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Dickens letter sells for GBP5,000

Fourteen letters written by Charles Dickens between 1849 and 1854 were sold at auction today in Tavistock, Devon (UK). The most expensive of them sold for 5,000 pounds sterling (about $7,500) and they will all stay in the UK, with many being bought by public institutions and museums. More from the BBC News.
These letters were found tucked inside a book owned by a direct descendent of Georgina Morson, governess of a women\'s refuge founded by Dickens in 1847.

Read the book, then discuss with author

USA Today has a Story on how more and more writers are trying to generate sales by connecting with reading groups either by phone or in person. It\'s great for the authors to connect with their fans and get feedback, cheers and jeers.

\"If I can talk to you for 400 pages, you should have the right to talk back to me for a paragraph,\" says Harlan Coben. The author of seven previous mysteries, his new thriller, Tell No One, hit stores Tuesday. \"It\'s easy to pretend you\'re jaded but I really get a kick out of hearing from readers.\"

Nicholson Baker on the Air

Nicholson Baker was interviewed about Doublefold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper this afternoon on the inimitable KCRW\'s show \"Bookworm.\" The show should be available as a Real Audio file from the \"Bookworm\" site sometime in the next few days.

Favorite Books

NPR is running a neat series called Favorite Books NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg talks with famous authors about the books they most prize. Each Tuesday in June, listen to Stamberg\'s author interviews on Morning Edition.

Some of the authors include Barry Lopez, Francesca Lia Block, Paule Marshall and Walter Mosley.

Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

I\'m way beind on everything here, so you probably already heard, but I feel the need to post this anyways.

Douglas Adams died at age 49 of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, CA. If there was a funnier book than The Hitchhiker\'s Guide I\'ve never read it.

Bob Cox sent along This Great Tribute as well.

Librarian/author James Still

Lee Hadden Writes:\"On today\'s \"Morning Edition\" talk show on National Public Radio, there
was an account of the librarian and author James Still.
The web page.\"

\"Remembering Writer James Still -- Host Bob Edwards talks
with professor Ted Olson about the works of Appalachian
writer James Still, who died at 94 this weekend. Still\'s
work was widely popular in the 1930\'s, but he never
received as much notoriety as other writers of the time.
Now a new collection of his poetry will be published by The
University Press of Kentucky in June. It\'s called \"From the
Mountain, From the Valley.\"

Before Rowling, There was Jacques

Brian Jacques, best selling children\'s author of the Redwall series of books, as well as others, was recently interviewed by Andrea Sachs for Time Magazine. Read his interview [Here...]

New York Times, Newsday, Time, Lexis/Nexis, UMI Sued Over Copyright Violations

According to Wired...
Tens of thousands of freelance writers, photographers and illustrators eagerly await the outcome of Tasini et al vs. The New York Times et al, which, after seven years in lower courts, will finally be argued before the Supreme Court next week. [more...]

Half-Bakered

Jud writes \"The egregious Nicholson \"automation-is-a-money-pit\" Baker burps and gets into mass market at The New Yorker, while correctives to his hysteria, like the fine one in First Monday by Richard J. Cox (firstmonday.org), languish in relative online obscurity.


Nicholson still doesn\'t realize that automation is the key to his dream: guaranteeing preservation of last copies. For a much earlier-- and tongue-in-cheek--reply to Baker (I submitted it to the New Yorker, but for some reason they didn\'t run it) see \"Malodorous Catalog\" at librarians.freeservers.com \"

When you 8673 enough to send the very best ...

Brian from Librarism.com writes \"The Register has an Interview with cyberpunk author Pat Cadigan, who mentions an unusual bit of indexing done at the greeting card company where she used to work:


\"In my last year at Hallmark we finally began putting verses on computer. They had to assign a 4 digit serial number to each sentiment, for each area of feeling.\"
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Ah, I just love 432543\'s Day.... the flowers.. the candy...

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