Thessaly La Force’s ‘ideal bookshelf’ – While I’m sure many of you would have already seen the extraordinarily gorgeous bookish art of Jane Mount, few would have bore witness to the creation of her art, in motion. Well, thanks to the Paris Review we can now all watch the artist at work. Jane recently painted the ‘Ideal Bookshelf’ of former Paris Review Daily editor, Thessaly La Force and the literary magazine was there to film it. And there’s more good news for Jane Mount fans – a book of her art is published this month.
Adding a little ‘shabby chic’ to the bookshelves – In a similar vein to the artwork of Jane Mount, Melbourne company Light Reading have come up with [pun alert] a novel use for second-hand bricks. They take the bricks, paint them, and turn them into something resembling books. A clever idea, especially for those looking for something a little more unique to act as book ends, but perhaps not that handy for those living on this side of the world (I daren’t imagine what UPS charge for shipping bricks across the globe). That said, I think this an idea that could be replicated quite easily. I’m off out to the garden to hunt for discarded masonry .
Independent’s 50 best winter reads – ‘Best’ book lists are always subjective and largely a matter of personal taste I know, but Independent features editor Rebecca Armstrong, together with Viv Bird, chief executive of Booktrust, Janine Cook, eBooks promotions manager at Waterstones and Jonathan Ruppin, web editor for Foyles, have come up with rather a compelling list of 50 books, across all genres, that are considered to be must reads this winter. Well worth a look.