Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Local Literary Feature with Chris Aikman @ccaikman

The Man Booker Prize was awarded to George Saunders for 'Lincoln in the Bardo'.  This novel was the favourite to win the prestigious prize, and it was Saunders' first novel.  Saunders previously has only written short stories.  The novel is about US President Abraham Lincoln visiting the tomb of his young son. 

Another prize of the literary world that was awarded recently was the Nobel Prize for Literature, which went ot Kazuo Ishiguro on the 5th October.  Kazuo Ishiguro is best known for novels such as 'Remains of the Day' (which won the Man Booker Prize), 'Never Let Me Go' and 'The Buried Giant.'  

Another topic discussed was how 17% of eBooks are pirated- a figure amounting to about 4 million books.  Authors such as Maggie Stiefvater and Samantha Shannon have been speaking out about the dangers of piracy, highlighting that if sales are low, then authors might stop writing altogether. 

Chris' Books of the Month:
Fiction- 'Winter' by Ali Smith.
This is the second novel in Smith's Seasonal cycle, and has been billed as a 'Brexit' novel.  Its themes include 'post-truth', love, and winter.  It is published by Penguin.

Non-Fiction- "Tamed- Ten Species that Changed our World" by Professor Alice Roberts
Professor Robert's latest book is about ten familiar species whom humans have tamed, and how domestication has changed them and how they became essential to our survival.

Professor Roberts is speaking at the Alban Arena on Monday 13th November.  Tickets are available here.

More Local Literary Events:
Speakers at the Chorleywood Literary Festival include-

Henry Blofeld (Friday 10th November),
Adam Kay (Saturday 11th November),
Gordon Brown (Monday 13th November)
Billy Vunipola (Thursday 16th November)

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