Oxford fiction

Following on from the previous post about fiction set in Oxford, how about reading The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martinez? Here is an example of where the book is better than the film. This is from a review by Marcus du Sautoy in the Guardian at the time of publication: In The Oxford Murders, mathematical symbols … Continue reading

Bringing reading to life

It’s brilliant to see children meet their favourite author or illustrator: it creates such a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and of course they come up with some great questions!   You can immediately tell that it helps reading come alive for them. OUP children’s authors and illustrators are taking part in a series of events as part of the … Continue reading

United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO

There is a nice article on Oxford’s bid on the website for the UK National Comission for UNESCO –  http://www.unesco.org.uk/oxford_bids_for_unesco_world_book_capital . Really pleased to have the Commission’s backing for the bid!  

The joy of reading

There is a wonderful little book by Ann Fadiman called Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader – a series of essays about her love of books. In one chapter, ‘The Catalogical Imperative’, she describes devouring even a mail-order catalogue or the Yellow Pages when there is no other reading matter around. If you think that’s … Continue reading

The Bid Goes in TODAY!

To mark it members of the World Book Capital Steering Committee will be giving books in Oxford in various locations for World Book Night!

World Book Night goes international

Most of you will no doubt now be familiar with World Book Night, a great event held with the wonderful intention to spread the love for books and reading. Supported by the entire UK publishing community, book lovers have the chance to sign up for being a book giver and choose their favourite title from … Continue reading

Did you know that…

Oxford is a literary city through and through – nobody could ever doubt that. But did you know that… … Oxford is the city with the most published authors per square mile? … Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is the 3rd bestselling novel in the world with over 150 million copies sold; The Hobbit … Continue reading

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 6

This 30 Day Book Challenge has gone on for approximately 2.5 months now and we’re only on Day 6! I’m hoping to wrap it up before the holidays! If anyone knows of other 30 Day Book Challenge lists, go ahead and email them to me at worldbookcapital@gmail.com and I’ll post them up. It’s always nice … Continue reading

Video Experiment with the SYP

Disclaimer: I have to admit a flaw. We live in such a visual world where images and video and interactivity challenge the written word daily. (Although there are some notable written word exceptions such as The House of Leaves.) I had high hopes of creating some fun videos to share all the interesting literary events … Continue reading

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