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Archive | March, 2009

Eat Your Words With The International Edible Book Festival

Although the date of the event is April 1, The International Edible Book Festival is no joke. The event, conjured up by two women over a Thanksgiving dinner with book artists has become an annual event around the world since 2000.

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Hand-me-down cookbooks?

Do you own a cookbook that has been handed down to you by your parents, grandmother, or even great grandparents? AbeBooks wants to know about your family heirloom cookbooks. Whether it’s the Joy of Cooking, Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course or other, your contribution could be used in a cookery feature on AbeBooks. Thanks very […]

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The 100-Mile Diet Book Inspires Reality TV

The 100-Mile Challenge, a six part series based on the bestselling book The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating by James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith is scheduled to air on Food Network Canada starting Sunday, April 5 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.

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Hanif Kureishi interview

Hanif Kureishi is the author of The Buddha of Suburbia, Intimacy and Something to Tell You. His first play, Soaking the Heat, was staged in 1976, and My Beautiful Laundrette , for which he wrote the screenplay, was released in 1985. He had this to say to the BBC BBC: Would you describe yourself as […]

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Ultimate stress cure

Read a book, in six minutes you can reduce your stress by two thirds. Reading worked best, reducing stress levels by 68 per cent, said cognitive neuropsychologist Dr David Lewis. Subjects only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles, he found. In fact […]

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Was Dorothy on her way to the Whitehouse?

Was Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz really an allegory and not just an amusing tale for children as he claimed?

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Darwin’s life as a student

Great article in the Telegraph about Charles Darwin’s personal finances. A number of Darwin’s financial records from his school days have been found and we can now see how he spent his money, ergo his time. It seems he didn’t have the same massive burden in the textbook department, never mind the fact that he […]

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Literary tattoos

Nice blog. Some nutter put Where The Wild Things Are on his arm. Reminds me our of Authors With Tattoos feature.

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Back to the 1960s with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I’m currently reading Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to my six-year-old daughter. I can’t even begin to count the many times I have watched the movie version. In the UK, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Sound of Music and The Great Escape are always shown on the TV during the Christmas holidays and people […]

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