Because it’s that time of the year when a lot of minds become gift-focused, we’d like to present a few items from the print trade that may hit the mark.

November is often celebrated by men who are able to grow swathes of facial hair between lip and nose as Movember. At Bookworm, where a few of our staff are facially hirsute, we will use the month to celebrate female writers who have won, or who deserve to win, literature’s highest award.

This month we asked a long-time customer to collate a few literary insights for us to use in this column. He’s now involved with the humanitarian aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières and this year kept us abreast of post-earthquake traumas in Nepal. He is now posting us news of refugee tribulations in the Middle East.

This month Truong at Bookworm takes on that age-old issue of the birds and the bees. Here are some books to help you give your kids that education that they so desperately need

This month Truong at Bookworm channels your inner Sporty Spice with reading recommendations from three sports enthusiasts living in Hanoi

This month Truong at Bookworm dedicates his column to work — both artistic and literary — on Napoleon

This month Truong at Bookworm looks at books and comic strips that have successfully brought philosophical ideas to their readers

After a lot of subtle hints from fans of romance novels, Bookworm’s Truong has invited Marie, a prolific reader of that genre, to provide a few romantic pointers

Bookworm’s owner/manager Truong says that The Year of the Goat will have two definite contenders at the top of the ‘bestseller’ list. Both are by octogenarian authors who haven’t published in years

This month, Bookworm’s Truong and some of Bookworm’s avid young adult readers look at four new releases that will probably be hot property in 2015

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