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.
So, this 4th of July thing. It means very little in the UK, for instance, except perhaps for some early Wimbledon frisson. It means not a lot in France, apart from a bit of planning to get the menu planned for Bastille Day on the 14th of July. But in the United States of America, the 4th of July is a cultural, political, traditional, gastronomical knotweed of Stuff. It’s a national public holiday. It commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, separating the thirteen colonies from feeble British rule. And it celebrates the founding of a new nation, 240 years ago. The BookFoxes are accordingly reading American writers this week, as a tiny gesture of participation in amongst the fireworks, barbecues, parades, concerts, solemn commemorations, picnics, community parades, sports games, family gatherings and national solidarity.
Monday 4th July: our American BookFox Jackie explores one of Thoreau’s lesser known works, Walking.
Wednesday 6th July: Kate, a former pupil of College Park School, Wilmington NC, reads Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl.
Friday 8th July: secret, surprise guest post from another real American!
Saturday 9th July: Rosy brings us another report from the 2016 Edinburgh Film Festival.