Wow this is an amazing publicity video created by Bookmans, a used book store in Arizona. Wouldn't it be fun to watch National Book Store or Fully Booked host one of these at one of their stores and get the customers to join in setting up the books? Exciting!
Friday, April 13, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
We love books but this video has us all wanting to rush to the nearest bookstore and hug them! The video was created by the owners of TYPE bookstore in Toronto. A husband and wife team, they decided they needed something extraordinary to rekindle the excitement for printed books. With the help of numerous volunteers, they spent many sleepless nights stacking, moving, and rearranging the books in the store to create this beautiful vignette. Kudos to them!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
An amazing video of a book being created using traditional printing methods.
For the Daily Telegraph. Shot at Smith-Settle Printers, Leeds, England. The book being printed is Suzanne St Albans’ 'Mango and Mimosa' published as part of the Slightly Foxed series.
Shot, Directed & Edited by Glen Milner
Sunday, April 1, 2012
|A Literary Map of Paris|
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Click here to see all locations on Google Maps
Aside from anything bookish, I also love everything Parisian so I was excited to put together this literary map of Paris. It wasn't easy - took me an entire day! - but I had fun working on it! From quaint old bookstores to libraries, cafes, museums, 'literary' hotels and even famous author's houses, it's every bibliophile's dream tour of Paris :-) If you're a book lover visiting this most romantic city, this is a great place to start!
How to use the map above: Each literary spot has a star that marks its location on the map. The number corresponds to the description in the list below. Click on the title of any description for more information.
For the locations' complete addresses, click here to see it on Google Maps.
Bookstores and Booksellers
1. Les Bouqinistes
Along the river Seine by the Pont Neuf or the left bank you'll find one of the most iconic spots in Paris - Les Bouqinistes - or the Parisian used and rare booksellers. Stretching for over a mile from Pont Neuf to the Left and the Right bank, these Parisian booksellers have marked the city for over 300 years. Boasting of over 200 independent stalls carrying up to 400,000 new, used, rare and collectible books and magazines, these book stalls are sure to delight any booklover with a truly unique Parisian experience.
2. Shakespeare and Company
Situated at the heart of the city, at the Latin Quarter near the Seine and offering a view of the Notre Dame, Shakespeare and Company is a booklover's paradise. A delightful combination of nostalgic charm and modern thought, the bookstore is a haven for Parisians as well as English readers and writers. They have a large collection of English books and a staff who all speak Fluent English and who will be glad to help you find whatever book you are looking for, and then recommend some.
3. Village Voice
The Village Voice is an English-language bookshop in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the heart of literary Paris. Since 1982, we have promoted the books we love, those that seem essential to a better understanding of the world we live in, and have hosted readings by some of the most important contemporary authors.
4. Tea and Tattered Pages
A quaint bookstore filled to the brim with mostly English and second hand titles. It may be a little off the beaten track but it's well worth the journey because while you browse you'll be served English tea, scones and carrot cake in a charming tea room.
5. The Red Wheelbarrow
The name of this English bookstore was taken from one of the poems of William Carlos Williams, an American poet of the first half of the 20th century. The Red Wheelbarrow - the bookstore - according to their website THE English bookstore in Paris, is offering an enormous selection of titles in English in a space where every square centimeter is used up for books.
6. Bibliotheque Nationale de France
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, it is the repository of all that is published in France. It boasts of over 10 million volumes and manuscripts. Its oval reading room, shown here, is one of the most photographed libraries in the world.
7. American Library in Paris
Literary Cafes and Restaurants
8. Les Editeurs
9. Cafe de Flore
10. Les Deux Magots
Once the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual élite of Paris, Les Deux Magots is now a popular tourist destination. Its historical reputation is derived from the patronage of artists and young writers such as Ernest Hemingway. Other patrons included Albert Camus and Pablo Picasso.
11. Cafe de la Mairie
Where Ernest Hemingwway wrote The Sun also Rises. This was also Henry Miller's favorite Paris cafe where he would sip his morning cafe and look at the "fat belfries" of St-Sulpice, as noted in his classic Tropic of Cancer.
12. The Hemingway Bar
13. Manga Cafe
Decorated in vivid comic strip black, white and red, this is Europe's first and most successful manga cafe serving French manga junkies - the second biggest market outside Japan.
14. Le Fumoir
15. Le Cafe-Livre
Museums and Author's Houses
16. Maison de Victor Hugo
17. Mason de Balzac
Home of French novelist Honoré de Balzac. Of the many houses where he lived, this is the only one still standing.
18. Chateau de Monte Cristo
The home and park of Alexandre Dumas. Stroll the grounds and visit the chateau for a glimpse into the writer's world as revealed through paintings, engravings and reproductions.
19. Ernest Hemingway's First Apartment
Ernest Hemingway lived here when he moved to Paris shortly after his marriage. He began a career as a novelist where he wrote The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. While in Paris he also visited Ezra Pound and Gertrude Stein. Both Pound and Stein were to be a very great influence on Hemingway's style of writing.
20. Bust of Antoine de Saint Exupery
See how the author of The Little Prince looked like while taking a leisurely stroll at the Tuileries Gardens.
21. Natalie Clifford Barney's Literary Salon
22. Musee de la vie Romantique
The museum's collection offers a glimpse into the French writer George Sand's private life, including her furniture, jewels and portraits.
23. Gertrude Stein House
24. Richard Wright's House
Richard Wright was an African-American author of novels short stories, poems, and non-fiction. Much of his literature concerns racial themes, especially those involving the plight of African-Americans during the late 19th to mid-20th centuries. To escape the growing racial pressures at home, he moved to Paris where he met authors and intellectuals who treated him as a writer first, and black second.
Bars and Theaters
25. Spoken Word Paris
Open mic. Performance poetry. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. French. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Make the words come alive.
26. Maison de la Poesie
Live poetry performances showcasing the best of contemporary French poets like David Lescot and Leslie Kaplan, and occasionally international ones such as Leeds-born Tony Harrison.
27. Culture Rapide
Watch poets compete against each other by reading original works for judgement. Originated in Chicago, this poetry slamming is in English every other Monday, and in French every Tuesday. Poets come from a hodgepodge of French and English speaking countries including Quebec, Senegal, Congo, Lebanon, and Morocco, and even from Africa, Vietnam and China.
28. Hotel Pont Royal
Stay at the Pont Royal, home to a long literary tradition, and immerse yourself in literary and artistic Paris. Camus, Sartre and Joyce checked into this Left Bank hotel, as has García Márquez. It is a few steps away from the literary elite's haunts, the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots.
29. Hotel D'Alsace (L'Hotel)
This left bank Paris hotel provides the ultimate levels of comfort and a chic ambiance for your city break in Paris, close to a choice of metro stations and within walking distance from elegant shops, boutiques and typical Parisian cafes.
30. Le Pavillion des Lettres
Paris’s new Pavillon des Lettres takes the spirit of literature to heart, and also pays homage to Voltaire himself, along with 25 other writers who were the inspiration for this chic hotel on a quiet street in the Eighth Arrondissement. It boasts 26 rooms each named after a different writer, with quotations from their work stenciled on the walls.
31. Apostrophe Hotel
Designed around a simple idea, the Apostrophe hotel tells a story around traces of human intelligence around writing in all its forms. It is filled with letters and colors. In the category of “Balneo rooms” in the Apostrophe Hotel, the alphabet room calls for reading and literature in all its forms.
32. Paris en Toute Lettres
This is Paris' annual literary festival where diverse fiction is showcased in readings, performances, workshops, concerts and projections by authors, actors and musicians.