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Obamas to Preside Over Book Festival

In addition to presiding over a country, Barack Obama will be presiding over the ninth National Book Festival along with his wife, Michelle.

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The Open Veins of Latin America – Hugo’s book club pick

Poor old Barack Obama. When he goes anywhere in the world, people are going to give him books they think he should read. It’s like being a child at Christmas when uncles and aunts have heard that you are good at something and they end up giving you a rubbish book. Hugo Chávez gave The […]

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Books about Portuguese Water Dogs

I wouldn’t buy a dog that needs a haircut every six weeks. Blimey, there’s a surprising high number of books about Portuguese Water Dogs for the Obama family to read. I think my favourite is…. Mad Cao’s are Surfing In My Kitchen. A Gathering of True Short Stories & Poetry about Portuguese Water Dogs.

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Obama’s next read: A Mind at Peace

Barack Obama is easy to buy gifts for. Just give him a book and he’ll be happy. The leader of the Turkish opposition party gave him with a copy of Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar’s 1949 novel, A Mind At Peace, on the president’s recent trip. Naturally, it’s a novel about change. A Mind at Peace is […]

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Organic Obama: Barack and Michelle Plant a Vegetable Garden

Barack and Michelle Obama have announced their plans to transform part of the existing White House lawn/landscape into an edible garden. Among the veggies destined for presidential planting are spinach, chard, collard greens, black kale and cilantro, as well various other herbs and lettuces. The garden will be used in part as an educational tool […]

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Authors don’t get rich…

…unless you are Barack Obama, who earned nearly $2.5 million in royalties from the sale of his books in 2008.

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President Obama in the Running for British Book Awards

US President Barack Obama is in the running for two British book awards.

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Little Blue Book: The Inaugural Address by Barack Obama

Is this going to be the next big Barack Obama book? The Inaugural Address by Barack Obama….just published by Penguin. Just 112 pages. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of its lovely blue cloth jacket. It also contains Abraham Lincoln’s second inauguration speech (1865), Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address (1863), Lincoln’s first inaugural speech (1861) and Ralph […]

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Top Ten from the Pop of King: Stephen King Quotes

We don’t hate Stephen King around here, despite my colleague bagging on his book titles today. Recently, Stephen King was quoted as saying about bestselling mormon vampire romance author Stephenie Meyer: “Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” I thought that was a pretty bold statement from a very famous public […]

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