In Episode 7 of Bookish, Shane (Blackbird Books, Navan) and Bob (Gutter Bookshop, Temple Bar & Dalkey) belatedly usher in the New Year with a first podcast of 2016.
Firstly, we were mulling over the intriguing possibilities of people downloading Bookish in exotic places around the world. Do send us a tweet to tell us where in the world you are (a pic would be great but GPS co-ordinates are not required…!) – we’ll dig out a prize for Most Far-Flung Listener Location.
– As Philip Pullman steps down as patron of the Oxford Literary Festival over the festival’s policy of not paying writers to appear at the festival, we consider whether authors should be paid for festival appearances, or whether the “publicity and exposure” of a festival appearance is a justifiable substitute.
– We’ve all seen books along the lines of Sparkly Princess Stories For Girls or The Boys’ Book of Dangerous Mayhem, but their days may be numbers as another children’s publisher calls time on gender labelling.
– Also in children’s books, Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree has become the first book for younger readers in more than a decade to win the overall Costa Book of the Year in the UK. Children’s books account for up to a third of the book-buying market but get less than 5% of the newspaper review space (UK figures), so it’s high time they started getting better representation, and the surprise success for The Lie Tree is a welcome step along that road.
– Book Club Pick: Dinosaurs on Other Planets by Danielle McLaughlin. Bob and Shane pick through this Irish writer’s debut short story collection, published late last year by The Stinging Fly Press.
– Trilogy: Publisher, blogger and podcast networker Andrew Mangan is a late replacement in the hot-seat for our guest slot, where he talks about the long-term effects of Stephen King, Tom Sharpe and Flann O’Brien.
– Each month Second Look offers a book that we think was unjustly overlooked on publication and deserving of a wider audience. This month, it’s Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk by American writer Ben Fountain
– We wrap up with our pick of new books both just hitting the shelves (Bob) and coming later this year (Shane).
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