Sept 17-23 Tolkien Week*

1851 – The New-York Daily Times, which will become The New York Times, begins publishing.

birthday boy • 1709 –
Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer (d. 1784)

who dunnit?, she said • September 12 marked the first day that unabridged digital downloads of Agatha Christie’s books were made available, via and in the U.S. and the U.K.

dame bits • A from one of her favourite homes, raised more than £300,000.

no flys on him • The Norway Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has denied Shah Mohammad Rais, the real man behind the title of Åsne Seierstad’s international bestseller Bookseller of Kabul, a tourist visa to Norway in connection with the launch of his own book.

shiny happy • obsessive compulsive disorder has reached into the used bookstore trade, the Japanese ultra scrubbed Bookoff chain has taken a foot hold in the UK used bookstore market. “Nobody really likes second-hand books when they smell, and the shops are just stacked with the books all over the place,” says Bookoff president Hashimoto, “Bookoff makes the experience feel like a new bookshop but at discount prices.” Yeah right . . . .IMHO Ms Hashimoto is a fucking idiot.

Tolkien Week

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