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Oh How Quaint to Own a Bookshop in a Scottish Village: Not!

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“There is a stereotype of the impatient, intolerable, antisocial proprietor….There are exceptions, of course, and many booksellers do not conform to this type. Sadly, I do,” admits Shaun Bythell. From the very start of the The Diary of a Bookseller (Melville House) author Shaun Bythell is anything but an idyllic bookstore owner. At The Bookshop, Scotland’s largest secondhand bookstore, he holds nothing back, giving his raw and often pessimistic opinions on his role as proprietor, his customers, and the industry itself in the face of the looming Amazon machine. Whatever romantic notions you have about the glamour of running a bookstore swiftly vanish facing the stark reality the author presents of the daily grind with heart and humor, which he does…

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Fantasy Fans: They’re Making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ Coloring Book!

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Get in line, Lord of the Rings fans, HarperCollins is producing a new LOTR coloring book full of illustrations by Nicolette Caven, the artist behind the lovely map designs of Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea series, and our little hearts are all a flutter! In the wake of the ongoing adult coloring book craze, it’s nice that fantasy nerds will get their own chance to let loose their creative juices. The art, which is said to be inspired by “the breathtaking vistas” from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy, will allow fans to return to some of their favorite parts of the books and movies, like Gandalf’s dramatic battle with the Balrog of The Mines of Moria, or the…

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