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The Queen of Crime Writing – Agatha Christie Turns 126

Today is Agatha Christie’s 126th birthday! In honor of this special day, we’re highlight 10 of our favorite Agatha Christie book covers. Christie’s works include 80 detective novels, in addition to many short stories, romances, and stage plays. Christie’s works have been translated into many different languages and spawned hugely successful movies, including Murder on the […]

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10 Phizz-Whizzing Facts About Roald Dahl

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl‘s birth, here are 10 facts about everyone’s favorite children’s author: 1. James and the Giant Peach was originally going to be called James and the Giant Cherry. 2. Dahl’s nose was cut off in an accident when he was a young boy – it was successfully sewn […]

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Rare booksellers celebrate World Book Day with pop-up fairs across the globe

The rare booksellers of the world united today to celebrate World Day Day with a global series of pop-up book fairs, stretching from Perth and Tokyo to Paris and Munich to Chicago and Portland, Oregon. The events – organised by ILAB – promoted reading and the joy of books, and also raised money for UNESCO’s efforts […]

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Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 100 today!  She’s sold millions of books, won several awards, has statues of her best know characters in a park in Portland, has an elementary school named after her and has written not one but two memoirs. Cleary’s most loved characters, Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Beezus, Ribsy and little Ralph […]

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He Was Right – Celebrating Einstein with Ephemera and Books

In honor of today’s scientific discovery, AbeBooks has gathered a selection of unique and fascinating pieces of ephemera and books related to Albert Einstein. So it looks like Albert Einstein knew what he was talking about. After years of searching, scientists have confirmed that they have indeed detected gravitational waves for the very first time. These […]

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Hedy Lamarr – Hollywood Actress & Inventor

Today marks the 101st birthday of Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress and inventor of a technology that is still used today. Lamarr got her start as an Austria actress in the 1920s under her real name of Hedy Kiesler. She married a wealthy Austrian munitions baron and at that time gave up her acting career. With […]

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The Ultimate Alice in Wonderland Birthday Cake

In honor of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, AbeBooks has created a video describing how to make the ‘Ultimate Alice Birthday Cake.’ Have you made a literary cake?

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Unesco World Book and Copyright Day. ILAB Pop Up Book Fair

From guest blogger and AbeBooks staff member Colin Laird, in Tokyo today. One of the most fascinating things about Japan is the harmonious blend of old and new. If you spend enough time there, seeing a thousand-year-old temple set among skyscrapers or watching as elegant ladies dressed in kimono rush past teens sporting the latest […]

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ILAB’s Pop-up Rare Book Fairs set for World Book & Copyright Day on April 23

April 23 is UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day when literature and literacy is celebrated around the globe. This year, this special day will have a strong rare book flavor thanks to more than a dozen pop-up book fairs organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Locations are still being added to the […]

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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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