If you are a fan of Penguin’s collaboration with Coralie Bickford-Smith, then you are going to love their newest collaboration with type superstar Jessica Hische. Ms. Hische’s work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany & Co. to Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin’s own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility.
Penguin Drop Caps is a new series of twenty-six collectible and gift-worthy hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet. Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley have created a series design that encompasses foil-stamped paper-over-board cases in a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six book spines and a decorative stain on all three paper edges. The series debuts with an “A” for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a “B” for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and a “C” for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, and continues with more classics from Penguin. Of course, there are 26 books in the series.
You can buy the entire set from Amazon for $379.24.
Tech Insider shared an article today with photographs of the inside of ten of the world’s most beautiful old libraries. The majority of the libraries were in England and France making it somewhat easier to visit them all. Take a look at the libraries here.
Julia Seales, of Bustle, has written a great article on 10 Things That Happen When You Run Out of Space to Put All Your Books. Read all the way to the end! Her final paragraph is my favorite. You can read it here.
A few years ago I wrote about Beauregard, the library cat at the H. B. Stamps Public Library in Hawkins County, Tennessee. Well, it seems that Parnassus Books of Nashville, Tennessee has done H. B. Stamps Public Library one better. Parnassus Books has a shop sheep!
Last summer I had the pleasure of visiting Parnassus Books and found the staff to be helpful and kind. The book selection was wonderful and I really liked the way book picks were displayed at the front. Parnassus also has an amazing First Editions Club, if you are interested.
To see more pictures of Buttercup, the shop sheep at Parnassus Books, check out Musing, their literary blog.
Followers of this blog know that I love animals! In fact, one of my Pinterest boards is made-up of cats and books. Now the Chronicle Books Blog has posted 12 Dogs Mesmerized by the Magic of Reading. Make sure to check it out!
Claire Fallon of The Huffington Post has come up with 16 reasons to be proud of being a book hoarder. As you can probably guess, I prefer the term “Book Lover,” but hoarder probably applies just as well. My favorite is “Your home will always be filled with the perfume of old books.” Check out the rest of the list here.
If you’re currently in the process of planning a trip for spring, then you should definitely check out Bustle‘s list of “10 of the Best Spring Break Vacation Spots for Book Nerds.” Some of the top spots include New York, London, Edinburgh, and Key West.