Hope everyone had a wonderful week! A little rainy around here, so I've had plenty of time for reading! I'm currently switching between 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Just Kids by Patti Smith. What will you be reading this weekend?

Here are a few things we're loving Internet-wise this week:

Design*Sponge, one of the biggest design and DIY sites in the world (and perhaps the biggest) has a book coming out in September! We love their post Design*Sponge at Home: The Evolution of a Book Cover and seeing how the cover went from this:

to the final:

To stay up-to-date on the book, click here, and stay tuned for a Q&A with Grace Bonney in September!


Readers of the Bard might not be able to make the trip to Washington to visit the “Fame, Fortune & Theft: The Shakespeare First Folio” exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library, but a close second is this NYT article which details the history and maintenance process of the Shakespeare First Folio, including the process of recreating the ashes of one burned copy. A fascinating account on how veneration has grown to near-worship:

"...It is the only source for 18 of Shakespeare’s plays. If it weren’t
for the First Folio, there would be no extant copies of “The Tempest,”
“Julius Caesar,” “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” “As You Like It” or “The
Winter’s Tale.” All the world wouldn’t be a stage; no countrymen would
lend anyone their ears; and life wouldn’t be a tale told by an idiot,
signifying nothing."


The YA discussion rages on, and this week NPR published an article on YA author Lauren Myracle's apology to WSJ. Myracle's Shine was specifically mentioned in Gurdon's critique of the genre. In so many words, Myracle called Gurdon's article "idiocy" and then quickly apologized. Read more, plus an excerpt from Shine.

(Watch our interview with Myracle at ALA 2011. Also, if you need to get caught up on the controversy, check out our play-by-play here.)


Check out this photo gallery of literary homes from the Expat section of The Telegraph website. It is a collection of homes of 15 famous British authors, such as Beatrix Potter, Jane Austen and Henry James. It ranges from the expected (Stratford-upon-Avon) to the surprising (Robert Burns' clay home, where a cast of his skull now resides, of course).

What are your favorite author homes? Mine have been the two I accidentally happened upon: J.R.R. Tolkien's dorm room at Exeter and the home of Chaucer's brother (close enough) in Woodstock!


Enjoy the sunshine!

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