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May Staff Choices

‘Men Without Women’ – Haruki Murakami“This is a collection of seven stories centering around seven men with one thing in common – they’re alone. Each one, through different sets of circumstances, has begun to live a solitary life, be it due to a fault of their own, a death or an unfaithful wife. Each protagonist has his own quirk, a particular interest in something such as cooking or reading and purposely distances himself from others. Murakami, paying homage to one of his inspirations as he is wont to do, lifted the title from Hemingway 1927 collection of the same name in which it is said that men should never put themselves in a position where they could lose someone. Murakami takes this same message and applies it to the modern day with his wry, sarcastic edge.”Fiona

‘I’d Die for You and Other Lost Stories’– F. Scott FitzgeraldThese are quite a departure from Scott’s renowned roaring 20s. These eighteen stories were ‘lost’ until this book, some were physically lost, and some were rejected by publishers and magazines who wished for Fitzgerald’s writing to forever mirror ‘The Great Gatsby’. It’s a collection of darker stories than Scott’s famous works, with many of them being inspired by events in his own life such as his wife Zelda’s institutionalisation and the Great Depression. Each story is accompanied by biographical notes and pictures, giving the reader an insight into Fitzgerald’s turbulent and fascinating life and providing context for each story’s composition. It’s amazing to get new writing from a favourite author who has been dead for 77 years!”Brian


‘Admissions’ – Henry Marsh‘Admissions’ is the second volume of Marsh’s memoir, following on from the wildly successful ‘Do No Harm’. As he is facing the end of his long and illustrious career as a neurosurgeon, Marsh reflects upon encounters with patients in England and the extreme conditions he worked under during his time in Nepal and Ukraine. It is a deeply personal look at the struggle of surgeons, how they deal with the human misery they witness, the overwhelming responsibility they carry and the change in the profession in recent years due to the interference of the NHS. Marsh is frank and humble throughout the book – these characteristics along with his honesty and natural knack for storytelling make it impossible to put down.”  – Emily

 

‘Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art.: The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue’ – Aubrey Powell“This is the complete catalogue of Hipgnosis, the company responsible for the design of album and record covers for the world’s biggest bands, such as Led Zepplin, The Police and AC/DC. The book contains all 372 Hipgnosis covers, including details about them from one of the company’s founders, Aubrey Powel, along with the stories behind their creation. This volume showcases the diversity of acts that Hipgnosis created for, with covers ranging from wacky to downright insane (see: Led Zepplin – ‘Houses of the Holy’). Many of these covers have already gone down as the most iconic in history such as Pink Floyd’s prism for ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ It’s an amazing collection, a great one to have a flick through.” Lisa

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April Staff Choices

East West Street by Philippe Sands
Intended to be an exploration into the mysterious life of Sands’ grandfather, the book turned out to be a blend of memoir and historical commentary as Sands began to unfurl more and more of his grandfather’s story. It’s a fascinating account of the two prosecutors  who christened the concepts of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’ during the Nuremberg Trials. Sands’ impeccable research provides a new and profound insight into the political landscape during World War II. An absolute must-read for the history buffs!– Fiona

 

Descent of Man by Grayson Perry
“This man is so wonderfully unique that he single-handedly makes up for Brexit” – Caitlin Moran
Following on from the 3 part documentary series, ‘All Man’, that Perry filmed for Channel 4, he has further delved into the idea of what masculinity is. He condemns the common tropes and expectations of masculinity, offering a more well-rounded and inclusive understanding of the word. Engaging us from the outset with his notorious wit, Perry provides us with much food for thought and honestly discusses his own experiences with gender issues.– Lisa

 

The Norse Myths by Carolyne Larrington
Norse mythology has inspired so much of modern fantasy with writers from Tolkien to George R. R. Martin drawing from its expansive universe. Carolyne Larrington traces this influence and tells the stories of the Gods and the many facets of their world using extracts translated directly from the Old Norse. Really accessible and easy to read while still containing loads of fascinating information!– Emily

 

To Be a Machine by Mark O’ Connell
This book is the first in-depth exploration of transhumanism – the belief  that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations through science and technology. Mark O’ Connell writes about his meetings with the key figures of the movement and his trips to cryogenics facilities and labs where the aim is to go beyond the current human condition and perhaps even ‘solve’ death. O’ Connell is a complete outsider to the topic and approaches it with an open mind and a relatable (and funny) perspective.– Brian
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SFA Awards 2017 Finalists

We are delighted and excited to be finalists in the service sector for The SFA Awards 2017! The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry. Thank you to everyone for their continued support over the years.

Read more about the awards HERE.

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Vibes & Scribes Feature on New Irish Stamp

The iconic red brick facade of Vibes & Scribes, located at 3 Bridge Street, will be well known to most Corkonians but gracing a stamp of it’s own means the building, and business, will soon be recognised by an international audience.

The preserved building, built circa 1880, was an obvious choice for An Post, due both to the architectural interest of the building itself as well as the beautiful window display and it’s contents.

Vibes & Scribes has been trading in the city for over 23 years, and while the Bridge Street premises began life as a bookshop, the business has since diversified. Vibes & Scribes on Bridge Street now specialises in craft supplies, wool, fabric and millinery supplies, while the new and used bookshops are located at 21 Lavitt’s Quay.

We are so honoured to have been chosen as one of only four shops featured on the stamps. Thanks to An Post and all our loyal customers.

The Irish Shop Fronts stamps are available now from most post offices and online at irishstamps.ie.

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The Bookshop Band In-Store Concert & Album Launch

ChWxflEWUAAEBDTWe’re delighted to be welcoming The Bookshop Band to our shop on Friday, the 27th of May. The Bookshop Band are an amazing duo who write songs inspired by books, and play them in bookshops. They’ll be visiting Vibes & Scribes as part of their ‘10’ Tour and will be playing songs from their newest albums. The band have over 100 book-inspired songs, which they are releasing over ten months as ten albums.

The first of these albums, Curious and Curiouser, will also be launched on the night. Curious and Curiouser is inspired by books with a sense of the fantastical, including Alice in Wonderland, David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream and features readings by actress Fiona O’Shaughnessy and author Stanley Donwood.

This is a free gig (at 6pm, so adults only), and we would love to see you there.

6pm in Vibes & Scribes, 21 Lavitt’s Quay, Cork.

(You can check out some videos of the band performing at this link >> https://www.youtube.com/user/TheBookshopBand/videos)