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.

From All of Us, to All of You …

  And that’s it for this year. The Book Foxes have exchanged presents and cards and are off to their individual lairs to celebrate the coming festive season, each in … Continue reading

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coming Up- Christmas Break

It’s that time of year, when all the winter holidays converge, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa and people get extra busy. It’s no different in the Den, as the Foxes are … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’s Not Behind You: Poor Souls’ Light

Last year, the Curious Tales publishing collective launched their first limited-run, illustrated collection of ghost stories (no reprints, no POD, no Kindle): The Longest Night, five tales in the spirit … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Haphazard by Starlight – Janet Morley

A poem a day from Advent to Epiphany First, an admission: this is a classic case of judging a book by its cover. I was actually looking for an old … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · 6 Comments

Christmas Day in the Morning by Pearl S Buck

Every year, around this time, the battle lines form. On the one side we have the people who deplore what they see as the gross commercialization and devaluing of a … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 7 Comments

Literary Christmas Feasts

Literary Christmas Feasts One of the most potent sources of nostalgia and memory about Christmas is food, and the distinctive dishes and recipes that instantly conjure up the season. Christmas … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 7 Comments

A Proper Family Christmas by Jane Gordon-Cumming: a rollercoaster of a celebration with a great deal of chat

William really isn’t into Christmas – all that jingly tinselly presenty stuff makes him feel queasy. He’d like to spend it alone in his vast old house with his cat. … Continue reading

January 19, 2012 · 7 Comments

Merry Christmas Eve! Three books about ghosts…

It’s that time of year again. The time when we find ourselves seated in front of a rerun of the Great Escape, paper hat askew on our heads, torn wrapping … Continue reading

December 24, 2011 · 26 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Before the Book Foxes sign off for 2011, let it not be said that we don’t know how to leave with a bang! We’ve a packed week for you, so … Continue reading

December 11, 2011 · Leave a comment

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Revisiting a VL Classic, originally posted in December 2007 I am always startled by how short this book is. A cultural icon ought to be the size of Micheangelo’s David … Continue reading

December 15, 2010 · 4 Comments

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

When I was little, I had an oversized version of this poem, a book shaped like Santa, the cover fuzzy where his red suit was and filled with lavish watercolor … Continue reading

December 22, 2008 · 9 Comments



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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.)