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Colum McCann Tops List of Bestselling Signed Books on AbeBooks in 2009

greatworld23.gifWhat are the most popular signed books of the year? The answer might surprise you. On the list of the 25 Bestselling Signed Books on AbeBooks from last year, a National Book Award winner outsold a man who walked on the moon.

The top book was the National Award winning novel by Colum McCann, “Let the Great World Spin.” The book “Magnificent Desolation” by astronaut Buzz Aldrin came in 17th place.

Here’s an excerpt from the list: “Our list of the bestselling signed books of 2009 provides a cross-section of the year’s major literary events and books that captured the imagination of countless readers. The top 25 features three titles from authors who passed away during the year–two from John Updike and one from Frank McCourt–plus critically-acclaimed novels, such as Hilary Mantel‘s Booker-winner Wolf Hall, Colum McCann’s Let the Great World Spin, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski and The Brief, Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.” (Via Ron Charles)

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Norman Mailer on the Moon

cover_ce_mailer_moon_0905281606_id_179644.jpgForty years ago, Life magazine gave Norman Mailer a plum assignment: writing essays to accompany the magazine’s gorgeous photos of the moon landing. Now Taschen is selling a $1,000 coffee table book collecting that historic work, an ego-boosting price-tag that Mailer would have appreciated.

The Book Beast explores the literally weighty book, entitled “Norman Mailer, Moonfire.” For the cash-strapped literary types in the audience, the Harry Ransom Center gave a virtual peek at Mailer’s notes and research for the book.

Check it out: “Moonfire is a gloriously imposing tome, large enough to require a degree of exertion just to flip it over. Inside, in addition to a reproduction of Mailer’s book, are scans of his original manuscript, and photographs that, decades after that Space Age began to feel dated, still boggle the mind. Taschen will print only 1,969 copies of the book–each will be signed by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and the final 12 will contain a chip of extremely rare moon meteorite.”