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12 Dec 2006 Book news

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26 Apr 2006 Book news

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The 2006 Nigerian book fair will be held 8 to 13 May 2006. This years theme is "National Book Policy, HIV/AIDS and Sustainable Development". More information at the official Nigerian International Book Fair site.
Source: Daily Independent: Nigeria Book Fair Trust Set For New Strides.

07 Apr 2006 Book news

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According to High Court judge Peter Smith the claim that the The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is a copyright infringement on Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh is wrong. Baigent and Leigh argued that DVC, as it has been referred to in the case, lifted the "architecture" of their earlier book, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (HBHG).
"Today's verdict shows that this claim was utterly without merit, I'm still astonished that these two authors chose to file their suit at all," Brown said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.
Sources: CNN Europe: Dan Brown wins 'Da Vinci' battle
Times Online: Judge rejects plagiarism claim against Da Vinci Code author

16 Mar 2006 Book news

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According to the literary agent of The Da Vinci Code, Patrick Janson-Smith, the whole case against the book accusing that The Da Vinci Code plagiarizes the book The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail has no merit. He states "I think I dismissed the idea of a court action, questioning aloud on what grounds they thought they stood to mount such an action."
Source: Times Online: Da Vinci case has no hope, says publisher.

16 Mar 2006 Book news

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The Leipzig book fair, the second largest book fair in Germany will be held this year 16 to 19 March at the Leipzigger Messe.

16 Mar 2006 Book news

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The 11th annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair will be held at the County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, Ninth Ave. and Lincoln Way, San Francisco, USA.
Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian: Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair

16 Mar 2006 Book news

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The Paris book fair is held from Friday 17 March until Wednesday 22 March 2006 in Porte de Versailles. Several Korean authors will attend the book fair (amongst a total of about 2000 authors) to present their books, including a public reading of "The Old Garden" by Hwang Suk-young.
Source: The Korea Times: Veteran Korean Writers to Attend Paris Book Fair.

14 Mar 2006 Book news

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Between all the big international book fairs there are also small local book fairs all the time. One that drew my attention was the one at the Friends School of Wilmington, North Carolina, USA where 5th grade kids have set up a book fair to promote reading. Source: WECT TV6: Local Students Promote Reading by Holding Week Long Book Fair.

15 Feb 2006 Book news

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The Publishers Association of South Africa in cooperation with the Frankfurter Buchmesse will hold the first international book fair in Cape Town in June 2006. Economic growth in South Africa has led to a rise in the number of books sold over the last years. The book fair will be held in the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 16 to 20 June 2006.
More information:
Cape Town book fair official website
Sources: World of books for Cape Town fair. South Africa: Cape Town Book Fair Hopes to Cash in On SA's Upswing.

12 Feb 2006 Book news

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The 2006 Brunei book fair will be held 25 February to 6 March in Berakas. The latest addition to the book fair is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Book Publishers Association (ABPA). Source: Brunei Direct local news: Asean Book Publishers To Take Part In DBP Fair.

27 Jan 2006 Book news

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The 9-day World Book Fair is held in New Delhi 27 January - 4 February. “For the first time 48 Pakistani publishers [..] will participate in the fair" said Prof Bipin Chandra, noted historian and now Chairman of National Book Trust (NBT), the organisers of the Fair. Source: Daily Times : World Book Fair to begin in Delhi tomorrow.

27 Jan 2006 Book news

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This years International Book Fair of Havana (Spanish site) will be held 2 to 12 February 2006.

09 Aug 2005 Book news

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This years Frankfurt book fair has named Korea as guest of honor to the fair.
The Korean Organizing Committee of the Guest of Honor Nation has named Korean first lady Kwon Yang-sook as honorary chairwoman (source: Korea Times).
Other news from the Frankfurt book fair, there will be two new exhibition sections: PresseMesse – Trade, Popular and International Press and the 1st Frankfurt Antiquarian Fair.
The Frankfurt book fair is scheduled for 19 to 23 October 2005. More information, schedules, tickets and other information can be found from the official Frankfurt book fair site.

25 Jul 2005 Book news

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People gathered in front of bookstores Friday evening awaiting the official release of the 6th Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to await its release at midnight. Some bookstores were already sold out Saturday afternoon.

News articles about the release:
BBC News: Reporters' log: Harry Potter launch
Yahoo News: Harry Potter excitement reaches fever pitch as Rowling arrives at castle about a special release party at an Edinburgh castle with J.K. Rowling as special guest. ofcourse has news reports and information from fans.
Review in the New Zealand Herald (that is a fast reading reviewer)
The Bangkok Post reports how the launch in Asia was as big as ever
The Mercury News: "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:" It was worth the wait
The Santa Monica mirror: A Harry Potter Disciple's Big Day about the wait for the book and reading it partly during a concert.
The Virtual Bookcase awaits reviews from readers!

