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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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Wigtown Book Festival 2010

Wigtown Book Festival is coming up so booklovers in Scotland (and England too) may wish bookmark these dates – 24 Sept to 3 Oct. The festival features more than 170 events over 10 days and visitors will have the chance to meet the likes of Ian Rankin, Iain M Banks and Val McDermid. Wigtown is […]

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Laredo’s bookstore

Hurray, Laredo in Texas – a city of 233,000 people, once again has a bookstore. Sadly, elsewhere in Texas, there is a major row at a Teen Lit festival after an author was uninvited by the organisers.

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Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair returns in October

Good news from our neck of the woods, the Vancouver Antiquarian Book Fair is set for a comeback in October. This Fair hasn’t been staged since the early 1990s even though British Columbia is a stronghold for bibliophiles and rare book collectors. The event is presented by the Alcuin Society, who work tirelessly to promote […]

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Game, set and poetry

Wimbledon has appointed its own championship poet. Matt Harvey will create a poem a day on “all things Wimbledon”, including ball girls and boys, the weather, strawberries and the umpires, as well as the matches and players. They will be made viewable on the Wimbledon and Poetry Trust websites, alongside audio podcasts featuring Harvey reading […]

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My Times Colonist book sale haul

We popped into the Times Colonist book sale on Saturday afternoon. The kids were in tow so it was a short visit. The haul included: Four of Marc Brown’s Arthur books The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Another Harry Potter book Another kids book I cannot recall A big book about tigers, leopards and other […]

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Hugo Awards Nominees 2010

The Hugo Awards, which are awarded each year at the World Science Fiction Convetion (Worldcon), have announced their nominees for 2010. This years convention will take place September 2-6 in Melbourne Australia. In the mean time here are the shortlisted nominees for the book catagories… Best Novel Boneshaker by Cherie Priest The City & The […]

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Jaipur’s literary festival

Did anyone know that Jaipur had a literary festival? Well, it does and it appears to a big deal. NPR did a piece on it this morning and the New Yorker blog is also talking about it. William Dalrymple (co-director of the event), Alexander McCall Smith, Tina Brown, Amit Chaudhuri, Claire Tomalin, Louis De Bernieres, […]

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Terry Pratchett live in London

The next Guardian Book Club is Monday December 14th @ Hall One, Kings Place, London with the one and only

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