One of my best vacation reads was Elizabeth Gilbert's new novel, The Signature of All Things. Such a delicious, engrossing treat and I can't help but feel relieved and thrilled for her success with it as I carry her TED Talk in my head so often. Check out that talk if you haven't watched it yet. And definitely pick up this book!
Saw Cheryl Strayed (author of two of my favorite books, Tiny Beautiful Things and Wild) and Ayana Mathis (author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie) interviewed last night at the opening event of Portland's Wordstock, a "festival of words."
I was reminded of what a brilliant bad-ass Cheryl is in person and it got me to return to Tiny Beautiful Things last night, which is a serious treasure and gift to the world. Eager to read Mathis' book as well.
More events this week from Wordstock listed here.
Waterlife is a silk-screen book, printed by hand on handmade paper with natural dyes in Chennai, India. It is published by Tara Books. There are 3,000 hand-numbered copies available. Author and illustrator Rambharos Jha uses a traditional style of folk painting known as Mithila. Remarkable. You can also find it on Amazon.
(*via Brain Pickings)
I'm in love a little bit. 8 Soles de Viaje is a darling masterpiece, from the independent Columbian publisher, Festina Lente Libros. The story was written by Juliana Toro Suarez and Natalia Peez Penagos; illustrations by Natalia Perez Penagos; and calligraphy by Juliana Toro Suaez. The book was created as a personal project and their statement below explains a bit more:
8 soles de viaje is the diary of an anonymous traveler who goes to another galaxy trying to escape from his own reality, revealing human situations through the metaphor of a journey. While El inventario de palabras, is the explorer's legacy in the shape of an A-Z bestiary of creatures he has found in his life, simulating stereotypes of the everyday people. The first book is constructed from a single strip of paper that unfolds much like any journey, while the second contains twenty six postcards meant for the reader to send away. Our books are meant to form emotional bonds through narrative, empathy, and the aesthetic love for an object.
Maurice Sendak illustrated a children's book written by the renowned author Ruth Krauss titled I'll Be You and You Be Me back in 1952 (well before he wrote Where the Wild Things Are). Maria Popova of BrainPickings.org featured it last week in a post. She shared a lot of images from the book in her post, each beautiful and charming and true. I've picked a few favorites here.
The book is sadly out of print for now, but you can do your best to scour for a copy.
(*via brain pickings)
Smart notebook design made just for architects. A:LOG is a gridded notebook perfect for sketching to scale, and it includes handy references to useful sizes and dimensions for interior layouts. Made by three classmates at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture Preservation and Planning.
Purchase via Kickstarter for about $25.
(*via Cool Hunting)
My friend just put me on to the quarterly Cereal Magazine. Thank goodness she did. The magazine covers food, books and travel topics with care and beauty.
Here's a glimpse of images from the current issue, in a piece they did about the Korean alphabet and language. I'm so excited to see what else Cereal is up to, online and on paper.
Nina describes how she began this project in 1993: I suddenly recalled a moment in the university library when, looking for a book, I had turned my head sideways as I walked down the stacks and thought how spectacular it would be if all the titles formed an accidental sentence when read one after the other in a long chain. Standing amidst the bookshelves in Half Moon Bay, my next move was simply to make this imaginary accident real. I spent days shifting and arranging books, composing them so that their titles formed short sentences. The exercise was intimate, like a form of portraiture, and it felt important that the books I selected should function as a cross section of the larger collection.
(*via Brain Pickings)
Photographer Adrien Broom dreamed up a project called Where did All the Colors Go? It's recently been backed on Kickstarter and I'm looking forward to watching it unfold.
Shot as still photography and simultaneously as a short video piece, Broom plans to make a children's book out of the images and concept. A darling little girl wakes up to a world void of color where everything is white. Bunnies, onions, frosting, clouds, snow. It's not just that everything is white, it's that there are only white things.
She then finds a doorway that leads to red, a brick road, roosters, red velvet cakes...and on it goes as the world of color opens up to her.
Enjoy this video teaser below and follow on Adrien's website for more images as they are completed. Each set takes a month to build and develop.
Long live Roald Dahl and his magical stories! This is a wonderful postage series, designed by Magpie Studio for the UK's mail system, Royal Mail. There's a nice interview with Magpie co-founder Ellul, on the How Design blog. And if you're in the US like me, you can still order these stamps as keepsakes even if they'll do no good for your actual postage.
Emma Thompson was responsible for authoring a new book in the beloved Peter Rabbit series! The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit is the 24th book. I tend to trust Emma completely, so I'm not too worried about how it came out, but the pressure is on! This is the first book since 1930 and the only one written by anyone other than Beatrix Potter.
I listened to Emma in an interview on NPR. This was a highlight, when talking about some made-up words and a particular writing style she used:
Like, 'inside wrapped in brown paper were some excellent sandwiches of cheese and pickle'; it's not the kind of construction that you get anymore. What, now we say, 'cheese and pickle sandwiches.' But there's something about 'excellent sandwiches of cheese and pickle' that's very Potter-esque. It's Victorian, you know? ... It's an old form, and I find it very charming. And I find it draws me into the books still. So I wanted to hold on to that.
For a bit more detail, here's the description from Panar's site:
Roaming the natural and urban world with a camera for over 16 years, often alone, on foot, keeping a low profile, Ed Panar has repeatedly been caught in the act of photography—not by other people, but by a random assortment of familiar animals: cows, cats, frogs, dogs, turtles, deer, geese…you name it. The animal sees Ed, and Ed sees the animal; an unspoken communication passes between them. If he’s lucky, the moment is captured on film, catalogued, tagged for future reference. In Animals That Saw Me: Volume One Panar brings together the first collection of his most surprising and unexpected encounters with ordinary fauna—a brief, deadpan field study of the uncanny moment of recognition between species. What exactly have the animals seen? The pictures are a reminder that we must appear as strange and exotic to them as they do to us.