Bestselling children’s author Dick King-Smith dies at 88. His 1983 book
inspired the 1995 movie Babe. King-Smith wrote more than 100 books. The Sheep-Pig
by Clare Vanderpool wins the Newbery Medal for the most distinguished book for children and Moon Over Manifest illustrated by Erin E. Stead and written by Philip C. Stead wins the Caldecott Medal for best illustrated children’s book. A Sick Day for Amos McGee St. Lucia poet Derek Walcott wins the T.S. Eliot Prize for poetry with his collection,
. White Egrets The letters of reclusive writer
JD Salinger, who died in 2010, revealed he liked gardening, eating hamburgers and following the career of tennis player Tim Henman. AbeBooks’ bestselling signed book of the month is
by Colm Toibin. The Empty Family
AbeBooks launches its own
Redwall author Brian Jacques dies at 91. His fantasy series about animals was translated into 29 languages and sold 20 million copies. Kathryn Stockett, author of
, is accused by her brother’s former maid that she used her life story in the novel. The Help An unpublished and previously unknown Enid Blyton novel is discovered - Mr Tumpy’s Caravan is a 180-page fantasy story about a magical caravan.
John Le Carre donates his literary archive to Oxford University, including the first manuscript for
. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy AbeBooks’ bestselling signed book in February is
by Karen Russell. Swamplandia!
Diana Wynne Jones
AbeBooks signs an agreement to acquire German online marketplace for used and rare books,
ZVAB.com. A poll reveals Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books is the most popular fictional dream date for teenage readers.
Britain’s Royal Mail launches eight stamps celebrating magical figures, including Dumbledore Lord Voldemort, and Rincewind and witch Nanny Ogg, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.
Britain’s minister of education Michael Gove sparks debate by saying children should read
50 books a year.
Diana Wynne Jones, the children’s fantasy and science fiction author, dies at 76. John Le Carre asks to be removed from the shortlist for the Man Booker International prize - literary awards are just not his cup of tea.
A new edition of James Jones’ novel,
, is published containing gay sex references that were removed from the original. From Here to Eternity A Catholic diocese in Poland warns that the Harry Potter books are unacceptable because they encourage “instructions to practise magic.”
by Jennifer Egan wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. A Visit from the Goon Squad It is revealed Barack Obama earned £1.1m from his books in 2010.
author Greg Mortenson is accused of making up parts of his bestselling book. Three Cups of Tea
by Steve Hamilton is named America’s best mystery novel at the Edgars. The Lock Artist
, a heavyweight cookbook of 2,400 pages and six volumes, is revealed to be riddled with hundreds of errors. Modernist Cuisine
Half the Sky
Philip Roth wins the fourth Man Booker International Prize. He was chosen ahead of 12 other contenders. Author and playwright Alan Bennett compares proposals to close many public libraries in Britain to ‘child abuse.’
AbeBooks sells a first edition of
for £16,000. To Kill A Mockingbird Oprah’s long-running TV show, famous for its book club, finally ends much to the chagrin of America’s publishers.
May’s bestselling signed book is
by Nicholas Kristof. Half the Sky
Irish author Colum McCann wins the International Impac Dublin Literary Award for his novel,
. It’s world's most lucrative literary prize worth £85,000. Let The Great World Spin Prince William’s bride Kate Middleton is revealed to be a distant relation of novelist Jane Austen, according to a genealogy website.
Debut novelist Téa Obreht becomes the youngest winner of the Orange Prize for fiction at 25 -
is AbeBooks’ bestselling book in June. The Tiger’s Wife
JK Rowling’s Harry Potter franchise finally ends with the world premiere of the final film,
. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows A manuscript of Jane Austen ‘lost’ novel, which was never published, is sold for nearly £1 million. The Watsons tells the story of four sisters who are the daughters of a widowed clergyman, and their attempts to marry.
David Beckham reveals his newborn daughter, Harper, was named in honor of Harper Lee’s
. To Kill A Mockingbird
by George R.R. Martin is July’s bestselling signed book on AbeBooks. A Dance With Dragons
English novelist Stan Barstow dies at 83. He was best known for his 1960 novel,
. A Kind of Loving London is rocked by several days of riots – bookshops go untouched.
An ‘I Hate Reading’ page is discovered on Facebook. AbeBooks offers a
video reply that is viewed more than 9,500 times. James Patterson is revealed as the world’s best paid author with an annual salary of £53 million.
Babar the elephant celebrates his 80th birthday.
by Kathryn Stockett is AbeBooks’ bestselling signed book in August. The Help
The Borders chain finally shuts down after bankruptcy and a fire sale.
Scotland’s Wigtown book festival hires a resident literary hermit.
A photography book called
becomes a bestseller in the USA. Chicks with Guns
by Erin Morgenstern is September’s bestselling signed book on AbeBooks. Night Circus
The Marriage Plot
Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, who is mostly unknown in North America, wins the
Nobel Prize for Literature.
AbeBooks.co.uk is named the UK’s fourth best Internet shopping site in a poll of Which Magazine readers. Nine years after
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides returns with a novel called . The Marriage Plot Supermodel Tyra Banks becomes a successful author with
– the novel lands at No.2 on the New York Times bestseller list. Modelland Julian Barnes wins the Man Booker Prize with
– it was the fourth time he had been shortlisted for the prize. The novel becomes AbeBooks’ bestselling signed book of the month. The Sense of an Ending
Huraki Murakami’s 1Q84 is finally published in English. A month later it’s nominated for the annual Bad Sex Award.
Stephen King’s latest book is released. Titled
, the time-travelling novel tackles the JFK killing. 11.22.63
Inheritance, the final book in Christopher Paolini’s four-book fantasy series, becomes an instant bestseller with 500,000 copies sold on day one.
Esi Edugyan wins Canada’s Giller Prize for her novel, Half-Blood Blues. Also in Canada, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt wins the Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction.
by Jesmyn Ward wins the fiction category at America's National Book Awards. Salvage the Bones
Anne McCaffrey, the author of the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series, dies in Ireland at 85. Jack Kerouac’s ‘lost’ novel,
, is published. He wrote it aged 20 and it is based on his early years as a merchant seaman. The Sea Is My Brother American poet
Ruth Stone dies aged 96. AbeBooks sells an 1867 first edition of Das Kapital by Karl Marx for £33,000.
AbeBooks launches a
Book Collecting Guide. David Guterson wins the 2011 Bad Sex Award in London for the sex scenes in his latest novel,
- a modern retelling of the Oedpius story. Ed King Lady Gaga publishes her own photo book with a leading celebrity photographer. It's called
. Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson Tea Obreht's
is the bestselling signed book of 2011 on AbeBooks. The Tiger's Wife Journalist, author and intellectual Christopher Hitchens dies of complications from esophageal cancer at age 62.