Postcards from Stockholm

Spanish cinematographer Enrique Pacheo spent a week in Stockholm riding his bike and taking photos. The result was this beautiful time-lapse video.

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Time to read

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Librarian Katherine Case and Pack Library Bookmobile

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Celebrate the Freedom to Read

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Banned Books Week is coming up again next week. The American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression is encouraging readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, teachers and publishers to get involved in local activities. The theme of this year’s BBW is censorship of graphic novels and comic books. It’s a great opportunity to visit your local independent bookseller or library to checkout the special events.

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Oh Brothers Where Art Thou

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I was chuffed to be in Vancouver for the official unveiling of Brazilian street art duo Os Gemeos’ first Canadian and largest ever work. The enormous project for the 2014 Vancouver Biennale transformed six boring cement silos on Granville Island into a colorful 3D mural.

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Airport Art (Part II)

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New York -based graphic artist Lauren O’Neil has discovered a novel way to turn the banality of airport design into art. Aggregating Google Maps images of airports from around the world on her blog Holding Patterns, O’Neil helps to make the trip to the airport tolerable.

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A Song of Saul and Ice

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Berlin-based design wiz Milan Ruckovic loves the Game of Thrones, but he loves the design aesthetic of the 60s and the legendary Saul Bass even more. He has combined these passions in a fantastic Bassified version of the GOT title sequence. How cool is that.

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Save the Internet

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The Reverse Selfie

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Russian photographer Oleg Grigoryev took these fantastic “reverse selfie’ shots while camping in the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan. I love the way that he framed each shot with the tent opening and his legs. Maybe this reverse selfie trend will catch on?

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Airport Art

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If you’ve flown anywhere recently, it may be difficult to consider an airport as a work of art, but designers Ryan and Heidi at 08 Left have somehow managed to capture the elegance of airport design. You can see more of their inspired perspective on the website and even purchase prints and posters of your favorite airports.

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Born In The USA

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Bruce Springsteen fans have long awaited a book from Jersey’s favorite son, but few expected that it would be a children’s book. The Boss has teamed with cartoonist/ illustrator/writer Frank Caruso to produce “Outlaw Pete”, which is based on the song of the same name.

Here is the text of the press release:

Simon & Schuster announced today a major new book for the fall 2014 holiday season: Outlaw Pete by Bruce Springsteen and Frank Caruso, based on the celebrated song about a bank-robbing baby whose exploits become a meditation on sin, fate, and free will.Both the song (from Springsteen’s 2009 “Working on a Dream” album) and the new book Outlaw Pete were inspired by a children’s book, Brave Cowboy Bill (Simon & Schuster, 1950), which Bruce Springsteen’s mother used to read to him as a child. “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins,” Springsteen writes.

Frank Caruso, a cartoonist and writer, conceived of making the song into a book and created the illustrations to accompany Springsteen’s lyrics. “When Bruce wrote ‘Outlaw Pete’ he didn’t just write a great song, he created a great character,” Caruso said. “The first time I heard the song this book played out in my head. Like Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Dorothy Gale and for me, even Popeye, Outlaw Pete cuts deep into the folklore of our country and weaves its way into the fabric of great American literary characters. “

“This book will be treasured by anyone who appreciates Bruce Springsteen’s unique gifts as a storyteller,” said Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster. “Frank Caruso’s illustrations vibrantly capture the spirit of Springsteen’s work.”

Picture books for adults have undergone a renaissance of late, from the success of similarly irreverent hits such as Ann Droyd’s Goodnight iPad and Adam Mansbach’s Go the F–k To Sleep to the resurgent interest in illustrators such as Richard Scarry, Maurice Sendak, and Edward Gorey. Simon & Schuster, which acquired World rights to the work, will publish Outlaw Pete on November 4, 2014.

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