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Miroslav Sasek: This is Art

Miroslav Sasek , who often published as M. Sasek, was a 20th-century Czech author and illustrator, best known for his This Is… series of children’s books. The series showed the sights, sounds and history of various regions of the world through the use of vibrant, colorful drawing and engaging, relatable writing. Published from 1959-1974, several […]

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The American Guide Series

The American Guide Series is a collection of books, magazines and pamphlets published between 1937 and 1941. Meant to educate and attract, the series was put together by The Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) which provided government funding towards writing and publishing initiatives during the Great Depression. Each publication in the American Guide Series included background […]

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15 Charming Vintage Airline Posters

Beautiful vintage airline posters and vintage travel posters are a gorgeous way to remember when airline travel was a treat.

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A video tour of the AbeBooks office

Ever wondered what the AbeBooks HQ looks like? Probably not, but here’s a video tour of our office in Victoria, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island, in Canada for anyone who is interested. As I sit here writing this blog post, I can see float planes taking off, ships and yachts going past, and the Olympic […]

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On The Road trailer

Here’s the trailer for the On The Road movie. Take a look at the lovely Kristen Stewart and her crazy ‘hepcat’ dancing. I thought Jack Kerouac’s book would always make an awful film but perhaps I am wrong.

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Wanted: BC’s transit heroes – tell your story

Our friends at BC Transit have just launched an interesting initiative around Transit Heroes – they are looking for engaging stories from people who ride public transport around British Columbia. You can write something, make a video submission or record an audio file. If you do submit a story, then you will have a chance […]

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Charles Dickens and public transport: the last word on the bicentenary

The Charles Dickens bicentenary has been taken very seriously by anyone who can string a sentence together. Robert McCrum in yesterday’s Observer brought my attention to Charles Dickens’s Networks: Public Transport and the Novel by Jonathan Grossman. Grossman explores the rise of the global, high-speed passenger transport network in the 19th century and the indelible […]

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Video review of Posters of the Canadian Pacific

This video review showcases some beautiful, beautiful posters. I found Posters of the Canadian Pacific by Marc H. Choko & David L. Jones to be hard to put down. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company was hailed as one of the wonders of modern travel. The Canadian Pacific […]

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Video review of illustrated edition of Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau & Scot Miller

Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau is one of the great travel books. Published in 1865, Thoreau describes the natural environment and people of ‘the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts’ during three short visits to Cape Cod spread over six years. A first edition will cost over $1200 but a great alternative is the […]

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Judging the chair of the Booker judges

The Russians find it very funny that the head of the Man Booker judging committee is Britain’s former spy chief, according to this article in Prospect Magazine. I make a fatal mistake: I begin to explain that the chair of the judges is Dame Stella Rimington and that she is an ex-head of the security […]

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