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The Daphne Award: Righting the Wrongs of Book Awards Past

The good folks over at Bookslut have announced plans for a new book award. Dubbed the Daphne Award, it will celebrate the best books of 50 years ago and ‘right the wrongs’ of book awards past. As an afficionado of old books, I love this idea. And always up for a challenge, I couldn’t resist […]

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From Written Word to Silver Screen: 17 books hitting theaters in 2014

Books have a long history of becoming great films. It goes without saying that the two make a good pair, in fact, five of this year’s Oscar Best Picture nominees are book-to-film titles. American Hustle is based on The Sting Man: Inside Abscam by Robert W. Greene. Captain Phillips was inspired by A Captain’s Duty: Somali […]

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Underdog James McBride takes National Book Award

Winners of the prestigious National Book Award were announced Wednesday evening, with James McBride taking the fiction prize for The Good Lord Bird. Many are calling the win a surprise, considering the underdog was up against favorites Thomas Pynchon and Jhumpa Lahiri. But the winning novel is said to be wildly entertaining, darkly funny, and well […]

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Short Story Collection Nabs the Giller Prize

Lynn Coady was named winner of Canada’s 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize earlier this month for her collection of short stories, Hellgoing.  Now in its 20th year, the Giller Prize recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction.  Previous winners include literary hard-hitters Alice Munro, Rohinton Mistry, Joseph Boyden, and Michael Ondaatje. Writers Margaret Atwood, Esi Edugyan, and Jonathan Lethem made […]

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RIP Seamus Heaney 1939-2013

The Irish writer and poet Seamus Heaney has died after a short illness. He was 74 and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. Heaney was born in 1939 in County Derry, Northern Ireland, and studied at Queen’s University in Belfast, before training as a teacher. He settled in Dublin but also worked in […]

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Top Ten Literary Masterpieces Discovered Posthumously

Exciting news in the book world about the potential release of five new JD Salinger novels, over 40 years since his last published word and a few years after his death. Fans and publishers alike are buzzing about the possibility of what those manuscripts might contain. But while not all authors are as reclusive or […]

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Killer Crabs, The Moon Monster and More

Caution, gentle readers – this will terrify and horrify. Beware the evil, scaled visage of The Monster Fish, the multiple heads of The Hydra Monster and many more. Shock! Terror! Revulsion! You’ll want to close your eyes and scream as you encounter scales, claws, antennae and worse with this selection of Retro Monster Books! Sent […]

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July’s Most Expensive Book Sales

Salman Rushdie’s 1980 book, Midnight’s Children, continues to fascinate readers and collectors. This tale of India’s transition to independence won the Booker Prize and appears on every list of must-read modern novels. Discover how much a rare uncorrected proof of the first UK edition sold for in July – and it was considerably north of […]

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Hunter S. Thompson’s Face on the US $100 Bill

Before Hunter S. Thompson died in 2005, the eccentric author and father of gonzo journalism could never have imagined his face would end up adorning the United States $100 bill. That’s because it never will, of course. Thompson was a wildly erratic, unpredictable and often extremely inappropriate individual who refused to bow to convention and […]

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What Type of Reader Are You?

Laura E. Kelly, a former executive in the editorial world of books and magazines, now resides mainly online, helping book industry types bridge the gap to the digital age. She created this infographic detailing some of the many species of booklovers. I see myself in many of these – but not near the bottom, of […]

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