I’ll be the first to admit, book art tends to make me twitchy. It always seems a bit melancholy to take a knife to a book, even if it’s not your cup of tea. This week, however, I happened upon this post by CBC books, and suddenly I’m compelled to rethink my stance. It features the book art of Julia Strand. She takes abandoned books–those no longer valued for their content–and, using the like of exacto knives, tweezers, and glue, makes intricate works of art. Since she incorporates the illustrations, framed by the cover, the book remains quite intact.
You might say she breathes new life to old books.
And I’m smitten.
Other than that, it was a quiet week on the bookish news front. I think perhaps everyone was either attending The Edinburgh International Book Festival, or they were just too sad with the week’s news. Completely understandable, both. Nonetheless, here are a couple things that caught my eye . . .
George R.R. Martin loves ‘writing about bastards.’ True story.
Podcast from the Edinburgh international book festival on the women behind literary greats.
Since it’s been a couple weeks since we’ve mentioned it, here’s an Orwellian turn in the whole hullabaloo between Amazon and Hatchett.
A little town in north-eastern India is quite proud of George Orwell (his picture hangs right next to that of Shakespeare). It’s Orwell’s place of birth, you see; and the family home is being made into a museum.