A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
After a week spent celebrating our fifth anniversary, we turn a little somber this week for some unknown reason(too much cake?). In fact, in our planning session(which involves the Foxes leaning over a table filled with maps and one of us wielding a stick to point at them), we nicknamed this as a grim week. That’s with one M, so nothing about fairy tales, which would be another kind of grim altogether.
But just because our offerings may be grim, they are no less interesting. We have short stories, a memoir and a post ripped from the headlines. And you can always leave a cheery comment to brighten things up.
Monday- Jackie peers at Joseph Conrad’s classic The Secret Sharer.
Tuesday- Kate reviews a historical memoir of the tortured invalid life of Henry James’s sister.
Thursday- Anne discovers a whole swathe of folks both literary and grim in Robin Black’s short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.
Friday- Leena is intrigued by a Finnish self-publishing scandal and wonders what it says about the moral responsibilities of fiction in the social media.
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For the Bookfoxes it's a year of new books, new jobs, new homes - so many new things for us all that we need to stop and catch our collective breath.
So, the Bookfoxes are going on vacation, stay-cation, day-cation or even nay-cation (I'm SO tickled to find out that Lake Superior University has placed stay-cation on its list of Banished Words. Not just Banned, but Banished. What a little rebel I am.) Whatever our preferred brand of -cation, though, we'll be laden with more books than we'll end up reading, I feel sure.
We'll be away from now until Monday 24th August (on Sunday 23rd we'll be back to tell you what's next up). Meanwhile, I can promise you that we'll be posting a sprinkling of Vulpes Libris Randoms and other articles during the three weeks of our summer break - we'll be turning up in your Twitterfeed when we do.
Bookfox Simon (aka Stuck-in-a-Book) is hoping to kick off the next Vulpes Libris season with Shelf of Shame II - Just When We Thought It Was Safe To Rifle Our Bookshelves. Just so long as the long lazy summer days don't dull our consciences too much (now, where did I hide The Brothers Karamazov? Dagnabbit, I seem to have lost it!).
We wish you all a gorgeous summer - see you on 23rd August!