Summer is finally and most definitely over. We had our first snow in the mountains of Utah this past week. We are preparing ourselves mentally for significantly less sunshine for the next six months… but it’s not all bad:
Hot tea and a good book. Although I just can’t seem to get into this particular book. Oh well, there are plenty more on my shelves to take its place.
We just finished our most recent big order of bookmarks, over one thousand of this beautiful Pink Flower style.
Now we just have to package them up and send them out. We have a lot in stock right now, so if you like this style, now is the time to jump on these. I can get some out to you by the next day!
Author Gabe Habash’s use of words in his novel Stephen Florida will make you say- “Damn. I wish I could write like that!” I am about 100 pages into this story of a collegiate wrestler who learns about the world off the wrestling mat that he has been missing out on.
Habash creates a novel with a well-paced plot, interesting characters, and meaningful asides that make the book exciting to read. He has created a work that you don’t want to put down as he moves intermittently from descriptions of raw, brutal strength to precious young love, to deep seeded psychological fear.
Check on our site in a few more days for the full review.
Thursday and Friday were well spent at the second installment of Product Powerup in Salt Lake City. This was the second year for this exciting and informative event. Guests of honor included Mitt Romney and several representatives of the HSN/QVC shopping network.
Italic Bookmarks was invited to display and sell our unique products at the event. It was a great opportunity to interface with customers and many entrepreneurs with very interesting ideas for the products and the business as a whole.
When our youngest child (almost 2 years old) was silent for an extended period of time, I decided to see what he was up to. I discovered that he had pulled all of the children’s books off of the shelf once again. He does this regularly, but I was happy to see that he was actually looking at one of the books.
Our older boy Jack has been reading longer chapter books since early last year, right after he started kindergarten. We are amazed by how much he reads, and he really seems to enjoy it.
We read to him and we have always encouraged him to like books but we aren’t certain exactly what made him become so obsessed with reading.
The only thing that we have actively done is tried to let each of our children see us reading and carrying around books. It’s kind of a passive attempt to convince them that books are special. They copy so many of our bad habits without us realizing it, so we thought maybe they would pick up one of our good habits in the same way. It seems to have worked.
What do you do to promote reading and a love of books in the children that you know? We would love to hear any tips that you can share.
Here is a preview of our newest design about to go into production. These neuroscience based bookmarks feature pronounced textures in order to stimulate tactile sensation when you hold them while reading. The result: better focus and ability to avoid distractions. Some users have even get more immersed in their books. Try it out for yourself!
We should have some physical samples to share shortly, then we will add them to the site for purchase.
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 for 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.
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 indiebound.org to find your local bookstores:
And you can follow this link to learn more about Independent Bookstore Day:
Indie Bookstore Day 2018
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):
- 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: www.johnboyne.com
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:
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
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!
– 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