Istanbul’s amazing book benches
Benches placed in puclic places such as parks and bus tops all over the city. The project covers the works of 18 classic Turkish authors and each bench is opened in the most memorable page of the book.
Photographs and text by Chrisdonia.
One day in March, staff at the Scottish Poetry Library came across a wonderful creation, left anonymously on a table in the library. Carved from paper, mounted on a book and with a tag addressed to @byleaveswelive – the library’s Twitter account – reading:
It started with your name @byleaveswelive and became a tree.… … We know that a library is so much more than a building full of books… a book is so much more than pages full of words.… This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. a gesture (poetic maybe?)
Next to the ‘poetree’ sat a paper egg lined with gold and a scatter of words which, when put together, make “A Trace of Wings” by Edwin Morgan.
Nobody knew where it came from, nor was anyone forthcoming with information in person or online, despite a fair amount of local news coverage.
It looked like this was a one-off, a beautiful and delicate piece of art created by a fan of the Poetry Library. Until, in late June, the National Library of Scotland found themselves the recipient of a similar piece.
A gramophone and a coffin, sculpted from a copy of Ian Rankin’s Exit Music, and again deposited anonymously. The tag in this case read:
For @natlibscot – A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. (& against their exit)
And soon afterwards, the Filmhouse had a pleasant surprise!
This time the sculpture is a complex scene in a paper cinema; punters arrayed on seats watching men and horses coming alive from the screen and charging outwards.
For @filmhouse– A gift in support of libraries, books, words, ideas….. and all things *magic*
Amongst the audience is a figure with Ian Rankin’s face, clutching a Deuchar’s.
In early July the Scottish Storytelling Centre found a dragon nesting in a window.Once again carved from a Rankin novel, they don’t know how long it might have been sitting there unnoticed as it’s quite well hidden. Perhaps the loveliest tag so far:
For @scotstorycenter – A gift in support of libraries, books, works, ideas….. Once upon a time there was a book and in the book was a nest and in the nest was an egg and in the egg was a dragon and in the dragon was a story…..
28/08/11. Two more appeared at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
One, addressed to @edbookfest (the Book Festival), was left on one of the signing tables in the Bookshop.
The tag on this reads:
To @edbookfest ‘A gift’ This is for you in support of libraries, books, words, ideas…… & festivals xx
It includes a teabag filled with cut out letters, on the tag of which are the words “by leaves we live”. The cup on the top has a swirl of words which read ” Nothing beats a nice cup of tea (or coffee) and a really good BOOK”, and on the ‘tray’ next to the cupcake it says “except maybe a cake as well”.
(to be continued…)
Visit Chrisdonia’s flickr album to enjoy his amazing photographs of each book sculpture and its details.
Soon we’ll publish the next set of these mysterious sculptures.
Books about Town will feature a series of BookBenches, individually designed by top artists, to celebrate stories linked to London and to promote reading for enjoyment. The benches, shaped as open books, will be unveiled in various locations across the capital from July 2014.
Visit their website to keep track of the benches that will be revealed soon.
Here you can see the list of books and their link to London.
Thanks to theurbanblabbermouth for the information!
“Still, I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We’re in one, of course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read out loud of a great big book with red and black letters, years and years afterwards. And people will say: ‘Let’s hear about Frodo and the Ring’ and they’ll say ‘Oh yes, that’s one of my favorite stories.”
J. R. R. Tolkien
Happy Birthday, Mr. Tolkien!
We love literature, we love Tumblr, so there’s no better way to honour both than to share with you this list with the authors on Tumblr.
You know how important it is to support them and it’s a great way to discover your new favorite book.
- C.H. Ashton, soldelbarra on tumblr.
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure.
- Morgan Bauman, moyaofthemist on tumblr.
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult.
Books: Rewritten series: Fallacy (Rewritten I), Veracity (Rewritten II), Evasion (Rewritten II), Defiance (Rewritten IV) coming soon. Unmaking Series:Cyclical, Unlikely Places, Through the Cracks, Ill-Fitting, Fallen Towers, Chasing Shadows. Other Books: Pendular Motion, The Great Ships, Return the Sea, Untold Memories: Rayai, and Leyends of Urban Horror: A Friend of a Friend Told Me (other contributing authors: Kimberly A, Bettes, Matthew Borgard, Alex Chase, Austin Fikac, K. Trap Jones, Sean Keller, Lisamarie Lamb, Jon Olson, and C.M. Saunders).
