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booklit’s best of 2008

As the year ends with an unexpected reading slump, I know that I’m not going to get any new books written up before the end of the year, so feel that I can list my top ten reads for 2008.… continue reading »

Alasdair Gray @ Waterstone’s 6th-Nov-2008

A great deal of my reading tends to involve works from all over the world. Places as far flung as Japan, Hungary, and Mexico. Rarely does it occur to me to dig around the literature concerning home. It may, in… continue reading »

Neal Stephenson @ Waterstone’s 15-Oct-2008

Situated on Sauchiehall Street, bang in the centre of Glasgow, is my favourite Waterstone’s store. There, on the first floor, safe from the hordes hovering around the promotional tables, one can find a mix of displays, regularly imaginative. Recent displays… continue reading »

Yoko Tawada @ Goethe Institut 09-Oct-2008

Tucked away in the west end of Glasgow there’s a building that I’ve known about for a while but never taken the time to visit. It’s the Goethe Institut,  promoting the German language abroad. One way in which it achieves… continue reading »

World Literature Forum

In my love of books I’ve been a member of many book related communities on the web these past five years. Most of these tend to be general book forums, encompassing as much as possible. To me, this can lack… continue reading »

Dedalus Books Announce New Sponsorship

You may remember back in January that a petition was created to help save Dedalus Books form losing its Arts Council funding. Despite almost 2,000 signatories the funding, which amounted to £24,958 a year, was pulled and the small publisher… continue reading »

Saving Dedalus Books – A Petition

British independent publisher, Dedalus Books, are, after twenty-five years in existence, threatened with closure due to the withdrawal of Arts Council of England funding. This is due to cuts announced recently which would see about two hundred companies across England… continue reading »

The Greatest British Writers Since 1945?

Erica Wagner, in the Times, announced a list of the greatest post-war British writers as a nice way of seeing in the new year with a discussion that’s certain to provoke all round disagreement, due to notable inclusions and exclusions.… continue reading »

booklit’s Best Of 2007

I sometimes feel that best of lists come too early and in the case of picking a best of list for 2007, many book bloggers seem to have compiled theirs already. I’m always optimistic that the next read will be… continue reading »

booklit in 2008

Happy New Year! I’m going to try something a little different with booklit in 2008, as I’m aware that depending on the book I’m reading, a considerable number of days can pass with little-to-no activity. That, and I feel I… continue reading »

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