‘Book Bites’ for Monday 1st October 2012

Skip the Paris Cafés And Get a Good Pen - A few days ago novelist and short story writer Mark Helprin offered some sound and gloriously writing advice of a retro nature, in the Wall Street Journal's Word Craft column. Aside from advocating the use … [Read more...]

Have you got what it takes to join the League of Extraordinary Booklovers?

If you're a voracious reader and you're based in Scotland, then you might be exactly the person that the Scottish Book Trust are looking for. Running in support of the first ever Book Week Scotland - which runs from 26th November to 2nd December 2012 … [Read more...]

Edinburgh Book Festival to launch global writers’ conference

Potentially, the most ambitious and impactful event of this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival will be a series of discussions run in partnership with the British Council. These discussions - which will open with a keynote speech delivered … [Read more...]

2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival set to be biggest yet

The 2012 Edinburgh International Book Festival was launched yesterday in the oppulent surroundings of the Signet Library in Parliment Square, Edinburgh. Festival Director, Nick Barley promises that this year's Book Festival will be a 'showcase for … [Read more...]

Waterstones 11 for 2012 unveiled

The selection for year's Waterstones 11 was announced earlier this week (Thursday 19th), at a reception at Waterstones’ flagship store in Piccadilly. Created to recognise and promote the best in debut novels for the year that lies ahead, there is … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Wednesday 7th September 2011

Meet Charles Mysak, cigar-puffing bookseller extraordinaire - I've always been a fan of strong real-life characters, and there are certainly plenty of those in the wonderful world of books. Take cigar-puffing Charles Mysak, who has sold books on the … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Tuesday 6th September 2011

Man Booker shortlist announced - Although I'm not a fan of the unfair amount of coverage it gets, I'm always interested to see what books make it on to the Man Booker shortlist every year. You may remember that the longlist announcement caused quite … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Monday 29th August 2011

Taking Murakami to the stage - The Economist has a nice little write up on the new Haruki Murakami play which has been taking Edinburgh by storm this past week. Adapted from Murakami's novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Stephen Earnhart's adaptation … [Read more...]

‘Book Bites’ for Saturday 13th August 2011

Readers like spoilers - According to researchers at U.C. San Diego people prefer to know how a story ends before they read it. A team at the university ran three separate experiments using twelve short stories - from the likes of Chekhov, Updike, and … [Read more...]

‘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 … [Read more...]