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A few items of interest over the past few days ~  all things books, reading, and libraries…

*“The Personality of Used Books” by Rachel Jagareski at the Shelf Space blog of Foreword Magazine.

*A PhiloBiblos post on the Libraries of Early America Project at Library Thing

*Winnie the Pooh books for sale at auction on December 15, 2008 by  Bonhams, NYC.  See this article at News-Antique.com for the details.  [The item sold for $18,000]  Sothebys London also had an auction today [December 17] with 41 Lots of Winnie the Pooh -related items for a total sale of 1,262,863 GBP


*Take  a literary tour of Boston in this interactive map offered by the Boston Globe [with “Make Way for Ducklings” front and center…]

*An article at the Chronicle Review.com on the publication of the first volume of Susan Sontag’s journals:  Reborn: Journals and Notebooks, 1947-1963 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), edited by her son.

*Gary Kamiya at Salon.com on the 100th anniversary of Kenneth Graham’s The Wind in the Willows

*Two new Robert Burns poems (along with some “rude” letters) have been lately discovered and will head to auction in January 2009.  See this article at Guardian.uk

*Nicholas Basbanes on his Fine Books & Collectibles Blog posts on the New York Society Library ~ he links to a decade-old article on the Library and its illustrious patrons by the late David Halberstam