17 Jun 2005 Book news

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The new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half Blood prince (US edition) / (UK edition) is breaking all records in book printing. Scholastic, the US publisher, is printing 10.8 million copies, an absolute record in bookprinting in the US. The previous Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix (US edition) eventually had 9.3 million copies printed, also breaking all records. Big sellers like Wal-Mart and Amazon are planning to sell a large part of that print run with big promotions.

13 Jun 2005 Book news

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The 7th annual outdoor Harlem Book Fair will take place on Saturday July 23, 2005. The largest Book Fair of its kind take place in Harlem New York on West 135th St. (between Fifth Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevards), from 12 PM to 7 PM. Over 50,000 attendees, C-SPAN TV, 250 booths, offering books, story-telling, readings, and opportunities to meet and greet authors on stages that will feature spoken word poets sponsored by Essence Magazine, celebrity guess appearances and music throughout the day. The event is free and open to the public.

04 Apr 2005 Book news

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Dan Brown, author of the popular book The Da Vinci Code has been overwhelmed by the popularity of his book. He has to lead the life of a modern celebrity, almost like a rockstar. People will ask him for autographs at any occassion.

He is working on his next book, doing research for it. But the research is hindered by his popularity, he can't sit in a public place for checking surroundings like he did for The Da Vinci Code in the Louvre.

Source: an article in The Register-Guard.

30 Mar 2005 Book news

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A new part of the Harry Potter phenomena is happening at Reading University this summer. A scientific conference named Accio 2005 will focus on the Harry Potter books in all details with panels, speeches and informal discussions. On the conference program are also games and a feast (probably in style).
Accio 2005, University of Reading, UK. Conference website at

21 Jan 2005 Book news

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A website was already offering an e-book version of the sixth Harry Potter book. Upon investigation by BBC News it turned out to be a fake. J.K. Rowling's literary agent, Christopher Little, was contacted about the site, and he took action right away, resulting in the site being removed.

21 Jan 2005 Book news

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Director Volker Neumann of the Frankfurt book fair has chosen India as the guest of honour for the 2006 Frankfurt book fair. The 2005 Frankfurt book fair has Korea as guest of honour, with writers from Korea planning a book tour in Germany starting March 2005 and finishing at the book fair.

17 Jan 2005 Book news

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The Calcutta book fair is on from 25 January, with considerable attention to French writers and poets. More information in The Telegraph India and other local publications.

21 Dec 2004 Book news

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According to J.K. Rowlings website she has finished the 6th Harry Potter book Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and has given it to the publishers, who set the publication date to July 16th 2005 for the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. More information about the Harry Potter book series. If you want to beat the rush, you can pre-order Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince from or pre-order Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince from

30 Aug 2004 Book news

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The 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair will be held from 6 to 10 October. Guest of honour this year is the Arab world. Details on the Frankfurt Book Fair website.

27 Apr 2004 Book news

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BookExpo America 2004 is in Chicago 3 - 6 June. An event for the book publishing industry. Special this year is the keynote speech by former US president Bill Clinton. More info at the BookExpo America website.

15 Mar 2004 Book news

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The London Book Fair is on 14 - 16 March. More info at the London Book Fair website. A place to meet publishers, writers and see new releases.

29 Oct 2003 Book news

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Visitors from Belgium will be interested in the 67th edition of the Boekenbeurs Antwerpen opening 31 October through 11 November in the Bouwcentrum in Antwerpen. A lot of new releases and debuting writers are on display. More info on the website of the boekenbeurs (in Dutch).

01 Sep 2003 Book news

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Dutch visitors will be interested in Boekenfestijn, the yearly fair where Centraal Boekhuis empties its warehouses and sells books far below normal price. 5 to 7 September 2003, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Details on the Boekenfestijn website.

21 Jun 2003 Book news

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Starting today, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is on sale all over the world. According to news reports, bookstores were swamped at midnight by people wanting to buy the new Potter book.

19 Jun 2003 Book news

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In a few days, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will go on sale all over the world. Fans everywhere are eagerly awaiting the book and it makes headlines everywhere. Sale records are expected in bookstores everywhere and on-line, where Amazon has over a million advance orders for the book. Here at The Virtual Bookcase we are eagerly awaiting the first reviews of the book and hope you enjoy it.
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