Monday, January 26, 2009

Once A Thief

Recently some friends were sharing stories about having their Bibles stolen in various circumstances (one Bible cover looked like a purse!). We speculated about the effect that would have on the thief.

I got thinking it would make a great short story. So I've launched a writing contest - Once A Thief.

Go to my website - http://www.vinemarc.com/ to see the guidelines. Click on the link in the top left corner.

There is no entry fee and the winner will receive a book.
:)Marcia

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Beautiful Books


Click on this link to have a look as some unusual and beautifully bound books.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Interesting Info. from Abe Books

AbeBooks' Most Expensive Sales of Children’s & Young Adult Books in 2008

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling - $12,874Rare first edition signed by JK with the dust wrapper panels signed by the cover artist Cliff Wright. The first issue has a misaligned block of text which was corrected in the subsequent issues.
2. Grimms Fairy Tales by Jakob & Wilhelm Grimm - $11,388 A first edition, first issue copy of these famous fairy tales including 22 etched plates by George Cruikshank. It is housed in a clamshell box.
3. The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - $7,000 A complete set of the children’s fantasy series containing Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, Cloud Wolf, Curse of the Gloamglozer, Last of the Sky Pirates, Vox, and Freeglader. All titles are first UK editions with signatures of Stewart and Riddell.


AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales of Art Books in 2008
1. Etudes à l'Eau-Forte by Francis Seymour Haden - $17,216A collection of 25 etchings by Seymour Hayden - 24 of the plates depict the landscape around London, the Thames, Ireland and Wales and the final one is a portrait of Thomas Haden. The text reproduces an article printed in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts by Philippe Burty and contains a catalogue of the etched work of Seymour Haden.
2. English Etchings - A Collection of Original Etchings - $5,867An eight-volume set of the English Etchings series of prints. A thorough survey of the etched work of English artists such as William Strang, James McNeill Whistler, Frank Short, Percy Thomas, Herbert Marshall, Robert Currie, Buxton Knight and Oliver Baker among others.
3. A Corpus of Rembrandt paintings - $5,404Published in 1982 in three volumes

AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales of Poetry Books in 2008

1. Poems (1909-1925) by TS Eliot - $8,500Containing many of Eliot’s canonical works including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” “The Hollow Men,” and “The Waste Land,” this is a first edition - one of 85 numbered copies signed by the poet.
2. The Collected Poems by DH Lawrence - $4,893 A limited first edition, one of 100 numbered copies that were signed by Lawrence. This 1928 two-volume collection comes with a cream dust jacket.
3. Poems by Frank O’Hara with lithographs by Willem De Kooning - $4,500One of 550 first edition numbered copies signed by De Kooning (1904-1997). Illustrated with 17 original lithographs, bound in black goat-skin, stamped in gold and encased in a linen clamshell box

AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales of Science Fiction & Fantasy Books in 2008

1. Out of the Silent Planet by CS Lewis - $7,950 First edition of Lewis's earliest and rarest works from 1938.
2. Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell - $7,000 A complete set of the children’s fantasy series containing Beyond the Deepwoods, Stormchaser, Midnight Over Sanctaphrax, Cloud Wolf, Curse of the Gloamglozer, Last of the Sky Pirates, Vox, and Freeglader. All titles are first UK editions with signatures of Stewart and Riddell.
3. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell - $6,780 First edition, first printing, of Orwell’s 1949 dystopian classic featuring the red dust jacket.

AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales of Religious & Theology Books in 2008
1. Goslar Gospels - $7,470 Limited facsimile edition of 300 copies published in 1990. A replica of one of the most exquisite books from the 13th century. Bound in leather with 30 biblical scenes.
2. Sefarad: Revista del Instituto Arias Montano de Estudios Hebraicos y Oriente Próximo by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones - $7,265 This journal deals with theology and textual criticism of the bible and its ancient versions, with the history and culture of the Jews in Spain. Vols. 1-63. Madrid, 1941-2003. Vols. 1-15 (1941-1955).
3. Memories on the Affairs of the Jesuits by C.P. Platel - $5,698 Entirely reworked and much enlarged edition of the crushing attack on the Jesuits by Abbot CP Platel, pseudonym of Norbert Parisot, or Father Norbert (1697-1769). Published 1766, Signed by P. Yver, 5 volumes.

AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales of Novels in 2008 (Adult)

1. Lord of the Flies by William Golding - $9,260 A first edition, proof copy of Golding’s 1954 classic
2. Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway - $8,000 First US edition printed in 1927 including first state dust jacket without review blurbs on front flap. Slip of paper inscribed by Hemingway laid in reads "To Marian Spies/ wishing her much luck/ Ernest Hemingway."
3. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell - $6,780 First edition, first printing, of Orwell’s 1949 dystopian classic featuring the red dust jacket

AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales of Ephemera in 2008 (non-book items)

1. George Bernard Shaw’s typewriter $7,979 Along the top edge of the machine’s guarantee in faded ink, Shaw had written the words "Bernard Shaw, Ayot St Lawrence, Welwyn Herts". He had also written the date, 9th Feb 1935.
2. Signed letter by Katherine Mansfield - $5,414 An autographed letter to her father by Katherine Mansfield - written four months before her death from tuberculosis.
3. Autograph of Sir Joshua Reynolds - $3,764 A rare letter from the 18th century portrait painter.



AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales of Harry Potter Books in 2008

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling - $12,874Rare first edition signed by JK with the dust wrapper panels signed by the cover artist Cliff Wright. The first issue has a misaligned block of text which was corrected in the subsequent issues.
2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling - $6,958 First deluxe edition that was signed by Rowling at the Edinburgh Book Festival in August 2004.
3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by JK Rowling - $5,213 First printing first issue of the deluxe edition signed by the author.


AbeBooks’ Most Expensive Sales of Books by People in the Headlines in 2008

1. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama - $5,500 Signed first edition of the 2004 reissue of the President-elect’s first book.
2. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer - $4,000 A complete set of all four books from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. All books are first editions, first printings in fine condition. All copies are signed by the author.
3. Space Odyssey Series by Arthur C Clarke - $3,750 First editions of the Space Odyssey Series – all signed by Arthur C. Clarke, who died in 2008.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

A Writing Lesson From Richard Nixon

I just received this and thought it worthy of posting.

Power Writing
Super fast tips to punch up your prose Jan. 6, 2009
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Do you remember the days of Richard Nixon? Today's newsletter describes the creative experiences of actor Frank Langella who's currently starring in a movie as the former president -- and translates his thoughts into writing advice. (You're receiving this brief newsletter because you subscribed. If you like it, please consider forwarding it to a friend. If you wish to unsubscribe, youcan do so easily via the link at the end.) Word count this issue: 510 wordsEstimated reading time: Just over 2 minutes ************************************************* ***
PW #153 - A writing lesson from Richard Nixon I was in high school when former U.S. president Richard Nixon resigned. I don't remember seeing him give his official TV farewell, but I strongly recall his gravelly voice, his pursed lips and his shuffling gait. I devoured All the President's Men when it was published in 1974 and saw the movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as reporters Woodward and Bernstein when it was released two years later. This fall, as a kind of middle-aged throwback, I raced to the Nixon/Frost play by British dramatist Peter Morgan, when it appeared in Vancouver. Then, over the Christmas holidays, I dragged my husband to see the movie of the same name starring Frank Langella. It astonished me how the excellent play was fully supplanted by an outstanding movie. If you have any interest in Nixon or in politics -- or in showmanship acting -- be sure to see it yourself. In the first few minutes, I held a few uncertainties about Langella, but by about the 10th minute, he had me by the throat. The 70-year-old actor, who became moderately famous through Diary of a Mad Housewife and Dracula films has turned into a possible Oscar nominee. My Langella love-fest subsequently caused my eyes to rest on a blurb about him in this month's Vanity Fair (the one with Tina Fey on the cover). In it, Langella speculates on the reasons for Nixon's downfall, saying intuitively, "he seemed to wear outside his clothes the worst in all our natures -- not only the venal side, where you see the evil, but the frightened, sad, loner side that all of us have, whatever we present to the world." Langella, who teaches master classes for actors, then went on to add a more personal and even more interesting digression. "When I do master classes," he said, "what I say is: 'Never give in. Try with every fiber of your being to push past your window of terror.'" This phrase "window of terror" struck me as particularly apt for any creative pursuit -- not just acting, but also, writing. After all, who can write without feeling a little knife of fear slice through the heart? Is my writing good enough? Is it interesting enough? Will it appeal to enough readers? If you're a copywriter you may also worry whether your material will actually sell enough stuff to justify your wage. But the bald fact is that terror should not come with the writing. After all, writing is simply putting words on paper, which is an easy enough job. The reason we're stalked by terror, is because many of us start editing (a harder task) while trying to write. Or, worse, we try to imagine where our work will be published and what others will think of it. The secret to writing quickly and effectively is to remember that writing is writing. All that other stuff -- the editing, the marketing, the worrying -- needs to come later. Keep this rule in mind and you will not suffer the same fate as Richard Nixon. ***********************************************************
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