Good Reading : July 2011
GOOD READING JULY 2011 9 BOOK TRIVIA PAPER PASSION – KARL LAGERFELD LOVES THE SMELL OF BOOK INK It’s rumoured that Paris-based fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who is best known as head designer and creative director of Chanel, is planning on releasing a new fragrance, Paper Passion, reportedly inspired by the smell of ink on paper and packaged in the shape of a hardcover book. FREAKY FRANKIE HAIR New York Public Library contains a great collection of resources -- including a lock of hair from Mary Shelley (1797--1851), the author of Frankenstein. Although some people might find the hair a bit creepy, it was a common practice in the 19th century togiveagiftofa lock of your hair as a keepsake. Mary Shelley's lock is on exhibition for the next few months at the library. BOOKS TO FILM IN 2011 Watch out for these upcoming movies: ■ Snow Flower and the Secret Fan -- To be released in July.This adaptation of a book by Chinese American author Lisa See stars Hugh Jackman and Li Bingbing, and tells the story of two girls isolated by their families who communicate by writing in a secret language. ■ Jane Eyre -- To be released in August. This British romantic drama stars Mia Wasikowska (as Jane), Michael Fassbender (as Edward Rochester), Jamie Bell and Judi Dench. And 82% of critics on the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes have rated it favourably! ■ Winnie the Pooh -- Expected to be released in September. The hilarious adventures of Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Owl and Christopher Robin by author A A Milne are brought to life in this Disney feature animated film nar rated by John Cleese. The film features two previously unadapted stories from the original books ('In Which Eeyore Loses His Tail, and Pooh Finds One' from Winnie-the-Pooh and 'In Which Rabbit Has a Busy Day, and We Learn What Christopher Robin Does in the Mor nings' from The House at Pooh Corner). It's been produced in the same style as previous Disney-produced Winnie the Pooh featurettes such as Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. TWEETING BOOK CLUB If you're on Twitter, check out the #1book140 campaign. The Atlantic has created a global online book club. In May participants voted on and chose Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin as the book for the month of June. Already it's got more than 5000 followers. Don't wor ry if you're not a fast reader -- the rules for this book club are very relaxed and it's quite okay if you haven't read the whole book by the start of the month. GROWING BOOKSHELVES Inspired by the flooded jungle environment of Sri Lanka, Julie Mathias and Wolfgang Kaeppner of WOKmedia decided they would collaborate on the creation of a bookshelf that reminded them of the lush vegetation of that island nation. The duo describes their shelf as the image of a partially submerged tree that has transformed itself into a shelf.