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An Interview with David Bruce Smith

By Kristin Masters. Feb 29, 2012. 5:27 AM.

Topics: Book Collecting, Rare Book Gift Ideas

Books Tell You Why is proud to introduce David Bruce Smith. He specializes in creating, designing, and writing limited-edition books on a variety of subjects: authors, historic figures, artists, and leaders. You’ll find his books Tennessee: Three Plays by Tennessee Williams and Thirteen Miles from Providence: A Tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Soldiers’ Home featured on our website. David recently sat down with us to discuss his inspiration, working with his mom, and even his thoughts on e-books.

     
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Movie Tie-Ins: Books Win Big at the Oscars!?

By Kristin Masters. Feb 27, 2012. 5:02 AM.

Topics: Caldecott Medal, Movie Tie-Ins

Last night America reveled in an evening of glamour and excitement. The annual Academy Awards ceremony honored the best cinematic achievements of the year. Book-to-movie adaptations featured prominently this year, and a few really won big.

     
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Preserving Your Rare Books: Setting up and Maintaining Your Home Library

As a collector of rare books, your goal is to keep your collection in optimum shape. You’re careful with dust jackets and protect fragile books with clamshell cases. Even the way you shelve your rare books can impact their condition. It’s important that your home library provides the support and protection that rare books need.

Umberto Eco could use a few of these tips in his personal library!      
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Rare Books We Love, Just in Time for Valentine's Day

By Kristin Masters. Feb 1, 2012. 1:39 AM.

Topics: Book Collecting, Rare Book Gift Ideas

When Pope Gelasius established Saint Valentine’s Day in 496 AD, he certainly had no idea that the holiday would persist for centuries. The holiday was first associated with romance and love during the High Middle Ages, thanks to the burgeoning tradition of courtly love in Geoffrey Chaucer’s day. And nothing says “love” like giving the perfect book! Here’s a look at some favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the bibliophile and rare book collector.

     
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