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The Great Northwest Bookstore Destroyed by Fire May 5, 2010

A three alarm fire ripped through the 120 year old church that housed The Great Northwest Bookstore in Portland, Oregon on Sunday. About 70 firefighters battled the blaze and when it was all over the building and the bookstore were completely destroyed. Phil Wikelund, the owner of both the building and the bookstore, said that over 100,000 books where in the building at the time of the fire. Due to the recent economic downturn Wikelund…

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Obama Mesmerized by Book on Moses February 26, 2010

Last evening, after enduring what seemed like 7 taxing hours at the health care summit, President Barack Obama returned to the White House to preside over the ceremony for the 20 recipients of the National Medal of the Arts and the National Humanities Medal. Winners included Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, Frank Stella, architect Maya Lin and Elie Wiesel. Among the humanities honorees was historian Robert A. Caro who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1974…

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Book Covers January 21, 2010

Meet Sticky. He’s the guy third from the right and one of the main characters in the The Mysterious Benedict Society series by Trenton Lee Stewart. Now here’s a close up of Sticky from the illustration that appears on the dust jacket of the latest book in the series. Ironically enough, the title of the latest book in the series is The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma, which given that Sticky’s color is…

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Burning Books to Stay Warm January 5, 2010

As a record setting cold snap grips the United Kingdom some people are taking to burning books to stay warm. Since 2008 the cost of gas has risen 40% and electricity has risen 20% leaving many pensioners in a quandary on how to stay warm on a fixed income. Enter the good old hardback book. It has now become less expensive to burn a hardback then to burn coal. Charity shops are reporting “that ‘a…

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The Good "Book Reverend" October 31, 2009

Reverend Martin Weskott In 1987 President Ronald Regan made his now famous plea, “Tear Down This Wall,” to Mikhail Gorbachev in front of the Berlin Wall. Nowhere in his speech did he say Tear Down This Wall and Throw All the Books Out. Twenty-nine months later the wall was gone and with it went upwards of 100 million books published in East Germany that were simply thrown away. Enter Reverend Martin Weskott. After seeing an…

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