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Penguins in (Penguin) sweaters

Bookbits for February 17th, 2015

R. I. P. André Brink, who died on a flight home to South Africa after having received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Louvain. He is best known for his anti-apartheid novel A Dry White Season. (Picture: Ulf Andersen/Getty …

Harper Lee (picture by Chip Somodevilla/Getty images)

New Harper Lee novel to be published this summer!

Not two hours after publishing yesterday’s Bookbits, this bombshell hit the literary world: Harper Lee to publish new novel, 55 years after To Kill a Mockingbird There was much rejoicing.  MUCH rejoicing. To recap: The book coming out is called …

Holy Cow - David Duchovny

Bookbits for February 3rd, 2015

Whew!  We all beat the numbers again, y’all. Forty-three years of ABC victories – the streak continues! Here’s some book news to celebrate our glorious victory (starting with something sad): R. I. P. Colleen McCullough. The famed Australian author died last …

The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank

Bookbits for January 27th, 2015

To commemorate the freeing of Auschwitz 70 years ago today, the Guardian highlights 10 beautiful quotes from Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl.  Be sure to read Ellyn Cook’s piece on the other Anne Frank house (the one …

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

Bookbits for January 15th, 2015

Back from my holiday, and all charged up!  I hope you love this blog’s new look as much as I do.    One of my Resolutions is to bring the Bookbits back more frequently, so let’s get the first one …