Friday, May 14, 2021

Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

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...
Brian Dettmer creates detailed sculptures out of books. He describes these pieces as "a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators" in the sense that the final pieces lend new meaning to the book’s internal elements. The pieces...
We love libraries because they are home to books. And when said books are also home to libraries? Well, that's even better! Libraries turn up as settings, even as characters themselves, in works of art more often than you would think....
Valerie Hegarty's artwork of destruction involves taking reconstructed masterpieces or other works that evoke a sense of history or myth, and then creating a kind of falsified ruination or destruction. A colonial ship, for example, will appear to be...
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...
Here at the Endpaper Blog we make no secret about our passion for the book arts. Even our name is derived from an important piece in bookbinding (the "endpapers" are the interior sheets of paper that connect the covers...
Here at Paperblanks we’re obviously fascinated by old world book-making and binding techniques – but this is something completely different! 70 small books with lead pages and wire binding were found in a cave in Jordan that could date...
Currently in the midst of their tenth-anniversary celebrations, Atlantis Books in Santorini, Greece is an independent bookshop founded by a group of friends from Cyprus, England and the United States. This island treasure is everything you would expect from...
Today we celebrate what would have been the 128th birthday of controversial literary figure D.H. Lawrence. Or, can we really say 'celebrate'? This is, after all, an author who had only one positive obituary. Celebration or not, there is...
In 1920's Paris Shakespeare and Company, a bookstore on the Left Bank, was the epicenter of literary life in Paris. The likes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce would hang around the store daily with other members...

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