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Bookbits for May 21st, 2015

Today it’s 20 years ago that legendary Dutch writer Annie M. G. Schmidt died (and 104 years and 1 day ago that she was born!).  I defy you to find a child born in the Netherlands in the 20th century …

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 …

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 …

Patrick Modiano wins the Nobel Prize for Literature 2014

Congratulations to French author Patrick Modiano for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature! “For the art of memory with which he has evoked the most ungraspable human destinies and uncovered the life-world of the occupation.” – the Nobel Prize …