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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Today I have some fun facts for you about some bestselling books. I hope that you find them as interesting as I do!

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light."

HINT: (1966- ) is an Armenian-Russian (by ethnicity) American writer of fantasy, science fiction and other "wonder fiction" including Mythpunk, an artist, and the publisher of Norilana Books.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

In The Da Vinci Code and other Dan Brown novels, characters are compelled to unravel mysteries at a frenetic pace. The same thing happened to Brown as a child. On Christmas and his birthdays, his parents hid his gifts, requiring him to solve puzzles and riddles to find the presents.

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Dr. Seuss' editor, Bennett Cerf, bet him $50 that he could not write a book with a vocabulary of only 50 words. Seuss won by penning Green Eggs and Ham.

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Jack Canfield, who co-authored Chicken Soup for the Soul with Mark Victor Hansen, said their manuscript was rejected by about 140 publishers, whose criticism included the assertion "It's a stupid title." That stupid title has appeared on more than 112 million books, including nearly 200 spinoffs.

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The first printing of Barack Obama's book Dreams From My Father in 1995 sold about 10,000 copies. At the time, Obama had not yet been elected a state senator. Now there are more than three million copies in print. Signed first editions have carried an asking price of up to $13,500.

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The Oxford English Dictionary credits the Kansas City Times & Star with the first use of the term "best sellers" - with no hypen - in 1889. Since then, various book sales rankings have appeared - from The New York Times to Publishers Weekly to Amazon.

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Richard Wright's 1940 novel Native Son was the first work by an African-American to be a Book of the Month Club selection, guaranteeing the novel a wide audience. But before agreeing to the sponsorship, the Book of the MonthClub asked Wright to tone down the book's sexual content - and he agreed. Despite Wright's notoriety, he often struggled financially.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light."

ANSWER: Vera Nazarian.

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