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.

This week on Vulpes Libris …

glistening frost

April is a fickle and dangerous month here in the northern hemisphere (at least it is if you’re a gardener): a series of warm sunny days lull you into believing that winter has passed and summer is on its way – then you wake up one morning to find that your fruit tree blossom and bedding plants have been blitzed by a late frost. Deciding when to release your carefully nurtured seedlings into a cruel world requires a combination of cunning, wisdom and pure luck, with a little added voodoo for good measure.

Those of us who spent our Easter in the garden therefore did much pathetic sobbing over shrivelled and blackened courgettes. Others, who sensibly stuck to chocolate, only had to worry about theobromine poisoning. All of us, however, are glad to be back – because books are so much more rewarding than chocolate or dead courgettes.

And books about books (but not chocolate or courgettes – dead or otherwise) feature largely on VL this week: we have libraries, we have a bookshop and – for a nice change of pace midweek – we also have a fresh take on the superhero genre …


Monday: Colin dusts off his library card and reads Voices of Scottish Librarians by Ian MacDougall.

Wednesday: Jackie tries to distil the experience of watching the strange TV series Legion which is not her usual fare.

Friday: Hilary has no idea why it has taken her nearly forty years to read a novel so alluring as Penelope Fitzgerald’s The Bookshop.

(Photo credit: ‘Glistening Frost’ is by Julie Falk on Flickr and is reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence.)

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This entry was posted on April 23, 2017 by in Coming up this week, Entries by Moira and tagged , , , , .



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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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