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Book-Inspired Paintings by Stanford Kay

Book-Inspired Paintings by Stanford Kay

Blues Section, 2008

My Back Pages (Blue), 2009

The Natural World, 2009

French Painting, 2009

War Stories, 2007

Paintings by Stanford Kay. Kay is currently featured in a solo exhibition at BLANK SPACE through February 4, 2011.

San Francisco’s Andrea Schwartz Gallery will be showing new work of Cara Barer in a two-person show running November 17–December 22, 2010. Definitely check it out if you’re in SF — Cara’s archival digital photographs are absolutely stunning (click here for a previous post on her work).

From the press release: “In an age of when the Internet is quickly becoming the primary source of information, Barer’s photographs act as a lament for the passing of an era when books were considered a pathway to knowledge.”

“Angel Food”



Brooklyn Book FestivalReally wish I was in New York this weekend. If you are, check out the Brooklyn Book Festival, taking place this Sunday, Sept. 12, from 10am-6pm.

There are tons of author readings–Salman Rushdie, Naomi Klein, Paul Auster, Venus Williams, Nelson George, Sarah Silverman, Gary Shteyngart, Mary Gaitskill, John Ashbery, Rosanne Cash, Paul Krugman, Colson Whitehead, Francine Prose, Dennis Lehane, Per Petterson, Esmeralda Santiago, Pete Hamill, Jennifer Egan, Russell Banks, Michael Connelly, John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Sam Lipsyte, Sloane Crosley, Maaza Mengiste, Paul Harding, Amy Goodman, Marlon James, Sarah MacLean, Jean Valentine, Elizabeth Nunez.

Plus, there is a marketplace in Borough Hall Plaza and Columbus Park with 170 vendors–including national and local booksellers, publishers, authors and presses galore. And remember those literary-inspired T-shirts I posted about a few months ago? They’ll be there too.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” Thus begins Seth Graham-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance – Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! Back in early 2009, I posted about the book (for the old posts, click here and here).  Despite being sold on Amazon, I thought it was a joke. It was not. Over the summer I’ve seen it on the shelves of major bookstores, with a poor young lady zombie wearing a decomposing grin and blood-splattered gown. It gets worse (or better?) — now the Regency zombies are getting ready for their silver screen debut, and Natalie Portman will be starring and producing. I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised..after all, anything related to Jane Austen sells. A lot of Jane Austen fans will want to read/see these works…how about you?

So you think you write like Hemingway…now you can prove it. The web site “I Write Like” allows you to have a piece of your writing analyzed for word choice and style to see how your writing compares to famous authors. Then you can promote your writing with an “I Write Like” badge.

According to some of my writing samples,

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!


I write like
Kurt Vonnegut

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

How do you stack up? Are you a Cory Doctorow? A Dan Brown? I’m interested to hear which other writers are options…

Check it out at

Everyone’s talking about Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, which has been adapted and directed by Spike Jonze. Where the Wild Things Are Poster

Where The Wild Things Are poster for sale for $14.5o at

But, I’m actually more excited about another upcoming movie that has been adapted from a beloved children’s book–Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox! I love this book. The stop-motion film is directed by Wes Anderson and features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman.


This first edition copy of the Fantastic Mr Fox book, with Tony Ross’ illustrations, is available at The Wee Web

Fantastic Mr Fox

ulysses james joyceHappy Bloomsday!

Today, June 16th, is the day on which James Joyce’s mammoth novel Ulysses takes place.

Check out what’s going on in Ireland and around the world and a brief timeline of where and when the novel’s events take place on the James Joyce Center website.