Archive for October, 2013

Congrats to Alice Munro! Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature


Alice Munro, often called the Chekov of our times, a true master of the short story. Her stories are complex, moving and insightful – a reminder of the dramas embedded in the lives of everyday people. Congrats! Here, a trio of links to celebrate.

Munro revisits her childhood and her mother’s illness.

When my mother was dying, she got out of the hospital somehow, at night, and wandered around town until someone who didn’t know her at all spotted her and took her in. If this were fiction, as I said, it would be too much, but it is true.

A short story by Munro, “Queenie.” Want more? There’s a bookshop I know of.

Her Art of Fiction Q and A.

It’s something I never would have been able to think of losing twenty years ago—the faith, the desire. I suppose it’s like when you don’t fall in love anymore. But you can put up with that because falling in love has not really been as necessary as something like this. I guess that’s why I keep doing it. Yes, I don’t stop for a day. It’s like my walk every day. My body loses tone now in a week if I don’t exercise. The vigilance has to be there all the time. Of course it wouldn’t matter if you did give up writing. It’s not the giving up of the writing that I fear. It’s the giving up of this excitement or whatever it is that you feel that makes you write.




New coffee specials!

Put this…

…in this.

Coffee’s pretty great. Now it’s about to get better.

The Bookworm has a whole bunch of new French presses and a variety of new coffee blends to brew them to perfection in.

We are glad to start with a very special coffee selection for this month:

–          Ethiopian Yergacheffee, a smooth and very rich coffee, full of flowery aromas and the clear slightly sweet body likewise hides notes of buttery cream

–          Costa Rica Tarrazu Colibri, smooth with sweet mix of grain and almond flavors with a strong chocolate aftertaste

–          Colombian Huila Supremo, Medium acidity, rich nut and sweet fruit flavors, with a clean dark chocolate on the finish

Enjoy any of them in a French press. Comes in two sizes.

Single (350ml) 50rmb.

Double (700ml) 90rmb, because there is no such thing as two much coffee.

And as a bonus! This:

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