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Five Book Salute to Halloween October 10, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

Are you ready to get your spook on? October is here and that can only mean that Halloween is right around the corner. Here are a few bookish goodies to help you get in the mood. The Penguin Book of Witches. Edited by Katherine Howe, 2014. Who better to give us a bit of witch history than Katherine Howe, a direct descendant of three accused Salem witches. Starting with the few scant mentions of witches…

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Little Gestalten: A new imprint for the kids October 8, 2014 – Posted in: Alphabets, Content, Illustration, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

 When one of the leading publishers of books on visual culture starts making books for kids you know is going to be good. Introducing Little Gestalten, the new children’s book imprint from the noted German publisher Gestalten.  Here’s the reasoning and the plan: Nothing fosters children’s imaginations better than a book. Good books can help children understand the world and learn a lot about life. They can pique their natural curiosity, impart knowledge, and hearten them to…

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F is for Fantods: Edward Gorey as Publisher October 6, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Illustration, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

The latest exhibition at Edward Gorey House, F is for Fantods,  focuses on the books Gorey published himself under the banner of the Fantod Press.  Using various anagrams and pseudonyms like Garrod Weedy, Ogdred Weary, Aedwyrd Gore,  and Mrs Regera Dowdy,  Gorey churned out twenty-eight books under the imprint.  “F is for Fantods opens a window onto the restrained, graceful, and frequently hysterical mayhem that was Edward Gorey’s world.” Here’s a sampling of books from the press: The Beastly Baby.…

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Five Book (and one record) Birthday Salute to Wallace Stevens October 2, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

Harmonium (First Edition, first issue, signed). The poet’s first collection, published when he was 44 years old, after almost a decade of appearances only in magazines. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. Soldier, there is a war between the mind And sky, between thought and day and night. It is For that the poet is always in the sun, Patches the moon together in his room to his Virgilian cadences, up down, Up down. It…

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The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object September 29, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, Content, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

Assembled by the brain trust of THE THING Quarterly‘s, Jonn Herschend & Will Rogan, The Thing The Book is a magical tribute to our favorite physical object, the printed book. More than 30 “creative visionaries” were asked to contribute with each being assigned a different traditional element of a book. From endpapers to ribbon bookmarks to page numbers, no part of the codex is left untouched. Here’s a taste: Ed Ruscha got the bookplate; Jonathan Lethem got the footnotes; Miranda…

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