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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) …

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 …

The Mysteries of Iterating Grace

Bookbits for June 23rd, 2015

R.I.P. James Salter died last Friday, aged 90.  In part thanks to Ton Heuvelman’s Dutch translation of All That Is he enjoyed a resurgence of popularity here a few years ago. In the category “I aten’t dead yet”, here’s a wonderful profile …