Bookbits for June 4th, 2015

  • How to be Both - Ali SmithAwards!  Congratulations to Ali Smith, who won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction last night for her novel How To Be Both.  The other nominees can be found here.  The Lambda Literary Awards (for the best LGBTQ books and stories) were also given out a few days ago.  The enormous list of winners can be found at the very bottom here (they’re not yet on the official site as far as I can tell).  Sadly, our own David Swatling didn’t win for his mystery debut Calvin’s Head, but he must have had a brilliant time hobnobbing with everyone there.  🙂
  • Because you always wanted to know what Bin Laden read, right?  (Apparently the official US spelling is now Bin Ladin, btw.)
  • Not sure whether to file this under “kooky” or “what a waste”, even knowing it’s meant as art: Jesse England makes a paper backup of his ebook.
  • Guess How Much I Love You - Sam McBratneySam McBratney, author of Guess How Much I Love You, weighs in on the “all kids must read” debate.  He thinks whether a kid takes to reading is down to temperament.  I think he makes some valid points – although I also think that, if you read to your children every day (for as long as they want you to), they are more likely to turn to books themselves later in life.
  • Attention authors: how to survive literary parties.  “I remember telling Anne Enright how toilet cisterns made good writing desks if you face backwards…”
Library cake by Kathy Knaus
Library cake by Kathy Knaus