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 on Vulpes Libris

Foxes Matt KnothThis week is Authorial Ventriloquism Week, because the Bookfoxes have been reading books written by other people in the style of yet more other people, in the literary continuation industry. Authors who ventriloquise other authors are a peculiar bunch: do they write with their own voice peeping through? Do they immerse themselves completely? What kind of a fist do they make of imitation of the mighty writing voices of the past? And why do they do it? Monday 12 January: Kate reads Celebrated Sequels, to see whose novels Rachel Ferguson (she of The Brontes Went to Woolworths) wrote extra chapters for, and whose characters she brought up to date in 1934. Wednesday 15 January: Moira and Hilary debate whether Jill Paton Walsh succeeds in fulfilling their passion for all things Wimsey. Friday 17 January: Jackie compares the continuations of Dick Francis and Robert B. Parker, a study in contrasts.   The photo of the ventriloquising coyotes is by Matt Knoth, featured on using a Creative Commons license.

About Kate

Blogger, lecturer, podcaster, writer, critic, reviewer, researcher (in no particular order) in and on British literary history. Preferred occupation while listening to podcasts: cooking or knitting. Preferred soundtrack while reading: the sound of silence.

2 comments on “Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

  1. Martine Frampton
    January 11, 2015

    Was really looking forward to review of ‘Who was changed and who was dead’ … did I miss it?

  2. Kate
    January 11, 2015

    We’re really sorry for the no-show, Martine: Simon had a double-booking, but we are assured that the Comyns review will appear in the next few weeks.

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