Footnotes, April 2022: Book links from around the web
At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.
- What will we be reading next year? Here are the five biggest trends from the London book fair.
- In some countries, children as young as four learn to read and write. In others, they don’t start until seven. So what is the best age to learn to read?
- Speaking of young readers, children’s favourite The Velveteen Rabbit turns 100 this year.
- And kids again: The science is in: Reading the same books to your child over and over makes them smarter (!).
- Robert Downey Jr turns author with (massive eyeroll) book on climate conscious eating habits.
- Meanwhile, Ukrainian translator, novelist, and essayist Sergiy Zhadan has held a launch for his new book – in a bomb shelter in Kharkiv.
- Can you pass this reading test designed for 10-year-olds?
- A miniature unpublished manuscript written by Charlotte Brontë when she was 13 years old is to go on sale for … $1.25 million.
- The odds are in, and Sally Rooney has zero chance of winning the Pulitzer this year.
- Nearly 40 years ago, Hugh Hefner’s former personal butler wrote a memoir about his time working at the Playboy Mansion. The book has remained unpublished – until now.
- Amy Winehouse’s library will be on display at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair – and the collection holds some surprises.
- Since it changed to become an award for a single title, the International Booker Prize’s effect on book sales has been profound.
- A new book explores the forgotten (to some) movement to reclaim Africa’s stolen art.
- ‘I have an ideal writing routine that I’ve never experienced, which is to have, say, nine uninterrupted days when I wouldn’t have to leave the house or take phone calls.’ – Read Toni Morrison on her writing routine.