First things, first: Happy Weekend! It thrills me to no end to be able to say that. I’m not sure if we should blame the full moon, or what–but we seemed to be stuck in a time warp. In the words of Navin R. Johnson (The Jerk): “The first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. And the third day seemed like a week again and the fourth day seemed like eight days . . . ”
But, I digress . . .
Here are a few bookish news items for the week. If you’re short on time and can’t look into them all, I’d definitely start with the link for Anders Burius. It leads to a post on the The Association for Research Into Crimes Against Art blog–which is quite intriguing.
The Long list for the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced. You might want to add a title or two (or thirteen) to your reading list. As Jonathan Ruppin, Web editor of Foyles says, “There are many writers here whose sales have previously not matched their talents, so readers have a wonderful opportunity to discover new favourites, authors they’ll be reading for years to come.”
Between 1995 and 204, some fifty-six books were stolen from the Swedish National Library by the chief of the manuscripts department, Anders Burius (in a twist of irony, he was entrusted with enforcing increased security measures). Next week, the US will be returning two of those books.
Jane Austen is the next face of the £10 note. In addition to her portrait, the note includes a quote from Miss Bingley (Pride and Prejudice), “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” Best banknote ever.
Just in case you’re wondering if that book you are reading was written by J.K. Rowling, Yahoo News suggests 15 signs.
Check out these lovely, wee books.