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\'Demanding\' book wins French prize

The BBC Says France\'s top literary prize, the Prix Goncourt, has been won by Pascal Quignard with a book that has been described by critics as a \"demanding\" read.
Les Ombres Errantes (Wandering Shadows) is a collection of personal reflections, musings and historical memories written in a disjointed form.

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Web error names the Booker Prize winner early

Entertainment Weekly Says Last week, as the newly revamped award, now called the Man Booker Prize, launched its new website, it inadvertently revealed the name of the winner, little-known Canadian novelist Yann Martel.
Lisa Jardine, the Booker jury's chairwoman, told Britain's Guardian newspaper that the glitch was an honest mistake, an accidental posting of test copy written for the site's trial, and that Martel still had a ''one in six chance.''
They say oddsmakers didn't buy that explanation and called off all bets.
Thanks again to Jen Young for another one.

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Booting books that bore you

Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn writes about his late discovery that it\'s okay to stop reading a novel you find you don\'t like. He invites readers to e-mail him about disappointing books they started.

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Amazon.ca vs Everybody

Gary Deane sent over This One from CanadianBusiness.com that says Amazon.com\'s Canadian satellite site has been a bit of a letdown.
Apparently, Amazon.ca still has some work to do. While its prices are competitive with chapters.indigo.ca, it has yet to offer an antidote for Canada’s small-market sickness. “It’s hard to come out of the gate perfect,” acknowledges Amazon spokesperson Kristin Schaefer. “It’s difficult to know how to accurately manage and stock inventory until you know what customers are buying.”

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The International Edible Book Festival

The International Edible Book Festival is a yearly event on April 1 throughout the world from 2-4 p.m. (depending upon time zone). The edible books are exhibited and, at 4 p.m., tea and/or coffee is served and the books are consumed.

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Chemists honour Sherlock Holmes

Jen Young spotted This BBC Story that says The great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes is to receive a posthumous Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry. Holmes is the first fictional character to receive the Fellowship, and a silver medal will be struck in his name.

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Holmes Honored

The BBC reports that Britain\'s Royal Society of Chemistry will award the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes with an Honorary Fellowship, something usually reserved for people who are Nobel laureates, great scientists, or at least real.

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Moby launches book club

Jen Young points to a short Ananova Story on Pop-Star Moby. He has started a book club as part of his current World tour. I don't see anything on His Site on the club.

"Ozzy Osbourne used to snort ants. Led Zeppelin had sex with hookers on private planes. And I start a book club. Because one can only snort so many ants and have so much sex before one starts to long for the comfort and companionship of a book."

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Amazon Won't Shelve 'Boylovers' Book

Marian sent over Some News On Amazon from over at Forbes that says they are refusing to take down a book being criticized as encouraging child molestation.
David L. Riegel's book, Understanding Loved Boys and Boylovers, is causing more than a few troubles for Amazon, as the United States Justice Foundation, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, and others are trying to get Amazon to drop the book. Amazon.com says pulling the book would be an abridgment of free speech, protected under the First Amendment.

"We believe that providing open access to written speech, no matter how controversial or ugly, is one of the most important things we do. And we will continue to make controversial works available in the U.S. and every where else, except where they are specifically prohibited by law."

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Beyond Words

CalendarLiver.com has a Look At Some interesting books that are art objects in themselves.
The book as art may take on sculptural forms, looking nothing like a conventional book, having no covers, or covers made of metal, glass, clay or fabric. Pages may be cut apart or come tumbling out, telling a story or constructing a narrative with images and words, or sometimes without words at all. These books may incorporate painting, photography or letterpress printing. Existing books may be altered or deconstructed and in the transformation take on new meaning.

"I think the appeal of books is universal," Austin says. "In this highly technical world, having a tangible item to make or communicate through broadens who we are as people. A lot of people who take our classes are Web designers, and there seems to be a draw to this tangible object."

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