About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bookstores In Advertising?

There are books about bookstores. There are movies about bookstores. There is even a Monty Python sketch about a bookstore. And now there is a new FedEx commercial about a bookstore, Conspiracy Books. This creative 30-second spot is so well put together I had to share it. From the opening shot featuring the exterior of the store to the paranoid woman behind the desk sporting a t-shirt that says “Greetings from Area 51,” this ad immediately caught my attention and prompted me to look for it on Youtube then watch it repeatedly. How else would I have been able to ascertain the hilarious names of these books offered for sale:
Did the 15th Century Happen?
Follow the Chemtrails
Healthy Paranoia
Who's Really Pulling the Levers?
Did 1971 Happen?
Dinosaurs Built the Pyramids
and my favorite, They Control ALL from Shaking Ceiling Fans to Unanswered Text Messages.
A nice added touch is the small sign on the cash register picturing a helicopter above the words, TRUST NO ONE.”

What a fun bookstore this would be to visit!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Intersection of Art and Books

“What most attracts you to a book's construction? The dust jacket? The binding? The end papers, paper or font? The inside illustrations, a ribbon place holder, a colophon? The scent of fresh ink, the crispness of the paper, the texture of a deckle-edge? Each part of a book's anatomy contributes to our sensual delight as readers and as artists.” These words are from a call to artists by Three Pines Studio for its exhibition, Anatomy of the Book, Deconstructed/Reconstructed, a special display in support of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book. When last I left you (see previous post), I had just reached the apex of a glorious drive along M-119, the Tunnel of Trees, and on the recommendation of Katie Capaldi Boeckl, I was about to visit this art installation. And an impressive visit it would be.