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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 …


Bookbits for September 24th, 2015

Author Patrick Ness has raised over £600,000 in aid of refugees this month.  It all started with an angry tweet and an idea to try to raise some money, any money, and then all these other authors, from John Green to Jojo …

Joost Zwagerman (picture by Eddo Hartman)

Bookbits for September 10th, 2015

R. I. P. Joost Zwagerman, Oliver Sacks, and Wayne Dyer.  What a trio to go so shortly one after the other.  (Picture of Joost Zwagerman by Eddo Hartman, via A very animated-GIF-y list of tips to get you writing …

Authors looking bad ass

Bookbits for August 18th, 2015

Awards!  Just before my summer vacation, the always excellent Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal were awarded, for children’s book writing and illustration, respectively.   The Carnegie went to Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman and the Kate Greenaway to Shackleton’s Journey …