Tournament of Classics 2017: Elite 8

Wow! After five days of fierce literary debate (nearly 1,000 votes from avid readers), eight competitors still stand in this year’s Tournament of Classics. All are giants of the book world and beloved role models for many a bluestocking…but only one will be crowned champion of Bas Bleu’s literature-themed March MadnessTM. You know the drill: Vote in the polls below to determine who will advance to the Final Four! Continue reading

Tournament of Classics 2017

For those readers new to the Bluestocking Salon, Bas Bleu’s Tournament of Classics is our annual tribute to college basketball’s March Madness™, in which we pit literary classics against one another in a “big dance” to victory. In years past, your favorite classic novels, children’s stories, mysteries/thrillers, and literary villains jockeyed for the grand prize. This year, the tournament belongs to the women, as sixteen beloved and unforgettable literary heroines face off. (Click on bracket to enlarge.)

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Read, White, and Bleu: Vote Today!

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In January, we announced Bas Bleu would host our own 2016 presidential election, with your favorite literary characters as the candidates. You sent in your nominations, then helped us narrow down the nominees to six teams. Since then, we have presented our readers with the candidates’ biographies, platform issues, and schedules of campaign events. Continue reading

Read, White, and Bleu: Harry Potter and Hermione Granger

In January, we announced Bas Bleu would be hosting our own 2016 presidential election, with your favorite literary characters as the candidates. We’ve narrowed your nominees down to six teams, and in the months leading up to Election Day in November, we’ll be presenting you with the candidates’ biographies, platform issues, and a schedule of campaign events.

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In Search of the Perfect Man: Jane Austen’s Heroes

Those of us with an affinity for Jane Austen’s novels—the sly wit, the razor-sharp social commentary, the forgiving empire-waist dresses—also have a soft spot for Austen’s leading men. But while these half-dozen gentlemen all share a strong sense of honor and an affinity for bright, independent-minded women, they aren’t interchangeable. So which Austen hero is right for you? Continue reading

Read, White, and Bleu: Atticus Finch and Scout Finch

In January, we announced Bas Bleu would be hosting our own 2016 presidential election, with your favorite literary characters as the candidates. We’ve narrowed your nominees down to six teams, and in the months leading up to Election Day in November, we’ll be presenting you with the candidates’ biographies, platform issues, and a schedule of campaign events.

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Books Make It Better: Creating Our Literary Candles

Literary Classics Votive Set from Bas Bleu

Books are our first loves at Bas Bleu, but you’ve probably noticed we’ve got a soft spot for cute bookish gifts too. To source them, we visit trade shows, comb the internet, talk to our merchandise vendors, even keep our eyes peeled for great finds while on vacation. And from time to time, when we don’t find exactly what we’re looking for, we say, “We’ll make it ourselves!” Continue reading

Read, White, and Bleu: Frodo Baggins and Sam Gamgee

In January, we announced Bas Bleu would be hosting our own 2016 presidential election, with your favorite literary characters as the candidates. We’ve narrowed your nominees down to six teams, and in the months leading up to Election Day in November, we’ll be presenting you with the candidates’ biographies, platform issues, and a schedule of campaign events.

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16 Lessons We’ve Learned from Georgette Heyer

Lessons on Love and Life from Georgette Heyer

We must confess: It wasn’t love at first sight when we “met” Georgette Heyer…or, rather, her novels. But in true Heyer fashion, we just needed time to share a few laughs and get to know her better; before long, all of us at Bas Bleu were smitten! Because while Heyer’s historical romances are firmly entrenched in place and time (usually Regency England), her clever and amusing tales of romance, human foibles, and society shenanigans can teach us all a thing or two about love and life. In honor of that magnificent lady’s 115th birthday next week (August 16, to be exact), we’ve compiled a list of sixteen lessons—some more practical than others!—learned from her bestselling novels.

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