Oh, if only there were more hours in the day! Then these bookbits wouldn’t be as near-extinct as they have become. 🙁 I do love snooping around for them, but I just run out of time every time. So please bear with me and tell the literary world to slow down some.
- All you Gormenghast fans: a fourth book has been found in an attic by Christian Peake, the son of writer Mervyn. The book was finished by Maeve Gilmore, Mervyn’s wife, based on notes he left her on his death. No word yet on when it will be published, but hopefully someone will pick it up soon.
- First Jane Austen, now Leo Tolstoy. Quirk Books, publisher of one of the surprise literary hits of last year, is to celebrate Tolstoy’s 100th death anniversary with Android Karenina.
- Proof that, in one area at the very least, the UK and the US are definitely trend-followers rather than -setters.
- Awards: Philip Gross has won the TS Eliot poetry prize for his collection The Water Table. The Costa Book Awards category winners were announced at the beginning of the year (as is customary). And they are: Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín (Novel), Beauty by Raphael Selbourne (First Novel), The Strangest Man by Graham Farmelo (Biography), A Scattering by Christopher Reid (Poetry), and The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Children’s Book). The overall winner will be announced on January 26th (I’m aiming for a separate post for that one, since it’s a prestigious UK award :-)).
- Angels are the new vampires. For those of you not in on the new trend already (i.e. all of you that didn’t pick up that free copy of the first chapter of Fallen by Lauren Kate piled by the cash registers a few weeks ago)(or J. R. Ward’s latest book).
- Quizzes! Test your literary knowledge on (my own lowly scores in parentheses): 2009 (21/40), Snow (10/14), and Advent (4/10).
- And finally, a fantasically beautiful book trailer by the New Zealand Book Council for Going West by Maurice Gee (thank you Jouke for sending me the link all those weeks ago :-))(sadly we can’t get the book for you through our suppliers)(they’re notoriously difficult at finding books from the Southern Hemisphere)(although this one’s originally from 1992; the trailer is, I think, more to create an interest in reading):