Hum If You Don’t Know The Words – book review

This is the book that you come across once in a rare while that transforms you. This is a story that opens your eyes to horrible, true events in history and revisits conditions that members of our human race were forced to endure foray decades in South Africa. While reading this book it is impossible to ignore that similar circumstances still exist today in locations around the world.

Bianca Marais exposes the reader to tragedy, loss, and hatred but also provides us with characters who overcome personal challenges to fight the same type of oppression that exists today. Central characters Robin and Beauty learn about love, sacrifice, and forgiveness among other things they need to survive the ignorance and violence around them.

You’ve got to read this one, then tell everyone that you know about it! It is that good.

Indie Bookstore Day – April 28th

This nationwide event celebrates some of the coolest spots on Earth – your local, independent bookstores. Check out the cool events, fun people, at loads of good books at your bookstore. Each shop is unique and will have something different for the event (‘cuz they are “independent” after all, they do what they want).

You can use this tool at to find your local bookstores:

Bookstore Locator

And you can follow this link to learn more about Independent Bookstore Day:

Indie Bookstore Day 2018

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – release today 03 Apr

This is one of the most anticipated reads of 2018. Popular novelist Meg Wolitzer is in the news today with the release of her new book. We loved the thoughts and review featured on NPR:

NPR Books – The Female Persuasion

We are so excited about the release of this book and the one of a kind artwork, that we based our newest bookmark design on the cover. Check out the preview below:

the female persuasion photo sample

These will be available soon in or online store along with our other popular styles. You can even pre-order here:

Italic Bookmarks – female angle bookmark

Book recommendations from two incredible contemporary authors – John Boyne and Gabriel Tallent

Here are two of today’s best contemporary authors on their book recommendations for the upcoming months.

First, John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and more recently The Heart’s Invisible Furies) searches his own private library of over 3,000 titles to proudly display his top ten (see comments from Mr. Boyne for each title):

John Boyne instagram

  • johnboyne So what if you wandered around your house for a couple of hours, looking at 3,000 books and choosing the best 10 novels – from the top down – that you’d ever read? You might find a couple of surprises in there !
  • johnboyne from the top down it’s the go between, David copperfield, cider house rules, my cousin Rachel, wuthering heights, Anna karenina, a widow for one year, what a carve up, northern clemency, tender

Follow John Boyne on Instagram for awesome pics, funny stories, and more book recommendations: @johnboyne

You can also learn more about John Boyne on his web page:


Our second contemporary author is Gabriel Tallent. His debut novel My Absolute Darling came out just last year. Stephen King called it “one shattering, can’t-put-it-down book. Both shocking and tender.” Talent posted a list of some of his upcoming reads to social media just a couple of days ago:

gabrielle talent

Mona Lisa Overdrive – Men Explain Things to Me – Annihilation – Treasure Island – Love Me Back – Bleak House – The Things They Carried – Kidnapped – Idaho – A Double Life – Sorry To Disrupt the Peace – The Burning Girl

The only books that I have personally read from Tallent’s stack are Sorry to Disrupt the Peace by Patty Yumi Cottrell and The Things They Carried, so I have my work cut out for me.

You can follow Gabriel Tallent on Facebook: @Gabriel Tallent

Or on Instagram, where you will mostly find pictures in the outdoors all around the Western U.S. : @gabriel_tallent





Colson Whitehead in SLC- Winner of the National Book Award for fiction

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I was excited to hear that one of the hottest authors around is making a stop in Utah this week. There are actually three events that you can catch him at around Salt Lake City. See the schedule below. Whitehead has been around for several years and already has a few books under his belt, but his most recent, The Underground Railroad, really brought him into the national and international spotlight. He has been one of the few figures in the world of fiction that has received attention and praise from both literary critics as well as popular media sources. I am happy to call Salt Lake my home, but we just don’t get that many visits from great writers like this. If you are in the area be sure to catch Colson Whitehead at one of these events!

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Colson Whitehead

– Thursday, March 15, noon Q&A and discussion at the Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South.
– Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m Reading and book signing at the Main Library auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The event is free, but space is limited.
– Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. Q&A and discussion at Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane, Salt Lake City.

Colson Whitehead at Salt Lake City Library

If you can’t make the event you can check out this video of Whitehead discussing his book The Underground Railroad. – Colson Whitehead with Oprah


Upcoming designs

Each of these new designs is inspired by the cover of a highly anticipated, upcoming book release. Due to the number of independent bookstores that we work with, we are able to produce each item at a very low cost, allowing for a higher profit margin for the bookstores where they are sold. (touch or click each image to see the title that inspired the design).

These can be used to supplement sales of new release titles, and to further draw your customers attention to some of these excellent books. The above images are the artwork for our newest designs. Here is what the final products look like:

Contact us today to make an order, there is no minimum order quantity.

Michael Ferry – (385) 226-4832

New Neuroscience Bookmarks – Embroidered Arrows

This is it! After over a year of product development and refinement, they’re finally perfect! This is the bookmark that will make you excited about buying a bookmark! They combine an awesome design with bright, beautiful colors. The most important part is the pronounced texture that stimulates tactile perception while you read.

Read more about the neuroscience of our bookmarks here.

Or hit the button below to pick one of these beauties up and try it for yourself:

Italic Bookmarks – Arrow Embroidered

This is our best design yet. Brighter, bolder patterns and upgraded materials, but still thin enough to easily fit between the pages of your favorite book. The embroidered arrows provide a pronounced texture for enhanced tactile perception.


The Alchemist

It’s late, but I had to finish! The Alchemist was incredible in achieving a profound account of an epic journey through several years of a young man’s life, but all within about 170 pages. I was amazed by the author’s ability to create a vivid setting and rich environment with simple, straightforward description in just a few words. It reads like a parable, but appeals to a wide audience and a variety of beliefs. “Everything is created by the same hand…”

This was a great book to start off the new year!

Neuroscience bookmark 2.0 – here in limited supply

This is it! The bookmark that will change the way you read. We took all of the feedback that our awesome customers have been giving us and made some major improvements to our one of a kind bookmarks. Our updated neuroscience bookmarks now hold their shape better and resist fraying on the edges. They still feature a pronounced texture to stimulate tactile perception, but we can now also offer a wider range of designs and more vibrant colors. This is the first design that we have put into production, but we hope to feature many more in the near future. This run is limited to just 100 bookmarks, so order yours right away!

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“Now Read This” Book Club

This book club offers exclusive reviews and history behind some of the best contemporary books around. It’s free and easy to join. You get an entire month to read each selection, and you don’t have to worry about arranging your schedule to make the meetings. Join me and several thousand other new friends in this exciting club! The pick for January is an inspiring, insightful, and haunting work from an awesome author who has won several awards for her work… find out who it is in the links below:

New York Times/PBS book club

Facebook group