Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Friends of the Linebaugh Library Annual Luncheon with Ruta Sepetys

"If you go out and take a photograph today you're sharing the truth," says Ruta Sepetys at the Friends Luncheon January 28th at the Woman's Club.
"Historical novels are important. We all have important family stories.
Take time to think about your story." RS
"In these times of difficulty, we need to see their faces. Through books,
through stories, a statistic becomes a human being." RS
"Searching for story and story comes searching for you." RS
"Readers tell you what your book is about." RS
Her books are published in 53 countries. Translators are her blessing.
This book is about courage and survival. (USA)
It's about identity. (France)
It's about Patriotism. (Spain)
It's about Compassion and Courage. (Japan)
It's about Love. (Italy)
"What is most important is the readers' interpretation." RS
"It represented how Creating Art can Save Lives." Naieva
"Thank you all for coming, our most precious commodity is our time."  RS

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Book Stories: The Rhino Bookstore

We get excited when we uncover funky-interesting Used Bookstores. Ironically, we just said good-bye to Bookman/Bookwoman in Nashville, closing their doors after many years. Just as we bought our last book at Bookwoman (The Old Filth by Jane Gardam - great book by the way), my friend Mary tells us that she wants to check The Rhino Bookstore on Charlotte Pike in Nashville. Well, okay. Didn't know there was one. Turns out they've been there for fifteen years. And it was everything we love.

Cool sign and fun front door.

Coffee shop next door, and of course an Elvis sighting.

A giant Rhino in the Window!

Rhinos everywhere. Who doesn't like Rhinos?

"Does this Selfie make me look fat?"

A couch I could live on with these stuffed Rhinos.

View from the couch. And yes, I may have my feet up.

A signed Hemmingway amongst the stacks of books.

Cute children's section.

Rhinos everywhere. Okay, I may have my feet up again. Now where's my book?

Cats and books go together like Coffee and books.

Cool nooks and crannies.

Head's Up on a Great Bookstore.

To top it all off, a Grey Cat! Okay, we officially LOVE this place.

Now for some coffee and sit down to read our new books.
And Great new News - as we discussed the Old Filth at book-group, we were informed that they have another Rhino Bookstore in Nashville on Granny Pike. Okay, let's check it out. Now, where do you suppose they could find another life-size Rhino for the window?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Southern Festival Of Books Art Journal 2016 Part One

I make all kinds of journals and give them each a focus. For example, Toad Rage, is one whose focus was just the recent road trip across America. These are mostly typical Glue Journals, gluing in  photographs, leather bits, ephemera, etc. One of the best parts along the journey is visiting art museums and picking up inspiration and ephemera.

I've also worked on the WS&F Open Tennis Journal building it with photographs, ephemera and catching autographs from famous tennis players.

The Southern Festival of Books happens every second weekend in October in Nashville Tennessee.   I've been attending for almost 20, and I've never thought to do a Book-fest Autograph Journal. So, it was long overdue. Authors are very creative accommodating people, so it looked like it would work out, and it sure did.

Mr. Winston Groom himself writes a lovely note. It was a honor to meeet this great man.
Now this meeting is forever recorded in this journal.

YA Author Lauren Oliver gives it a try.

Just walking around the grounds, you can spot great authors like Where's Lauren.

Brendan Kiely expresses his enthusiasm to write in the journal.

David Arnold is the first to draw a picture.

Ann Patchett will top that with a drawing of her own from Magician's Assistant!

More lovelies add their unique take.

Shannon Messenger pulls out all the stops, stamps and markers. I should have known authors would be more creative than even tennis players.

When you see a sports car taped on the city streets of Nashville, you have to ask what's going on.

And, if we're spray painting Maggie Stiefvater's car because she wants to inspire people to live a creative life, then she Has To spray paint the journal.

I left my eg circle logo on the trunk of Maggie Stiefvater's car. Spray paint is a bit squirrely to use.