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November’s bestselling signed books

1. Beatlebone by Kevin Barry 2. Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson 3. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham 4. Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving 5. M Train by Patti Smith 6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 7. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem 8. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by […]

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2015 Man Booker Shortlist

The judges have announced the 2015 shortlist for the Man Booker Prize and the list is full of interesting choices. The judges commented on the different writing styles, the literary backgrounds of the writers and the cultural heritage. The list includes both new and well known, established authors including Tom McCarthy and Anne Tyler. The […]

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Ghost Boy: Martin Pistorius’ Book About Locked-in Syndrome

It sounds like the stuff of nightmares, like it must be invented by a tortured imagination. But Locked-in Syndrome is a real affliction, a rare neurological disorder. It is characterized by total paralysis of muscles throughout the body, excepting the muscles that allow for eye movement. South African man Martin Pistorius – whose 2012 book […]

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Do-It-Yourself Coffins, and Other New Weird Books

And now, for something completely different….when’s the last time you had a good dose of weird? The Weird Book Room has been updated again and has more titles than ever. It’s an uplifting experience to visit the WBR and frolic about in the weirdness. The Weird Book of the Week this time around is Do-It-Yourself […]

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Alice Munro – Canada’s 82-year-old bookish sweetheart

Literary Canada is a happy place right now.  Alice Munro, a Canadian legend of literature, has the Nobel Prize for Literature tucked in her back pocket along with a chunk of Krona. The 82-year-old, famous for writing short stories, is the13th woman to receive the prize and first real Canadian (because Saul Bellow doesn’t count […]

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Build Your Own Secret Bookcase Door

When I was in Atlanta, Georgia in October, our friends took us for dinner at Pizzeria Vesuvius (damn fine pizza). When I went to the bathroom towards the back of the restaurant, I saw there was a bookcase against one wall – which then swung open, and a guy emerged. Behind the bookshelf was a […]

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Bicycling for Ladies from 1896

No Lycra in sight. Love this book from 1896. Bicycling for Ladies by Maria E Ward, published by Brentano’s in New York,  with blue pictorial cloth stamped in gray, silver and gold.

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On the Road trailer

Here’s the latest trailer for On the Road starring Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley and Garrett Hedlund. The film premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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