Q&A: Nishan Akgulian

Holiday Cover DThose of you who are longtime members of the Bas Bleu family are familiar with the delightful and droll catalog cover images created by graphic artist Nishan Akgulian. Nishan’s brightly colored paintings of readers—both human and animal, child and adult, at home, on the subway, even on the ball field—deftly capture the humor, whimsy, and (we like to think) style that infuses so much of the bluestocking life. Nishan’s most recent catalog cover, for our Holiday 2014 issue, is due to arrive in your mailbox around Thanksgiving. (You’ll recognize that handsome antlered reader to the right!) While you wait, we thought you’d like to learn a little bit more about the talented artist whose work has meant so much to Bas Bleu over the years.  Continue reading

Bookish Holiday Crafts

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Thanksgiving is just two weeks away—better start basting that turkey!—and Christmas is hot on its heels. Because you’ve probably already made your gift list and checked it twice (if not, we can help with that), now is the time to turn your attention to what really matters: holiday decorating! Here in Bas Bleu’s Bluestocking Salon, we believe books make everything better. Why not your holiday décor? In keeping with the spirit of life as bibliophiles, we’ve rustled up several festive craft projects that are sure to add a literary flair to your seasonal celebrations!  Continue reading

November Book a Month: The Horologicon

HorologiconAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2014 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions about the featured work—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. You may use the questions to reflect back on each book once you’ve finished it or to guide you as you read. Either way, we hope these features will enrich your reading experience. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

If you’ve already read this month’s Book a Month selection—The Horologicon: A Day’s Jaunt through the Lost Words of the English Language—you know it’s not your typical reference book. So is it any wonder that today’s blog post isn’t your typical Book a Month post? Continue reading