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Bookweek Roundup Returns…

juraIn the early days of Vulpes Libris we used to do this regularly. Gathering snippets of book news from the interwebs and cobbling them together in some sort of theme. This week has been a one of high emotion here in Scotland. Exciting, terrifying and depending how you voted, joyous or crushing. So when I was trying to write my review for today I discovered I was completely drained of emotion. So, I thought I’d reprise the Roundup idea for one week only.

There is no theme here, I’m afraid. Just things I thought you might like.

James Dawson delivered the annual Patrick Hardy lecture this week on the subject of diversity in kids books. An article in The Bookseller  gives some details of his speech. It’s also covered, although in different terms in the Guardian where the headline reads, ‘There are too many white faces in children’s books.’ However this issue is reported, I say HOORAH, at last the topic is getting some serious and much needed discussion.

Dawson attributed the lack of diverse books to the quest for sales. “Marketing is key here, clearly, but what it boils down to is fear that a book won’t reach its biggest possible audience and lose money. To me this creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. If we think books about minorities don’t sell, we don’t put them in bookshops where they – big surprise – can’t possibly sell.”

Sticking with reports in the Guardian, Hilary Mantel has confessed to fantasising about killing Margaret Thatcher. I, for one am very much looking forward to reading this!

The surreal experience is the inspiration for The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: August 6th 1983, published exclusively on Friday.

The story has already proved controversial, with the Daily Telegraph this week pulling out of a deal to publish the story first, despite reportedly paying tens of thousands of pounds – a figure denied by the Telegraph – to secure exclusive rights.

This is an old article, but one I found fascinating. How’s your concentration span these days? Could you sit quietly and read War and Peace without thinking about anything else? A piece in Salon explores the neuroscience of always being distracted.

And who is this frumpy thirty-something man who has tried to read “War and Peace” five times, never making it past the garden gate? I took the tome down from the shelf this morning and frowned again at those sad little dog-ears near the fifty-page mark.

The Huffington Post celebrates the literature of Scotland this week with five books that take you there. But do you agree? Would you pick these ones?

And finally…to cheer us all up after an emotional rollercoaster of a week, I LOVE this piece on Bored Panda about the guerrilla cartoonist  Troqman whose doodles are absolutely brilliant!

(Picture is of my dog Jura, because she makes me happy Smile)

About Eve Harvey

Eve Harvey is a bookaholic. She is forever to be found with her nose in a book. If there are none around then newspapers, magazines, the back of cereal packets, road signs or the tiny washing labels found on the seams of jumpers will do. Eve used to have full time job as a children's bookseller and she was the very first Waterstone's Children's Expert Bookseller in Scotland. Her first love was definitely literature for children and teens, about which she has nerd-level knowledge. However she has since become involved in grown-up books and has co-written her first adult novel with Cath Murphy. Eve and Cath Podcast, blog and have far too much fun on their website Domestic Hell. Eve lives in a field just outside Edinburgh in Scotland with her daughter and son and two dogs and two rabbits. She also has some tanks of tropical fish and vows one day to start up a marine aquarium. And the day she signs her very first publishing deal she is going to celebrate by buying a pair of Horsefields tortoises. You can find Eve through her Agent, Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency. She's also on Twitter or on her website :

3 comments on “Bookweek Roundup Returns…

  1. Kate
    September 21, 2014

    I think I’d take out Outlander, from the HuffPo lit, and add Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. or maybe Greenvoe by Goerge Mackay Brown. Scotland is not just the central belt or historical romps in tartan!

  2. Jackie
    September 21, 2014

    Hope this isn’t a one time only for the Roundup, I always learned a lot from them. Really enjoyed seeing the cartoon bombing by Troqman, those were very clever & I’m envious of his imagination. Thanks for that!

  3. Jackie
    September 21, 2014

    P.S. Enjoyed the pic of Jura, she’s a cutie.

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