Welcome to the blog for Lighthouse Books, ABAA. My name is Michael Slicker. We are a family-owned and operated antiquarian bookstore that has been open 40 years, located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. Please have a look around the blog. Bookmark us or subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be alerted when we make updates. Please follow the links to our spot on AbeBooks and our online bookstore for listings of some of what we have available. Thank you for visiting us online. You can visit us in person at 1735 First Avenue N in downtown St. Petersburg. We specialize in rare books, unusual books, antique maps, vintage photographs and more.
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Monday, August 26, 2013
Earl Derr Biggers wrote Charlie Chan series
Biggers finished The House Without a Key after a vacation in Hawaii. Inset: Charlie Chan of the movies.
It is the birthday of writer Earl Derr Biggers (1884), who created the Charlie Chan detective series. His six novels became the basis of a popular series of films that even achieved a following in China. Biggers based the Charlie Chan character on a Honolulu police detective who investigated opium smuggling and gambling. Biggers was on vacation in Hawaii and read about the detective, Chang Apana, in newspaper reports. Biggers was inspired to insert the Chan character halfway through the book he was working on, House Without a Key (1925). Chan was so popular with readers that Biggers featured him in the subsequent novels in the series, which include The Chinese Parrot (1926), Behind That Curtain (1928), The Black Camel (1929), Charlie Chan Carries On (1930), and Keeper of the Keys (1932).
Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.
We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.
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