Author Archives: Brian D. Butler

Isn’t all of Britain fictional

Fake Britain is a marvelous map to more than 400 fictional locations in England, Scotland and Wales featuring made-up towns, villages, castles, islands, and more. Created by Matt Brown and Rhys B. Davis, the map draws from films, television and books. … Continue reading

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In Case You Were Wondering

 

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Am I A Book Snob

 

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Bookstore Tourism: Austin

Over the years I’ve visit dozens of library book sales and used book outlets, but I think that Austin, Texas has to have the biggest bookstore. Situated in an unappealing stripmall. Recycled Reads is a surprising find. The city of Austin has … Continue reading

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There and back again

A buyer recently contacted me to help him find an American first edition of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  Since the amount that he was willing to pay was ridiculously below the usual prices that the title brings, I didn’t even bother … Continue reading

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Bookstore Tourism : Tokyo (with a twist)

Conceived by a group of book loving entrepreneurs that includes Smiles and Morioka Shoten (the booksellers behind the “single room, single book, bookshop), Bunkitsu opened on December 11, 2018 in a sprawling space that was previously occupied by Aoyama Book Center in … Continue reading

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Word on the Street : Treason

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It’s Always Sunny In South Philadelphia

Tomorrow a new indie bookstore is having its official grand opening in south Philly. A Novel Idea, which has had a gradual soft roll-out over the past few weeks, is owned and managed by writer Christina Rosso-Schneider and her artist husband Alexander … Continue reading

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Yes! We Have No Bananas

Unlike most civilized nations the United States does not deem a work to be in the public domain according to who created it (i.e. established by the death date of its creator), but rather when it was published. As you may know, in … Continue reading

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Setting Up Signals Across Vast Distances

POEM Muriel Rukeyser I lived in the first century of world wars. Most mornings I would be more or less insane, The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories, The news would pour out of various devices Interrupted by attempts … Continue reading

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