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Ozeki, Lahiri & Tóibín Lead Shortlist for 2013 Man Booker Prize

The six-book shortlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize has been revealed. NoViolet Bulawayo, Eleanor Catton, Jim Crace, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and Colm Tóibín are the contenders. The winner will be announced on 15 October at London’s Guildhall We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (signed copies) The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton (signed copies) […]

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Signed Hemingway photo sells for $8,250

Look at Ernest Hemingway in this signed photograph that appears on our list of most expensive sales in August. The photo is inscribed “Norma – glad you finally came to Key West – ever, Ernest” and dated 1937. Sitting on a sailboat gunwale, Hemingway looks fit, tanned and totally at ease. This photo sold for$8,250 […]

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E.L. James (books) found abandoned in hotel room

The UK hotel chain Travelodge has revealed a list of the 20 books most often left behind in their hotel rooms from the past year.  In total the chain recovered 22,648 books to populate the list which was dominated by erotica novels.  The most oft discarded book last year was E.L. James trilogy capping Fifty […]

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Last Elmore Leonard Novel and the James Tait Black Prize winner

Hot on the news that five new JD Salinger works could be published beginning in 2015 the estate of Elmore Leonard has come out with news that Elmore’s son plans to finish the late author’s final novel. Elmore Leonard passed just last week, and it has now been reported by the BBC that his son, […]

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Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing

American crime writer Elmore Leonard has died at 87. The author wrote 45 novels including Fifty Two Pick Up, Get Shorty and Maximum Bob. He had suffered a stroke earlier this month. Born in New Orleans in 1925, he began his writing career with westerns before switching to crime in the 1960s. Hombre, 3.10 to […]

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Books a documentary of Larry McMurtry’s 2012 auction

In the summer of 2012 Larry McMurtry auctioned off about 300,000 volumes from the warehouses of his bookshop Booked Up.  It was the rare book event of the summer and two film makers were there to catch the action.  They have put together a short trailer to promote the film they hope to make if […]

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2013 Man Booker Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize was announced today. Leading the way are Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín, although there is plenty of literary talent on the list. here are the contenders: Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries Jim Crace – Harvest Eve Harris – The […]

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Texas bookseller vows to continue after storm destroys 50,000 books

A Texas bookseller is attempting to rebuild his bookselling business after a devastating storm ripped through Lubbock, Texas last month. The storm and its high winds, which struck around midnight on June 5th, destroyed 90% of Bill Gallagher’s inventory for his bookselling business, Shamrock Books. “The books were assembled over a span of 35 years […]

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Richard Matheson passes away

The world lost another great writer this week when science fiction legend Richard Matheson passed away in Los Angeles on Sunday. Matheson, will be best remembered for his 1954 book I Am Legend; the novel helped popularize both the post-apocalyptic fiction genre as well as the zombie genre of horror. His work spanned the fantasy, […]

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Final Iain Banks novel The Quarry available today

Only 11 days after his passing, Iain Banks’ final novel, The Quarry, has been made available to his fans.  The book details the thoughts and emotions of a son watching his father suffer through the effects of terminal cancer. There’s an eerie coincidence: Banks was unaware of his own impending cancer diagnosis when he began […]

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