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Is this the spring you plan to get into poetry? It's never too late to develop a new writing skill, but it can feel a bit overwhelming when diving into an entirely new creative writing world. To help get...
Leonardo Da Vinci kept a daily journal throughout most of his life, keeping notes and drawings on a host of topics from the extraordinary (inventions, artwork, scientific theories and musings) to the mundane (grocery lists, names of people who...
Within the 45 years that the Incunable era spanned, tens of thousands of books were printed. This meant that knowledge was suddenly available at a fraction of the cost of a handwritten book, which spurred literacy and furthermore challenged the power held by the church and ruling elite.
One of our favourite cover series is our Embellished Manuscripts Collection. We love working with libraries and private collectors to find the original handwritten drafts behind some of the world's best-loved stories. But sometimes the mystery behind a manuscript just...
Texas-based artist Susan Hoerth collects pieces from her travels around the world and uses them to bring new life to books. Each piece that Susan designs includes “a mixture of the discarded and forgotten ordinary moments in everyday life.” Susan...
At the end of last year we concluded a long-running competition celebrating some of the world's most beautiful bookstores (Beautiful Bookstores: And the Winner Is...). During our research for that blog series we also uncovered many gorgeous libraries that,...
It all started with a simple, off-the-cuff remark about a favourite writing venue. Little did American author Alexander Chee know that his comment to PEN Ten interviewer, Lauren Cerand, would spark an online revolution in the connection between writing...
Amazing art world news this week: The Prado Museum in Madrid has uncovered a replica of the Mona Lisa that was painted by one of Leonardo Da Vinci's pupils "at precisely the same time he was painting the original."...
Northern Ireland sculptor Jacqueline Rush Lee is best known for her conceptual work with books, paper and paint. She has spent the past sixteen years crafting a meaningful and personal exploration of the book as an art medium and...
Today is International Children's Book Day (ICBD), an annual event based around the birthday of famed fairy tale teller Hans Christian Andersen. Meant to encourage a love of reading amongst people of all ages while calling attention to children's...

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