Celebrating Our Upcoming Release With Some Hamlet Humor

April 8, 2014 | Author: | Category: Funny | No Comments »

If you’ve paid a visit to our Postertext homepage lately, you’ve probably noticed that this month’s poster release is going to be William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. To get you in the mood and ready for what promises to be an awesome art print, I thought you might enjoy a little Hamlet humor.

Have fun and be sure to subscribe  to get updates on this month’s release if you’re really looking forward to picking up one of our Hamlet posters! Enjoy!

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Happy Monday: A Conversation with Ray Bradbury

April 6, 2014 | Author: | Category: Interesting discoveries | 1 Comment »

You probably know of Ray Bradbury because of his iconic novel Fahrenheit 451, but, as with all great artists, there’s a lot more to this man than his literature. If you’ve enjoyed Bradbury’s works, you’ll love this video: A Conversation with Ray Bradbury.

 

Behind every great writer is a great reader, and, as you can see from the video, Bradbury is no exception. Almost immediately he begins to talk about his love for reading. “Libraries fulfill you.” he says. It’s so fantastic to hear such a well-known author give voice to how important reading is for a great education.

But Bradbury doesn’t stop there, he continues to expound on how important literature is for a functioning civilization, touches on his childhood love of good movies, and talks in depth about the process of writing his novel Fahrenheit 451. There’s definitely a little bit of something here for everyone, and every single statement is fascinating to the extreme.

This video is endearing (especially when Bradbury’s cat is hanging about) and I’m sure you’ll love to learn some new and fascinating facts about a great author. Nothing is closer to the truth than hearing the writer himself tell his own stories. No doubt you’ll fall in love with the man behind the words in no time at all!

Books Make You Richer

April 3, 2014 | Author: | Category: Interesting discoveries | No Comments »

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Truer words have never been spoken! What books are you planning on reading this weekend in order to enrich your life? :)

Ringing in the New Month with some April Literary Birthdays

April 2, 2014 | Author: | 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:

shakespeareWilliam 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!

 

rostandEdmond 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!

 

andersenHans 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!

 

irvingWashington 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!

 

clearyBeverly 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! :)

3 Reasons Why ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is Perfect for Spring

March 27, 2014 | Author: | Category: Fun facts, Interesting discoveries | 1 Comment »

windinthewillowsYou’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?

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