If you are in Estes Park this Friday—you know, home of the iconic Stanley Hotel, where The Shining was filmed—stop by the Estes Valley Library to see Lisa Morton, author of Trick or Treat, talk about the history of Halloween! Her talk starts at 4pm. It will be sure to be spooky!
Via CNN, “Long before our traveling friends had Facebook and Instagram to taunt us, they had postcards. So what better way to celebrate World Post Day than thumbing through one of the biggest archives of postcards ever amassed? … Some of the best have been gathered in a book, The World in Pocket-Size Format, by Monika Burri. It’s available from Swiss company Scheidegger and Spiess.”
Remembering the First World War with Satire, Rather Than Solemnity: The Bodleian Library’s Treasures Reveal that Mockery was a Potent British Wartime Weapon (via Maclean’s Magazine)
Samuel Fanous, medievalist and head of publishing at the Bodleian Library, talks with Maclean’s about how the eminent British institution is marking the centennial of the First World War.
The Huns Have Got my Gramophone!
Ye Berlyn Tapestrie
Secrets in a Dead Fish
Very excited to see this early review at Kirkus of Linda Simon’s fantastic history of the circus, coming soon to North America.
“Simon brings a learned hand to this bright history of the circus, which emblazons as it preserves the magic.”
Barbara Penner, author of Bathroom, offers illuminating thoughts on that most sanitary—and, sometimes, lavish—feature of our homes and businesses. Check out her interview—and a slideshow of some of the more impressive receptacles featured at the Toilets: Evolution or Revolution exhibition at the London Design Festival—at CNN.
A Royal Cookbook: Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham, published this month by Royal Collection Publications, is the Boston Globe’s “The Discovery.”
A very illuminating interview at the Leonard Lopate show with Reaktion author Renee Marton, whose book Rice: A Global History is out soon.
Nearly 140,000 different varieties, use in many ways, across many cultures, this ubiquitous food has one of the most fascinating global histories.
Visit Wired to see a slideshow from Katharina Roters’s Hungarian Cubes, published in September by Park Books.
“Roters documents countryside row houses during Kádár’s reign, after residents started freewheeling with colors and shapes to make it so no two houses looked like… . Some of the homes have trompe l’oeil paintings around the window, like facsimiles of shutters or trimming. Others look like abstracted images of sun rays, or harvested crops.”
Photo: Jane Austen’s novels, Bodleian Library Publishing, from Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries by Stephen Hebron
A slideshow at the LA Times's Jacket Copy blog includes highlights from the book and exhibit, including locks of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley’s hair and the fragments of Sappho’s poetry.
Drawn from the collections of the Bodleian Library, the Marks of Genus exhibit runs through September 28 at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. For those unable to make the exhibit, the accompanying book was published by the Bodleian Library in August and is available for purchase here.
PBS NewsHour talked with Morgan Library curator John McQuillen about Marks of Genius. Via the Morgan Library’s Instagram, enjoy this behind-the-scenes snap!
"Just as WWI brought technological advances in warfare—the armored tank, flamethrowers, poison gas—it also witnessed increasingly sophisticated (if sometimes absurdly ill-advised) techniques of espionage… . Everything from windmills and locomotives to loaves of bread were used to transmit secret messages, leading to the kind of paranoia and suspicion with which, in today’s time of heightened security, we are all too familiar."
Melanie King, author with the Bodleian Library of Secrets in a Dead Fish has written a short piece for the Boston Globe on the the shadowy world of Great War espionage.