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Arsons, forgeries & poker: how Johnny Jenkins blazed a trail through antiquarian bookselling

In the latest AbeBooks podcast, we interview bookseller and author Michael Vinson about his new book, which describes the life and misadventures of Texas rare book dealer Johnny Jenkins during the 1970s and 1980s. Surrounded by gambling debts and with the authorities breathing down his neck over two suspicious fires, Jenkins was found dead in […]

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Italy in Bocca – how rare cookbooks with cardboard covers inspired a food film

Roberto Serrini, an editor and filmmaker, and Peter Boggia, a motorcycle mechanic, are two friends from Queens with a shared love of books and food, particularly authentic Italian cuisine. Inspired by a series of rare cardboard-bound, handwritten cookbooks published in 1976 by a small Italian publisher called Edizone Il Vespro, Roberto and Peter have made […]

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Women in Work: Lisa Unger Baskin’s Collection

Collector, bookseller and activist Lisa Unger Baskin amassed a vast collection of books, printed material and other objects dedicated to showing women in work over the centuries. It features more than 11,000 rare books, and thousands of manuscripts, journals, ephemera, and artifacts, including Virginia Woolf’s writing desk. In 2015, Lisa placed her collection with Duke […]

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Collecting books on rockets & spaceflight

Michael Ciancone’s day job is working as a NASA engineer. He serves as the safety and mission assurance lead on the European Service Module of the Orion Program, which is designed to take astronauts to the Moon and bring them home again. In his spare time, he collects books about rockets and spaceflight. Michael’s collection […]

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Podcast interview with Rebecca Baumann

We interview Rebecca Baumann in the latest episode of AbeBooks’ Behind the Bookshelves podcast. Rebecca’s day job is Head of Library Public Services at the Indiana University’s Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana. The Lilly contains one of North America’s finest collections of rare books and manuscripts. However, we are discussing Rebecca’s personal book collection of […]

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Amy Stewart on history, fiction and crime-fighting women

Author Amy Stewart is an old friend of AbeBooks. We’ve been following her writing career for many years and saw her move from non-fiction to historical crime fiction in 2015. She is also the co-owner of Eureka Books, a used and rare bookshop in Northern California, so she understands the book business better than most […]

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Amy Bronee interview: from blogger to published cookbook author

Amy Bronee has a wonderful cookbook to her name. It’s called The Canning Kitchen: 101 Simple Small Batch Recipes, and it was published by Penguin Canada in 2015.  Amy works just around the corner from the AbeBooks HQ in Victoria, British Columbia, and she recently visited our office. Her blog, Familyfeedbag.com, which features recipes on […]

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A bookselling podcast: interview with Russell Books

For the latest Behind the Bookshelves podcast, we visited Russell Books – a bookshop just up the road from the AbeBooks office. Situated in downtown Victoria, BC, this store is well known to us, being one of the first three sellers to appear on AbeBooks when our marketplace was launched in June 1996. Many of […]

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Our latest podcast: Detroit Bookfest

The latest AbeBooks podcast features an interview with Ryan M. Place (pictured above), organizer of the Detroit Bookfest, which takes place on Sunday July 15 between 10am and 4pm in Detroit’s Eastern Market, Shed’s 5 and 6. This festival of books is heavily focused on used and rare books, with many specialist sellers in attendance. Ryan […]

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Interview with a Bookbinder

The latest episode of AbeBooks’ podcast series Behind the Bookshelves features an interview with Marysa de Veer of Otter Bookbinding. We met Marysa at the 2018 ABA Rare Book Fair in London, and she was kind enough to explain how she keeps this traditional skill alive and also describes the skills required to restore, preserve […]

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