Sherlock Holmes Day*

calendar •
1590 –
Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queen is registered for publication with the Stationer’s Company.
1802 – The third of Washington Irving’s Jonathan Oldstyle Letters appears in the Morning Chronicle.
1835 – Hans Christian Andersen publishes first book of fairy tales
1860 – The first installment of Great Expectations is published in All the Year Round.
1887 – Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print Study in Scarlet.*
1919 – AA Milne’s Mr Pim Passes By premieres in Manchester

birthdays •
1886 – Rex Stout, American author (d. 1975) Noblesville, Indiana.
1942 – John Crowley, American author.

events •
NYC • the 19th Annual Independent and Small Press Book Fair
TX • 31st Dickens on The Strand, Galveston Island

worth reading • Forbes magazine has an interesting roundup of book related articles by a bunch of pundits, mainly gnashing their teeth about the future of books.

audio • brings you “The 12 beers of Christmas”! list of the 12 holiday beers you MUST try. December 3rd, 6pm, WLUW 88.7FM or live online at,

banktoaster • How to Draw a Medieval Border is available as a free download, a technique shown in Discover Calligraphy and Illumination by Cari Ferraro.

event • The Nineteenth Annual Independent and Small Press Book Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 2nd, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 3rd. The Fair will take place in the landmark building of the General Society Library of Mechanics and Tradesmen, at 20 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in Manhattan.

blog of note • Grumpy Old Bookman blog has a lovely post about Book design.

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