Sunday, November 16, 2008

Links & Reviews

- I'll have a full report from the Boston Book Fair later today, with pictures if I can get my camera to cooperate this time. In the meantime, Ian's sent in several dispatches from the floor already. Also on deck is my post of this week's acquisitions; it's been a busy few days and I haven't gotten them cataloged yet.

- Raymond Scott's in trouble again, and is set to go on trial for the theft of two books worth £50.99 from a Waterstone's bookshop in Gateshead, England. "Appearing at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court on October 30, Mr Scott pleaded not guilty to a single charge of theft on September 25, and the case was adjourned," the Northern Echo reports. Scott was arrested again on 10 November in connection with a "separate alleged theft from a store in Newcastle." (That's just four days after he was arrested for a second time in relation to the Durham Shakespeare Folio). But Scott's not going quietly. The Journal Live reports that Scott staged a one-man protest this week outside the Durham University library, where he held a sign which read "Free the Cuban copy" (he maintains that the Folio he took to the Folger this summer came from Cuba).

- From BibliOdyssey, fish!

- The Ransom Center has acquired a substantial new collection of Ezra Pound materials, including "more than 700 letters, some photographs, a scrapbook and two chess sets." The items come from the collection of Marcella Spann Booth, who was Pound's secretary for a time. They'll be available to researchers next spring.

- Ed welcomes Boston to the Poe Wars.

- Here's an Ottawa Citizen article about the sale of that Champlain map on Thursday.

- Can people out-Google Google? I guess we'll find out. Color me skeptical (for the moment).


- For the Washington Post, Roger Atwood reviews two recent books on looting and forgery: Sharon Waxman's Loot and Nina Burleigh's Unholy Business.

- Glenn Speer reviews Annette Gordon-Reed's The Hemingses of Monticello in the LATimes.

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