The Wonderful World of Su Blackwell

by Liz Lester on March 24th, 2012

“The Girl in the Wood,” 2008

I love the book sculptures of British artist Su Blackwell. She often portrays scenes from fairy tales or folklore. The detail is amazing (see below). And don’t miss this video of the making of a commercial for Beringer Wines, featuring Su’s work. Also keep your eyes open for her book of illustrated fairy tales, The Fairy-Tale Princess, coming out in October.

Detail from “Hazel Tree (from Aschputtel),” 2010.

Judging Books by Their Covers

by Liz Lester on March 22nd, 2012

The online magazine The Millions compares the U.S. and U.K. book cover designs of 2012’s Morning News Tournament of Books contenders. To see where they are in the process, check out today’s quarterfinal matchup. Before you leave The Millions, though, check out their Year in Reading 2011, where they ask their guests to comment on their favorite book of the year.

Edward Sorel

by Liz Lester on March 3rd, 2012

Another great video—“Nice Work if You Can Get It”—
about New Yorker cartoonist Edward Sorel.

Artist John Kascht Does Conan

by Liz Lester on March 1st, 2012

Great video of drawing and caricature process!

“In this film “Funny Bones” artist John Kascht gives us a behind the scenes look at the creation of his portrait of Conan O’ Brien, explaining his artistic process and approach to caricature.”

Ex Libris Anonymous

by Liz Lester on February 28th, 2012

Handmade journals made from vintage books—check it out!

Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year

by Liz Lester on February 26th, 2012

My favorite is Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge but you make your own decision. Read about it on AbeBooks’ blog.

NY Times Book Review: 100 Notable Books

by Liz Lester on November 22nd, 2011

Check out the New York Times Sunday Book Review’s list of 100 Notable Books, in time for holiday shopping.

Writers and Kitties

by Liz Lester on November 10th, 2011

Edward Gorey

“Where literature has whiskers and pointy ears.” A blog featuring photos of writers and their cats.

The Art of Bookplates

by Liz Lester on November 8th, 2011

Bookplate by Edward Gordon Craig, 1900

Martin J. Hopkinson has written Ex Libris: The Art of Bookplates, showcasing bookplates in the collection of the British Museum. A short slideshow of some of the art can be seen on this post by the Guardian. The book is published by the British Museum Press.

The House of Books Has No Windows

by Liz Lester on November 6th, 2011

Check out this video posted on AbeBooks’ Reading Copy blog, about the sculpture made by artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller commissioned as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival exhibition and showcased in the Fruitmarket Gallery.