And some more hopelessly outdated Bookbits! But I’m slowly catching up, truly. I’m almost in the right month now:
- Awards! An award I never mentioned anywhere are the Audies, for best audio books (Neil Gaiman won once more with his The Graveyard Book, good on him!). The lovely thing about that site is the reviews of each nominated audio book (who reads what well and why). Edward Hogan won the Desmond Elliott Prize for best (UK) debut, for Blackmoor. And after posthumously winning the Bisto Children’s Book of the Year for Bog Child, Siobhan Dowd now also wins the prestigious Carnegie Medal. The Greenaway Medal for illustration was awarded to Catherine Rayner for Harris Finds His Feet.
- The book on facebook (Accidental Billionaires) is fresh off the printing presses, and already Hollywood’s circling it. Or maybe just the author, since his last book was turned into a movie.
- Old news and Dutch news, but still noteworthy: the Dutch Royal Library has electronically catalogued all books published in this country between 1540 and 1800.
- Can you lift stuff off Wikipedia for a book about Free stuff without acknowledging the source? Well, at least the author’s apologizing, twice.
- Four books by Martin Luther King, Jr., are to be republished in January.
- Lists! I’m drowning in all these summer reading lists! Here are more, this time from US public radio: VPR asked three local bookstore owners, NPR looked at books for “tweens”, and NPR also looked more broadly at children’s books for the summer. If you want something steamier this summer, have a look at these 10 books about ménages à trois.
- If you happen to be on a London Tube train this summer, don’t be surprised to have Gandhi or Sartre quoted at you by the drivers.