The Bibliophile's Adventurers Club

Exemplars of bookish delight

Friday Field Notes 110813

Samuel Beckett's First Novel "Murphy" at Shoteby's Sale Samuel Beckett’s first major work

I’m with Peter Damien (Book Riot, below), there’s just something magical about a handwritten manuscript. Not only is it fun to see a favorite work before it was published, but it’s intriguing to see the how the author works. And let’s not forget about the encouragement. Seems even famous sorts have moments where they are unsure where to go next with their writing. So they doodle. With that, take heart you 286, 119 brave pilgrims, furiously attempting to pen a novel for NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month)!

Now, a few bookish bits from the week . . .

98 publishers in the UK go out of business thanks to ebooks and discounts. I can’t even talk about.

Book Riot features Handwritten Manuscripts You can Read Online.’ In the words of Dr. Seuss, ‘If you haven’t, you should; these things are fun, and fun is good.’

On a brighter note, congratulations to Lynn Coady for winning Canada’s Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection, ‘Hellgoing.’

That last bit would annoy Ann Patchett. How do I know? Well, I read so in A Brief Interview with Ann Patchett via Huff Post.
Favorite literary tweet of the week . . .
Don’t miss out on being part of the the best and ‘most successful crowd-funding campaign of all time.’ (Also, Happy Birthday to McSweeney’s!)
Favorite literary tweet of the week . . .
From The Millions: “I’m not a big fan of my books going on cross-country road trips. They get arrogant . . .” – George Saunders [source]

1 Comment

  1. I’m so torn on the publisher vs. Amazon battle that’s going on – on one hand, I side with small, local businesses but on the other, Amazon’s used book selection is really the best and is the only thing able to keep up with my voracious reading appetite. What do you think?

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