Vulpes Libris

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.

Cozy Mystery Trio

As I’ve mentioned before, cozy mysteries are one of my favorite types of books to read and I’ve decided to make a project of occasionally rounding up some of the … Continue reading

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Coming Up On Vulpes Libris

Autumn is definitely on its way at last, after summer fooled us for a day or three in September. Time to curl up on the sofa with the proverbial good … Continue reading

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Writing books and eating cake

Blog post by Lisa Glass I recently released the final book in my beach trilogy (Blue – Air – Ride) and while much of the writing was done at home … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Writing in Rivendell

When I was a baby my mother discovered that the easiest way of calming me when I was being fractious was not rocking me, or tickling  me or distracting me … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 8 Comments

The Magic and Serenity of Historical Spaces—Writing in a Wisconsin Prairie Church

Fifteen years ago I moved from the country to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Once there, I found I had trouble writing. I felt an awareness of the city, an awareness of … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nicola Griffith’s writing space

Nicola Griffith is the author of Hild, and five other novels, plus short stories, essays and polemics. She’s working on the sequel to Hild, and talks about her Seattle working … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming up this week on Vulpes Libris: The Writer’s Place

This week on Vulpes Libris we’re thinking about the writer’s place of work, where the words get honed and the adjectives get hammered. Three authors and a BookFox talk about … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Notable Woman. The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt, edited by Simon Garfield

How do you edit forty-five exercise books of diary into a readable account of one woman’s life? Had Jean Lucey Pratt been an important politician, or a fabulously careful recorder of … Continue reading

September 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

What We Read on Our Summer Vacation

As you know, the Foxes were on summer break for the month of August, but even though we were doing other activities, being Book Foxes, of course we didn’t leave … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Late Victorian London is a place in flux. It’s been two or three decades since the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, and the world of scientific investigation, … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

Though the Foxes have been back from summer break for a little while, they are having trouble shaking off that summer pace, when heat makes everything move slower. In some … Continue reading

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Thomas Turner’s Diary 1754-1765

This week’s Country Matters theme has given me the perfect opportunity to dig out my copy of my favourite country diarist, Thomas Turner. He was a shopkeeper who lived in … Continue reading

September 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks

“I wake to the sound of wind and rain scolding at the window. I can see from my bed a dirty brown rug of heather, mud and skeletal oak trees. … Continue reading

September 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pilgrim At Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

The premise of this book is deceptively simple; to monitor the natural world in an area over the course of a year. The area being where the author lives near … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · Leave a comment



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