Episode 81: World Cup Babble–2014 Edition

Jul 10, 2014 by

Bookbabble Episode 81: World Cup Babble

Recorded 7 July 2014

Babblers: Bjorn, Marcel, Donny

Synopsis: Bjorn, Marcel and Donny get together for a World Cup chat, a repeat of something the 3 of them did exactly 4 years ago. Besides spending half the podcast talking about the games leading up to the semi-finals, the gang also manages to pick books from each of the 4 semi-finalists: Brazil, Germany, Netherlands and Argentina. The picks would surprise you.

Show Length: 1:22:13

Sports Links

The German Team

  • Uwe Timm, “Die Entdeckung der Currywurst” (translated into English by Leila Vennewitz as “The Invention of Curried Sausage”)
  • Uwe Timm, “Morenga” (translated into English by Breon Mitchell)
  • Dishonorable mention: Gerhard Seyfried’s bestselling novels about colonialist Germany

The Brazilian Team

  • Clarice Lispector, “The Stream of Life”
  • Carmen L. Oliveira, “Rare and commonplace flowers – the story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares”
  • Elizabeth Bishop, “Questions of Travel”

The Argentinian Team

  • Julio Cortazar, “Hopscotch”
  • Borges
  • Nathan Englander, “The Ministry of Special Cases”
  • German Kratochwil, “Das Scherbengericht”

The Dutch Team

  • Hugo Claus, “The Sorrow of Belgium” (not actually Dutch)
  • Maarten t’Hart – “Het psalmenoproer”
  • Harry Mulisch – The Assault

Bonus: The Spanish Team

  • Alberto Mendez – Blind Sunflowers
  • Isaac Rosa – The Invisible Hand

SF recommendations not mentioned on the actual show

 

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Retro Episodes–Episode 76: Conversation with Daphne Lee

Jan 27, 2014 by

Bookbabble (Retro) Episode 76: Conversation with Daphne Lee
Recorded 20 Sept  2010
Babblers: Bjorn, Donny with guest Daphne Lee

Synopsis:

Bjorn and Donny speaks with children’s literature columnist, writer and editor Daphne Lee from Malaysia. Daphne is the Publishing Editor of OneRedFlower Press and an Editorial Consultant for Scholastic Malaysia. She kindly joins us to discuss a variety of topics related to children’s literature, including some of the favourites.

 

Show Length: 1:03:32

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Retro Episodes – Episode 77: The Futility of Nobel Speculations

Jan 26, 2014 by

Bookbabble (Retro) Episode 77: The Futility of Nobel Speculations
Recorded 3 Oct 2010
Babblers: Bjorn, Lone, Marcel, Donny

Synopsis:

This episode was very long in production. The subject matter required many years of marinating, for the ideas to germinate, etc, etc. The crew discusses the Nobel Prize for Literature… for 2010. 🙂

p.s None of us were even close. Mario Vargas Llosa was the winner. Hey, it hardly counts as a spoiler when it’s almost 4 years ago.

Show Length: 58:29

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Social Bookbabble

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Doing a little more in the social media front. I’ve been adding lots of stories I’ve been reading to the Bookbabble Twitter feed, so if you’ve not subscribed to it yet, go to twitter.com/Bookbabbleshow and do it now!

Also, there’s some activity brewing over at the Goodreads Bookbabble group. You can add books to the Bookbabble bookshelf there, and books that we cover on the show will be added to the bookshelf as well, so that if there are any discussions you can spawn it there.

Go ahead and check it out, please let us know any feedback if you have any.

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Episode 80: Fifty Shades of Lars

Sep 16, 2012 by

Bookbabble Episode 80: Fifty Shades of Lars
Recorded 5 August 2012
Babblers: Renee, Lars, Donny

Synopsis:

Lars finally returns from outer space after many years. And just in time, too, for Renee and Donny’s take of the smash hit Fifty Shades of Grey. And ‘smash hit’ as in being thoroughly smashed to bits, that is. Also, a quick on on JK Rowling’s new book, and a spot of badminton.

Show Length: 1:00:00

Show Notes:

  • Hilarious Fifty Shades of Grey Review
  • Slender Man
  • Marble Hornets, Tribe Twelve, Everyman hybrid
  • Jeff the Killer
  • IT, Stephen King
  • The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling
  • Dr Who!
  • HBO’s Game of Thrones

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