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.

Writing in Rivendell

When I was a baby my mother discovered that the easiest way of calming me when I was being fractious was not rocking me, or tickling  me or distracting me … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · 11 Comments

The Magic and Serenity of Historical Spaces—Writing in a Wisconsin Prairie Church

Fifteen years ago I moved from the country to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Once there, I found I had trouble writing. I felt an awareness of the city, an awareness of … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Vulpes Revisited: A Rebel Among Outlaws – Kris Kristofferson

June 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

This is My Life …

I have spent my entire life surrounded by books. I can’t remember a time when there weren’t books in every room of the house – in the kitchen, on the … Continue reading

October 30, 2015 · 7 Comments

T.V. Donne speaks to the people

Today on Vulpes Libris, we have a special podcast by Extremely Eminent (and Personable) Historian T.V. Donne, who kindly agreed to speak to us even though he thinks this is … Continue reading

October 9, 2012 · 11 Comments

Snake Beach, by Lisa Glass

Ebooks Fortnight on Vulpes Libris. Interview with Lisa Glass by former Book Fox, Emily Gale. I met Lisa Glass on a forum for aspiring and published writers several years ago. … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · 8 Comments

In Conversation with: Harry Enfield

Four years ago, when we were still a baby blog, we ran our first ever ‘In Conversation with’ feature – an interview with the comedian Harry Enfield.  At that time … Continue reading

March 30, 2012 · 3 Comments

Wuthering Heights – A Tale that Grew in the Telling?

“Sir – I request permission to send for your inspection the M.S. of a work of fiction in 3 vols.  It consists of three tales, each occupying a volume …”  … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · 12 Comments

The VL Amateur Astronomy Extravaganza, Part II

Hello again, and welcome to Part II of our feature on amateur astronomy.  For Part I, click here. Today’s special guest is Dr. Ian Walker.  Ian is a lecturer in … Continue reading

October 26, 2011 · 3 Comments

The VL Amateur Astronomy Extravaganza, Part I

Today, in Part I of our two-part amateur astronomy feature, we have two special guests here on Vulpes Libris: Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, of the Vatican Observatory and Dr. Colin Snodgrass … Continue reading

October 25, 2011 · 8 Comments

Life, Fate and BBC adaptations: the case of Robert Chandler

On Sunday the 4th of September I received a message from Robert Chandler.  You might know Robert for his translations of (among others) Grossman, Platonov, Pushkin and Apollinaire; you might … Continue reading

September 13, 2011 · 6 Comments

I Hate Musicals

A long time ago in a cinema far, far away, a wide-eyed pre-pubescent girl was sitting in the front row clutching her salted peanuts and Kia-Ora and waiting eagerly for … Continue reading

September 5, 2011 · 32 Comments

T S Eliot Summer School 2011

Report by David Boyd. We’ve recently returned from a week in London. “SO BLOODY WHAT?!” you might rightly cry, dear reader, but please bear with me a little longer for … Continue reading

August 19, 2011 · 5 Comments

Pure Passion at the Liberal Club

This doesn’t pretend to be a definitive record of the 2011 RNA/Pure Passion Awards ceremony.  It is, rather, a very personal (and highly idiosyncratic)  ‘view from here’ – but I … Continue reading

April 11, 2011 · 17 Comments



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