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Mourning Maeve Binchy

Beloved and well-known Irish author Maeve Binchy has died at the age of 72 after a brief illness, according to The Guardian.  Binchy was celebrated for her humor, and her vivid depiction of life in Ireland, as well as the warmth in her writing around friendship and family. One of her best-known books, Circle of Friends, was […]

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A Book Becomes The Best Graduation Present Ever

Brenna Martin, an 18-year-old living in Kenly, North Carolina, just graduated from high school. Upon graduation, her father Bryan Martin gave her a gift: a copy of the Dr. Seuss classic Oh, The Places You’ll Go!. For those unfamiliar with the book, it is entirely characteristic of Seuss in terms of rhyme and scansion and […]

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Yesterday’s Racist Books and Memorabilia – To Acknowledge or Ignore?

We look at many, many, many books in a day as part of the AbeBooks marketing team. They go as far back as ancient times, long before the printing press, and I see books from centuries ago every day. So it should come as no surprise that very often I end up reminded of the […]

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World Book Night

Participate in World Book Night – register, be given free books, and go forth in your community and give them away. Viva La Book!

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25 Things Learned From Opening a Bookstore

As someone who has often wistfully dreamed of opening my own bookstore (with a lovely soft couch-and-cushion section with story hour for kids, free coffee for grown-ups, and a leave-a-book-take-a-book section for swaps..), I enoyed reading this blog post called “25 Things I Learned From Opening a Bookstore”. It further confirmed my suspicion that not […]

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The Bookstore Comes Alive at Night

The joy and beauty of being a book, stop-motion style.

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Charles Bukowski’s Letter – Terms for Poetry Reading

Letter from Charles Bukowski, outlining his terms to give a poetry reading.

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A moveable feast – Ernest Hemingway’s life & writing

Our latest feature is a tribute to Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), one of the greatest names in literature. Can anyone really go through life without reading one of his books? Even if you reject his writing, how can you not be fascinated by his life? A hunter, a drinker, a womaniser, an adventurer, a war hero, […]

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Bil Keane, The Man Behind The Family Circus, Dies

Bil Keane, writer and illustrator of the long-running comic strip The Family Circus, died November 8th at age 89.

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Ernest Hemingway’s life in pictures

Ernest Hemingway still seems larger than life more than 50 years after his death. Although his life is filled with legend and myth, there are some basic facts that cannot be disputed. Ernest Miller Hemingway was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. After a few months as a journalist on the Kansas city Star, […]

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