Cyberspace is filled with plenty of things for book lovers. Every Sunday I will share some of the best things I have found. Just click the links to be swept away, but please remember to come back.
Last Thursday was World Book Day, the day where children all over the United Kingdom dress up as their favourite literary character. My youngest daughter dressed as Wally (known in the US as Waldo, and in France he is Charlie) from those fun Where’s Wally books. My eldest daughter dressed as Liesel Meminger, the main character from The Book Thief.
One child however, hit the headlines here in the UK when he dressed up as Christian Grey,from the 50 Shades of Grey books, complete with cable ties and bondage mask.
Almost as worrying as the boy’s choice of costume was the fact that his mother couldn’t understand why the school banned her son from pictures and ordered him to get changed.
Read the full article and watch a video interview with the boy and his mother on The Guardian website
Kazuo Ishiguro‘s latest release The Buried Giant, has divided reviewers, and his fans because it is a fantasy novel. Personally, I don’t see what all the fuss is about. His last novel was science fiction, and the one before that was a mystery novel, and I am sure it will be at least long-listed for the Booker Prize (as all his novels are).
Dutch photographer Reinier Gerritsen has been photographing in the New York subway since 2008. Around 2011, he began to notice that something was changing. As each year passed, more and more people were abandoning printed books in favour of smartphones and tablets. (Or Kindles like myself, though it has been known to see me reading a traditional book).
He began to document the phenomenon by photographing people reading books on the New York subway. The BBC has documented Gerritsen’s wonderful art project with this short film.