Alice in Wonderland has been flying off the shelf lately, particularly this edition which features 152 pages filled with color illustrations from 30 illustrators. Compiled by one of my favorite children’s book illustrators, Cooper Edens, who has one of the largest collections of vintage picture books in the world.
Now Available at Logos! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Classic Illustrated Edition $14.99 Paperback
Compiled By Cooper Edens
Out now is Seth Grahame-Smith’s new novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter! Graham-Smith is the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which quickly picked up a cult following leading to a tedious series from Quirk books (Quirk Classics, by Steve Hockensmith and Ben H. Winters). His new novel breaks away from the mash-up genre and follows more in the footsteps of World War Z. In fact, early staff reviews are already reporting that his writing is as good, if not better, than Max Brooks’.
We really do. We can admit it. We aren’t the anti-pop-culture book snobs so many booksellers are. We can identify with the funny section of the paper, instead of flipping straight to the literary magazine inserts! So, this Valentine week, for Books in Motion, we remember Calvin and Hobbes, and announce our undying love for Bill.
For this week’s books in motion we bring you film director Werner Herzog reading Curious George. Seen through the eyes of Herzog, Curious George becomes a dark and deeply poetic social commentary; you’ll never read this to your kids in the same way again…
Curious George Board Books Now Available at Logos: Curious George Are You Curious?$5.95 Curious George and the Rocket$5.95 Curious George Rides$5.95 Curious George and the Fire Fighters (Lap Edition) $11.99 Curious George and the Bunny$5.95 Jorge El Curioso$5.95 Jorge El Curioso y El Conejito $5.95
For this week’s books in motion we bring you the book trailer for Bird by Andrew Zuckerman. Chronicle books has taken video footage from photo shoots and set them to a beautiful Animal Collective song. Very lovely.
Now Available at Logos: Bird
For this week’s Books in Motion we bring you an interview with R. Crumb on illustrating the Bible. If you haven’t seen a copy of his Genesis book yet, you should. It is beautifully done, making a huge impact on the graphic novel world, and selling out repeatedly at bookstores across the nation.
For this week’s Books In Motion we bring you a short stop-animation from Cristóbal León Dooner, Joaquín Cociña, and Niles Atallah. Niles worked at Logos years ago, and has since moved to Chile where he has become a documentary film maker and translator. His documentary film Memoria Desierta, about the Pinochet era prison camp in Chacabuco, Chile, was screened at the Desert Nights International Film Festival in Rome, Italy. During his time in Santa Cruz, he filmed a documentary on local bluesman Robert Lowry, Journey South.
Lucia is a short film made in 2007 and was recently used in a video installation called Lucia, Luis and the Wolf. Here is what the Diluvio Gallery has to say about the installation:
Lucía, Luis y el lobo (Lucia, Luis and the Wolf) is a video installation in “Sala Cero” on the 2nd floor of Galería Animal (Animal Gallery) in Santiago, Chile. The exhibition is made up of the short films Lucía and Luis that are projected on a wall in the gallery as well as a series of other short animations shown on small screens in a pile of dirt and furniture. The exhibition closes the first stage of an animation project formed by Atallah, Cociña and León. The next stage will be a feature film called La casa lobo(The Wolf House), preparations for the film will start later this year.
Recently at Logos some of us have been geeking out pretty intensely about typefaces and general design qualities in books. So, to share our enthusiasm, I found this short film from the Vancouver Film School about typography. Enjoy!
Coming next week to Logos is the Deluxe Pop-up version of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince! Here at Logos we are SUPER EXCITED about this book, and can’t wait to see it! So excited, in fact, that we looked up the book trailer for the title. So for this week’s books in motion, we bring The Little Prince, Deluxe Pop-Up:
Several months ago I met with a representative from the Norton group who strongly encouraged me to pick up a copy of Stitches: A Memoir by David Small. I had kind of forgotten about the book until it arrived and I put it on the shelf. It is a remarkable book. Written and illustrated by David Small, a childrens author and illustrator, it is an autobiographical graphic novel: a comic book. The implications of such a title didn’t hit me. Recently we have made a movement in our store to give better real estate and advertising to our Graphic Novel section, under the belief that the old stigma of the “comic book geek” has died, that more and more known literary figures are delving into the genre, that hollywood has begun to take an intensive and serious interest, and that it has truly hit the mainstream–but not just the mainstream, it has hit the intellectual. Over the years, people who might have scoffed at someone reading a comic book have found their favorite authors immersed in the genre: Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Joyce Carol Oates, Paul Auster. More and more people are discovering the depth that and brilliance that comic books can give to narrative tale. There is no longer a reason to banish them to the basement, hide them under the bed, or fear the comic book guy. People display them proudly on their home book shelves next to copies of Ulysses or A Remembrance of Things Past, as we display them proudly next to our literature section. But this is still the bookshelf of the younger generation. With the introduction of Stitches, as well as Logicomix (a graphic novel about Bertrand Russell, mathematics, and the intellectual demons), this genre is quickly bursting open to new groups of people: older intellectuals, librarians, teachers. These books are making waves throughout the literary scene, shocking the New York Times, and exposing a skeptical group of people to the depth and intensity that a graphic novel can embody. Talking with a fella from Diamond Distribution last week, he told me “I don’t think Norton understands the importance of putting out a book like this”. What he further explained, is that Stitches is starting to reach educators, radically changing their ideas about the potential of graphic novels to help children understand complex themes, as well as beginning readings. The fact that it is published by Norton gives it instant literary credibility; and once readers see that a graphic novel is not the same as “the funny pages”, an entire new world opens up before them. This book is beautifully illustrated, eloquently narrated, intense, dark, and playful. It is groundbreaking.
So, without further ado… For this week’s books in motion we bring you 5 scenes from David Small’s new book: Stitches: A Memoir
Available Now at Logos Stiches: A Memoir
By David Small $24.95
For this week’s books in motion we bring you quick clip from Hervé This’ Molecular Gastronomy to Culinary Constructivism. In his previous book, Molecular Gastronomy: Exploring the Science of Flavor, This explores the science behind the functions and interactions of food. This is not a book about how to make aromas or foam, but a book for understanding the science of food. Truly, these are books for the food geek that just wants to know it all (like me!)
Now Available at Logos! Molecular Gastronomy
by Hervé This
For this week’s Books in Motion we bring you an interview with Paul Auster from Granta Magazine, and a reading from Authors@Google. Paul Auster’s new book, Invisible, will be available October 27; in the meantime, you can find The Red Notebook and many other books at Logos in the Literature aisle, or check his author page at Macmillan for more interviews, readings, and clips.
This week for Books In Motion we bring you an episode of the old time radio show The Shadow: The Man Who Murdered Time. The Shadow was a serialized radio drama starting in 1930 and continuing on into the 40s. Since then, The Shadow has been featured in a wide variety of media, including comic books, comic strips, T.V. and film. These stories, written by Walter B. Gibson under the pen-name Maxwell Grant, were originally published in Detective Story Magazine during the time of the serialization. Gibson wrote 282 of the 325 stories over twenty years, including two novel length stories a month. With an occasional guest writer like Lester Dent, author of the Doc Savage series, and fantastic radio personalities like Orson Wells as a narrator, The Shadow quickly became one of the most popular pulp heroes of the 20th century.