November 26, 2013 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Books and Movies, Interesting discoveries | No Comments »
Yes, the second film installment of The Hunger Games series is finally here and it looks like fans are lining up to see how the Catching Fire movie stays true to the books while keeping audiences entertained on the big screen. Last year, I wrote a short blog about how accurate the first film was to its book, but mentioned that I somehow didn’t feel that a lot of the emotion and concepts from the novel were easily translatable into movie format.
But I have high hopes this time around and I’m definitely excited to see if the “Catching Fire” movie picks up the pace a little bit and manages to bring alive the dystopian society and revolutionary themes of Suzanne Collins’ fictional world. If you haven’t had a chance yet to see the film, or if you’re waiting for those crowds to die down before you hit the theatre, I have a fun article for you to read while you pass the time! The Telegraph has featured this article which reveals the most popular sentences from the three top selling children’s books series: Harry Potter, Twilight, and (of course) The Hunger Games.
Enjoy! And feel free to check in with your thoughts on the “Catching Fire” film – if you’ve seen it already, that is!
November 22, 2013 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Funny | 1 Comment »
November 21, 2013 | Author: Peter Kao | Category: News, Posters, Website | No Comments »
We now offer Canvas Prints.
You heard right! We now offer Canvas Prints as a printing option for all of your favorite prints. You’ll now be able to choose either a Satin Paper Print option or our brand new Canvas Print option.
Our canvas prints use a cotton-polyester based material and features a satin finish which enhances the pure high-caliber feel, while at the same time augmenting the breathtaking vibrancy of each word, phrase, shape, and hue. Furthermore, its scientifically formulated coating, and delicious texture, calls to mind the romantic image of an artist hard at work creating a canvas worthy of your wall.
Beautiful and resilient, the canvas print offers the best of both worlds and will not fade or scratch, giving a long and fruitful life to the artwork you love.
We’ve lowered the price (too!)
Since the start of our company over 3 years ago, we’ve grown quite a bit. We’re happy to say that we will now be producing our art prints at a higher volume. This means you’re able to enjoy the same quality art prints at a 15% reduced price – permanently!
What do you think?
We’d love to hear your feedback on the recent changes. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook page!
November 18, 2013 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Interesting discoveries, Media coverage | No Comments »
When you meet Mohsin Hamid, he doesn’t exactly come across as someone who is entirely aware of their own stardom. I mean, this is a man who has been considered one of the best writers of his generation and yet his composed and humble nature went completely against my former assumption that he would be an author with a huge ego.
With three excellent novels under his belt (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Moth Smoke, How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia) and The Reluctant Fundamentalist having already made a film debut in 2012, Hamid is definitely on his way to becoming a rock star in his field. I wrote last week about how “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” film fell short of my high expectations, but the reality is that Hamid’s writing leaves very little to be desired. Each one of his novels are a candid and honest look at life not only in Pakistan but at other developing countries in Asia which bear the similar features and struggles of life in Mohsin Hamid’s homeland.
I was lucky enough at this year’s Singapore Writers Festival to listen to Mohsin Hamid expound on his journey towards becoming a best-selling author and, even got to meet the man himself! Although I probably sounded way too much like an overly ecstatic fan girl when talking to him, I was amazed throughout the encounter with how down-to-earth and genuinely pleased he seemed to hear my thoughts. And his comments during his onstage interview were equally, if not more, able at casting a light on the man behind the magic.
So was Mohsin Hamid always destined to be a writer? In some ways yes, as during his university years he took creative writing courses despite majoring in other seemingly more practical veins of study. And while working in the finance industry after graduating, Mohsin Hamid still took the time to continue to write and published his first novel, Moth Smoke, in 2000. It was in the early fall of 2001 that he presented to his publishers the root short story behind The Reluctant Fundamentalist; but little interest was shown as the story was based around a young Muslim man living in the USA and his journey of falling in and out of love.
With the horrific tragedy of 9/11, a renewed interest was shown towards a story which could share with the world some of the stigmas and suspicions which would be applied to some Muslim men in the aftermath. Hamid incorporated 9/11 into his story but it took him another six years to finally get it right. He worked with a variety of voices, wrote and re-wrote, and finally decided upon what we now read as the final product.
It’s obvious that for Hamid the process is never straightforward. He admitted to putting in months, and even years into works that he eventually scrapped because they just didn’t seem to come together in a cohesive way. Thankfully for those of us who love his books, Hamid doesn’t give up and continues to provide us with great works which prove that time and a careful respect towards one’s work really do create art which is unique and applicable to our times.
All you avid readers out there will probably love to know how exactly Mohsin Hamid first got his inspiration to one day write:
“One moment was when I was a little kid…I’d read comic books… my mother said: ‘Why is he reading this junk? Get him something good to read.’ And my father said: ‘It just matters that he loves reading.’”
Mohsin continued on to say: “I wouldn’t be a writer today if I wasn’t someone who loved reading. I’m a reader first and I also happen to write.”
Inspiring words for all those who love to read and hope to someday follow in Hamid’s footsteps to create exceptional artwork of their own!
November 14, 2013 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Holiday, Posters | No Comments »
The holidays are right around the corner and we’re celebrating with a new product! Give 2014 a literary touch with the unique and exquisite charm of our 2014 Literary Poster Calendar.
2014 Literary Poster Calendar (15×28” - 38.1×71.12cm)
This 2014 Literary Poster Calendar is created using many short stories.
Created from the original words of some of the most beloved short stories, this compilation of art brings alive a unique and thrilling design with the flip of each page. The tales of great authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Mark Twain, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle all take their places on their own pages, co-existing in a harmonious balance of beautiful literary lines and sumptuous illustrations. With perforated edges on each calendar page, you can remove each month’s design and frame them on the wall as separate pieces of a collection. These illustrations are timeless and can continue to be enjoyed no matter the month or year.
With the varied and prodigious words of great authors, this 2014 Literary Poster Calendar evokes the spirit of each individual tale with twelve magnificent illustrations that will make every month of next year memorable:
January – The Celestial Omnibus and The Road from Colonus by E.M. Forster
February – The Dead by James Joyce
March – The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
April – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
May – The Final Problem and The Adventure of the Empty House Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
June – A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
July – Wild Apples by Henry David Thoreau
August – Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street by Herman Melville
September – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
October – The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft
November – Five Short Stories by Mark Twain
December – Four Short Stories by Charles Dickens
From the first month all the way to the last, a journey emerges which carries you from the remarkable world of E.M. Forrester all the way to the snow-capped realm of Charles Dickens. Each one of these lovely art prints will have you looking forward to the future as you keep a fond memory of the passing months.
View this poster in our store.