My blog is nearly a week old and, despite its title, I have yet to write anything about books. There is so much to say on the subject, it’s hard to know where to begin. My reading has been going slowly these days. I’ve been concentrating on the book I’m writing.
This is kind of a lazy, but fun, way to write about books. The following photos are from an exhibit by the Puget Sound Book Artists, which is held annually at Collins Memorial Library at my alma mater, the University of Puget Sound. I haven’t had a chance to visit this year’s exhibit, which runs from February 1 to May 20. The photo I’ve posted her are from a previous exhibit.
The Puget Sound Book Artists are a creative bunch. They think outside the box and push the envelope, as you’ll see. Books are more than just sheets of paper bound together between cardboard covers. In the past, books have been clay tablets or papyrus scrolls. In China books have been made of wood or bamboo strips bound together with cord. The earliest books date back to 3000 BCE.
I once had a little accordion bound book from Japan. It was a delight. Sad it say, it was one of the items lost during one of my moves. I wish I still had it. Many books have passed through my hands. Some have been lost, some stolen, some returned to the library, some donated to libraries and charitable organizations. I still have many so many books that people sometime ask–don’t you have enough books? The short answer is “No.” There is no such thing as too many books. Except when it’s necessary to make room for more books.
It’s hard to photograph books through glass in a space with many windows. Maybe it’s because I’m shy and don’t want to be a bother, it has never occurred to me to ask the librarians to please open the cases for me.
The Salish Sea lies between British Columbia and Washington state.
If you’re in the Tacoma, Washington area between now and May 20, drop by the University of Puget Sound and visit the 2019 Book Artists exhibit. This year
artists were given a discarded volume of the Encyclopedia Britannica from the Collins Library and asked to transform the volume into a unique work of art. It will be interesting to see what they’ve come up with.