Fine press books have remained popular among rare book collectors since the genre emerged in the late nineteenth century. William Morris, who came up with the concept of fine press, wanted to recall the golden days of printing and publishing. Fine press books embody artistic taste and beauty.
March 18 is the birthday of legendary American author John Updike. Best known for the Harry Rabbit Angstrom series, Updike published in a variety of genres beyond fiction, including poetry, literary criticism, short stories, and even childrens books.
Ever hear of The Turnip Princess? This unlikely fairy tale is one of over 500 recently discovered in Germany. Compiled by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth in the mid-1800s, the stories have been locked away in an archive for over 150 years.
Though The Turnip Princess may not be the next Cinderella, the stories certainly represent hidden gems of cultural history and illustrate the rich tradition of the fairy tale. The canon of childrens literature and folklore are always evolving; our canon will soon undoubtedly include several outstanding authors and illustrators, most notably Charles van Sandwyk.
Today is the 85th birthday of legendary author Gabriel García Márquez. The Nobel laureate began his writing career as a journalist but established himself as one of the most important authors of the twentieth century. Heres a look at a few facts you probably didnt know about Gabriel García Márquez.