First Folio Discovered on Scottish Island

First Folio found in Scotland, as seen on
Image by Mount Stuart


While Fine Books & Collections was busy covering the New York Antiquarian Fair and Rare Book Week NYC this past week, some major news surfaced from across the pond. A previously unknown First Folio was found at Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute off the Scottish coast. (more…)

ILAB Goes DADA at the Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich

One hundred years ago, an innovative (anti-art) artistic movement swept Europe.  Dada, really more of an anti-movement, was birthed when Hugo Ball and Emmy Ball-Hennings opened their “Künstlerkneipe Voltaire” in Zurich, Spiegelgasse 1, together with artists like Tristan Tzara, Marcel Janco, Richard Huelsenbeck, Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, André Breton, Jean Arp, Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters on February 5, 1916. (more…)

National Poetry Month 2016


April is National Poetry Month.

Across the United States, you will find teachers, librarians, poets, authors, and lovers of the written word engaging in events and celebrations relating to poetic pursuits. (more…)

ILAB Pop Up Book Fair Celebrations on April 23rd

ilab pop up book fair unesco 2016


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Mark your calendars for April 23, booklovers! The ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs are quite likely appearing somewhere in your area. From the Giant Ferris Wheel in Vienna’s famous Prater, with a DADA performance in Zurich, at the elegant Grand Palais in Paris, to an ILAB Pop Up Book Street in Groningen, Netherlands, these bookish flashmobs are going to be everywhere. (more…)

Mo Willems Exhibit Opens at New-York Historical Society

  Hours before the Saint Patrick’s Day parade was scheduled to march up 5th Avenue on March 17, members of the press gathered in a second floor gallery of the New-York Historical Society to examine an exhibition organized by the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA dedicated to the work of bestselling author-illustrator Mo Willems. Though currently residing in Northampton, Massachusetts, Willems created his iconic characters such as The Pigeon and Trixie while living in Brooklyn, … Continued

A Map of Harlem’s Speakeasies and Nightclubs at Auction

This 1932 Night-Club Map showing Harlem’s entertainment hotspots (the Savoy Ballroom, the Cotton Club) appeared as a centerfold illustration in volume 1, number 1 of the 1932 Manhattan Magazine, and again nine months later in Esquire. It was created by E. Simms Campbell (1906-1971), one of first commercially successful African-American cartoonists. He steadily produced artwork for Esquire upon its launch in 1933, and his work was also published in Cosmopolitan, The New Yorker, and Playboy. According to the New York … Continued

Gathering Wilde-Flowers

Lady Windemere's Fan by Oscar Wilde, Tauchnitz edition.
listed by Pickford’s Books.

March. Saint Patrick’s Day. Irish authors.

Is it possible to think of Irish authors without pausing for just a moment on one Mr. Oscar Wilde, the brilliant mind behind Salome, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Lady Windermere’s Fan?

My introduction to Wilde didn’t come via high school English class, or even through one of his works. I fell into an immediate heart-eyed crush with Wilde through a movie that had very little to do with him personally– Velvet Goldmine. It’s a ridiculous, pretentious, early-00s indie-film about a 70s glam-rocker whose goal was to essentially be the Oscar Wilde of the Brit-pop scene. That is, a decadent, outrageous, flagrantly bisexual artist bent on challenging social taboos while creating something brilliant whose depth and true merit probably wouldn’t be appreciated until much later. It’s basically the cinematic equivalent to the entire Aesthetic movement, of which Wilde was the crown prince. (more…)

BiblioWorks Fifth Annual Reading Festival is coming soon!

Kids read in Sucre during the literary festival.

April is Literacy Month!

Do you believe in the power of literacy?

Literacy has the power to open new doors to people and allows for economic, cultural and social growth. We hope to engage the population of Sucre through innovative reading activities that promote healthy debate about some of the toughest issues Bolivia currently faces.

Biblioworks has designated April as literacy month, so we will be bringing the joy of reading to Sucre via two exciting events:

  • Sucre Reads is a fun activity where our staff and volunteers ride on local buses sharing books and reading with passengers and drivers.
  • The Fifth Annual Reading Festival is a full-day activity that introduces children and adults to the love of books and reading. It gathers more than 2,000 students from different schools in Sucre and is open to the public as well. More than 20 organizations present their projects and programs encouraging literacy.

You can help BiblioWorks in their efforts to spread the love of reading in a few ways:


No More Mass Market Edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird”

The mass market edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, long a staple in classrooms across the country, will soon be discontinued. The cheap version of the classic novel, which retailed from Hachette for $8.99, was sold en masse (and at a discount) to schools around America. Over twenty million copies have sold in that format. At the wishes of the Lee estate, however, the mass market edition will be discontinued after April. Instead buyers, including schools, will be forced to … Continued