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.

Coming Up This Week (and in the New Year)

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Happy New Year! The Foxes return from our winter holiday break with a varied line-up this week. We also wanted to let you know about what exciting things are on our calendar for this year. We will have some returning guest writers and plenty of Theme Weeks, including VL’s traditional Poetry Week and new topics such as Comedy, Mysteries and one about Names in Literature to arrive later this month. We will also finally be posting the sequels to our favorite books while growing up in a couple of “When We Were Cubs” installments. In between, will be an array of subjects and mediums as the Foxes bring you their thoughts on everything cultural, especially books. We hope to provide interest and enjoyment, along with much food for thought in the upcoming year.

Monday- Just in time for Season 3 of Downton Abbey starting in the U.S., Jackie looks at the first companion book The World of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes.

Tuesday-Kate gets all nostalgic for the Pre-Raphaelites with Angela Thirkell’s memoir Three Houses.

Thursday-Kirsty presents an invaluable glimpse into a complex mind: Philip Pomper and Yuri Felshtinsky’s edition of Trotsky’s notebooks, 1933-1935.

Friday-Hilary finds Colin Fisher’s novel A Republic of Wolves. A City of Ghosts a challenging read but ultimately rewarding.

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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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