I thought I’d do something different this time; there have been so many book-related happenings this week I thought it’d be good to list them all as well as my usual links. Lots of the award links are home pages so they will change over time.
London Book Fair and London Book & Screen Week
Chigozie Obioma: who should I write for – Nigerians, Africans, or everyone?
Naomi Frisby’s awesome interview with Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Another Sarah Ladipo Manyika interview, focused on her newest work
Jessie Greengrass on the art of writing short stories and related information on the Great Auk
Mrs Austen’s opinion of Jane’s books
On Daphne Du Maurier and her Rebecca
Anne Brontë – the sister who got there first
Miscellaneous Book-Related Articles
British humiliation and The Cursed Child
Book Riot’s list of 100 must-read lesser-known classics (some aren’t so lesser-known). There’s also a list of 100 books about books
Sex, death, and the short story
By fellow book blogger, Jenny, A rallying cry for more subgenres
How we read and how it affects us
The lost art of illustrating your favourite books
Technology and the evolution of storytelling
Salvador Dali’s illustrations for Wonderland
A very brief piece: the Japanese word for buying books and not reading them
When celebrities are photographed with books (on Marilyn Monroe)
Forgotten libraries of the ancient world
Chetham’s Library in Manchester
Fiction vs non-fiction: English literature’s made-up divide
A look at the ‘___’s Daughter’ trend
When pop culture respects readers
The right book at the right time
Podcasts and literary criticism
Sara Forbes Bonetta – the West African god daughter of Queen Victoria
Aphantasia – where one cannot visualise imagery
What ‘my body, my choice’ means to me as a woman with a disability
Newly discovered 700-year-old Knights Templar cave
In search of language’s missing link
Today we’ve someone else’s article about Daphne Du Maurier’s jealousy because I’m definitely writing too much on that topic – and this one I’ve found is very interesting; we’ve a brief piece about Irving Bacheller’s work which I found whilst researching my discovery post; and some great stuff from The Toast which Mallory Ortberg has sadly stopped updating but is leaving online for further perusal. I’m liking this current format, fewer posts, more links in them. What do you think?
A photographer writes about finding a rare edition of Irving Bacheller’s most famous book.
Yay to a female scientist on Scottish banknotes, says York University, let’s have more.
Author Nicola Cornick discusses the historical Bluestockings literary group.
What makes a book a classic? asks children’s’ publisher Scholastic.
Out with the newer and in with the older: An abandoned Walmart is (or was at the time – I’ve included this for interest rather than breaking news) America’s biggest library.
Baffled by all the lights and darks? Here’s a guide to coffee roasts.
When a girl’s fiancé dumped her a month before the wedding she couldn’t cancel the reception so she threw a party for homeless women and children instead.
We often look at our shelves and feel bad about all the unread books but here’s a thought: unread books are more valuable to our lives than read ones. There’s this article, too.
Any links you’d like to share with us?
This photograph was taken by Brandon Warren.
It’s Christmas, let’s go all out. This is Next Stop Procrastination: the mega edition.
An Oxford student looks at how many requests to drop books from courses deal with works that are about oppressed groups that need to be read.
The Millions on prolific outputs and problems.
On Denver’s Tattered Cover bookstore.
Ever wish you could live in another period? This couple wished it so much they’ve decided to live it as best they can.
Timing is everything: Slate looks at a British writer whose book could have hit the big time.
Shaina looks at the recent McDonalds books for Happy Meals and asks if there is a wrong way to encourage reading.
An argument as to why the Amish lifestyle shouldn’t be used in inspirational fiction.
When author Clare Dunkle was doing research for her book, she came across a lot of information about Emily Brontë’s novel.
There are lots of tips on how to sell your book out there, but these from a bookseller are particularly good.
Including a new word to me: on the perils of authorial parochialism.
We’ve marginalia and summaries, and now we’ve literary annotations.
Those non-fiction stories that sound a little too like fiction? It’s a business, says The Millions.
Amazon have opened a physical book store. Book Riot visited it.
Miranda writes about her search for a character she could relate to as a young tomboy.
Grounds may be better than instant, but using them means you’ve waste to consider. What should you do with the remnants of your coffee?
I gave it one round whilst working and just that made me sleepy: the breathing exercise that may put you to sleep in a minute.
Have you any links to share?
This photograph was taken by Dom Sagolla.
It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve considered doing a 7th links post for a while now, but felt uninspired. I went from thinking 5 links was just right to 5 links wasn’t enough, and I also felt I was trying too hard to get these lists up too soon after each other. So I’m stepping back and changing things. For the foreseeable future I’m not going to worry too much about the number of links I have to share or the copy I write for them. I’m not going to worry about whether or not I’ve already shared them on Twitter – one tweet rarely reaches everyone. I’m going to focus on books. And I’m setting a sort of standard, only posting the best of the links I find: I won’t be posting these lists so frequently. So here we go:
A female travel writer looks at differences in travel writing and suggests people look at culture rather than only at themselves.
A writer details her time in Asia and the way you remember books by where you were when you read them.
Cool if not particularly comfortable-sounding (and perhaps frustrating?) Tokyo hotel lets you sleep in a bookstore.
This is the LucasFilm research library and boy is it worth a look.
In which Nabokov stars in another article on re-reading.
Which is the best Austen adaptation? This writer votes for Clueless and has some excellent reasons why.
An amazing Tokyo book store; Japan is still loving print.
A great piece on re-reading Chopin.
Shaina’s post about the way ebooks for libraries doesn’t mean equal access.
What interesting articles have you read recently?
There have been some excellent articles recently so you’ve six links instead of five. Enjoy.
Maya Rodale discusses how, by focusing on romance cover model Fabio, when we talk about romance we leave out what is important.
Whilst fully acknowledging that the book wouldn’t suit everyone, I want to point to this interview with Emma Healey in which she mentions Maud’s condition.
Nancy Bilyeau details the first burial of Richard III, showing that it wasn’t as hasty as we may have been told.
Only girls were given leave to attend Shannon Hale’s school visit, and the author has something to say about it.
Unable to stand the noise of people eating? You may be a genius.
What’s piqued your interest recently?