April 2009

A Voice from the Attic

Welcome to Attic Books' revamped newsletter. We're excited to bring you the biggest news from our shop and the world of books.

Toronto Book Fair & Paper Show
As regular participants at the Toronto Book Fair, we heartily recommend your attendance to this fantastic show. You can find detailed information here:
Toronto Bookfair.
With dealers from across Ontario and Quebec, the Toronto Book Fair has become the best show to find rare titles, prints and related book items. The show is to be held May 3, 2009 at the Historic St. Lawrence Market. Admission is $7.00, and the hours are from 10 A.M. - 4:30 P.M..

New York Book Trip

Staff member Vanessa Winters heads off to the Big Apple in search of antiquarian titles on April 25, 2009. She'll be visiting with former staff member Sally Kewayosh and hitting some major book landmarks, which we'll share with you. Her treasure finding secrets, however, remain hidden.

Some of the stops along the way are:

The Morgan Library
The Strand Bookstore
The New York Public Library

Above: Morgan Library
Strand Books

Book News

Toronto Book Fair & Paper Show

Agatha Christie and Alzheimer's

Is it possible that this prolific and much-loved mystery writer suffered from Alzheimer's?


The plot thickens as Microsoft weighs in to sue Google Books.

Smithsonian Museum Exhibits Illustration, Exploration

This exhibition, on view until Jan. 4, 2010 at two Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, examines book illustration and its development, techniques and affect on readers. Included is a copy of The Nuremberg Chronicle -- which we also have a copy of in our shop. The exhibit also showcases maps of exploration, highlighting Africa.
R. Crumb's Bible?
T he controversial cartoonist is prepared to tackle his greatest satire yet, in his own subversive version of the Holy Bible. Working on it for years, he hopes his work will help us to examine the place of religion in our culture.
J. D. Salinger: Another Reporter Tries to Talk to Him

Famous for his reclusive nature, the author of Catcher in the Rye has been sought out by investigative reporters for years. To interview Salinger would be to capture the Holy Grail of literary news stories. In the linked article, another reporter makes his attempt. You can see a copy of Catcher in the Rye, complete with the banned photo of the author on the back, in our shop.

Canada Reads: The Book of Negroes
Our phone is ringing off the hook with calls from hopeful readers in search of second-hand copies of this title, the winner of Canada Reads 2009. The book is author Lawrence Hill's third novel. The story is told by protagonist Aminata, and chronicles her journey from West Africa to North America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The title comes from an historical document of the same name, written in 1783, that documents information about 3000 African-Americans that escaped to the British during the Revolution. This book has also won the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Click on the link to read an article in the Globe & Mail about this great book, and remember: if you can't buy used, buy independent!
Napster for Books?
This website, called by its twentysomething creators a youtube for books, has recently fallen prey to the uploading of copyrighted material on the site. Of course, this begs the question about the future of books. We say that the world will never be able to give up the joy of real paper, beautiful bindings, and the sound of a page turn.
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