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Globe theatre to take Hamlet on all nation world tour

Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is planning an amazingly ambitious two year tour of the planet. The tour will begin April 2014 to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and will continue through until April 23rd 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. The theatre plans to visit every country on earth over […]

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Reading Around The World

A Year of Reading the World is a very interesting project by a blogger who wanted to read a book from every country in the world. This was admitted as being a fairly difficult project, not only because it involved reading over 190 books, but also because even the choice of who to include as […]

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Why We Abandon Books Before Finishing Them

One of the both joys and drawbacks of being an avid reader is the book pile. When it gets too low, we become anxious we’ll run out. When it gets too high, we become anxious we’ll never get through. There are books that we thoroughly enjoy and pass along, books we forget (or even resent […]

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George Orwell’s 110th Birthday Present

I love this (albeit a little late). Dutch artists Thomas voor‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle (who collectively call themselves Front404) pulled off a thought-provoking art installation in the city of Utrecht on June 25th. The day marked what would have been George Orwell’s 110th birthday. At a time when the world is more aware […]

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Behold, Austen Lovers: Mr. Darcy Emerging from the Lake

If you have ever seen the BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice starring Colin Firth (and if you haven’t, you really must – it is the best adaptation to many minds, mine included), you’ll remember the scene in which Darcy returns to Pemberley a day earlier than expected. It is a hot summer day, and […]

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Fascinating First Editions from the 1950s

It was the decade that gave us Narnia, Holden Caulfield and 007. But this selection showcases other memorable books published in the 1950s. A little Dennis Wheatley, a slice of Muriel Spark and a dash of Wallace Stegner. Fascinating but affordable, enjoy these 1950s first editions from a golden age of literature.

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The Prettiest Publications of the Past

What constituted a beautiful book a century ago? We’ve found 30 books that tell the story well. Highly decorated cloth, ornate scrollwork, symmetrical and floral patterns, gilt, embossing, debossing and more – these covers make us want to touch them, own them and display them.

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Iain Banks February 15th 1954 – June 9th 2013

Very sad literary news today – just two months after making a public statement about his illness, Iain Banks passed away today at age 59. The Scottish author had been suffering from cancer of the gall bladder. Banks was best known for his novel The Wasp Factory, though he was quite prolific and wrote many […]

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English Satire Author Tom Sharpe Dies

Famously sharp-witted satire novelist Tom Sharpe has died. Sharpe was revered throughout England and beyond as one of the funniest writers going, despite some of his more delicate readers being turned off by his vulgarity and refusal to shy away from hilarious and dirty sex scenes. Sharpe was best-known for his five part Wilt series, […]

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Books Found on Brooklyn Stoops, and Other Book Love

One of the (many) things I love about being a booklover is the feeling of global community that gives me. If one isn’t a booklover, I imagine he or she can’t understand the perverse joy felt at the connection of millions of people across the globe, reading, sharing, reviewing, lending, buying, selling, and of course […]

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