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.

Nicola Griffith’s writing space

Nicola Griffith is the author of Hild, and five other novels, plus short stories, essays and polemics. She’s working on the sequel to Hild, and talks about her Seattle working … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming up this week on Vulpes Libris: The Writer’s Place

This week on Vulpes Libris we’re thinking about the writer’s place of work, where the words get honed and the adjectives get hammered. Three authors and a BookFox talk about … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

How can you not like a book containing the line “I fix myself a hot chocolate because it is a gateway drug to reading” ? And that’s just in the … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Palgrave Pivot: mopping up the mid-length manuscripts

Until a few years ago, the normal way to publish academic research from the humanities or social services (a requirement of the job) was to write a book of 80,000 … Continue reading

April 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Z by Therese Anne Fowler

My impression of Zelda Fitzgerald is probably like most peoples’, that she was wild, looney and unstable. I have long admired her husband’s writings, but didn’t know much about either … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

Coming Up This Week

It’s the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere and the flowers are lush, baby birds are testing new wings and thunderstorms alternate with hot, sunny days. Winter seems so … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Talking about the Campaign for the Book

Thanks to Dawn Endico on Flickr for the beautiful book picture. According to my mum, I only had one major temper tantrum as a child and it was over a … Continue reading

December 13, 2008 · 5 Comments

Drives Like a Dream by Porter Shreve

Lydia is a 61 yr. old author of books on automotive history. We meet her on the weekend that her ex-husband, Cy, is marrying a much younger woman. Their 3 … Continue reading

August 25, 2008 · 4 Comments

Bookweek Round-up goes Rogue…

So, Book News this week has been left entirely up to me… …bwahahahah *low, evil cackle*. Shall we shake things up a bit? Right – first off, I write for … Continue reading

March 27, 2008 · 19 Comments



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