Bibliophile is back! After a humidity-induced hiatus, we’re back in full flow and coming at you across the airwaves (that’s how podcasts work, right?).
In this episode, we discuss racist horror novels, space operas set on ice planets (In space! On ice!), and New York utopian fiction covered in gorgeous gold foil! We also chat about our reaction to the Booker Longlist, and raise more questions than ever: can David get through a review without being contrarian? Can Julie avoid getting egg on her face? Is crank a sensual word??
Our book recommendations:
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie Song of Kali by Dan Simmons The Heavens by Sandra Newman The Hiding Game by Naomi Wood Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury Groundings with my Brothers by Walter Rodney Rebel Cities by David Harvey
Testaments by Margaret Atwood Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Wall by John Lanchester The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma Lanny by Max Porter Quichotte by Salman Rushdie 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson
Wendy Erskine’s debut collection of short stories Sweet Home is a gorgeous, melancholy, and deeply evocative exploration of daily life in East Belfast. Fans of her work for the longest time, we were delighted to welcome her to Golden Hare Books as part of our Book Fringe line up. Wendy chatted to our very own manager Julie Danskin about the writing process, her interest in the underdog, and what she feels the short story genre offers, in what was a generous, honest, and insightful discussion about the mechanics and impetuses of fiction.
Our very first Book Fringe 2019 event at Golden Hare Books may well have broken records. The seats were filled by 6pm, the room was full by 6:15pm, and by the time the talk started at 6:30pm, personal space had become a thing of the past!
It’s a testament to Nan Shepherd’s incredible legacy, the stunning new edition of The Living Mountain published by Canongate, and the popularity of the folks at Have You Ever? who recorded the event as part of their podcast, that everyone braved the queues and rising heat to hear about Shepherd’s gorgeous volume of seminal nature writing.
August is upon us once again and with it the return of Book Fringe! We’re extremely excited about this year’s Fringe, and we’re sure that our lineup will have you racing to both Lighthouse Book and Golden Hare Books for these completely free events! And with no tickets, there’s no need to book!
Golden Hare staff offer their favourite novels of the year for consideration for the Not the Booker Prize…
We were recently approached by The Guardian to offer one pick for the Not the Booker Prize. Our pick will be put forward as one of six choices on the final shortlist but we thought we’d let you in on our individual picks before we whittle them down to Golden Hare’s final nomination.
As usual, we all had completely different opinions before we manage to settle on one glorious nominee. Below are our picks, straight from the pens/keyboards of the Golden Hare team!
Being aware of your “privilege” has become a go-to phrase in modern anti-racist discourse, especially in reference to ignorant white people blundering into discussions they might not be as qualified for as they imagine. But how many of us understand what “white fragility” is? Our bookseller David finds out!
Setting out to show white people what their white fragility actually entails, author Robin DiAngelo skillfully shows that other ethnic groups understand exactly how white fragility works (and the results aren’t pretty). DiAngelo uses examples from her long experience as a consultant on racial issues to show that the way white people usually think of racism is completely wrong and actually bolsters the racism in our societies.
Golden Hare manager Julie and bookseller David were recently asked for their summer read recommendations by The Observer newspaper. While being superstar-level famous types is part of a normal day at Golden Hare, we thought we’d share this one for those looking for some compelling holiday reads!
You can find the Observer article here or, if you want to get a little more detail for each recommendation, continue reading below…