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.

Foxtrotting off for the Summer.

redfoxSo, it is summer (although looking outside my window at the torrential rain this morning, you wouldn’t know it) and the Vulpes crew have packed their bags and are off on holiday. For two whole weeks. That’s right: TWO WHOLE WEEKS.  Since October 2007 the site has been posting nearly every day so we figure we deserve it – particularly our hardworking admins, Lisa and Moira, who we – the rest of the Vulpes team – would like to give a big thank you to.

The rest of us will be idling away on various sandy beaches in our minds and, for me, the break has come at a good point as my home city has presently turned into a MAD HOUSE. I am hoping to partake in some of the Edinburgh Fringe craziness (falsetto glove puppets anyone?) but also take advantage of the opportunity to see some writers at the Edinburgh International Book Festival – one of the biggest book festivals in the world.

If you happen to be in Edinburgh this summer…

All this theatre and festival going can take its toll on the bank balance, but there are also a lot of great FREE book events to go to in the city. Unesco City of Literature are running Story Shop – a series of free story readings in the bookshop tent of the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Kicked off by Edinburgh Makar (poet-laureate), Ron Butlin, on Monday, it is on until the 31st of August, only ten mins, doesn’t cost a penny and a real opportunity to discover new work.

Then there is the Edinburgh Book Fringe. Independent bookshop, Word Power Books, is running the Book Fringe – until the 29th August. Part of Word Power’s policy to keep literature accessible, events include people like Alan Bissett and Sally Hinchliffe are completely FREE.

On the 29th they will be hosting an event featuring writers from the Orwell Prize for political writing featuring Raja Shehadeh, winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize for Palestinian Walks and Marina Lewycka (author of A history of Tractors in Ukrainian and Two Caravans).

And if you don’t…

And if all that isn’t enough for you, you can while away the next fortnight revisting a few golden oldie posts from good old Vulpes Libris itself. A big conflab in the den lead us all to decide that nearly everything deserves a second outing. But as I’m writing this post, the power is mine!!! Haha! *Rubs hands in glee*

Ok, so here goes:

Lisa’s piece on Six Months in the Sudan by James Maskalyk

Kirsty’s piece on Fidel’s Story of the Sierra Maestra

Anne’s piece on Brokeback Mountain, which has to be one of my all-time personal favourites.

and, for a piece of quirky history and fun,  Jackie’s piece on the rhino who travelled Europe: Clara’s Grand Tour

By popular demand,  this guest piece by Sarah Salway on Alice Duer Miller: Are Women People?

And, surely, of all the weird and wonderful offerings we have on Vulpes, this one is the most suitable (and suitably unsuitable in true Vulpes style) for the summer holiday theme: the first part of Moira’s inspiringly eccentric interview with Renate Benedict, originally part of Bohemian week.

For a quick lemon sorbet between the more substantial courses (and as there has been rather a  lot of it going on in this post…erm…for our own site) how about a piece on The Art of Plugging from yours truly?

Lastly, it’s a long time since we did a round-up of foxy favourites so a blast from the past: who can resist this colourful collection of Picture Books?

There are plenty of more great posts past (and recent) so please check ’em out in the next fortnight, if you have nothing better to do. If you go to the menu at the top you will find all sorts of goodies under Special Features and interviews with writers and publishers. We will be wheeling out more Goldie Oldie posts, every now and then, in the future – so there will many more opportunities to revisit old favourites.

When will you see us again?

We are back on the 31st of August with a line-up that includes an interview with MJ Hyland and reviews of AS Byatt and Helen Garner’s Spare Room. Until then have a great summer and:



This beautiful foxy pic was taken by Matt Knoth on Flickr and is reproduced according to the Creative Commons license.

7 comments on “Foxtrotting off for the Summer.

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  2. Lisa
    August 17, 2009

    [sing it] School’s out for summer…

    Gorgeous fox pic btw.

    See ya in a fortnight! 😀

  3. Christine
    August 17, 2009

    Thanks to all of the Book Foxes and their regular guests for turning me on to books I otherwise would not have noticed (and some, like Wuthering Heights, that I had noticed but previously chosen to ignore! Enjoy your well deserved summer holiday and come back ready to inspire us again.

    And Rosyb, I am so jealous about your home city. I knew nothing about the Fringe when I stumbled into it 22 years ago at the end of a Scottish hiking vacation after taking the bar exam. We were there and so was the Fringe. It completely blew me away.

  4. H J Weiss
    August 17, 2009

    Have a great break Bookfoxes! I for one am going to miss you all a lot for the next fortnight. Your enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment of what you do is infectious and refreshing. You all, as my old prof used to say, wear your learning lightly. I look forward to you going from strength to strength when you come back in the autumn.

  5. Moira
    August 18, 2009

    Thank you, Christine and Henry!

    The cheque’s in the post.

    See you all the other side of August …

  6. Jackie
    August 27, 2009

    What a handsome fox! He looks a bit sleepy though.

  7. Renata Benedict
    September 2, 2009

    yes, I think also that the Fox is very beautiful!

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