A previously unpublished memoir by beloved children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder will see the light of day this fall. “Pioneer Girl,” which was rejected by publishers during Wilder’s lifetime, will be published in September by the South Dakota Historical Society. The memoir includes a variety of episodes from Wilder’s girlhood on the American frontier that she considered inappropriate for inclusion in her bestselling children’s novels. (more…)
The estate of Doris Lessing, the British novelist who died last year at 94 years old, donated 3,000 books from her personal collection to a public library in Harare, Zimbabwe. The donation was made in her name by various beneficiaries listed under her will.
In August, staff from Lessing’s publisher Harper Collins, in conjunction with the nonprofit Book Aid International, packed up books in the author’s former London home for shipment to Africa. The volunteers found books in packed into every nook and corner of the house. Biographies, histories, reference books, poetry, and fiction were among the selected books. (more…)
Action Comics #1, better known as the first ever Superman comic, is currently up for auction on eBay. With only a few days left in the auction, the bidding has already reached $1,850,101. (As of 10:30 p.m. PST on August 18th). The auction will likely exceed $2m, perhaps by a significant amount. The original price for the comic when it was released in 1938? $0.10. (more…)
The Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar, Germany – one of the country’s finest special collections – suffered a terrible fire in 2004. 50,000 books were lost to the flames, a full 25% of which were considered by the library to be irreplaceable. One of the lost titles was Copernicus’s 1543 treatise De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium, Libri VI, an essential work in the history of science. (more…)
The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina, not far from the world famous Pinehurst No. 2 golf course, has an expert stocking its shelves. Bill Maher, a retired history professor, gets people coming back to the shop for one reason: He knows his stuff. Antiquarian book collectors sometimes forget that there is another class of book collector. These collectors do not collect books for their beauty or rarity but rather attempt to assemble a collection that represents mankind’s current … Continued
Last month would be Herman Melville‘s 195th birthday. Born on Pearl Street in Manhattan, the Moby Dick author found solace and inspiration at his family home known as Arrowhead, nestled in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
On August 5th 1850, four days after turning 31, Melville met Nathaniel Hawthorne, who, at 46 years old, was an established figure on the American literary scene. Local Stockbridge attorney David Dudley, Jr. was a mutual acquaintance and set up the rendezvous by inviting the writers, along with Oliver Wendell Holmes, for a hike up nearby Monument Mountain. An unexpected thunderstorm forced the group to take shelter in a cave, which gave Melville and Hawthorne an opportunity to converse at length and ultimately develop something of a literary father-son relationship. The party reached the summit and celebrated in style, toasting their arrival with champagne and a poetry reading.
She’s one of the world’s most beloved novelists, but we still don’t really know what she looked like.
The only confirmed portrait of Jane Austen is a dour – and amateur – drawing by her sister. Other potential portraits have occasionally surfaced, but remain controversial.
So perhaps it was inevitable that someone would eventually call in the forensic team. The Jane Austen Center in Bath unveiled on Wednesday this week a new Jane Austen waxwork, the result of three years of work by forensic artist Melissa Dring. (more…)
To mark the centenary of WWI, the German government has digitized and made freely available 700,000 documents related to the war on the website of the Federal Archive. The material includes audio recordings, films, and photos in addition to an array of personal and governmental documents. Records of politicians, military and civilian authorities, propaganda films, and even personal letters from the front are all part of the newly accessible treasure trove.
Curators at the Federal Archive said the material will be of particular benefit to genealogists as it includes extensive information about locations where German soldiers served.
German commemorations for the WWI centenary will be subdued. No large public commemorations are planned this year. The German federal government will instead provide financial assistance to international commemorations and subsidize exhibitions like one entitled “1914: 100 Years Afterward” currently on display at the German Historical Institute in Berlin.
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The POP Project finds new homes for used books.
An Asheville, NC-based nonprofit, the POP (Pages Opening People) Project collects secondhand books to redistribute within communities in Western North Carolina and across the Southeast. It’s a mission not only to find new homes for the books, but to make “homes” for people who might otherwise not have access to books.
“Growing up, books were always a part of my home. Even when we may have had to cut back on other things, books were always a necessity, like bread or milk,” said Sarah Giavedoni, POP’s director of donations. “When I learned that there are homes in my community that have no books, or people who for one reason or another cannot get a library card, I knew I had to get involved. I can’t imagine living in a home without books. It just wouldn’t feel like home to me.” (more…)
Black Paw Books has been awarded the 2013 Don Dario Scholarship!
Biblio would like to thank to each and every applicant for the 2014 Don Dario scholarship for the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.
Every year we receive many applications for the Don Dario scholarship from our worthy booksellers and it is quite difficult to choose only one of them to win! After much deliberation, the selection committee has chosen Charles Schmieg of Black Paw Books (newly renamed Novanglus Books) to be the recipient of the tuition scholarship for 2014. Congratulations, Charles!
Charles will receive the full cost of tuition for attendance, $250 toward travel and accommodations, and he will also have all monthly bookseller listing fees rebated for one year on our lowest commission billing option. There is also a $250 donation on its way to Room to Read, a non-profit literacy group, to assist them with their literacy education and gender equality campaigns in the developing world.
Everyone here at Biblio wishes Charles a safe journey, a wealth of knowledge to take back home to his bookshop in Rhode Island, and an overall wonderful time in Colorado!
To the many booksellers that were not choose this year, we hope that you will apply again next year! Biblio.com offers an annual scholarship to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar – The Don Dario Honorary Scholarship is offered in keeping with Biblio’s stated commitment to Environment, Independence and Community.