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When Book Covers Fail Characters

Book covers are bizarre little monsters. Maybe they have to be because they straddle so many different roles. A cover has to reflect a book’s unique facets, but it also has to fit into the standards for a genre. It has to have aesthetically interesting qualities, but it also has to make readers want to… Continue reading When Book Covers Fail Characters

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The Audacity of Judging a Book by Its Cover: 4 Highlights from Recent Publications

People say that old maxim ‘never judge a book by its cover’ frequently, but of course everyone does judge book covers. Both in ebooks and in physical copies, the cover is one of the first things a reader sees. Readers use the cover to make instant assessments about a book: is this a genre I… Continue reading The Audacity of Judging a Book by Its Cover: 4 Highlights from Recent Publications

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5 Beautiful Versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

In honor of the recent release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, I want to highlight a few of the children’s books based on that fairy tale. Though dozens of interpretations of the story exist, these are a few of my favorites. They feature amazing artwork and manage to capture the spirit of the… Continue reading 5 Beautiful Versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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When Book Covers Get Characters Wrong

Book cover design is often grand, but sometimes publishers don’t get it quite right. Take for example the case of Nnedi Okorafor. Nnedi Okorafor is an extraordinary science fiction writer, and she has the Nebula Award to prove it. Before she was quite so lauded, however, she had a strange and terrible interaction with her… Continue reading When Book Covers Get Characters Wrong

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A Bus Stop for Book Lovers

Apparently I am on something of an architecture kick. In addition to finding one of the most incredible library parking garages in the world, I’ve discovered a stellar bus stop. Those are words I never thought I would type. When bus stops come to mind, I typically don’t think of anything extraordinary. The stop nearest… Continue reading A Bus Stop for Book Lovers

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A Magnificent Library Parking Garage

Outside of the American Midwest, most people would not expect to find exceptional library design in Kansas City, Missouri. If they went to downtown Kansas City, however, those people might be surprised. Back in 2003 and 2004, the Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees decided to transform the Library District Parking Garage into a giant… Continue reading A Magnificent Library Parking Garage

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What Happens When We Judge a Book by Its Cover?

People usually respond in one of two ways to the phenomenon of judging a book by its cover; they mourn man’s shallowness, or they consider a book’s marketing potential. But how much does the look of a book matter? How do people feel about book covers? And how do those feelings relate to the scores… Continue reading What Happens When We Judge a Book by Its Cover?

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Finding a New Purpose as a Bookstore: The Dominican Church in Maastricht

Though bookstores often take over old buildings, most shops don’t inhabit old churches. A bookstore in the Netherlands, however, is an exception to that rule. In 2007, Seleyx, a Dutch chain, hired architect firm Merkx+Girod to convert an old Dominican church in Maastricht, Netherlands into a bookshop. In order to maintain the architectural integrity of the… Continue reading Finding a New Purpose as a Bookstore: The Dominican Church in Maastricht

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Just a Tipple: Booze with Literary Flair, Part 2

To ring in the start of 2017, what is better than a book related beverage? (Lots of things probably, but I can only help with the drinks.) If you are less a bookish beer person and more of a wine fancier, this post is for you. I’m highlighting just a few wines that have in… Continue reading Just a Tipple: Booze with Literary Flair, Part 2