Lost Sherlock Holmes Story Discovered In An Attic

An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years. It’s a story Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help save a town bridge.

Walter Elliot, 80, found the 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar. The wooden bridge in the Scottish town of Selkirk was destroyed by the great flood of 1902 and locals organized a three-day event to raise funds for a new one in 1904.

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Meet The Queen of Danish Crime

MEET THE QUEEN OF DANISH CRIME

In her native Denmark, Sara Blaedel is a household name, dubbed by her fans as the Queen of Danish Crime. She has sold more than 1.8 million copies of her nine bestselling books, and her latest publishing deal is the largest in Danish history. U.S. readers, though, probably haven’t heard of Blaedel. With her latest novel, The Forgotten Girls, Blaedel, her new American publisher, and a few famous literary friends are out to change that.

In the weeks following the February 3 release of Forgotten Girls, Grand Central sent Blaedel across the country for various events featuring heavy hitters in American fiction, all of them outspoken fans of her work. Blaedel kicked off the tour on February 17, when she was joined in conversation by Karin Slaughter at Eagle Eye Books in Slaughter’s hometown of Atlanta. The two authors met, and became friends, when Slaughter was in Denmark promoting her 2011 novel, Fallen. (It was through Slaughter that Blaedel met Sanders.)

The tour moved on to Coral Gables, Fla., where Brad Meltzer introduced Blaedel to a crowd gathered for the February 18 event. (Blaedel met Meltzer on a thriller panel at last year’s BEA.) Bestselling mystery-thriller author Sara Paretsky paired with Blaedel for an event on February 19 at Women & Children First in Chicago, and on February 24, Michael Connelly, who called Blaedel “one of the best I’ve come across,” will join her in conversation at Vroman’s in Pasadena, Calif.

“These writers are Sara’s biggest fans,” said Mitch Hoffman, Blaedel’s editor at Grand Central. “They all came to Sara and said ‘how can we help?’”
The Forgotten Girls, which is the seventh book in Blaedel’s series starring Detective Louise Rick (three other titles in the series were published in the U.S. by Pegasus), hinges on Rick’s investigations of crimes committed, and hidden, in a forest outside of Copenhagen.

When asked what drew him to the submission when it came across his desk in 2013, Hoffman pointed to the “same qualities that have made her books international bestsellers, and that have earned her such a passionate following among her fellow authors. She is a fantastic storyteller, and her character Louise Rick is simply a wonderful, singular creation,” added Hoffman. “Once American readers get to know Sara and Louise, I have no doubt that they will fall in love with both the author and her books.”

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Family ~ Show March 28 and 29

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“A Spool of Blue Thread” by Anne Tyler
“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
“Yellow Crocus” by Laila Ibrahim
“Ruby” by Cynthia Bond
“Nora Webster” by Colm Tóibín
“Vanessa and Her Sister” by Priya Parmar
“Live Right and Find Happiness” by Dave Barry
“Funny Girl” by Nick Hornby

INTERVIEW
Dave Barry, Author

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Family is at the core of all of our stories…yet how different they are. Today we focus on new fiction with families at the heart of the story. My guest, Dave Barry, is famous for his unique worldview of family interactions. We’ll speak with him about his new title.

Spring Into Health ~ Show March 21 and 22

FEATURED BOOKS PREVIEWED

“The Real Food Revolution” by Tim Ryan
“Vitamania” by Catherine Price
“The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet” by Nina Teicholz
“Mind Your Body” by Joel Harper
“The Body Book” by Cameron Diaz
“Foodist” by Darya Pino Rose
“Working Stiff” by Dr. Judy Melinek with Thomas Mitchell

INTERVIEW
Catherine Price, Author

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Spring into health with new titles on nutrition, plus fitness advice from top-tier experts. Elaine speaks with Catherine Price on her newsmaking book, “Vitamania.”

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The World’s Most Beautiful Bookstores

The only thing that tops a bookstore full of amazing books, is a beautiful bookstore full of amazing books. Here are some of the most glorious, from Paris to Boston, and lovely spots in between.

Brattle Book Shop
Located in downtown Boston, Brattle Book Shop first opened its doors in 1825. George Gloss took ownership in 1949 and his son Ken runs it today. The three-story building is home to over 250,000 books, including two floors of used books and one floor of rare & antiquarian books.

Eureka Books
For most of the 20th century, this charming storefront in Eureka, CA was a rough-and-tumble speakeasy called the High Lead Saloon. In 1933, the two owners had a shootout in the back hallway. It’s also said author Raymond Carver indulged at the High Lead, and a picture of the building can be seen in his book “Carver Country.” Eureka Books moved in in 1992. One of the last classic antiquarian booksellers on the west coast, Eureka Books offers first editions, ephemera, and new and used books.

Peter Harrington
London’s Peter Harrington has been dealing in the rare books business since 1969. It boasts an impressive selection of exquisite modern first editions, manuscripts and more.

Librairie Jousseaume
Paris is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, and Libraririe Jousseaume is one of its most lovely book shops. Selling books since 1826, Librairie Jousseaume offers everything from history books to travel literature and poetry.

Antiquariat Michael Solder
Located in Münster, Germany, Antiquariat Michael Solder offers a vast catalog of out-of-print books, special editions, and antiquarian treasures.

Neusser Buch & Kunst Antiquariat
At first glance, this might not seem like a bookstore at all. Cornelia Storch opened the rare & antiquarian shop in this stunning 200-year-old heritage home in Neuss, Germany. The home was built over an existing cellar that dates back 300 years. What was once a dark and damp cellar is now a beautiful candle-lit nook and home to exquisite leather-bound books.

Capitol Hill Books
Located on historical Capitol Hill in Washington DC, this two level bookstore is brimming with used, rare, and first edition books.

Twice Sold Tales
Seattle, WA was made for drinking coffee and browsing books. A grinning cat invites bibliophiles into a large brick building where they can browse a huge selection of used books.

Hudson City Books
Located in historic Hudson, NY, Hudson City Books opened in 2006 in a building built in 1865. Their inventory includes over 12,000 used and hard-to-find books.

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JK ROWLING’S “THE CASUAL VACANCY” ADAPTED FOR MINI SERIES

HBO has announced the air dates for its miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy, with the British slice-of-life drama set to premiere in a two-night block in late April. The first two hours of the miniseries, produced in association with BBC One, will debut in the States on April 29, with the third and final hour airing the following night.

Of course, British viewers won’t have to wait nearly as long to see this take on Rowling’s tale of bitter infighting, class warfare, and vicious rumors during an election in a small English town. The Casual Vacancy will air on BBC One on February 15, more than two months before its American debut.

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Melissa Rivers To Write A Book About Her Mom

Melissa Rivers, the only child of late comedian Joan Rivers, will write about their relationship in a book to be published later this year, her publisher said on Wednesday.

In “The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation,” Rivers, 47, will share observations, personal stories and thoughts about her mother, who died following complications during a medical procedure last year at the age of 81. The book is scheduled to be released on May 5 in the United States and Canada.

“Joan was beloved the world over for her fearlessness and one-of-a-kind sense of humor. But no one was closer to her than her daughter and partner-in-crime,” Trish Boczkowski, vice president and editorial director of Crown Archetype, said.

Rivers said she wanted to write a book that would make her mother laugh. “In our family we always believed that laughter was the best medicine. Not only are there less side effects than Prozac, but it’s a lot cheaper than therapy.”

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