Monthly Archives: June 2009

Carnegie Medal Winner 2009

Siobhan Dowd has posthumously won The Carnegie Medal, the most prestigious prize in children’s literature, for her book, Bog Child. In May last year, Siobhan Dowd was named one of 25 ‘authors of the future’. Sadly, she died of cancer … Continue reading

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Art prints for the bibliophile by Kimberley Applegate

I’ve just discovered an outstanding artist who has produced several prints that would be attractive to any bibliophile. Her name is Kimberley Applegate. I’ve included five examples of her work to get you interested. Many more can be found on her blog.

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Home libraries

Do you have a home library? If so, this may be the book for you! At Home with Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for Their Libraries by Estelle Ellis, editor, Caroline Seebohm From an elegant, curved modern library … Continue reading

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Internet Book List

A colleague sent me this link and I just had to share it. “The Internet Book List is an online database that was created in March, 2003 by Patrik Roos. The goal at that time was to enter as many … Continue reading

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2009 IMPAC Dublin Award winner

The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner for 2009 is “Man Gone Down” by Michael Thomas. What a coup for a first time author! The award was announced on June 11th and was only the third time the award went to … Continue reading

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The Bellwether Prize

I contribute to another blog through the library where I work. It was on this blog that I first became aware of this relatively new book award. Established in 2000 by novelist Barbara Kingsolver, the Bellwether Prize rewards writers whose … Continue reading

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“The Birth house” by Ami McKay

I attended a library conference last Thursday and had the privilege of hearing the author Ami McKay conduct a session on how she does the research for her historical fiction. I read her first novel “The Birth House” about two … Continue reading

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Arthur Ellis Award winners

Are you more likely to read a novel if it has won an award? Does it have any bearing on your enjoyment of the book? Some maintain that there is a reason why these books have won awards and you … Continue reading

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Orange Prize winner announced

The winner of the 2009 Orange Prize was announced to be Marilynne Robinson for her novel “Home“. Robinson was on hand to accept the £30,000 award (about $52,000 Cdn), which honours the best work of English-language fiction by a female … Continue reading

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Fictional characters that are household names

Some fictional characters’ names have entered the everyday vernacular. Some have even turned into verbs! You’re a real ‘Pollyanna’ ; Can you find it Sherlock? etc. Some of the names are known by readers and non-readers alike mostly due to … Continue reading

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Fiction Database

The Fiction Database touts itself as being “the ultimate reference to fiction published in English”. They are well on their way, but the site still needs some data input and is under construction. I found many broken links. There are … Continue reading

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