Good Reading : June 2011
8 goodreading ı JUNE 2011 book trivia BRANCHING OUT The Branch Bookshelf by Olivier Dollé is an eye-catching organic way to store books for anyone keen on innovative design and a fresh feel for their bookshelves. These beautiful shelves have been inspired by two experiences in Olivier’s life – the joys of his childhood in the Alps and his training at the École Boulle (a school of fine arts and crafts in Paris). Combining traditional craft with contemporary design, Olivier has created a whole range o furniture with a fresh, sleek look. MUG SHOTS The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) may be the youngest of Australia’s cultural institutions (only 13 years old), but the idea has been kicking around for over a century. This month you can read about an NPG exhibition on page 48. DUTCH BOOK WEEK Since 1932 the Dutch have dedicated 10 days every year to celebrating books. The 10 days of Dutch Book Week (yes, it's an elongated kind of week) are filled with fun events, including an invitation-only Book Ball. Each year a different genre is promoted -- this year it was biography.These fantastic images of facial carvings of famous Dutch people (there's a painter here, as well as an author) were placed around the Netherlands under the theme 'Written Portraits'. Can you figure out who they are? AUTHOR BIRTHDAY Writer Maurice Sendak, bor n 10 June 1928, is: ■ the creative mind behind the classic tale of monsters in our imaginations, Where the Wild Things Are. ■ the author of In the Night Kitchen, a book that regularly appears on the American Library Association's list of '100 Most Frequently Challenged Books'. (This is a list of books banned by schools and libraries.) ■ the winner of six literary awards (he also has an elementary school named after him). ■ the author of the soon-to-be-released story of Bumble-Ardy, a character he created in 1971 for a short animation produced by Jim Henson for Sesame Street. Bumble-Ardy is a pig who has never had a birthday party. Deciding to change this tradition, Bumble throws himself a forbidden party on his ninth birthday with a guest list of nine pigs. WHAT I WISH I KNEW Every 29 seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with cancer and, in an instant, they have to come to ter ms with a whole new future. To help make this adjustment just that little bit easier, here is a collection of real advice from real people who have all had firsthand experience at the pointy end of cancer. What I Wish I Knew about Cancer talks with survivors, previvors, partners, husbands, wives, children, researchers and medical professionals and asks them all, 'If you could go back and give your younger self some advice about preventing, treating and/or outlasting cancer, what would it be?' It then goes on to describe their cancer journey and how they came to their particular insights. All proceeds go to Tour de Cure, which so far has raised over $4 million towards research, support and prevention of cancer.