Fun Literary Links

Here are a few things I’ve been looking at that I wanted to share:

  • Penguin Books celebrated it’s 75th Birthday!  Whenever I’m reading a classic, I choose the Penguin edition.  I like the notes, I like the print, I like the blank pages in front and back where I can take notes (actually could use a couple more of those), and I like that I have a bookshelf of matching black spines.
  • New York Magazine published a cluster of articles about the emergence of independent bookstores in New York City noting that the area is “suddenly, unexpectedly in the midst of an indie-bookstore renaissance.”  With shout outs to great stores, the economics of book selling, a list of books to look for this fall and the favorite stores of NYC authors, it all makes for interesting reading.
  • Think you’re a bibliophile?  There’s a new test for how much you really love books:  did your wedding have a literary theme?  When Non of A Thousand Screaming Rabbits married Jessica, our favorite YA bookseller the guests each received a book as a party favor, the table top decorations were books and the cake topper was a tribute to the bride and groom and their favorite books.  Scroll down this post (full of beautiful photography) for the literary pics
  • Now I know what I’m getting Claire for her birthday!  Out of Print Clothing offers t-shirts with the original cover of several classics.  My daughter’s required reading for the summer is The Lord of the Flies, I asked her if she wanted a t-shirt to wear when her English class is discussing the book, I got the eye roll.
  • Do we need another article on e-books vs. the paper book?  Yes we do, so we can play Bookavore’s drinking game.  “Will e-books wipe out/kill/decimate/pulverize/HULKSMASH/angry verb real books?” — one drink, or my favorite, “smell of a real book” — clean out the liquor cabinet, drink until you pass out, wake up next morning, puke, then continue drinking.  Happy drinking!
  • The Guardian has pics of favorite bookstores and you can add your own shots.  Plus, I just returned from England and found this site very helpful for finding bookstores.  Posts about English bookstores will be coming in the next couple of weeks!

Enjoy the links!