Every year since 1932 the Netherlands has encouraged reading with Boekenweek, a celebration of literature marked with literary festivals, book signings and literary events across the country.
The new book club will centre on a different theme each month, but will keep up its feminist under-theme throughout the book club. The first Book Club theme will be magic, astrology and women of the zodiac and will take place on March 24th.
The fair is now in its fifth year but the first Frome book fair was organised by Karen Jakobsen, owner of Bond Books of Sturminster Newton who specialises in 20th Century art and design. She will be at this year’s fair offering a selection of books on Andy Warhol. The other two fair organisers Peter Foster, and Thais Brand opened the Frome Bookshop, an independent second-hand bookstore at 18 King Street, Frome in May 2018 with fellow book-dealer Noel Crack.
The event began with Boyne briefly outlining the novel, the tale of wannabe writer Maurice Swift who will do anything to make himself a famous writer including begging, borrowing and stealing stories. This was then followed by a brilliant reading from the book by the author himself which drew me in and made me want to read the book all the more.
Kit told John that she had greatly enjoyed A Ladder to the Sky, listening to the audiobook, narrated by Richard E. Grant, she was so gripped she didn’t want to get out the car to do her food shopping. Read More
To celebrate the week, a library in Rumford, Maine created a display featuring books that have, and continue to be, banned in various parts of the world. As you can imagine, books focusing on the topic of same-sex relationships are heavily censored, and thus the display featured several LGBT books such as Kabi Nagata’s My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness and David Lev’s Two Boys Kissing. Both books have been released to great acclaim from critics but also face heavy resistance, with Two Boys Kissing being the fifth most banned book of 2016. Read More
The study was conducted by data collection provider QRS research and it shows that the festival generated a whopping £25.8 million in the local area in 2018, more than 25% higher than in 2016.
As The BookSeller reports, the week long event will see book related activities take place across Ireland with the focus being on celebrating Irish books and writers who have played an important role in shaping Irish culture. Read More