downtownliteraryfestival:

KIDS AT McNALLY JACKSON:

10:30AM: Baby and Kids Storytime and Singalong With Amy and Jo (ages 0–4)

Amy Virginia Buchanan and Jo Firestone are taking their weekly Storytime and giving it a downtown New York makeover. Start your day off with some reading, dancing, singing, and plenty of…

Oh, we want to go to the Downtown Literary Festival, right? April 13, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. AND BEYOND!

cloviashaw:

The Foxes, Erica Il Cane


All the pretty foxes!

cloviashaw:

The Foxes, Erica Il Cane

All the pretty foxes!

(via erinmorgenstern)

Another trailer for A Highly Unlikely Scenario. Not a trailer, really—more of a processional.

(Penguins by Bennett Beckenstein: http://bbmotiongraphics.com/BB_Motion_Graphics/Corporate.html)

Eavesdropping on Tweens at the Strand

  • Girl: My mom doesn't believe in buying books. She says you can always get them at the library.
  • Girl 2: But what if you want to read them over and over!!?
  • Girl 3: And what if you want to underline your favorite quotes and put bookmarks in them so you can keep all your favorite quotes for when you need them?!?
  • Me: HI YOU DONT KNOW ME BUT PLEASE TAKE ALL MY MONEY AND BUY EVERY BOOK YOU WANT.
I share a guilty pleasure with NPR … 
http://www.npr.org/2014/02/17/275500420/its-french-but-ooh-its-pulpy-the-dark-adventures-of-fant-mas

I talk on the radio about A Highly Unlikely Scenario!

joesjunk:

erikkwakkel:

Remarkable premodern bookmarks

These images show unusual bookmarks from medieval and early-modern times. They are made of stuff that was simply laying around: a leaf from a tree (now hardened), a pin used for fixing clothes, and a piece of straw picked up from the ground. I love these bookmarks for two reasons. One is that they are showing how practical readers half a millennium ago were. Need a little something to mark where you stopped reading? Just stretch out your arm and grab something - as we would today. The other reason why I love it when I encounter things like this in premodern books is the sheer contrast the make-shift bookmarks create: precious old books are not supposed to be filled with pieces of plant and metal! And yet they are. Even more so, while they are perhaps alien objects to our modern eyes, they have become historical: a dried leaf has turned into an object that needs to be catalogued simply because it is found stuck in between 500-year-old pages. Lucky bookmark.

Pics: the leaf I encountered in an incunable in Zutphen’s chained library called De Librije (pic my own); the pin I saw in a document kept in Maastricht, Regional Archives, Collection 18.A Box 834 (pic my own); the straw is from Auckland Libraries, MS G. 185 (pic from this blog).

Premodern bookmarks!

tadmad:

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