‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 30th June 2009

Murakami talks 1Q84 Part 2 – Remember in a Book Bites post last week I pointed you to part 1 of a Haruki Murakami interview over at the Asia One News website? Well it seems Part 2 is available now, but I’ve just noticed (through a ‘small print’ disclaimer at the foot of Part 1 of the interview), that Asia One News aren’t the originators of the interview. It actually originates from the Daily Yomiuri so I’m going to point you to there instead for the second part of this interview (and if you want to see Part 1 of the interview from its source then that can be found HERE).

Frank O’Connor Short Story Award short list unveiled – I know I seem a bit bias in posting ‘bites’ which focus on news about short stories, but how could I miss out reporting on the short list being unveiled for the richest award prize for the short story form (€35,000), the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award. The shortlist, as noted by The Guardian, is dominated by debut collections, with four of the six coming from newcomers. Here they are in glorious technicolour, and clicking on the covers will take you directly to the publisher’s website for more info:

Personally I like the look of all of them (see, such a sweeping statement shows I am bias when it comes to short stories :o)), but I do have a particular soft spot for the Simon Van Booy collection – Love Begins in Winter, which I’m about half way through.

Newsweek’s ‘50 Books to Read Now. And Why’ – Newsweek have put up a really interesting 50 book reading list that everyone just needs to check out. And the reason y’all need to check it out is because this list is different from the norm, and based around the books that Newsweek think we should be reading in order to ‘open a window on the times we live in’. Not surprisingly the list is heavily Americanised (ignoring the fact that nineteenth-century English author Anthony Trollope is at No.1 :o)), but it’s well worth checking out for its eclectic value.

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Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. You going to see Simon van Booy at the Edinburgh Festival? I’m not. Well, not yet anyway. But I’m going to see Petina Gappah.

  2. Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

    Indeed I am Stewart. One of the few I *did* manage to secure, during the Tsunami rush for tickets