The printed book is disappearing with the emergence of the digital age, with e-readers and tablets taking over what used to be cracked book spines and dog-eared pages. Two of France's most prolific bibliophiles, Jean-Claude Carriere and Umberto Eco, take on the future of the book in the digital age.
Presented by the French Institute, the event marks the celebration of the book exploring the future of reading, which was translated into Vietnamese in November of last year.
A second crime novel from Nora Luttmer’s Hanoi-based chief inspector Ly will come to a book store near you from Dec. 9. It will be also sold online as an e-book.
A lot of readers were probably hoping that Haruki Murakami would win this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature mainly because his output is immediately readable and popular. However the various reviewers at Bookworm are over the moon that this year our favourite author got the nod in Stockholm. At the venerable age of 82, and just after she’d announced that she was retiring from writing, Canadian Alice Munro was the perfect choice.
This month, Bookworm’s Truong explores the fictional places that books have made real
VIETNAMESE LANGUAGE BOOKSTORE
2A Le Duan, Q1; 2nd Floor Parkson Center, 35-45 Le Thanh Ton, Q1
Although there are some English-language texts in this modern, well laid out bookstore, the focus here is on all things Vietnamese. Worth checking out, thought, for the occasional gem.
VIETNAMESE / ENGLISH LANGUAGE BOOKSTORE
40 Nguyen Hue, Q1; 60-62 Le Loi, Q1
Selling up a good selection of English language books — in a range of reading areas — this multi-storied bookshop also does stationery, toys and a range of related
158 Pasteur, Q1, Tel: (08) 3823 4990
Second-storey coffeehouse offers a quiet atmosphere to chill out or read from their book-nook collection. Comfortable couch seating, open table space and a cappuccino costs VND40,000.
A new children’s book in the Amara Para series, Global Friendship, has been launched in a celebration of Vietnamese culture and language. A collection of five books that are an A-Z guide to different countries around the world, says the author H Aitoro, “the aim of the book is to teach children about different countries, people, music, flags and introduce them to different languages from the different countries in the book.”
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism revealed last month that Vietnamese people read a mere 0.8 books a year on average.
InNoSense — a journey of love is an art book by author/photographer Nick Langat. As the title indicates, the book describes through photographs a timeless journey of love through 48 countries around the world, from Argentina to Vietnam, experienced by two young men. The book also describes, via poetry, the mystery of the human soul in search of beauty and tenderness, discovering love, ultimately facing death and thus reaching eternal love.