff with Man Booker heavyweight Eleanor Catton also  in […]

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David Bowie’s top 100 books

David Bowie’s favorite 100 books have been revealed and it’s a good list stretching from Homer to modern bestselling authors like Michael Chabon and Junot Diaz. The musician is the subject of an exhibition called David Bowie Is and the list was released as the exhibition moved from London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum to […]

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The best travel book I’ve read recently

Travel writing is one of the genres that I dip in and out of. On Saturday, I visited Black Sheep Books on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia and picked up a copy of Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman from the store’s rather good travel section. Salzman’s book is recommended by Paul Theroux in […]

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E.L. James (books) found abandoned in hotel room

The UK hotel chain Travelodge has revealed a list of the 20 books most often left behind in their hotel rooms from the past year.  In total the chain recovered 22,648 books to populate the list which was dominated by erotica novels.  The most oft discarded book last year was E.L. James trilogy capping Fifty […]

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Five New JD Salinger Novels Will Be Released

There’s a new book about J.D. Salinger on the way – Salinger: The Private War of J.D. Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno is due out September 3rd. The co-authors of the new Salinger biography spent eight years completing exhaustive research, conducting countless interviews with countless people, and compiling and organizing as much information […]

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What Books are Children Reading Today?

    NPR’s All Things Considered recently featured a study which looks into the books, and types of books, that children are reading today, compared to the types of books they were reading decades ago.  While the overall message of the story is somewhat dower (that children today are reading less complex works than their […]

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Books Meet Beastie Boys: Sabotage Re-enacted by Librarians

Here’s some Monday morning fun to put a smile on your face – the librarians at the New York Public Library have re-enacted the Beastie Boys’ epic 1994 music video, directed by Spike Jonze, for their song Sabotage.

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Steampunk 101 – The Literature

It’s okay, if you don’t really “get” Steampunk. I’m sure you’ve heard the term, maybe you have a vague notion that it involves goggles and hot air balloons and the inner workings of clocks, and perhaps time machines and top hats. It’s a pretty specific genre, born of science fiction and Victorian sensibilities together – […]

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2013 Man Booker Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize was announced today. Leading the way are Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín, although there is plenty of literary talent on the list. here are the contenders: Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries Jim Crace – Harvest Eve Harris – The […]

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More on The Cuckoo’s Calling – Signed First Sells for $4,453

More news around The Cuckoo’s Calling and JK Rowling‘s (Robert Galbraith’s) recent marketing brilliance. The most expensive copy of The Cuckoo’s Calling that we at AbeBooks have sold on the marketplace this week was a signed first edition that went for $4,453 / £2,950. The signature was Robert Galbraith (we wondered – would a copy […]

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