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Friday, 18 February 2005
fired blogger gets headhunted by different bookshop/Oxfam gets help from crime authors
There are two interesting reports of book news today in the UK via Publishing News.

The first news is about how a former employee of Waterstones bookshop who was fired for views he posted on his blog has been headhunted by a comic book chain called Forbidden Planet. What makes this so remarkable is that the people at Forbidden Planet noticed him because of his blog entries and that they have offered him a managerial job with more money! It truly is a Happy ending for fired book shop 'blogger' .

The other news in the UK is about how Authors join forces with Oxfam to Make Crime Pay . The Oxfam charity bookshops are asking people to donate their crime, mystery and detective books to help meet the very high demand for the popular genre. Some authors have agreed to help the charity by making personal appearances:

"Crime fiction authors throughout the country are supporting the scheme with book readings and signings in Oxfam bookshops over the coming months. These include Colin Dexter in Oxfam's oldest bookshop in Morse's hometown of Oxford, and Michael Jecks, the chair of the Crime Writers Association, in Tavistock."

Posted by expat-writer at 4:20 PM GMT

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