Inspiring Creativity

Unleash the creativity already inside you.

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...
The theory that, through a chain of friends and friends of friends, we can be connected with any other person on earth through a maximum of six steps, was first posited by Frigyes Karinthy. Known as Six Degrees of...
You may be surprised to see that this post is about commas, apostrophes and quotation marks. And yes, there are trickier punctuation mark selection decisions out there, like whether to use a hyphen or en dash, or colon or...
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...
On a recent Beautiful Bookstores post, a reader suggested that we profile Akateeminen Kirjakauppa ("The Academic Bookstore") in Stockmann, Helsinki as a contender. And what a great recommendation that was! This bookstore is filled with upwards of 450,000 books in...
A polarizing historical figure, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) is both feared and revered. For the 250th anniversary of his birth, we are honouring this French statesman and military leader with a new Special Edition journal. Available only in select European markets,...
If you've ever wanted to explore your creative writing talents, you may have tried the usual genres of romance, thriller, or perhaps even comedy. But have you ever considered what it might be like to look a bit closer...
Motifs of nature and conservation are incredibly prevalent in the arts, from the paintings of Canadian naturalist Robert Bateman to Dr. Seuss' classic children's book (and the various movie adaptations) The Lorax. There are not many artists, however, who...
When our hearts are heavy, making art can inspire others, raise awareness or simply bring a respite. Art can create space and compassion; it can be a conductor for connection. As we continue to see the devastation happening in...
While a sketchbook can be an intimate and personal object, rarely to be shared, it can also be a source of inspiration to others. Peeking into someone else’s sketchbook we might see our own thoughts reflected, the documentation of...