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4 porcelain-collecting Utz as its subject. Off-beat and resonant.
I Pillar Boxes Jonathan Glancey (Chatto £6.99) Life and times ofthe red PO box for ietishists and the merely interested. One of the series Chatto Curiosities o fth e British Street.
I Under Cover oi DaylightJamcs Hall (Mandarin £3.50) Screwed-up sons and daughters. love and revenge on the Florida Keys: a moderately thrilling thriller.
I Eccentric Lives & Peculiar Notions John Michell (Cardinal £4.99) True. fact-packed tales ofparanoia. conspiracy and obsession.
I Emperor oi the Air Ethan Canin (Picador £3.99) Debut of accomplished and acclaimed young (very young) American short story writer. Pithy. sad and the rest.
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The short Ieet ot the McVitie's 1989 Scottish Writer oi the Year Award is astollows: Alan Bold for MacDiarmid (John Murray).
Liz Lochhead for Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped ()ff (Penguin).
Ronald Frame for l’enelope's Hut (Hodder & Stoughton).
F. McLynn for Charles Edward Stewart ( Routledge ).
lain Crichton Smith for The Village and Other Poems (Carcanet ). Candia McWilliam for A Little Stranger (Bloomsbury).
Noticeable for their absence are Scottish publishers and James Kelman. The winner of the £5000 award will be announced on November 30.
SCOTTISH BOOK FORTNIGHT
A selection oithe final burst oiSBF events is listed below. alongside other book events in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Further details oiSBF can be obtained from the Scottish Book Marketing Group. 25a South West Thistle Street Lane. Edinburgh EII2 1EW(031225 5795).
I Dorothy Dunnett reads from Raee of Scorpions at John Smiths bookshop. 57 St Vincent Street (041 221 7472) on Wednesday November 1 at 6pm. I Iain Banks reads from Canal Dreams at Sherratt & Hughes. 45—50 Princes Square (041 221 9650) on Thursday November 2 at 7pm.
I Mark McManus and Glenn Chandler sign copies of Taggart's Glasgow on Thursday 26 ()ctober at 7.30pm in Waterstone‘s bookshop. 14 George Street (031 225 3436).
I Carl MacDougall editor of The Devil and the Giro: Two Centuries of Scottish Stories introduces authors from the anthology who will read their work. ()n Friday November 3 at 7pm. James Thin. 53—59 South Bridge (031 556 6743).
I Edwin Morgan and others read from the anthology The Best of Scottish Poetry. Sherratt & Hughes. 13—14 Princes Street (031 556 3034).
I Derick Thomson Gaelic poet and scholar. discusses themes and traditions central to Gaelic poetry on Wednesday 1 November at 7.45pm. Poetry Association of Scotland. 27 George Square (031 334 5241). Admission £1 (concessions free).
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78 The List 27 October — 9 November 1989