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“I do not like postmodernism, postapocalyptic settings, postmortem narrators, or magic realism….I do not like genre mash-ups a la the literary detective novel or the literary fantasy.
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But one of the most talked-about announcements at the fair came from a conventional publisher, Penguin Random House, which announced that it was developing a consumer website that would allow readers to buy books through a network of 350 independent bookshops.
Percy John Dobell served as president of the International Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (as the ABA was then called) in 1922. Born at Kentish Town in North London in the latter part of 1871, he was the second son of Bertram Dobell (1842-1914), at that time a twenty-nine year old newsagent and tobacconist on bustling Queen’s Crescent, and his wife Eleanor Wymer (1847-1910), twenty-three year old daughter of a Norfolk timber-merchant. 1,733 more words