Charlie Lovett

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I was born in Winston-Salem, NC and grew up as the child of an English professor. We spent our summers in the rural North Carolina mountains, so I felt an early affinity for the countryside. I was educated at Summit School, Woodberry Forest School (VA), and Davidson College (NC) and in 1984 went into the antiquarian book business with my first wife, Stephanie. About the same time I began to seriously collect books and other materials relating to Lewis Carroll, author of Alices Adventures in Wonderland.

When I left the book business in the early 90s, I continued to be a book collector, and now have a large (and growing) collection of rare (and not so rare) books and artifacts connected to Lewis Carroll and his world.

In 1997 I received my MFA
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Charlie Lovett I did not read Monmouth, other than a few excerpts, but I did read a fair amount of Malory. While I read certain sections in the 1634 Stansby edition,…moreI did not read Monmouth, other than a few excerpts, but I did read a fair amount of Malory. While I read certain sections in the 1634 Stansby edition, because I wanted to quote from that edition, I mostly used the 1917 Arthur Rackaham illustrated edition (the one Arthur's grandfather buys him). Incidentally, the copy of that book I have belonged to my grandfather, so there is a nice symmetry to the whole thing. When I taught Arthurian legends to seventh-graders, we used the Roger Lancelyn Green edition (also interesting to me because Green was the original editor of Lewis Carroll's diaries and because I knew his son, Richard—but I digress . . .)(less)
Charlie Lovett Thanks for the question, Alex. I'm in the very early stages of work on my next novel (even though the new one isn't even out yet) so I can't say too…moreThanks for the question, Alex. I'm in the very early stages of work on my next novel (even though the new one isn't even out yet) so I can't say too much because I don't know too much. I do know that parts of it will be set in New York City in the early 20th century and that at least one of the characters grew up on boys adventure novels, yellow-backs, dime, novels, etc. But he also read what we now think of as early science fiction. So, I've been rereading Jules Verne (for example) but also reading (for the first time) H. G. Wells. I'm also trying to delve into the history (and social history) of New York at the time so I've been reading a lot of newspapers from the Library of Congress digital archive. I will probably read some academic studies at some point, but I really prefer that raw reporting one gets in original newspapers—and even if those reports are flawed, they are the reports my characters would have read.(less)
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Since I launched my podcast, Inside the Writers Studio, in 2017, I have focussed on that medium for talking to you about writing, authors, and books. Ive recorded 41 episodes now, and if you havent listened it, I hope you will. But now that the podcast is well established, publishers send me books to see if Id like to have the authors on the show. They send me lots of books and pitch more autho...

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After falling in love with Magpie Murders, I have now read both of the Anthony Horowitz/Hawthorne books. I love the way AH plays with the line between reality and fictionmaking himself a central character and using other real people (not just his ...more
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Ordeal by Innocence by Agatha Christie
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I went through a big Agatha Christie phase in junior high school and I've been revisiting about one a year lately. The adaptation of this one on British TV was a different animal from the book, which, though it certainly feels dated and only ...more
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In the Dark by Cara Hunter
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I discovered Cara Hunter's books when I booked her to appear on my podcast Inside the Writer's Studio. I devoured this on the plane to Englandshe does a great job of keeping you guessing and throwing in twists when you least expect it. It was fun to ...more
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The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
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While I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as Magpie Murders, that's really an unfair yardstick, because Magpie Murders is one of the best reads I've had in a long time. I do love the way "Tony" Horowitz (you'll need to read the book to get that ...more
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A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
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Well, I read 100% of this book, I promise (this after once seeing an article that said the ratio of purchasers to actual readers for this book was greater than for any otherthat is, almost no one who bought it actually read the whole thing). Did I ...more
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The Clocks by Agatha Christie
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It's been a long time since I've read Agatha Christie (I went through a major phrase in about 8th grade), but I do remember that some of her novels are marvelous and others well . . . less so. This one seemed quite ordinary to me. It's not really a ...more
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The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
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Is it just because I used to be an antiquarian bookseller that I loved this book or because I've written novels starring antiquarian booksellers? I don't think so. Funny, revealing (especially about the devastating impact of Amazon), and full of ...more
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Time and Time Again by Ben Elton
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Very enjoyable quick reading time travel adventure. Put me a little in mind of Replay, which I read back in the 1980s having picked it up in an airport. This is not great literature, but it is a well constructed and well-researched adventure. And it ...more
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“A good book is like a good friend. It will stay with you for the rest of your life. When you first get to know it, it will give you excitement and adventure, and years later it will provide you with comfort and familiarity. And best of all, you can share it with your children or your grandchildren or anyone you love enough to let into its secrets.”
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“If you mail a rare stamp it becomes worthless. If you drink a rare bottle of wine, you're left with some recycling. But if you read a rare book it's still there, it's still valuable, and it's achieved the full measure of it's being. A book is to read, whether it's worth five pounds or five thousand pounds”
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“What he wanted was to find that world-within-the-world where he could be himself by himself.”
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Janice Thank you for friending me . Just started The Further Adventures of Ebenezer Scrooge....love it. Merry Christmas.


 ♥♥Mari♥♥ Hi, Charlie! Thanks for accepting my friend request! It's GREAT to meet you!! Can't wait to read "The Bookman's Tale"!! Happy Thanksgiving!! : )


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