All About Lincoln Monday, Nov 26 2012 

Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln looks pretty amazing:

Abraham Lincoln has had thousands of books written about him. In fact, the Ford’s Theater Center for Education and Leadership has a stacked column of over 15,000 unique titles in their lobby:

For more pictures of this monument check here at Colossal.

The Athenaeum owns over a hundred books on Lincoln, ten of which are from the 19th century, many of the classic works from the 2oth century, as well as the book the movie Lincoln is based on: Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Some of the actors from the movie were photographed in the style of The Civil War but in contemporary clothes. An interesting effect:

A series of these shots are available at Flavorwire, an intriguing mix of history and technology.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Tuesday, Oct 23 2012 

 
I refer, of course, to the 4th annual Boston Book Festival, which will be held this Saturday, October 27th at Copley Square in Boston. The schedule for this year is rather packed, with highlights including keynotes from Richard Ford and Lemony Snicket, a presentation by Alexander McCall Smith, several YA panels (there was only one last year), and panels on Edith Wharton and The Iliad. As in the past, all of the events, as well as the street festival, are free. I’m personally making the trip for the Hobbit panel, if nothing else.

Moonrise Kingdom Thursday, Jul 19 2012 

Moonrise Kingdom is a period piece filmed in RI and directed by Wes Anderson. It is currently playing in selected theaters. Here’s the trailer:

What is interesting to Raven-ous, besides the Rhode Island connection, is the books that were created for the movie. There are six books that one of the main characters periodically reads from during the film. The book cover artists were asked to work with animators to create a short film for each of the titles.  They can be viewed here.  Rather elaborate movie props, don’t you think?

Thanks to the Fine Books blog

Old Book Smell Monday, May 14 2012 

If you’ve read an article about the rise of e-books anytime in the last few years, you’ve probably encountered any number of the cliches that typically riddle them (so much so that someone concocted a drinking game for them). One of these recurring components is the nearly mandatory inclusion of a quote from someone saying that they don’t like e-books because they prefer the “smell of a real book.” So beloved is the smell that there are two perfumes based on it, with a third set to be released at the end of the month. There’s even been advertisements for an aerosol spray to serve as an e-book enhancer, though it appears to either be stuck in litigation or a parody product.

Here is AbeBooks explaining where that smell comes from:

It describes the scent as “a combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness,” which sounds like the description on every wine bottle I’ve ever read.

 

Game of Thrones Friday, Mar 9 2012 

The second season of the Game of Thrones series, based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels, is set to premier on HBO on April 1st. The first season was highly regarded by both fans of the novels and critics, and was nominated for 13 Emmys, winning 2. With the debut less than a month away, the internet is bursting with trailers and, of course, videos playing the soundtrack of the trailers over other footage. I’ve included three official trailers, and viewed a re-edited trailer using Disney footage, the (Emmy award winning) opening credits for the show being sung over by three of the stars from the DVD commentary track, and a Simpson parody of the opening. It seems like a lot, but for everyone waiting for April 1st, it doesn’t feel like nearly enough.

 

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Wednesday, Feb 22 2012 

Enjoy 15 minutes of whimsy and incredibly sharp animation on our favorite topic: books.

Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse

Typography Wednesday, Jan 11 2012 

PBS Arts received many comments on this video but I liked this one: If words have meaning and type has spirit then handwriting got soul! shaunoconnordotnet

There are innumerable fonts and imaginative ways to express letters and numbers. Paul Octavious stacks books to create numbers.

BYGG Studios has designed an entire alphabet of stacked books.

 

Brain Pickings has put together their list of 10 Essential Books on Typography.

And the Athenaeum recently bought Simon Garfield’s Just My Type. As they say in the video: you need type again and again and again to get through the day, to live your life.

 

 

Thanks to @Brainpicker

The Moby Dick Collection Tuesday, Oct 25 2011 

W. O. Pettit is a book collector who collects one title, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.  He has over 175 editions that he writes about on his blog The Moby-Dick Collection.

Photo credit: All Over Albany

This week the New York Times reviewed Nathaniel Philbrick’s book Why Read Moby-Dick? and they used Mr. Pettit’s book covers to present a slide show of the visual interpretations of Melville’s classic.

There is a nice interview of Mr. Pettit at All Over Albany
that explains his collection and it’s raison d’être.

The Providence Athenaeum has been obsessed with Moby Dick for awhile now (see our Hark! The White Whale! series) and our current exhibit has three foreign language editions, generously on loan, from the Moby-Dick Collection of W. O. Pettit! Further synchronicity: Nathaniel Philbrick spoke at last Friday’s Salon on Why Read Moby-Dick?  Oh Athena!

Japanese ed.

Boston Book Festival This Weekend Thursday, Oct 13 2011 

The 3rd annual Boston Book Festival is on Saturday, October 15th. It will include a street festival held in Copley Square (right in front of the Boston Public Library), as well as a series of panels held in the surrounding buildings. All admittance will be free, though you can purchase tickets to reserve a seat for some of the more popular panels. I’m planning to attend the Far Out Fiction panel, though with 33 options there should be something for everyone.

How Can You Hate Reading? Friday, Aug 19 2011 

There is a Facebook page titled I Hate Reading with 446,142 likes. How can this be? AbeBooks has created an antidote:

“Here at AbeBooks – we love books. We have a passion for books and this video shows it. Created by Lindsay Thompson, an account manager in our Victoria office, this video illustrates all the wonderful things about books. This is our official response to the ‘I Hate Reading’ Facebook page, if you love reading as much as we do comment or like this video. Long live the book. ”

Check out AbeBooks.

Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse

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