Archive for April, 2011

Under the Volcano

Added on April 29, 2011

Under the Volcano Malcolm Lowry Reynal and Hitchcock, U.S.A. 1947 Malcolm Lowry’s┬ásemi-autobiographical masterpiece, Under the Volcano, an account of a single day in the life of an alcoholic British consul in Mexico, was rejected numerous times before finally being published, first in the States, and slightly later in Britain. The manuscript was barely saved from [...]

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Hello and Welcome

Added on April 21, 2011

Hello and welcome to this book is collectible, a website for book collectors; more specifically for collectors of modern fictional literature. There will be an emphasis on signed first editions, Canadian literature, and LGBT literature, but you can expect to see a wide range of collectible books here. Because there are as many different collections [...]

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Running in the Family

Added on April 17, 2011

Running in the Family Michael Ondaatje McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1982 Here is a perfect example of how collecting signed books does not have to be prohibitively expensive. This is a second reprint of the first trade paperback edition of Ondaatje’s beautifully written fictionalized autobiography. Regarding Running in the Family, Ondaatje himself wrote, “In Sri [...]

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Shalimar the Clown

Added on April 9, 2011

Shalimar the Clown Salman Rushdie Jonathan Cape, London, 2005 I bought this signed book before Salman Rushdie came to town to promote it. I did that because I really wanted Rushdie to sign my first printing of The Satanic Verses. The first announcement from the stage on lecture night was that Rushdie would only sign [...]

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Blindness – ARC

Added on April 5, 2011

Blindness Jose Saramago Harcourt Brace, U.S.A. 1997 This is probably Jose Saramago’s most famous novel for at least two reasons. One, the English translation came out less than a year before he won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. Two, the 2008 film adaptation, which was the opener for that year’s Cannes Film Festival, has┬áreignited [...]

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Empire Falls

Added on April 1, 2011

Empire Falls Richard Russo Viking, New York, 2001 This is an extremely scarce advance readers copy of Russo’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. It was recently made into a highly acclaimed HBO film, with an all-star cast including Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Helen Hunt. This copy, as you can see, is signed on a tipped-in [...]

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