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Books in the War: The Romance of Library War Service

Book Patrol has a post up about the tremendous effort put forth during WWI by the American Library Association to collect books and send them to soldiers overseas. They congregated outside the New York Public Library in 1918, urging citizens to do their part for the war effort and donate books to the cause, to […]

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Winston Churchill: The Author Who Saved Britain

Hold on, we hear you say – author? But Winston Churchill was a politician! True. But while Churchill had two stints as prime minister and is most famous for his wartime leadership, many people don’t realize that his real passion was writing. That should come as no surprise, really; his oft-quoted, inspiring and impassioned speeches […]

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Banned Books Trading Cards from the Lawrence Public Library

Since 1982, the last week of September has been known as Banned Books Week, and is a time to reflect on censorship in the literary world, celebrate the freedom of information and access to literature, and review the most frequently banned and challenged titles today. For the annual observance of Banned Books Week last week, […]

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Don’t Read and Drive: Unless You’re Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is in the middle of a torrid scandal. Sex scandal? No. Embezzling? No. Drinking and driving? Close, but no. Ford’s crime is reading and driving. You read that right. A twitter user posted a photo of what appears to be Rob Ford, driving in 70km/hour traffic on the Gardiner Expressway, with […]

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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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Stephen King – “Tax Me!”

Stephen King wants to pay more tax – and wants his fellow ultra-rich elite members to do the same.

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Avant-Garde Books from Behind the Iron Curtain

The Russian Avant-Garde movement began prior to the rule of Nicholas II and thrived in the early years of the Communist regime. This selection of rare and collectable treasures shows how Avant-Garde art influenced books and other publications during these turbulent years. Glasnost brought in political openness and revealed some beautiful rare books. See the […]

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Escape from Camp 14

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden is perhaps a book you should add to your ‘to-be-read-list.’ The Guardian carries an article by Harden. One day in June 1989, Shin’s teacher, a guard who wore a uniform and a pistol on his hip, […]

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Quoting the wrong Shakespeare

Everyone quotes Shakespeare and most of the time they don’t know they are doing it. Everyday language is littered with phrases popularized by the Bard in his writing. French presidential candidate François Hollande made a key speech on Sunday and, indeed, quoted Shakespeare, reports the Daily Telegraph. The “universal message” he wished to convey, Mr […]

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Newt Gingrich: author and reviewer

John F Kennedy had Profiles in Courage, Barack Obama had Dreams From my Father and then The Audacity of Hope. Newt Gingrich has written, or co-written, …well….a small library of books, including six novels and at least 15 non-fiction books. The former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Republican frontrunner for the 2012 presidential […]

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