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The Dalai Lama: Leader, Peacemaker, and Author

By Kristin Masters. Mar 27, 2012. 3:14 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting, History

In March 1959, the people of Tibet were in revolt, rallying for independence from China. But the Chinese government squashed the revolt. The Dalai Lama fled his country and sought refuge in India, where he has resided ever since. Jump forward about fifty years, to March 2011: the Dalai Lama officially announced his retirement as the head of the Tibetan government.      
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New Arrival Spotlight: Shanty Bay Press Books

By Kristin Masters. Mar 22, 2012. 4:19 AM.

Topics: Fine Press, Book Collecting, Rare Book Gift Ideas

Fine press books have remained popular among rare book collectors since the genre emerged in the late nineteenth century. William Morris, who came up with the concept of fine press, wanted to recall the “golden days” of printing and publishing. Fine press books embody artistic taste and beauty.

     
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A Tribute to John Updike

By Kristin Masters. Mar 15, 2012. 5:12 AM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, Book Collecting, Literature

March 18 is the birthday of legendary American author John Updike. Best known for the Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom series, Updike published in a variety of genres beyond fiction, including poetry, literary criticism, short stories, and even children’s books.

     
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Hidden Gems of Children's Literature

Ever hear of “The Turnip Princess”? This unlikely fairy tale is one of over 500 recently discovered in Germany. Compiled by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the mid-1800’s, the stories have been locked away in an archive for over 150 years.

Though “The Turnip Princess” may not be the next “Cinderella,” the stories certainly represent hidden gems of cultural history and illustrate the rich tradition of the fairy tale. The canon of children’s literature and folklore are always evolving; our canon will soon undoubtedly include several outstanding authors and illustrators, most notably Charles van Sandwyk.

Charles van Sandwyk'’s Exceptional Illustrated Literature

     
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Happy Birthday, Gabo!

Today is the 85th birthday of legendary author Gabriel García Márquez. The Nobel laureate began his writing career as a journalist but established himself as one of the most important authors of the twentieth century. Here’s a look at a few facts you probably didn’t know about Gabriel García Márquez.

     
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