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)