Do books grow on trees? They do at the tree library in Saint-Etienne, France.
I love this idea out of Saint-Etienne!
Livre Échange’ or ‘Book Exchange’ is a ‘free bookshop’ that lets passers-by exchange books.
Unveiled for the International Design Biennial 2013 in Saint-Étienne, France, by designer Didier Muller—the installation consists of huts suspended from trees that contain a book each.
Passers-by are encouraged to take the book within the hut, and deposit a book they have.
I’ve written about the perils of unlimited ebook lending, and many have posited that I must dislike the idea of library lending as well. Not true. A single physical copy of a book that exchanges hands is a far more personal item, and it also doesn’t flood the market in the same way a digitized copy does.
There is something very special about passing a tree,
donating a book, and taking another book in its place. I would be delighted if “L’annee brouillard” ends up in that tree. Perhaps not so wacky a notion, as the French version of The Year of Fog, translated by Sophie Aslanides, has found some traction in the town of Saint-Etienne.
Robot in the window on a summer day
Edna O’Brien, excerpted in Vogue
I love this. Really, so often it does just “come to you.” Which is not to say that writing is some magical channeling process. It is neither easy nor divinely inspired. But if you do enough reading, enough thinking, enough being alone, enough walking, then eventually something you are trying to get at works itself out in your head, and things become, if not clear, at least somehow aligned.
"It was in London that I found both the freedom and the incentive to write…I had two children by then, Carlo and Sasha, and after I brought them to school I would race home, and, sitting at the wide windowsill in their bedroom, write in jotters I had brought from Ireland."
Edna O’Brien, “Splendid Isolation,” excerpted in the May 2013 issue of Vogue
"That culture is now at risk. The value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated, a crisis that hits hardest not best-selling authors like me, who have benefited from most of the recent changes in bookselling, but new and so-called midlist writers. Scott Turrow on “The Death of the American Author"
New York Times
Scott Turrow explains why the war against copyright is killing authors. If you are a writer, or want to be a writer, it is in your best interests to voice your opposition to the systematic destruction of copyright.