Posts Tagged: coloring book

This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Loganberry Books in Cleveland, Ohio is drawing attention to female authors by turning books by men around on the shelves, leaving the books pages out to hide the spine.

A Pittsburgh bookstore is providing a home to books by writers in exile, drawing attention to the authors’ works.

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Zane Lowe Interviews Chance the Rapper

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Following the release of his latest mixtape Coloring BookChance the Rapper spoke with Zane Lowe in a lengthy interview about the work, the recording process, and the artist’s growing collaborative relationship with Kanye West. Listen to the full conversation via okayplayer and stream the mixtape here.

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Literature as Expression, Exchange, and Peace

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Everything make sense if you’re an artist.

At the Dallas Observer, Caroline North exchanged a few words with current US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who is kicking off his second term with a book tour and several forthcoming projects, including The Technicolor Adventures of Catalina Neon, a series of coloring books written by and for elementary-aged kids, with the goal of introduction children to the power of finding their voice through the written word.

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This Week in Indie Bookstores

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Famed Indian bookseller Ram Advani has passed away at the age of 95. He had planned to continue visiting his shops until was 99.

Elton John has a favorite Los Angeles bookstore: Book Soup.

Seattle’s only bookstore dedicated to poetry is looking for a new owner.

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Subversive Coloring in the ‘60s

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Adult coloring books are enjoying a huge surge right now, but this isn’t the first time coloring books for adults have been popular. In the 1960s, coloring books criticizing everything from communism to corporate life proliferated:

The point of the sixties coloring books wasn’t to sit down and do some coloring, but to read their message and take a stand; they were more like a specialized form of political cartoon.

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Collaborative Creativity in Coloring Books

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With the rise of adult coloring books on bestseller lists comes an interesting intersection between the artists who create the books and the consumers who color them. Over at The Toast, Katherine Cusumano makes the case for the coloring book as a unique collaborative medium, a means to allow the everyman to engage with art actively:

The coloring book assumes that visual art is open-ended and incomplete.

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