day in the life

“Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. Any man who has once proclaimed violence as his method is inevitably forced to take the lie as his principle.” – Alexander Solzhenitsynone book, one world – Chicago will join with All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature in […]

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Bullpen Book Club vols 2 & 3

” The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” ~ St. AugustineLiterary Trips: Following in the Footsteps of Fame,, ed. Victoria Brooks, GreatestEscapes.com 362 pages, 0968613705 –Literary Trips 2: Following in the Footsteps of Fame – ed. Victoria Brooks, GreatestEscapes.com 400 pages, 0968613713 True confession. I hardly ever […]

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addendums

a little nosh The Mobile Library: The Case Of The Missing Books, by Ian Sansom £6.99 Israel Armstrong has just arrived in Ireland to take up his first post as a librarian. But the library’s been shut down and Israel ends up stranded on the North Antrim coast driving an old mobile library. There’s nice […]

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meet the autopen

“If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.” – Margaret Atwood stupid author tricks agoraphobe author Margaret Atwood has designed a telepresence book signing robot to avoid glad handing pesky fans. We also have some directions if you would like to build one of your own. […]

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gettysburg 90210

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” Abraham Lincoln Other booksellers have always advised me to specialize, and they are probably right, but I never could decided on ONE specific […]

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having a lie-in

“Cards are war, in disguise of a sport.” – Charles Lamb U.S. Games, Inc. not only still sells Authors, (yes that 1880s card game is still in print) continually updating the authors depicted, but they also have American Women Authors, which includes Emily Dickinson, Pearl Buck, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston, Dorothy Parker, Harriet Beecher […]

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bibliohysteria/bibliomania

A 120 year old poetry book, containing one poem containing the ‘N’ word…has managed to freak out some folks who think the a rare book section of a high school library should be completely sterile and inoffensive…just like the rest of their world. I just keep extrapolating this concept and it wraps itself around my […]

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mixed media

“My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.” – Peter De Vries Several dvd producing companies have been trying to market book /dvd packages: Soon The Penguin people will be publishing books with dvds in the back of Decameron, Of Human Bondage, Hamlet, Romeo […]

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papa don't preach

‘All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they had really happened.” – Ernest Hemingway Good news Everyone!* Papa will soon be on audio for everyone! i’ll alert the media. Now as much as I respect him, I’ve read him, I admire his work….but does anyone really really think […]

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dogs/food

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” Groucho Marx.Despite the 29 inches of snow in New York, the Dog Writers Association of America held their annual banquet last weekend. Jeffrey Deaver‘s Briard won best in breed at Westminster. of Labradoodles and Cockapoos, […]

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