- Jamie Bazua, guilty-beauty-love on tumblr.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction.
- David Bridger, davidbridger on tumblr.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction.
- Megan Crewe, megancrewe on tumblr.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction.
- Lauren Dane, authorlaurendane on tumblr.
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Romance, Erotic Romance.
Books: Bound by Magick series (4 books), Brown Family novels (6 books), Cascadia Wolves series (7 books), Chase Brothers series (4 books), de La Vega Cats series (3 books), Delicious novels (3 books), Federation series (3 books), Petal, Georgia series (3 books), The Hurley Boys series (2 books, 3th coming soon), Witches Knot series (5 book), anthologies, co-written with Megan Hart, and other books.
- Christina Escamilla, escaphilia on tumblr.
Genres: Science Fiction, Short-Stories.
- Adam Gallardo, thelonliestmonk on tumblr.
Genres: Young Adult, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Science Fiction.
Books: His debut YA novel will be published next Spring by Kensington Books. 100 Girls, Gear School: vol. 1, vol. 2. Arcana Team-Up, MySpace Dark Horse Presents vol. 5, Star Wars: Infinities - Return of the Jedi, and Star Wars Tales vol. 4 and vol. 5.
- Michael Gross, proseandpassion on tumblr.
Genres: Science, Research, Biology, Astrobiology, Essay, Technology,
Books: Astrobiology: A Brief Introduction, Von Geckos, Garn und Goldwasser: Die Nanowelt lässt grüßen, 9 Millionen Fahrräder am Rande des Universums, The birds, the bees, and the platypuses, The noughties brought to book, Life on the Edge. Amazing Creatures Thriving in Extreme Environments, Light and Life, Non-Standard Computation
Molecular Computation, Cellular Automata, Evolutionary Algorithms, Quantum Computers, and Travels to the Nanoworld. Miniature Machinery in Nature and Technology.
- Agustin Guerrero, agustinguerrero3 on tumblr.
Genres: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction and Military Science Fiction.
Books: The Amalgam.
- Joelle D. Haskell, mochakimono on tumblr.
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Horror.
- Antonio Jiménez-Ruiz, antoniojimenez-ruiz on tumblr.
Genres: Historical Detective Novel, Historical Thriller.
Books: after writing a series of short stories like Cuentos de la nada (you can download the first part here) on the Spanish fanzine ¡Bombas para desayunar!, he published his first novel Te vi brillar (Tumblr of the novel), a historical thriller based on the true story of Fritz Haarmann, the vampire of Hanover.
- Max Kirin, maxkirin on Tumblr.
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal.
- LL Lemcke, dancingassassin on tumblr.
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction.
- Terra Elan McVoy, terraelan on tumblr.
Genres: Young Adult, Short Stories, Poetry.
- Julie K. Rose, juliekrose on tumblr.
Genres: Historical and Contemporary Fiction.
- Laura J. W. Ryan, laurajwryan on tumblr.
Genres: Fiction, Literature,
- S. L. Shelton, wolfewriter on tumblr.
Genres: Spy/Political Thriller, Spy/Militar Thriller.
- Barnabas Smith, vagabondoctrine on tumblr.
Genres: Poet, musician and graphic designer.
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction.
Books: Coffee and Clocks.
- La Sunithi, ideasinlife on tumblr.
- 1966 Journal, 1966journal on tumblr.
“An online journal that celebrates research-driven creative nonfiction — prose and poetry that make facts into art and information into story.”
audaria-deactivated20140214 said: I've been following you for a few weeks now, and I wanted to send you a word of gratitude. During the years, I had somehow lost my way to books, Internet is so everywhere, it can become everything; I didn't even realised I missed books. But with every post, you've given me the love back. The love that I used to have for books, for words, for libraries and for all the people who love to read. So thank you, it's not much in the face of what I regained, but it's sincere. <3
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Thank you for your lovely words, you gave a whole new meaning to what we do, to our love for this blog, literature, books and words.
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Kingsley Amis Book Covers by Jonathan Burton.