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
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.
Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Wednesday, Feb 22 2012
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.
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.
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!
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
Travel Books Sunday, Aug 14 2011
The Athenaeum has been on vacation for the past two weeks and although I didn’t physically travel, my online travels produced some interesting lists of travel books. From the Irish Times we have books with get up and go ; from the Telegraph, the 20 best travel books ; and from National Geographic Traveler we have the ultimate travel library. Enjoy!