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31 Mar 2011
Love these sweet covers for Italo Calvino titles. Vintage Classics is a paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction. I love their collection so far, and love their approach to designing book covers.


30 Mar 2011
Although I have qualms with the campaign title and copy, I still think these are amazing:

Yeah, I really do love Penguin ads. Via.

28 Mar 2011
Not really a fan of corporate people using books to get ahead, but this cover for the mac is pretty sweet. Imagine carrying this all day. Pretty neat. Except that inside it's not a real book but a mac, which sucks. But let's save the commentary for later. That's another story, I suppose.

Via twelve south.

27 Mar 2011
You have been warned. Proceed at your own risk. Good luck!

26 Mar 2011
Happy weekend, everyone!

Here's a song I always listen to when I wander around in the library:

Wrapped Up In Books by Belle And Sebastian

It was pretty bright, up on the rainbow bridge tonight
I could see into your window although you’re far away
You were racing in a car
Beside a boy, you just don’t know
If he is up for what you have in mind
If he is up for what you have in mind

Change is on the cards, but this time it will be hard
But I never want to leave you
We’ve never had a fight
You should never split a pole
You should never split at all
I wish I had two paths I could follow
I’d write the ending without any sorrow

I will say a prayer, just while you are sitting there
I will wrap my arms around you
I know it will be fine
We've got a fantasy affair
We didn’t get wet. We didn’t dare.
Our aspirations are wrapped up in books
Our inclinations are hidden in looks

Summer’s hastening on
I’m trying to get a feeling from
The city, but I’ve been unfaithful
I’ve been traveling abroad

We’ve got a fantasy affair
We didn’t get wet, we didn’t dare
But the fantasy remains
You better come back to earth again

Our aspirations are wrapped up in books
Our inclinations are hidden in looks

25 Mar 2011
Currently in love with the artworks of Jeannette Woitzik. She has some really dreamy works that just transports you to places. I particularly like this one below, because when I was a kid it's how I feel whenever I read books. I still do feel this way, actually:


25 Mar 2011
The month of March is almost over and I can't believe it! Since the 31st is right around the corner, I think it's pretty fair to say that this list of bestselling products wont change very much in the next few days. This is the first time that I've ever actually looked at the numbers for how many invites I sell each month. Anyway, this month, I decided to make a list of my top ten best sellers. I was actually pretty surprised to see what made the cut. Some of them were completely unexpected...Check 'em out:

10. 9. 8.

7. 6.


4. 3. 2.


24 Mar 2011
Kathleen Sweeney talks about book trailers in this excellent post: "The big screen success of the Dave Eggers/Spike Jonze adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are would suggest that producing a book trailer for children would be as simple as producing an HD, live-action adaptation of the original text. No brainer right? Nah. That’s too expensive, challenging...Though highly visual at its core, and so much amusement in a flip-through at a bookstore, the picture book often eludes effective screen translation."

But she gives a few examples of those who do get it right, I have half a mind to go dash to a bookstore now:

Read more here.

23 Mar 2011
Not really a fan of the series (I love Lord of the Rings! Yes, I'm that kind of person), but this infographic is seriously cool:

Designed by Wayne Dorrington.

22 Mar 2011

Here's a nice post about writing in the margins:

"Marginalia was more common in the 1800s. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was a prolific margin writer, as were William Blake and Charles Darwin. In the 20th century it mostly came to be regarded like graffiti: something polite and respectful people did not do.

Paul F. Gehl, a curator at the Newberry, blamed generations of librarians and teachers for “inflicting us with the idea” that writing in books makes them “spoiled or damaged.”

But marginalia never vanished. When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa in 1977, a copy of Shakespeare was circulated among the inmates. Mandela wrote his name next to the passage from “Julius Caesar” that reads, “Cowards die many times before their deaths.”"

I've always been partial to marginalia myself. Very guilty of it, in fact. Although mine are probably more of personal musings and thoughts while reading, and not necessarily academic. I doubt people will glean much from my books except that I like talking to the characters and to the author when the opportunity presents itself.

