Book Empire Vol. 05

All the book news you need to know, on a need-to-know basis.

We understand how busy you are and how difficult it is to keep up with all the book news that’s being thrown at you every day. To make your life a little easier, we’ll compound the most important bits into 1 blog post every week, exactly telling you what you need to know. Please don’t worry your pretty little head about the possibility of propaganda or censorship. We’ll do that for you.


Gary Shteyngart and his new book Little Failure are taking over the internet.
Read a comic interview here, a regular interview here, a review here and watch the book trailer with James Franco here or just google his name.

Dutch book-concern Polare is in trouble. They were no longer able to pay their bills to Het Centraal Boekhuis, the Dutch distributor of ALL the books. It’s no longer Barnes & Noble who’s in trouble. The book-recession is hitting home!
Luckily they seem to have solved the problem already.

On the 20th of January there will be another FEAST, hosted by De Makers van Rotterdam. Five ideas originating from Rotterdam will be pitched during a nice dinner at RAAF and the winner will go home with the proceeds of the night. We got our starting capital for our Free Library this way and it’s great if you have an idea or want to be involved in the happenings of Rotterdam.
So join us for dinner and also find out how our library is doing.

Even the Wall Street Journal is bookclubbing! The WSJ book club will be lead by world-famous authors picking their favourite books each month. The first one will be Elizabeth Gilbert from the spiritual hit-wonder Eat, Pray, Love, but other auteurs like Neil Gaiman and Gillian Flynn are already patiently awaiting their turn.
If you can’t get enough of book clubs, you can give this a try.

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