Special Editions of Early Stephen King Novels

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New Cover Art for Carrie

Six early Stephen King novels will be republished in deluxe special editions by the independent publisher Cemetery Dance. The move continues a long-term partnership between King and Cemetery Dance, who have already released several of the horror master’s novels in special editions, beginning with “From a Buick 8″ in 2002.

The first novel on the dock is “Carrie,” which will be released in August in three different formats: a hand-numbered edition, limited to 52 copies, artist-signed and already sold out, a traycase edition, limited to 750 copies, artist-signed and priced at $225, and a slipcase edition, limited to 3,000 copies and priced at $85. All three formats will be produced as oversize hardbacks with heavy paper.  The new edition of “Carrie” will include six original paintings and dust jacket art by Tomislav Tikulin, an essay by Tabitha King, a new introduction by Stephen King, and a reproduction of a telegram sent by Doubleday to the author announcing they would publish the book (King’s first).

After releasing “Carrie,” Cemetery Dance will continue with “Salem’s Lot,” “The Shining,” “Night Shift,” “The Stand,” and “Pet Semetary” in six month intervals.

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Reprinted with permission from Fine Books & Collections, Author: Nate Pedersen


The Grapes of Wrath at 75

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The Grapes of Wrath Cover

April 14 marked the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. The novel, which traces the Joad family’s journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression, won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. The National Steinbeck Center (NSC) in Salinas, California, plans to celebrate with a three-day festival next month. Events include an “Opening Night Speakeasy” and various talks and tours.

Last fall, the NSC sponsored a migration reenactment in which a team of artists traveled along Route 66, presenting programs and collecting oral histories related to The Grapes of Wrath and its themes. A documentary by P.J. Palmer about that experience will premiere at the May festival.

Image: Courtesy of NSC.

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Girls and Comic Books

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Being an adult female comic book reader is not as rare these days as it used to be. I was introduced to comics at the age of 8 by my older brother. I first read the well known staples like Wonder Woman, Little Lulu, The X-men, The Fantastic Four and so on. When I was a girl it was harder to find comics geared towards a female reader as the comic book world was dominated by male writers and artists. Over the years, many more comics have been released that appeal to female readers, at last! (more…)


The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

The Goldfinch Wins Top Prize

 

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced April 14, 2014, and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction was presented to Donna Tartt for her novel The Goldfinch.  The Goldfinch won over other nominated works The Son by Philipp Meyer and The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis.

 

Tartt is an established author whose previous works include The Secret History (1992) and The Little Friend (2002).  A fan of writing long novels, Tartt took 11 years to write The Goldfinch, which is a solid 784 pages and was published by Little, Brown and Company.

 

The Goldfinch Enjoys High Critical Acclaim

 

First released in October of 2013, The Goldfinch was met with critical acclaim and quickly became a best seller.  The New York Times raved that The Goldfinch “[is a]…glorious, Dickensian novel, a novel that pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading.”  Of course, since such things are subjective, not all were fans of the book, remarking that it was too long and self-involved to be engrossing.  However, it is safe to say that The Goldfinch was one of the top books published in 2013.

 

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Heartbleed

Heartbleed

News is breaking all over about Heartbleed, the dramatic name for a new bug that was putting internet security at risk. Bruce Schneier said of the Open SSL bug:

“Catastrophic” is the right word. On the scale of 1 to 10, this is an 11.

But don’t fear: Biblio.com is on top of the Heartbleed bug. Our site is secure and still safe for shopping, and no servers containing sensitive customer or bookseller information were at any point compromised. We have patched a couple noncritical servers holding no customer data that were affected and replaced the affected SSL certificates with completely new ones. You can shop securely on Biblio!

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Watching Anderson, Collecting Zweig

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Movie Poster for The Grand Budapest Hotel

The new film directed by Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is now playing in select theatres around the country. The unique aesthetic and sensibility of the film, set in a 1930s fictional European country, was heavily influenced by the work of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig.

At one time among the most popular writers in the world, Zweig was also an inveterate manuscript collector, an attribute that we profiled previously in the magazine. Many of Zweig’s novels such as Beware of Pity, Letter from an Unknown Woman, and his memoir, The World of Yesterday, were international bestsellers and widely acclaimed by critics. Zweig’s popularity, however, has been in steady decline since his suicide in 1942.

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National Poetry Month Begins Today

April begins today and with it the start of a month long celebration of poetry.  Since its inauguration by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, every April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month. Schools, libraries, publishers, booksellers, and, of course, poets, across the United States all come together to celebrate poetry in American culture. Readings, festivals, special book displays, workshops, and other events take place throughout the month. “We hope to increase the visibility and availability of poetry in popular culture … Continued


Mutiny on the Bounty, 225 Years Later

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The HMS Bounty was just a small merchant vessel on its way to Tahiti to collect breadfruit. Under the command of the now infamous Captain Bligh, the ship left dock in December of 1787 for its arduous ten-month journey at sea, during which time Bligh demoted his sailing master and replaced him with Fletcher Christian, a move he would surely come to regret. Still, they made it to Tahiti, where the crew stayed for five months. In April of 1789, they left the island and headed for disaster.

It took only a few weeks for the mutiny to foment. Christian and his band of mutineers took the ship (eventually to Pitcairn Island, where they eluded the Royal Navy), and set Bligh and his loyalists adrift in a small boat. Amazingly, Bligh returned his crew to England.

It is, of course, a story that was sensational from the beginning, providing the basis for many books and films. One of the first publications was the printed minutes of the 1792 court-martial of the Bounty mutineers–those the Navy had caught, anyway. Ten men went to trial, of which three were hanged. For a collector of Bounty books and relics, this is undoubtedly a high spot. Bonhams sold one last year for slightly more than $50,000. (more…)


First Annual Folio Prize Winner Announced

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George Saunders, Tenth of December

 

George Saunders Wins First Annual Folio Prize

George Saunders has won the inaugural Folio Prize for his collection of short stories entitled Tenth of December. The Folio Prize, sponsored by The Folio Society, is open to writers in English from around the world. Its stated mission is to “celebrate the best fiction of our time, regardless of form or genre, and bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible.”

Saunders – no stranger to awards – has received wide acclaim for Tenth of December, his most recent collection of short stories, that “illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations.” Saunders even made The New York Times Best Sellers List with Tenth of December, an astonishing achievement for a literary collection of short stories. Lavinia Greenlaw, chair of the judges for the award, said of Saunders, “Unflinching, delightful, adventurous, compassionate, he is a true original whose work is absolutely of the moment.”

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Photography Exhibition of Lost Photographs Showcases Early 20th Century London

An exhibition opens later this week at the Eleven Spitalfields Gallery in London showcasing the work of a mysterious early 20th century street photographer known only as CA Mathews. Mathews photographed a variety of street scenes, almost at random, in the East London neighborhood of Spitalfields one April morning in 1912. Mathews’ purpose in taking the photos – as with almost all the details of his life – remains mysterious. All that is definitively known about Mathews is the address of photography … Continued