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Books of the Beat Generation, from Rob Warren Books

Rob Warren is no stranger to nostalgia. The Bronx-born bibliophile traded in it for years as the owner of Skyline Books. Skyline was a New York City bookshop that made its home on W. 18th Street in Manhattan for two decades, until its closure in 2010. Its proprietor’s background was as book-soaked as one could […]

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Amy Stewart turns to fiction with Girl Waits With Gun

I’ve been reading Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart. Released this week, it’s Amy’s first novel and marks her entry into fiction after a series of entertaining non-fiction hits including The Drunken Botanist, Wicked Plants, Wicked Bugs and Flower Confidential. Amy is no ordinary author as she is truly committed to books and the […]

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Bails, balls and books: from Wisden collector to Wisden bookseller

The Wisden Shop in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, sells… well…Wisdens – the bible of the cricket world since 1864. Chris Ridler is the man behind this specialist bookselling venture and I’ll let him tell his story. It’s a tale that goes way beyond books. “The main oddity may be that I am really just a collector […]

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“Fifty Shades of *****” and much more – Noel Gallagher’s epic rant against fiction

GQ magazine has an interview with Noel Gallagher and the interviewer Danny Wallace covers the subject of books (Wallace is an author with at least four books to his name) with the former Oasis star. I’ve included the book-related portion of the interview below. I think there are 24 swear words in this section alone. […]

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Interview with Booker contender Ruth Ozeki

She’s one of the front-runners for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. She splits her time between New York and British Columbia. She wrote an acclaimed novel about a woman living on Cortes Island, British Columbia, in a remote area known as Desolation Sound. She’s currently one of the most talked about authors in the book […]

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Richard Branson: Disciple of the Dice Man books

Virgin boss Richard Branson has revealed how he was heavily influenced by Luke Rhinehart’s Dice Man books in the early stages of his business career. The original Dice Man novel, a fictional memoir, was published in 1971 and it tells tells the story of a psychiatrist who makes decisions according to the throw of a dice. The […]

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Is a Scottish farmer the latest star of crime writing?

The Daily Telegraph has interviewed Scottish farmer and crime writer James Oswald – another success story from the world of self-published ebook authors. He has released two ebooks – Natural Causes and a sequel, The Book of Souls – and has racked up sales of 350,000. Now Natural Causes is being released as a physical book from […]

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The Master of Middle-Earth and Oxford’s influence

To celebrate JRR Tolkien’s birthday on 3 January, the BBC looks at the origins of The Hobbit and asks how much of an influence Oxford was on the author. Of course, Oxford was where Tolkien studied and taught, and wrote the book. “[I remember] the actual flashpoint,” Tolkien told the BBC in March 1968 about […]

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Get Jiro! Anthony Bourdain on writing a graphic novel

American food and travel writer Anthony Bourdain has co-authored a foodie graphic novel, Get Jiro!, about warring  clans of chefs in a futuristic Los Angeles (so it’s based on reality then). Jiro is a supreme sushi chef who is wanted by both sides but devoted solely to the art of making sushi. The culinary war […]

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Herman Wouk still laying down the law at 97

The New York Times wrote about Herman Wouk at the weekend. The American author, famous for The Winds of War (remember the mini-series?) and The Caine Mutiny, is still writing at the age of 97. His latest book is called The Lawgiver. This writer has been around for so long that he remembers Simon & […]

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