‘Book Bites’ for Friday 12th August 2011

Touring the literary hotspots of Edinburgh – If you ever wanted an easy to follow Google Maps-based interactive guide to the places in Edinburgh which are settings in books, you’re in luck. The good people of Edinburgh City Libraries have produced an ‘Edinburgh in fiction’ interactive map, using Google’s fine mapping facility. Pretty damn good it is too, and very well thought out. Locations are marked with the cover of the relevant book, and clicking on that cover reveals further information. I can only imagine how much work has gone into this. The people behind it deserve a big cream bun, or suchlike. ::via Hannah Freeman, over at The Guardian: Books website.

A minute with Andrey Kurkov – Fans of Andrey Kurkov might want to get themselves over to the Telegraph website, where the indomitable Boyd Tonkin is in a one minute conversation with the Ukrainian novelist. During the interview, Kurkov declares Knut Hamsun to be his favourite author. What can I say, the man has exquisite taste :).

How to get your kid to read? – Over at the Publishing Perspective website, Edward Nawotka asks the question that everyone seems to be scratching their heads to at the moment – how do you inspire your children to read? Personally, I don’t have an answer. I think having at least one parent in the house who’s passionate about reading, helps. But even at that – in my experience at least – it’s like drawing teeth. Maybe you have better advice for Edward (and maybe I will too when I think on it for a bit)

‘Book Bites’bringing you tasty bite-size morsels of bookish news and delight, from around the web.
About Rob

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. I don’t have children of my own, but since they were born I have given all of my nieces and nephew books and when I have the chance to visit I read to them. My oldest niece is now nine and a very avid reader; since her parents aren’t big readers themselves I like to take a little bit of credit.

    Love the Edinburgh literary map — must bookmark for future use 🙂

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      And so you should take the credit, Suzanne. It sounds like you shaped a reader there. Great job *sobs*

  2. stujallen (Twitter: stujallen)

    I buy nieces and nephews books and know my sis in law reads with her son every night which is good ,I ve new Kurkov be starting it next week I think ,all the best stu