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Bookbits for 21 January 2016

Bookbits for 21 January 2016

First Bookbits of the year!  And of course my resolution, as it is every year, is to do these more often, and then slightly less immense each post.  Perhaps 2016 will be the year it will happen?  *cue helpless laughter* …

Costa Category Winners 2015

Costa Book Awards category winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of the Costa Categories! First Novel: The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley (ebook) Novel: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (ebook) Biography: The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science by …


Bookbits for December 17th, 2015

Or, in which I finally turn my thoughts to things other than Gift Ideas.    Some of these news items will be old, but I wanted to bring them to your attention nonetheless. Awards!  Congrats to everyone who won a …

Kurt Vonnegut lectures at NYU in 1970

Bookbits for November 19th, 2015

Pretending I have time for this today, but it’s been too long since I wrote a Bookbits, and the blog’s a bit Gift-Ideas-heavy at the moment  Necessarily so, mind you, since we have a lot of buyers and they all …

2015 Man Booker Prize Winner and shortlist

Marlon James wins the 2015 Man Booker Prize!

Congratulations to Marlon James, who won this year’s Man Booker Prize for his book A Brief History of Seven Killings. As luck would have it, that was the only one of the six shortlisted titles I’d already read.    Here’s …