Category Archives: Book Collecting

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2008 Nobel Laureate for Literature Announced

And the award goes to…Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, whose work defined him as an “author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization.” To read more about Le Clezio’s life and writing, please visit the

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Don’t Miss the Nobel Prize for Literature!

For me, this is so much more exciting than those silly Olympic Games–check out the announcement tomorrow for the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for literature. Watch the live webcast from the Swedish Academy, Stockholm, Sweden, on Thursday, October 9, 1:00 p.m. CET, 11:00

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Have you ever been ‘sheeped’?

OK–advance discalimer–this is not a post about fraternity hazing. I read Haruki Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase a few months ago and the striking images and unsettling moods evoked by this novel have continued coming to mind ever since. Like one of the characters from

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Books, Thieves, Churches and Stupidity

Yes, they’re all connected in this breaking news story from the Asheville Citizen-Times. Haywood County Sheriff’s chief detectives continue investigating a series of burglaries Tuesday night (August 19) near the intersection of N.C. 209 and Old Clyde Road in Waynesville, NC. They believe the five

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More on trashing books…

One of my first college writing teachers asked us to do the following exercise: choose a page in the grammar book assigned for the course and write in a page margin the worst thing you’ve ever done, then tear out the margin where you wrote

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New issue of BiblioUnbound is out!

The June issue of BiblioUnbound, our customer e-zine, was released today. This month, we focused on the paperback: why we love it, why we hate it, how to collect it and preserve it. It was a really fun issue to put together, and I hope

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Books and Their Natural Enemies

I recently realized I didn’t know as much as I thought about caring for books. As someone with several rare books, it seemed a good idea to get better informed. While the worst enemy of books is probably humans (ahem, guilty), this discussion is about