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Bloody Words 2011 Mystery Conference

One of the most aptly named events on the Canadian literary calendar is the annual Bloody Words mystery conference. This year, it is being held in Victoria, British Columbia (AbeBooks’ home town) on June 3-5. The guests of honour are writers Tess Gerritsen, Michael Slade and William Deverell. The Bloody Words conference began in 1999. […]

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Inside the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

My colleague Lindsay recently visited the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. This event features the world’s finest booksellers, including many who sell on AbeBooks, and a huge number of rare books are on display.

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Vancouver International Poetry Festival coming soon

Over on AbeBooks’ main Canadian page, we are previewing the inaugural Vancouver International Poetry Festival, which begins on April 18 and goes until April 23. The event celebrates the spoken and written word, and showcases a wide variety of exceptional poets from Canada and beyond. Some of the headline acts include Susan Musgrave, bill bissett, […]

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Galiano Literary Festival starts today

Good news from our neck of the woods. The Galiano Literary Festival starts today and continues until 28 February. Galiano is a tiny island between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland. Like many of the Gulf Islands, Galiano has a bookshop and a vibrant community of artists and writers. We always visit the bookshop […]

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Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair update

The National Post reports from the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair. It features 45 booksellers from Canada, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, Britain and France. Adrian Harrington, one of London’s top rare book dealers, has a very philosophical view of the trade, while Canadian Steven Temple fears the end is nigh.

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Vancouver Book Fair: Thank you

Thanks to everyone who came up and chatted at the Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair. We met many customers and booksellers over the two days. Charles Purpora and Richard Hopkins, of the Alcuin Society, deserve a special mention for helping to bring back this fair after 20 years in the wilderness. The Alcuin Society also provided […]

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Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair: See You There

I will be attending the Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair on Friday afternoon/evening and all day on Saturday along with some other colleagues from AbeBooks. I’m looking forward to meeting some interesting booksellers and book-buyers, and also the folks from the Alcuin Society. AbeBooks has a booth at the event – come up and say hello, […]

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J.K. Rowling manuscripts at Wigtown Festival

Some JK Rowling hand-written manuscripts are on display at the Wigtown book festival, which started today and continues until October 2, reports the Telegraph. The two framed pages, signed by the author, were originally written as part of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. They feature The Ballad of Nearly Headless Nick, which was […]

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10 reasons why Oxford should be a UNESCO Book Capital

I’m thrilled to hear that Oxford is bidding to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014. I lived in the town from 1990 to 1996 and again from 1999 until I came to Canada in 2004. It truly is a bookish place. Yes, it’s a world famous university town but it’s also packed full of […]

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Book collector Jim Rainer to speak at UVic

One of British Columbia’s leading book collectors, Jim Rainer, will be speaking at the University of Victoria’s library on Tuesday, October 5. Rainer has collected press books, the book arts, books on gardening, books on baseball and also mechanical pencils over the years. He also served as president of the Alcuin Society and is a […]

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