Friday Round-Up

Each week I round-up all the (mostly book-related) articles/blog posts/book reviews/websites/videos that entertained me during the week. Enjoy!


Titles on the Man Booker shortlist are discussed via cover design.

Stunning paper sculptures appeared in a the Scottish Poetry Library. Read about it and see pictures here and here.

Flavorwire article of the week: “20 Amazing Reimagined Bookcovers”. My favorite is here, and no, not just because it’s P&P. Okay, not only just because it’s P&P.

“11 Literary Holidays That Every Book Lover Should Know” – my favorite: Winnie the Pooh Day, January 18th: Travel back to your childhood with this holiday that commemorates the honey-obsessed bear and his pals. Observed on the birthday of author A.A. Milne, this holiday invites celebrants to read the classic stories to themselves or to share them with the next generation of book lovers.

A very long article on authors and their pets.

World Book Night and the 2012 Top 100 books. I’m pleasantly surprised and supportive that The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy made the top 10.

Autostraddle has compiled a list of the “Top Ten Fantasy Novels That Have Gay People In Them”. Personally, I’m a huge fan of anything Jacqueline Carey writes, and am looking to get my hands on the sequel to Santa Olivia.

Borders employees have a final say:


Facsimile Dust Jackets – for those who love vintage book covers, they have over 7,000 to choose from.

Children’s Books

Emma Thompson to pen new Peter Rabbit tale!

I don’t agree (or maybe just don’t want to agree) with everything this article says, but at least it’s celebrating “The Children’s Authors Who Broke the Rules” – Sendak, Silverstein, and Seuss (2 Jews and a German – just thought that was an interesting bit of trivia)

Here’s a slideshow of recently published children’s fairy and folk tales in the Sunday Book Review of The New York Times. And here’s the article that accompanies it.

Shel Silverstein, despite being dead for over 10 years, has a new book coming out: Everything On It. NPR discusses.


Archie comics to feature a gay wedding. Read more here (snarky) and here (serious).


For the person who has everything? Design your own type ring at

Drool over this website: Wood Type Revival.

Interested in designing your own website with some unique fonts? Check out

Just in case those websites weren’t enough, check out, while you’re at it.

Typographers complain about wildly successful recently released book Just My Type in this article “Not My Type”.


Sorry to do this to you, but the cutest book-related video ever:

Thanks to SBT for this: “A Typewriter That Transforms Words Into Cocktails”

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