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Nirvana anniversary sparks grunge books

It’s 20 years since the release of Nevermind by Nirvana and the mainstream media have been all over this anniversary. Last week I listened to NPR interviewing the album’s producer at length and today the Daily Telegraph reviews a book called Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge by Mark Yarm. This entertaining book…. […]

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Video review of The Owl & the Pussycat by Edward Lear & illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch

Today, Julie recommends The Owl and the Pussycat, written by Edward Lear and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch – a three-time Governor General’s winner for children’s illustrations. We’re sure most of you know this poem but what makes this particular book special are the illustrations by Jorisch. This nonsense poem was first published in 1871. Lear […]

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Jeffrey Eugenides returns with The Marriage Plot

Nine years after Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides is back with a book called The Marriage Plot. The WSJ carried an interview with the author last week and he revealed how he had recently appeared in court. Apparently, Middlesex sold three million copies and The Virgin Suicides was hardly a flop. (PS – we have a few […]

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Video review of The Strain & The Fall by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

My dear, dear friend Beth reviews a couple of books. The Strain and The Fall are the first two books in a trilogy about vampires written by Guillermo del Toro (director of Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy movies) and Chuck Hogan (writer of “The Prince of Thieves: a Novel” upon which the film “The Town” […]

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Booker Prize Prediction: Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues

Interview with author Esi Edugyan, whose novel Half Blood Blues has been shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize and longlisted for the 2011 Giller Prize.

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Video review of Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half-Blood Blues is Esi Edugyan’s second novel and it’s in the news right now because it has been shortlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Esi is also from our neck of the woods, here in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her story is set partially in World War II and partially in the 1990s, and […]

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Video review of White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights photo-book

My colleague Julie loves the White Stripes, and Jack and Meg and all that. I only know one song by them but then again the Beatles were still together when I was born. This photo-book documents the White Stripes’ Under Great White Northern Lights tour across Canada. Photographer Autumn de Wilde travelled with the band […]

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Video review of In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

We have another video review from Heike, who always appears in a hat. Today’s it’s a chef’s hat as she is talking about In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan. In this book, Pollan feels he is forced to defend real food because “we’re consuming ‘edible foodlike substances’ — no longer the […]

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Review of The 8.55 to Baghdad by Andrew Eames

Here is the latest video review from AbeBooks – The 8.55 to Baghdad by Andrew Eames. This book is about travel and Agatha Christie. Strictly speaking, it’s a travel memoir where the author follows in the train tracks of Christie who traveled from a sleepy suburb of London to Iraq where her second husband worked […]

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Celluloid: Dave McKean’s erotic graphic novel

I’m seeing lots of buzz about Celluloid by Dave McKean. It’s an erotic graphic novel recommended by Neil Gaiman who knows McKean from their Sandman days. Drawn in McKean’s signature style, the novel tells of a bored housewife who finds a mysterious reel of film showing a couple on the job and her life is […]

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