Critical Linking: August 23, 2015

book sculpture Bellacera_Catch_1

Sometimes we get so engrossed in the stresses of daily life that we need reminders of the larger-than-life worlds contained in books. That’s where these amazing book-inspired sculptures come in! This list contains only a fraction of the stunning pieces of art that exist around the world, from books wedged into the very building blocks of our societies to recreations of our favorite childhood stories. These sculptures welcome you to reading havens like libraries, or pop up in the most unexpected places (Lyme Park, anyone?) to inspire you to crack open a book once in a while.

These book sculptures are fun.

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5. Find fun ways to kick off discussion

We use Twitter and Facebook while reading to start the chat and then on the night, we go around the room and everyone gives one word describing their take on the book. Some of these words may have become triple hyphenated sentences, but it gives you a barometer for how people feel and helps kickstart the conversation and debate.

If you’re looking for some tips to kick off a book club of your very own, these are pretty straightforward (and useful).

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oldest multicolored printed book Bamboo4

Until now, Shi zhu zhai shu hua pu (Manual of Calligraphy and Painting), was deemed too fragile to be opened, let alone viewed by the public. The 17th century compilation of 50 artists and calligraphers contains the first known instance of multicoloured printing ever, is reputed to be “the most beautiful” set of prints of its kind, and has just been made available through Cambridge University’s Digital Library.

WOW this is a beautiful book and it makes me want to learn more about book arts in the early Eastern world.

A gift from us to you! Get free mismatched library socks with any purchase in the Book Riot Store while supplies last. Treat yourself (and your favorite elf). br_mismatched_rc
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