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.

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

In conversation with: Catherine Pope

Dr Catherine Pope is the founder of Victorian Secrets, an independent publishing house dedicated to producing high-quality books from and about the nineteenth century. We asked her to speak to us … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

Cormoran Strike mysteries by Robert Galbraith

Unlike most people, I haven’t read the Harry Potter books, so when my local book group did The Cuckoo’s Calling last year, I went into it with an open mind. … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Dear Reader by Paul Fournel, trans. by David Bellos

First things first: I made a small error in yesterday’s Coming Up post. This isn’t a Pushkin Classic, as it was only published in its original French a couple of … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff

I seldom say yes to review copies nowadays, simply because of the guilt I felt at seldom reading them, but I couldn’t resist the lure when Laura at Bloomsbury offered … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

12-Point Guide to Writing Romance by Kate Walker

I know I’m the last person in the world anyone would expect to find reading a “How To” manual on writing romantic fiction, but if you think about it, that … Continue reading

February 9, 2011 · 5 Comments

The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

Not only is this a satisfying mystery, it’s also a look at the publishing world of the nineteenth century, which was very different than today’s. Mainly in that there was … Continue reading

June 1, 2009 · 4 Comments

Raz Godelnik from Eco-Libris talks about the future of the book.

I’m co-founder and CEO of Eco-Libris, but first and foremost I’m the son of a librarian. Growing up in a house full of books and spending many hours in the … Continue reading

September 9, 2008 · 11 Comments

Thursday Soapbox. Pulp Fiction: Books and the Environment (Part 1)

Part of our Wilderness Week series. I volunteered to do a piece about books and the environment for our Wilderness Week. I thought it would be relatively simple. I usually … Continue reading

April 24, 2008 · 17 Comments



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