As I’ve mentioned before, I love Penguin Books. So, imagine my delight when I stumbled upon the website of one of their book cover designers — Coralie Bickford-Smith. It was like waking up to snow on Christmas morning. Besides having a delightful name, she also has a keen imagination when it comes to literary design. And, with her work — you can definitely judge a book by its cover.
To top it all off, she was kind enough to let me barrage her with questions over several emails in order to give you a behind-the-scenes peek at book jacket design. And — give away a lovely original screenprinted literary illustration, too!
I still remember feeling giddy when I saw the first Cozy Classics cover of Pride and Prejudice last year. Immediately, my imagination was captured by these tiny felt characters journeying through a vast (and very real) world. The clever juxtaposition of the fictional with the real, showing the strengths and beauties of each, was absolutely brilliant. And, the Cozy Classics team was kind enough to sponsor one of my first giveaways last December — giving one of you their first two books: Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice.
Ever since, I’ve been curious about the creators of Cozy Classics – twin brothers Holman and Jack Wang – and their creative process. Through their Facebook page, I have continued to be inspired by their considered creations and the detailed effort they put forth to produce such refined quality. Creativity like theirs brightens the world. And I am thankful for their contributions to the world of books.
I don’t know about you, but nothing says cozy quite so well as a warm cup of tea and a good book. And plenty of authors throughout history have said as much, too. One of my favourite literary tea quotes is from C.S. Lewis:
You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
I love bookish gifts — the kind that make you smile as you imagine someone brainstorming the idea. Today’s literary giveaway offers two such products, and they tap in to two different senses: seeing and smelling.
Thanks to PADDYWAX and DesignDifferent one of you can win a bundle of bookish gifts that’s as good for the nose as it is for the eyes.
A few months ago I found these brilliant art prints on Etsy that paired striking illustrations with an impressive list of eloquent quotes and now I get to offer one of Obvious State‘s creations as a giveaway in honour of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
What is Included in the Giveaway:
One participant will win one unframed F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote Art Print. The winner gets to choose between two Fitzgerald prints created by Obvious State.
As I mentioned before, I’ve got a crush on vintage Penguin books. Imagine my delight when I found The Sewing Muse, who embroiders cushions to look just like them. And now one of you lucky readers gets to win a Penguin cushion in honour of the upcoming film release of The Great Gatsby!
In honour of Jane Austen‘s birthday (this past Sunday) and because these are just so utterly adorable — here’s another lovely giveaway, thanks to Cozy Classics and Simply Read Books! Great for kids, or even as clever coffee table books.
Cozy Classics are brilliant. Children can learn new words in the context of a story — and that story can grow with the child. Adults can practice their own memory skills as they try to tell the story from a few words and images — this could even become a new party game!