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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)

Bookbits for May 22nd, 2014

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
  • Awards! The 2013 Nebula Awards were handed out May 18th (2014).  Congratulations to Ann Leckie, who won the Best Novel category for Ancillary Justice!  The entire list of winners can be found here, and our annual round-up of SF/Fantasy awards is right here.  The 2014 Bollinger Wodehouse Prize (for comic fiction)(get a proper website, lads!) was awarded to Edward St. Aubyn for his book Lost for Words.  It’s a satire about literary awards, so I think even Abed would consider this meta enough, no?  The 2014 Ondaatje Prize (for “evoking the spirit of a place”) went to Alan Johnson for his memoir This Boy.
  • And finally, an excellent birthday tip for book lovers (via @digitalyn).  Although I think I would ask for a store-bought version rather than the giver’s original copy…

Bookbits for May 15th, 2014

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
  • The Guardian is currently in the middle of their LGBT-themed Children’s Books week.  Head on over for some fantastic reading tips, interviews, and much, much more!  “Why are we having this LGBT themed week? Well because despite diver Tom Daley coming out as bisexual and same-sex marriage becoming legal in the UK and Conchita Wurst winning the Eurovision song contest, more than half (55 per cent) of gay young people experience homophobic bullying at school, which can be so serious it leads to death. Almost a quarter of young gay, lesbian and bisexual people have tried to commit suicide at some point.” Thank you, Guardian, you are FANTASTIC.
  • A new type of dinosaur, the Torvosaurus Gurneyi, has been named after James Gurney, illustrator of the Dinotopia books.  Life imitating art imitating life = awesome.
  • And finally, who wouldn’t want one of these?  (via Random House’s Facebook page)