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Bookbits for September 11th, 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
  • I love the responses to this reader survey The Guardian did, about “hearing” what you’re reading.  I always hear the book in my head, loud and clear.  I’ve also found I very much “read” commas and exclamation marks and ALL CAPS.  How about you?

2014 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

You know it’s truly fall when the Man Booker Prize shortlist is announced…  :-)  The 2014 shortlist consists of:

The winner will be announced on October 14th, and the longlist can be found here.

Bookbits for July 18th, 2014

Friday, July 18th, 2014
  • First and foremost, rest in peace to all aboard the crashed Malaysian Airlines flight.  Best wishes and ’sterkte’ to everyone who knew someone on the flight.  It hardly seems fair the sun shines so brightly today.
  • R. I. P. also to Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize laureate who was a strong voice against apartheid in South Africa.  She is probably best known for her novel July’s People (banned in South Africa at the time).
  • Travel site Skyscanner made a list of the 22 Most Beautiful Bookshops in the World – and ABC Amsterdam’s on it, hooray!  I do secretly wish that one day someone will discover the beauty in ABC The Hague.  ;-)
  • For those of you who love books and food (…but really, who doesn’t?): there’s a fantastic literary supper club in Amsterdam called The Bookish Banquet.  Featuring fine dining (and I really mean fine dining) all themed around one book.  Looks absolutely smashing.  :-)
  • And finally, for all you David Mitchell aficionados, head on over to Twitter to read a new short story that he is tweeting on his account (you can read it in order via the SceptreBooks account).  It might tide you over until his new book The Bone Clocks comes out in September.

Bookbits for June 20th, 2014

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Bookbits for May 30th, 2014

Friday, May 30th, 2014
  • The library in The Hague has their own version of blind book dates for June Thriller Month: een thriller tas lenen. Excellent plan, I hope many people will take home those bags!
  • Murakami-mania in Poland.  I don’t know if these vending machines are still standing, since this is a post from last year, but the idea is fabulous!
  • And finally, R. I. P. Maya Angelou.  “People will forget what you said.  People will forget what you did.  But people will never forget how you made them feel.” (photo below by Chester Higgins Jr. for NYT)