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{Atlas of the British Empires (1928), the world’s smallest atlas}

First things, first: Happy Weekend! It thrills me to no end to be able to say that. I’m not sure if we should blame the full moon, or what–but we seemed to be stuck in a time warp. In the words of Navin R. Johnson (The Jerk): “The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight days . . . ”

But, I digress . . .

Here are a few bookish news items for the week. If you’re short on time and can’t look into them all, I’d definitely start with the link for Anders Burius. It leads to a post on the The Association for Research Into Crimes Against Art blog–which is quite intriguing.

The Long list for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. You might want to add a title or two (or thirteen) to your reading list. As Jonathan Ruppin, Web editor of Foyles says, “There are many writers here whose sales have previously not matched their talents, so readers have a wonderful opportunity to discover new favourites, authors they’ll be reading for years to come.”

Between 1995 and 204, some fifty-six books were stolen from the Swedish National Library by the chief of the manuscripts department, Anders Burius (in a twist of irony, he was entrusted with enforcing increased security measures).  Next week, the US will be returning two of those books.

Jane Austen is the next face of the £10 note. In addition to her portrait,  the note includes a quote from Miss Bingley (Pride and Prejudice), “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” Best banknote ever.

Just in case you’re wondering if that book you are reading was written by J.K. Rowling, Yahoo News suggests 15 signs.

Check out these lovely, wee books.

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Yeah, I’ve got nothin.’

Seems most of this week’s bookish news centered around Comic-Con (which is just depressing if you can’t be there to enjoy the frivolity), or the news that The Cuckoo’s Calling was not written by former Royal Military Police member Robert Galbraith after all, but J.K. Rowling. In regard to that last bit, I read “Richard Brooks, the Sunday Times’ arts editor, told NPR in a phone interview that ‘it was frankly too good for a book by an unknown first-time author.'”  I’m hoping that’s a misquote, because, really?

So, did I miss anything?

If not, perhaps we should make up our own bookish news . . . or, you know, share what we plan to read over the weekend and call it a day.

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{Brave New World illustration by Finn Dean}

I don’t know about you, but I blinked on Monday and now it’s Friday. How does that happen? I don’t even know. What I do know, I had very little time to read — and that tends to make me a tad disgruntled. So I’ll be working to remedy the issue over the weekend. Needless to say, if you have any suggestions, do let me know.  

In case the week got away from you, as well, here are a few bookish news items that were floating about this past week . . .  

Imagine a place designed to inspire knowledge and conversation. That’s the Long Now Salon:

[We] have designed a salon space that will not only house our prototypes, and a hand curated library, but also serve locally roasted coffee by day, and inspired cocktails by night. The goal is to build a social place to help make long-term thinking more automatic and common rather than difficult and rare.

 Sounds fabulous, no?  You can add to the generous gift from Neil Gaiman to see it accomplished.

Reading Pride and Prejudice can teach us a thing or two about strategic thinking–at least that’s the premise for Michael Chwe’s Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Congratulations to Finn Dean, this year’s winner of the Book Illustration Competition (a partnership between the charity House of Illustration and The Folio Society). His illustrations of Huxley’s Brave New World will be published in September. 

Are you a book fetishist? If you haven’t a clue what I’m talking about, check out The New Yorker’s Internet Book Fetishiss Versus Anti-Fetishists (I’ll admit, I do tend to take issue with book art) 

 Finally, Good Reads explores The Psychology of Abandonment (of books, naturally)  

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Image: Dictionary Art Print from Vintagraphy

Happy Friday! How are you holding up? It’s been hotter than blazes in our neck of the woods; or, in the words of Jane Austen, What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.  So true. Really, we’ve no recourse but to grab an ice cold beverage, find a cool spot, and hole up with a good book. I think I’ll start with Don’t Ever Get Old by Daniel Friedman. Have you read it? Did you like it? Wait, don’t tell me–I’m immensely excited to read it and I don’t want to be disappointed.

With that, a few bits of bookish news . . .

It’s official: Penguin Random House announced their merger. Thank goodness they didn’t just throw together a new logo!

This week Kafka would have celebrated his 130th birthday. The Huff Post Books posted a heart-wrenching excerpt of a letter from Kafka to his father.

Who, in the world, spends the most time reading? Funny you should ask . . .

The Guardian is asking for quotes from books or plays that relates to a specific time for their Literary Clock (to be debuted at the Edinburgh international books festival).

We love it when we find something we never knew was lost–especially when that something is a manuscript by a famous author.

Finally, have you gotten into the Books with a letter missing, yet? Good times, that . . .

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{A winner of Design Observer’s best cover design}

Around these parts, school’s out, summer’s in; kids are already getting bored, and parents are wondering when they might steal a few moments away (to read, naturally). In regard to bookish news, it was all about children + design. OK, that’s not entirely true, but there did seem an inordinate amount of items. Here’s a peek of the goings on of the last week or so . . .

First published in 1825, The Glasglow Looking Glass (a.k.a. The Northern Looking Glass) now has official bragging rights as the first comic book.

Looking for books for your kids to read this summer? Well, Impatient Optimists (the blog of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) suggests18 Books that will inspire your kids.

Diana Wynne Jone’s final book has been completed by her sister; it will be published next year. 

In case you’re making travel plans–don’t miss out on the New York Public Library. Specificially, The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter, a multimedia exhibit featuring more than 250 books, art pieces, and other items curated from the library’s diverse collections that explore, well, why Children’s books matter! It runs until March 23, 2014. 

You’re never too young for Shakespeare, and you’re never too old for alphabet books. Don’t believe me? Check  out The Shakespeare Alphabet Book, recently released from In Your Ear Shakespeare. 

Go ahead, judge a book by it’s cover. Designers have. Check out their picks for best book covers of 2012.

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