Thursday, 10 October 2013

Alice Munro receives the Nobel Prize for Literature

Today is a monumental day for Alice Munro, and a monumental day for Canadian literature.  Once a backwater of unappreciated authors, Canadian literature has vaulted into the top ranks of English literature and world literature.  Alice Munro was very humble in accepting the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/books/alice-munro-wins-nobel-prize-in-literature.html?hp&_r=0

Monday, 15 October 2012

I'm Your Man by Sylvie Simmons

Most ardent fans of Leonard Cohen have read at least one biography about his life.  I started with Ira Nadel's Various Positions.  Sylvie Simmons biography, I'm Your Man, which was just published in the U.S., is the best of the bio bunch.  If you ever want to learn what a true seeker of wisdom is up against, this book should give you a pretty good idea. As we know, Leonard Cohen started with talent and insight.  How much of that talent and insight is and was a con job--on himself and others?  Cohen rolled a rock up a hill with that question (among others of equal magnitude).  Innate talent and insight was not enough to keep him from suffering torturous pain on a self-imposed and solitary quest into the dark.  This book convinced me that I made the right decision when I stopped trying to be a writer after my first unpublished book.  For everyone that thinks gifted writers (and poets and songwriters) compose their work under trance-like "automatic" writing, ponder Cohen's life.  He has paid in blood for every word, just like his favorite writer, Garcia Lorca.

Here's a brief review of the new book: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2012/09/im-your-man-the-life-of-leonard-cohen-by-sylvie-si.html

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Sock Puppetry the Scourge of the Internet

Book Collectors Books is the greatest thing since LSD......Aldous Huxley

I always catch Book Collectors Books when I'm on the Magic Bus with Gretchen Fetchin' the Slime Queen...Ken Kesey

This website scares me half to death...Stephen King

Do you think sock puppetry is putting your hand in a sock and pretending it's a puppet?  Think again.  Sock puppetry has become quite the discussion piece.  Here are a few articles that make great reading:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/03/rj-ellory-secret-amazon-reviews

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/04/sock-puppetry-publish-be-damned

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2012/sep/05/sock-puppet-online-reviewing

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2012/sep/11/internet-sock-puppeteers-forebears-pope

The last article shows that "sock puppetry" has been around since literature began.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Vancouver Book Fair

Mark your calendars.  The 2012 Vancouver Book Fair is on at Robson Square in the heart of downtown Vancouver.  The Fair is scheduled for Saturday,September 22, and Sunday, September 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please read the attached flyer, and plan to attend.

Please note that a video about the show can be found at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6bpWl6t8MM&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

The Social Trials of Signing Books

Have you ever wondered how authors who are currently in vogue feel about signing a thousand books at a time?  They are probably happier than the semi-unknown writer signing at the next table.  This is an article that helps describe the various shades of thought and emotion that can go through an author's head when signing books.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jul/31/book-signings-perks-and-pitfalls?INTCMP=SRCH

Monday, 30 July 2012

Book Collectors Books Article

The Alcuin Society, a society that concerns itself with the advancement of book related issues, has published an article in its magazine, Amphora, which mentions our website, bookcollectorsbooks.com.  Just to be above board on this, Paul Whitney, who lists his books with bookcollectorsbooks.com, wrote the article.  All that having been said, the whole purpose of our website is to help collectors find another way of selling their collections.  I think Paul has put this article together because he feels there is a need for this type of service.  I've set the article out as Page 1 and Page 2 in gif format.  Hopefully, you'll be able to read the article.  If the print is too small, please try magnifying it.