Goodness me, it’s been about a decade since we last wrote a Bookbits… Hope you like this one, we’re restarting it small, and we’ll try not to make you wait too long for the next one!
- Awards! I’ve kind of lost track of what awards are happening at the moment, to be honest, since I’m so behind. I know the year always starts with the Costa Book Awards, though, and the overall winner there was Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall. Much to the delight of our You Reviewer David Swatling, of course. The category winners can be found here.
- The Guardian has made a very appropiate list for us: 2014 in Books! Check out per month what is going to happen this year in the literary world. (With thanks to Nicki.)
- With the LEGO movie in theaters now, Waterstones has been recreating classic scenes from literature with the little nubby blocks. Warning: scenes may be gruesome and bloody! Or as gruesome and bloody as LEGO can get.
- Have you ever imagined Sherlock and Watson in a UFO, finding a dead alien on an unknown planet? Now would be the time to jump into action and write your own Sherlock novel, because a US judge ruled nearly everything regarding Sherlock and Watson is in the public domain from now on. (With thanks to Steven.)
- 40 Movies You (Probably) Didn’t Know Were Comic Books. Over the Hedge? Annie? A History of Violence? Indeed we didn’t, Empire, indeed we didn’t!
- Interview! The Guardian talks to cult musician and author Willy Vlautin. His latest book The Free was snatched up pretty quickly in last week’s You Review Round, so I’m looking forward to what the reviewer thinks of it!
- The ultimate fountain of knowledge? Wikipedia hopes to crowdsource a 1000-volume print edition for a touring exhibition.
- Murakami and Galbraith/Rowling fans, take note: both Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage and Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) are due to be published this summer.
- And finally, how about reading an alphabet of books this year? That would be a challenge!