The Art of Creased Paper

by Liz Lester on November 4th, 2011

See the creased paper art of German artist Simon Schubert at his website. He is also a sculptor and does gallery installations.

Alcuin Society Book Design Awards

by Liz Lester on November 2nd, 2011

For books published in Canada and designed by Canadian designers. 2010’s winners are showcased in a beautiful catalog—you can download a PDF from this page, and can also see the catalogs from the last few years. Deadline for entries in March of the following year.

Scary Stories from AbeBooks

by Liz Lester on October 31st, 2011

Used and rare book seller AbeBooks has lots of recommendations for old-fashioned scary stories published before 1960 by lesser known authors. Worth it for the great covers, at least!

The Weird Fiction of Arkham House

by Liz Lester on October 31st, 2011

In time for Halloween, AbeBooks features books by Arkham House, the company who published H.P. Lovecraft and other horror writers. Excellent vintage horror jackets!

Sean Andrew Murray

by Liz Lester on October 29th, 2011

The Bird Monks

Sean Andrew Murray is a concept artist and illustrator currently working with Big Huge Games/38 Studios. Check out his website and blog.

Book Origami

by Liz Lester on August 13th, 2011

Artist Isaac Salazar’s artistic recycling of books can be found in various places:

Bookshelf Porn

by Liz Lester on August 11th, 2011

Oh my Lord, you’ll spend the rest of your life looking at all the pics in this archive! Bookshelf Porn is:

“Porn for book lovers. A photo blog collection of all the best bookshelf photos from around the world for people who *heart* bookshelves.” Follow Bookshelf Porn on Facebook.

The above pic is a bookshelf installed by artist Sallie Trout in an inaccessible stairwell at her Jackalope Ranch in Austin, TX, complete with chair hoist for browsing.

Recycling for Books

by Liz Lester on August 9th, 2011

Check out WebEcoist’s post about 10 structures that have been converted to bookstores. Unfortunately, some have gone out of business and I hate to even look up to see the status of the rest of them, but what a great idea in all cases. I can’t choose a favorite, when there are Airstream trailers, cabooses, and manure tanks.

Only a little late . . .

by Liz Lester on August 7th, 2011

What would we do without AbeBooks and their blog? They published a great post: A Year in Books: Review of 2010. Prizewinners, death announcements, stellar sales, interesting reviews. Where else would we find out that Rolling Stone Keith Richards admits he once considered becoming a librarian? (See April 2010.)

Top 10 Talking Animals

by Liz Lester on August 5th, 2011

A list made by author Cornelius Medvei for the Guardian’s top 10 series, this one on top 10 talking animals in literature. Does Wilbur not count?