Briefly Noted: Beautiful Alices, Bookshops, and New Books
I'm of the school that believes you can't be too rich or own too many copies of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I know I'm not alone in this which is why I wanted to share this beautiful edition with wood engravings by George S. Walker produced by Porcupine's Quill. I spotted it on display last night at Montreal's Argo Bookshop, a lovely little broom closet of a bookstore (200 square feet!) with a fantastically curated stocklist. Argo has been part of Montreal's literary landscape since 1966 and is currently owned and run by Meaghan Acosta, Jesse Eckerlin & J.P. Karwacki.
Finally, you can now listen to Neil Gaiman's keynote address from this year's London Book Fair. His advice to those in publishing: "try everything. Make mistakes. Surprise ourselves. Try anything else. Fail. Fail better. And succeed in ways we never would have imagined a year or a week ago."
I may have to go back and pick up a copy of this for myself to keep my other Alices company. This, however, was my purchase last night:
It's a great joy to visit the website of Lemony Snicket and be greeted with this: "Dear Colleague, Welcome to this website. Please leave." You can read an excerpt on the site or you can go straight out and support a local bookseller by buying a copy.
While on the subject of author websites here are a few more you might want to check out. Betsy Bird, children's librarian and blogger extraordinaire now has taken to wearing another hat: picture book writer. Her first book Giant Dance Party pubs this week and you can find her online here. Oliver Jeffers, a perennial favourite around here has a great website where he talks about his picture books and other projects. And today on twitter he gave a sneak peek of his latest book.
From bookshops to one of my other great loves: libraries. One of the things that makes the place where I live feel like a community is our community, volunteer-run library. To my mind, it's practically everything a library should be. The Hudson War Memorial Library is self-supporting and actually generates enough money through book sales and weekly thrift sales to support local charities. Pretty impressive.