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Bookbits for December 17th, 2015

Or, in which I finally turn my thoughts to things other than Gift Ideas.    Some of these news items will be old, but I wanted to bring them to your attention nonetheless. Awards!  Congrats to everyone who won a …

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 …

Shortlist 2015 Man Booker Prize

2015 Man Booker Prize shortlist announced!

Here they are, the six books making up the 2015 Man Booker shortlist! A Brief History of Seven Killings – Marlon James Satin Island – Tom McCarthy (ebook here) The Fishermen – Chigozie Obioma (ebook here) The Year of the Runaways – Sunjeev Sahota (ebook here) …