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.
Some of the bookfoxes in our original line-up have since left for pastures new, and I’m surely not the only one who’s curious what they’ve been up to. I asked them to share some news with us, and also linked to some of our favourites among their old posts. There’s plenty more worth revisiting in the archives!
Well, there are now two YA books and one novel out, published between them in six countries. STONES FOR MY FATHER has won the Africana Children’s Book Award and been shortlisted for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize (winner to be announced in November). I’m just finishing up the PhD, and a new novel, THE PALE DAYS, should be released next year. Other than that, it’s been all about baby!
Some of Trilby’s best: review of Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, review of Karen Russell’s St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, review of M.T. Anderson’s The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
Erm… where am I now? I’m still in Melbourne (4 years down the track) and I’m the Children’s Book Buyer for a branch of Readings, which is an independent small chain. Other book-y news is that I’ve got a new contract for a YA book with Random House Australia, and a UK deal with Buster Books for an illustrated Junior Fiction title about a funny girl inventor. Here’s me at Readings. It’s my first time as a bookseller and it’s brilliant – the missing piece of my publishing career for sure.
Since my second novel A Secret Alchemy reached the bestsellers lists in 2010 I’ve a story broadcast on Radio 4, and have done lots of festival appearances and run workshops at writers conferences such as York and the Historical Novel Society. I’m also still blogging at This Itch of Writing, and I’m working on a book based on that, as well as a new novel. I’ve finished my PhD in Creative Writing, which I blogged about here.
I’m teaching Creative Writing for the Open University, and I’ve just been awarded a Royal Literary Fund Fellowship at Goldsmiths College; that means spending two days a week helping anyone who wants help with their academic writing, and is great fun.
LEILA (A.K.A. ARIADNE):
Since leaving VL I’ve been busy developing and teaching a module in creative writing for children and young people on Warwick University’s MA in Writing. I find this very rewarding and hope to develop more modules. I’ve also been writing a lot of publisher led fiction – I’m on the fourth book in the middle grade Witch of Turlingham series for Working Partners/Atom and a YA novel set in the same period as Downton is out in the US and UK in January.
I’ve just sent a novel of my own to my agent, Julia Churchill, and am waiting nervously for her feedback. Oh, and I had a baby!
When I started with VL I was the mother of a two year old tentatively making my way into the writing world with my first book, A Kind of Intimacy soon to be published. Now that two year old has just turned eight, I have a two year old son and my third book, The Friday Gospels will be published early next year. I’m still writing and reviewing, (although a little less shyly than I used to) and I’m also a lecturer in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and about to finish a PhD in LDS fiction, of all things. No wonder I need a rest…
And last but not least…
I was one of the early bookfoxes whose contribution in recent years faded away, not from any conscious decision, but rather through the erosion of everyday life. With four children, a divorce and going back to a full-time job, life filled up and squeezed out some of the fun things, such as inflicting my opinion of books read on innocent bystanders on the internet. Luckily, things never got so hectic that I actually stopped reading and I’m wondering if I could knock on the back door of Vulpes Libris over the coming months. I even started back writing in recent times, a teen novel, a story set in the near future of sharing, war, values, love and resources. This is in fact a low plan to use my captive teenagers to provide me with a guaranteed minimum readership of three.
I’m very excited to hear that Mary is considering coming back to us, and hope we’ll hear again from the others as well! Best of luck to you all :)