Jen Hadfield, a relative newcomer, wins the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry but it′s a sad night with the news that Mick Imlah, famous for The Lost Leader, had died at 52. Read our interview with Jen Hadfield.
In the UK, Woolworths applies to go into administration. The famous retail chain soon disappears from the high street.
Publishers and booksellers cut thousands of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic as the recession bites.
Second-hand booksellers in Hay-on-Wye claim the town′s literary festival is killing their business rather than helping it.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Updike dies from cancer at 76.
It is revealed Stephenie Meyer sold 15 million books in the US alone during 2008.
AbeBooks sells a signed 1996 first edition of Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama for $12,500 but the most expensive sale of the month is a book of hymns written in the Ioway language for $13,500. AbeBooks′ bestselling signed title for the month is The Graveyard Book.
James Patterson keeps his position as most borrowed author from UK libraries.
Whitbread Prize-winning Irish author Christopher Nolan dies at 43. He won with Under the Eye of the Clock in 1988. Nolan suffered from severe cerebral palsy and wrote using a ‘unicorn device’ on his forehead to hit the keyboard.
Stephen King shoots from the hip and says: "Both Rowling and Meyer, they′re speaking directly to young people. ... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can′t write worth a darn. She′s not very good.... You′ve got Dean Koontz, who can write like hell. And then sometimes he′s just awful. It varies. James Patterson is a terrible writer but he′s very very successful."
The most expensive book sold by AbeBooks during the month is a 1951 first edition of The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for $11,000. The Graveyard Book continues to be AbeBooks′ bestselling signed book.
The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais by Philip M Parker wins The Diagram Prize for the oddest book title of the year. Baboon Metaphysics by Dorothy L Cheney and Robert M Seyfarth is second.
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos spends a week working in one of his company′s distribution centers.
It is reported Barack Obama has earned $8.6 million from his books.
Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez presents a copy of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent to Barack Obama and it becomes a bestseller.
In the UK, Richard & Judy′s book-heavy TV show is cancelled due to poor ratings.
Ruth Padel becomes the first female Oxford Professor of Poetry but then resigns after it is revealed she conducted a smear campaign against rival, Derek Walcott, over allegations of sexual impropriety.
AbeBooks′ most expensive sale of the month is Della Magnificenza ed Architettura de′Romaniand Osservazioni sopra la Lettre de M. Mariette by Giovanni Battista Piranesi for $17,000. It′s a book of etchings of ancient Roman ruins. See the top sales.
Recluse JD Salinger launches legal action against the author of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, claiming the main character is similar to Holden Caulfield. Read AbeBooks′ review of Coming Through the Rye.
Tim Winton wins Australia′s top fiction prize, the Miles Franklin Award, for the fourth time, with his novel Breath. Learn more about Breath and the award.
Michael Jackson′s death sparks huge demand for signed copies of his book, Moonwalk.
The UK′s Tesco supermarket chain is blasted for displaying a book about Austrian Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned his own daughter in a cellar for 24 years and raped her repeatedly, in its Father′s Day gift section.
A 1969 first edition of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut sells for $7,500 on AbeBooks - the month′s most expensive sale. See the top sales.JULY
American author E. Lynn Harris, a pioneer of black gay fiction, dies at 54.
Libellus ysagogicus Abdilasi Id est servi gloriosi dei: qui dicitur Alchabitius ad magisterium iuditiorum astrorum by Alchabitius sells for $12,500 and is AbeBooks′ most expensive sale of the month. This 1485 volume contains the work of Alchabitius, a 10th century Arabian astrologer. See the top sales.
Swallows and Amazons′ author Arthur Ransome is revealed to have been a spy.
Julia Child′s Mastering the Art of French Cooking becomes a worldwide bestseller thanks to the Julie & Julia movie. See Julia Child′s cookbooks.
James Kelman, the Scottish Booker Prize-winning author, blasts "mediocre" detective writers and books that feature a "middle-class young magician."
A BBC radio show and a series of newspaper articles reignite demand on AbeBooks for Masquerade by Kit Williams, an out-of-print treasure-hunting book, that sold a million copies 30 years ago. Learn more about Masquerade.
A limited edition of The Canterbury Tales printed by Golden Cockerel Press sells for $9,250 - it′s AbeBooks′ most expensive sale of the month. See the top sales.
South of Broad by Pat Conroy is AbeBooks′ bestselling signed book during August.
It is revealed J.R.R. Tolkien trained as a spy prior to World War II.
Sheila Lukins, author of the Silver Palate Cookbooks, dies at 66.
Signed first editions of all seven volumes of The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King sell for $14,000 - it′s AbeBooks′ most expensive sale of September. See the top sales.
The Children′s Book by A.S. Byatt is AbeBooks′ bestselling signed book of September.
Uwem Akpan′s Say You′re One of Them becomes Oprah′s latest book club selection.
Romanian-born author Herta Müller, now living in Germany, wins the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature. Almost everyone outside Romania and Germany has never heard of her. Learn more about Herta Müller.
Sarah Palin releases Going Rogue - the first US printing is 1.5 million copies. Fans line up for hours to get their copies signed by the former Governor of Alaska.
Stephenie Meyer, with New Moon riding high in movie theaters, says: "I′m burned out on vampires right now." Learn more about vampire lit.
Much to the horror of American publishers, Oprah announces her talk show will end in 2011.
A complete set of Charles Dickens′ works and a signed letter dated 1859 sell for $12,500 - it′s AbeBooks′ most expensive sale of the month. See the full list.
Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann is AbeBooks′ bestselling signed book in November after winning the National Book Award for fiction. The Complete Stories of Flannery O′Connor is voted best overall winner of the National Book Award′s fiction category from the past 60 years. See all the past winners.
Charles Darwin′s On The Origin of Species celebrates its 150th anniversary. See the evolution of this famous book.
Cormac McCarthy′s typewriter sells for $254,500.
Charles Dickens′ gold and ivory toothpick sells for $9,150.