April 2, 2014 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Fun facts, Interesting discoveries | No Comments »
Happy April! Hopefully everyone had a fun April Fool’s Day yesterday and is eagerly looking forward to this month of spring. Let’s start the month off on a good note with some April literary birthdays:
Famous authors born in April:
William Shakespeare – Born April 23rd, 1564. We’ll be releasing a Hamlet poster this month to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, but this isn’t our first time playing with Shakespeare. We already have a Romeo and Juliet art print and our 2014 Literary Poster Calendar features a poster of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream!
Edmond Rostand – Born April 1st, 1868. You are probably familiar with Rostand because of his work, Cyrano de Bergerac. If you love this play, be sure to check out our Cyrano de Bergerac art print and let us know what you think of it!
Hans Christian Andersen – Born April 2nd, 1805. Does The Little Mermaid or The Emperor’s New Clothes ring a bell? Yup, both these fairy tales were the work of Andersen!
Washington Irving – Born April 3rd, 1783. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is perhaps one of Irving’s more well-known works and our 2014 Literary Poster Calendar features an April illustration of this story to celebrate Irving’s birthday!
Beverly Cleary – Born April 12th, 1916. Beloved author of the Ramona books, this writer is perhaps one of my favorites on this list. We’ll have some fun celebrating her birthday this month!
If you have a few famous authors to add to this list, don’t be shy about letting us know. Each month is a celebration of great literature and authors so we’ll jump at the chance for some literary partying!
March 27, 2014 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Fun facts, Interesting discoveries | 1 Comment »
You’ve probably noticed that our new poster for March is The Wind in the Willows which uses the entire text from Kenneth Grahame’s wonderful novel to form this rather (we think) awesome image. If you had a childhood steeped deep in the classics, someone probably read this book to you at some point. And then one day… like Mole burrowing his way to sunlight, you delved your way into this magical adventure on your own.
There’s a lot to love about Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows, and there’s plenty of good reasons why we think this book was ideal for creating a March-April art print. So here are a few thoughts on why The Wind in the Willows is an excellent spring choice:
The novel starts in the Spring.
Yep, that’s right. This book opens up with Mole working away at his spring cleaning. But eventually he succumbs to the wonderful call of spring (beccause who wants to clean when they can be out having fun) and burrows his way to the outside world. So begins his friendships with Ratty, Toad, and Badger!
Kenneth Grahame’s birthday is in March.
Kenneth Grahame was born March 8th, 1859 in Scotland. Although early March is still considered winter in most places, I think we can overlook that and simply say that Grahame is a spring born individual. It’s just more romantic to assume that his March birthday fostered a love for spring which led to him creating the beginning whimsical scene of his classic children’s novel.
Grahame’s son was the inspiration for the character of Toad.
Grahame’s son, Alistair, was born in early May and falls within our spring timeline. An impulsive and independent child, Alistair served as the inspiration for the rather reckless character of Toad. As a big favorite for readers everywhere, it’s heartwarming to think that Toad grew from the spunky real life character of a little boy. You’ll never see The Wind in the Willows the same way again.
As we’re heading into April, it’s the perfect time to start spending quality time out in the spring weather reading some good books. The Wind in the Willows is just one of those. It’s easy to recycle Grahame’s beloved classic on a yearly basis and pull it out when the flowers start blooming, the sun starts shining, and the world seems young and full of possibilities. Give it a try!
And while spring is in the air, be sure to let us know what you think of our new The Wind in the Willows poster. Do you feel it captures the lively spirit of the book?
March 25, 2014 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Interesting discoveries | No Comments »
A little Bookish DIY project for you to consider this week: write down on slips of paper the titles of books you want to read, books which are recommended reads, and even books you’ve been procrastinating on reading. Fold and place in an empty jar and viola! You have a Book Jar! Next time you’re not sure what to read, reach in and pull out your next book.
As you can see, my own jar has hardly any titles so far, and I am looking for suggestions. What titles do you plan on putting in your Book Jar?
March 24, 2014 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Posters | No Comments »
We are delighted to inform you that we now have a brand new poster available! Get swept away on a whimsical journey through our The Wind in the Willows art print.
The Wind in the Willows (36×24″ – 91.4x61cm)
This The Wind in the Willows poster is created using the entire text from the book.
Kenneth Grahame’s treasured tale, The Wind in the Willows lends unique human traits to four protagonists: Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad. They begin their tale as mere acquaintances, but as the story progresses Toad’s rambunctious and adventurous spirit bonds them in the firm embrace of friendship. In comical attempts to keep Toad safe as he recklessly involves all his friends in every caper, Mole, Ratty, and Badger find themselves often getting dragged along for a wild ride. As this story draws to a close, it creates an optimistic spark in each character as they look forward to the future adventures their ever stronger camaraderie will bring.
The original words of The Wind in the Willows are used here to form a fanciful illustration, bringing this classic tale joyfully to life. Our adorable anthropomorphic protagonists, Timid Mole, Jaunty Ratty, Sophisticated Badger, and Charismatic Toad are all shown here in the midst of yet another rousing escapade. Toad is at the wheel of his car, tipping his hat mischievously to the irate Badger who is waving his fist from the roadside. Toad’s reckless driving has thrown Ratty from his seat, and the ever worried Mole is reaching out to prevent his good friend from tumbling away and being left behind in Toad’s carless wake. In this illustration, this rip-roaring scene is juxtaposed against the effervescent and airy willow trees which wave and flutter delicately in the background.
The Wind in the Willows is a timeless classic beloved by children and adults alike. Infused with the four different larger-than-life personalities of each of the protagonists, this work of art brings this story alive in an enchanting and unforgettable way.
View this poster in our store.
March 22, 2014 | Author: Katherine Collom | Category: Interesting discoveries, Quotes | No Comments »
Being a writer is never easy and I think we can all appreciate the hard work a lot of our favorite authors put into creating the novels we love to read. Buzzfeed has created yet another cool book related list titled 25 Quotes That Will Inspire You To Be A Fearless Writer. All those who are published authors or aspiring writers will definitely be inspired by these quotes, but the rest of us who simply love reading good literature can also appreciate the sneak peak into the mysterious minds of our favorite writers. You can’t go wrong with encouraging words from the likes of Stephen King and Anthony Burgess! Enjoy!