Posts Tagged ‘Bookbits’

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)

Science Fiction & Fantasy Awards Round-Up 2014

Monday, April 21st, 2014

It’s April so it must be time for another SF/Fantasy Awards Round-Up.  Below are the nominees (and one winner + nominees) of what we think of as the Big Four.  I’ve not included nominees for the Retro Hugos; I hope you’ll forgive me…

Winners will be announced in future Bookbits (and then edited in here).  Our Tiemen will be chuffed that his favorite read from 2013 is featured on every list!

Also, congratulations to Thomas Olde Heuvelt, who has been nominated for a Hugo for his short story “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket.”  That’s twice now in two years!  Fantastic!

2014 Philip K. Dick Award:

First prize and citation were announced on April 18th.

2013 Nebula Award for Best Novel:

Winner was announced on May 18th.

2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award:

The winner was announced on May 1st.

2014 Hugo Award (Best Novel Category only):

The winner will be announced on August 18th.