François Monti quoted in The New Yorker!

Dec 15, 2009 by

François, who’ve guested on Bookbabble a couple of times now, have been quoted in a piece by The New Yorker entitled “Translate This Book!”.  The piece highlights the effort by Quarterly Conversation.

… the literary review Quarterly Conversation polled a wide variety of translators, writers, editors, and publishers to find out which books they thought were in most urgent need of translation. The list of their recommendations has now been published as “Translate This Book!

François was plugging Pierre Senges’s “Fragments de Lichtenberg”.

So, heartiest congratulations, buddy!

Go read the article from The New Yorker here.

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Bookbabble Guest Glenda Larke Nominated for An Aurealis Award for The Last Stormlord

Dec 7, 2009 by

I’m very happy and excited that Glenda Larke, who’ve guested at Bookbabble a couple of times now, has been nominated for an Aurealis Award for her latest novel The Last Stormlord!

For those unfamiliar with the awards, here’s an intro taken from the website:

The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 by Chimaera Publications, the publishers of Aurealis magazine, to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Check out the complete list of nominees joining her in the Best Fantasy Novel category:

  • Peter M. Ball, Horn, Twelfth Planet Press
  • Trudi Canavan, Magician’s Apprentice, Orbit
  • K.E. Mills, Witches Incorporated, HarperVoyager
  • K.J. Taylor, The Dark Griffin, HarperVoyager
  • Glenda Larke, The Last Stormlord, HarperVoyager

A complete list of nominees for this and other categories can be found here.

Crossing our fingers and toes, Glenda! 🙂

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Bookbabble Episode 53: There’s A Sequel For This?

Nov 29, 2009 by

Bookbabble Episode 53: There’s A Sequel For This?

Recorded 16 Nov 2009
Babblers: Bjorn, Marcel, Renee, Donny


We are so agreeable with each other on this episode.  The group clobbers each other with this one: should classic works have sequels?  What would we consider as a sequel?  Which ones were good, not good, and shouldn’t have been written in the first place?  Dracula, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Gone with the Wind, Winnie the Pooh, JD Salinger, Shakespeare and many others get dragged into this debate.


Show Length:  2:00:17 mins







Download the show here.

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Literature Festival in Copenhagen

Oct 22, 2009 by

This year Copenhagen is celebrating literature for a whole week in November, starting the 6th with libraries and local community centres opening up their doors all over town.  “København læser” (Copenhagen reads) is an event, which is free of charge with writers and critics sharing their love for literature.

The big annual book fair, Bogforum, will officially be declared open on Friday the 13th of November at 10.15 by the famous author Per Olov Enquist.  If you cannot wait, then Bogforum, together with the Royal Library, has made a pre-opening event on Thursday evening with the British writer Monica Ali.  The event is a part of the Royal Library’s “International Forfatter Scene” (International Author Scene), where they invite international authors to talks filmed by the Danish national TV.

The actual Bogforum takes place in the heart of Copenhagen and is open to the general public with books on any subject to content your heart.  Like book fairs all over world, you will be able to find all the newly published books about philosophy, psychology, religion, history and politics, cookery, health-and-body care, and of course fiction for children and the adult reader!

On the various stages you will be able to meet Danish writers who you may already be familiar with as their books have been translated into many European languages.  Maybe Merete Pryds Helle, Ida Jessen, Svend Åge Madsen, Anders Bodelsen, or Dorrit Willumsen ring a bell?  If not, now is your chance to expand your knowledge the literature and the many different writers from Denmark.

If you are more interested in politics, then perhaps the former editor from the German “Der Spiegel”, Stefan Aust may get your attention with his book about “Rote Armee Fraktion”?  Or could a discussion about the challenges of the multicultural society in the West between the editor of the Danish national newspaper “Politiken”, Thøger Seidenfaden and Rune Engelbreth Larsen spark your interest?

You could also listen to a talk between Margrete Auken and her daughter Ida Auken, about their book “Dig, mig og Gud” which deals with faith and God. Both are members of the Danish parliament and Margrete is a priest where as Ida Auken has a masters in theology.

Or perhaps you are more into gardening and would love to hear what Camilla Plum, author of “Camillas Havebog”, has to share with Denmark’s “grand old man” of gardening, Søren Ryge Petersen? Camilla Plum is famous for a food show set on her farm, where she cooks with vegetables from her own garden. She has also published several cookbooks.

A more exotic part of Denmark is in focus, when the author Kim Leine talks about his new book “Tunu”, which gives you access to the tough circle of life in Greenland where people live closely with the facts of death and nature.

If you have small children and no babysitter in sight, then there is no reason why you should not bring them along. They could meet the very talented artist and writer Peter Madsen, who shows his drawings and talks about his and Sissel Bøe’s new series of children books “Troldeliv” and the making of his comic book “Valhalla”.  Or get entertained on the stage for children, by the funny duo Michael Wikke and Steen Rasmussen, who are well established as makers of family oriented films. Or they could listen to another well known writer and filmmaker, Kim Fupz Aakeson telling the story about the boy Vitello.  There will be many competitions for the children of various ages all over the fair.

The list of subjects, authors and writers is long and diverse and I haven’t even mentioned all the different crime writers yet!

The highlights of the foreign writers must be the invasion from the British isles;  Robert Goddard, Sadie Jones, Susan Moody, Paul Sussman, Tabish Khair, Raymond Khoury and Roddy Doyle. 
Or could the Americans Colin Harrison, Liza Mundy, Donald Spoto be more to your preference? 
Or maybe you think the large group of Scandinavian writers are the highlights; From Norway Karin Fossum, Jan Kjærstad, Anne B. Ragde, Helene Uri, From Sweden Per Olov Enquist, Jan Guillou, Camilla Läckberg, Klas Östergren, and from Iceland Einar Már Gudmundsson?

Whatever you like to read, or enjoy hearing, you are sure to find something familiar, something new and something to rock your boat at the Copenhagen book fair!

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Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice Reviewed

Aug 6, 2009 by

The new book from the elusive but wildly popular (well, if you swim in the literary circles) Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice, has been out for 2 days (already!).  The web isn’t awash with reviews of the book, as far as I know, but one of the places that does have one up is on Slate. 

Check it out here.

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Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes – Official Trailer

May 19, 2009 by

It has been too long, I must admit.  I apologize for that, and I shall make amends.  Starting with this piece of news that got me all sweaty-browed with anticipation: Sherlock Holmes is almost upon us.  The soon-to-be-released showpiece directed by Guy Ritchie stars Robert Downey Jr as the titular character, and Jude Law as Dr Watson.

When the news broke that this film was being made, I was ecstatic, then cautious.  Bob and Jude are hardly the Holmes and Watson of my memories.  However, as Hollywood is wont to do, what we know and love is ‘rebooted’, and made accessible to a more modern audience.

The bad news is the film isn’t out yet for me to pan or praise. The good news is the trailer is, indeed, out.

I’m undecided yet whether I like my Sherlock Holmes so James Bond-ish.

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