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.

School’s Out!

Gone fishing

We have a fairly heavy schedule coming up on VL over the next few months, so we’ve decided to take our summer break early this year.  We’re  leaving the site ticking over in neutral for the next fortnight  in order to give ourselves a bit of a breather.

Fear not though, because we – like General MacArthur – shall return.  In fact, we’ll return so fast, you probably won’t even notice that we’ve been gone.

Just to whet  your appetites, here’s a brief flavour of what’s in store for you over the summer and autumn . . .

Talking Books Week: After discussing it for over a year, we’ve finally got around to considering audiobooks.  Highlights of the week (still slightly subject to amendment) will include:

  • A reviews of T S Eliot’s Four Quartets read by Ralph Fiennes and Bernard Cornwall’s The Lords of the North read by Richard Armitage.
  • Publisher interviews with Nicolas Soames of Naxos Audiobooks and  Barnaby Edwards of the new-kid-on-the-block Textbook Stuff.
  • A question-and-answer session with as many of our popular actor-guests as we can round up about the technicalities and techniques of recording talking books.  Thus far, regular contributors Edward Petherbridge and Jay Benedict have both confirmed they’ll definitely be with us.

Shakespeare Week: Self-explanatory – A theme week dedicated to the man Ben Jonson called ‘the  Sweet Swan of Avon’.  The line up so far includes reviews, youthful memories of theatrical magic in the now-defunct Castle Theatre in Farnham,  and Edward Petherbridge – the original Guildenstern – on Tom Stoppard’s  ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’.

Trotsky Week: Revolution, war, passion and polemic … and a very* special guest star.  Trotsky Week has it all!

Unexpected Poetry Week: We’re going to be looking at poetry from unexpected directions and unexpected people – some good, some bad, all fascinating.  Expect women’s suffrage, the River Tiber foaming with much blood and Vogons.

In addition to all of that, of course, we’ll have our usual eclectic mix of book reviews, features and interviews.

Now do you understand why we need a bit of a lie-down first?

We’ll be resurfacing on Sunday the 18th of July with our usual ‘Coming Up post”.  In the meantime, try to be good and don’t run in the corridors.

*  This is NOT hyperbole – but we’re not going to tempt providence by telling you who it is until it’s done, dusted and gift wrapped.


(The ‘Gone Fishing’ image is courtesy of anujraj on Flickr, and is reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence.)

3 comments on “School’s Out!

  1. Jackie
    July 5, 2010

    This post actually made it into my Ralph Fiennes Google Alerts, which made me chuckle.

  2. Lisa
    July 6, 2010

    Looking forward to all of these theme weeks, Moira. And especially as I know about one or two of the special guest stars…Exciting times ahead! 😉 Must not say more for fear of triggering certain Google Alerts. (Well reminded, Jackie)

  3. Shelley
    July 7, 2010

    Edward Petherbridge! I’m in love!

    About the other: no foaming, no Vogons, but I have hopes of being considered….

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)
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