20 Mar 2011

Here are some interesting discussions about books, reading and more this week:

1. Dryas Donates Proceeds From Travel Book to Japan Relief. "In an almost prescient move, German publisher Dryas Verlag has spent the last year donating 50 cents from every sale of the book Schattenläufer und Perlenmädchen – Abenteuer Alltag in Japan to the Japanese chapter of Doctors Without Borders to be used in the event of an earthquake. In light of the tragic events of the past week, publisher Sandra Thoms and author Christine Liew have decided to double their donations to one euro per book sold from March 16th to June 16th."

2. How Do I Love Thee? Count 140 Characters. "Poetry and literature may be flowering in the socially networked, microblogged world of the tweet."

3. Four Attempts To Enjoy My Own Film. "The first time I watched the film of my novel, Submarine, was a strange experience. We were at the world premiere as part of the Toronto Film Festival and it felt, to use the director, Richard Ayoade’s words, like a “ninety-minute heart attack.” Okay, maybe not quite that bad. A ninety-minute anaphylactic shock. (I have a peanut allergy, so I can say that.) Only as the credits rolled was I filled with a wave of relief and pride — much like the feeling of being injected in the glutes with an Epipen full of adrenaline."

4. SXSW 2011: The Year of the Librarian. "Tech for tech's sake is over. In a year when social media is helping inform our coverage of everything from political upheaval in the Middle East to the unfolding nuclear disaster in Japan, your app better do something more than be cool. I kept coming back to the librarians as I talked to people at SXSWi because this micro-track mirrored what I saw tweeted and written about the conference as a whole. Interactive didn't feel blindly focused on discovering the killer app. Tech didn't feel like an end unto itself -- rather, it was about processing data with a purpose; data for a greater good."

5. What's the next chapter for bookshelves? "Books have played a major role in shaping the American house. But with e-readers rapidly turning bookworms into techies, what's the future for home libraries, bookshelves and coffee-table tomes?"

6. James Gleick’s History of Information. "James Gleick argues that information is more than just the contents of our libraries and Web servers: human consciousness, life on earth, the cosmos — it’s bits all the way down."

7. Print – And Burn – After Reading: It’s Time To Fight Back Against The Footer Fascists. "You’ve seen them, I’ve seen them. We’ve all seen them. Those screamingly pompous email footers that IT departments append to millions – billions? – of emails every day, urging us to “Consider the environment!” before asking “Do you really need to print this email?” I think I can say, without fear of contradiction, that they are literally the most antisocial human innovation since McDonald’s started giving away chewing tobacco with Happy Meals. Worse, they’re so utterly pointless: never once in the – what? – two decades? – the messages have been plaguing our inboxes has a single soul ever heeded their message and considered the environment before printing. Most people don’t print emails, and those who do, do. There is not a single tree still standing because some Dilbertesque corporate responsibility dickhead had nothing better to do with his time than to lecture total strangers on their obligations to mother earth. Enough is enough."

8. Reading and Responding: Holding Writing Workshops. "How can a teacher’s artistic vulnerability inspire students to share their own work? In this lesson, students do a free-writing and sharing exercise, with the teacher providing a model. They then consider the roles of teacher as writer and student as responder, and take part in a writing workshop in which they provide the teacher with feedback and suggestions on his or her original written work."

9. Is Reading Comprehension A Must-Teach For All Educators? "When students learn about the genetic code or pore though Huck Finn, do they really understand what they're reading? That's what New York schools are trying to answer with their Secondary Literacy Pilot. The goal is to assess student literacy in all subject areas with the goal of helping students understand complex texts, Education Week reports."

10. What My Family Is Reading. "I’m back in Minnesota this weekend to help celebrate my dad’s birthday. My sister, who goes to grad school in Iowa, is also home, so there’s a full house around here. Last night, we went out to dinner, then stayed up late playing a rousing game of Texas Hold ‘Em using Easter candy as money. That seems like a good idea, until you remember everyone in my family is stingy about chocolate because we love it so much. Oops. And of course, because I am who I am, I had to check in with all of them about what they’re reading now."

19 Mar 2011
Saw this adorable, adorable advertisement today. It's an advocacy to promote literacy in children. *sigh*

18 Mar 2011
Here are two more of my most recent designs over at Zazzle. Any feedback?

18 Mar 2011
Happy Friday! Can't wait for the weekend to start. Now here's a smart woman who has a pretty lovely way of going about her rest and relaxation:

17 Mar 2011
Following that post I had yesterday comes this really sweet embroidery:


Also, if you're interested: How to make a cross stitch bookmark