Friday Whatnot: July 24, 2015

This video offers a little look at the creative mind behind Start Now! The Creativity Journal. Made in NYC by Kate Neckel, this journal is “quirky, encouraging, and tough enough to handle all kinds of mistakes.” Neckel is an artist and illustrator whose work has been exhibited in galleries and she has drawn on the walls in private residences, Hudson Studios, Chelsea Day School and the Ace Hotel NYC.

Curtis Sittenfeld was recently on NPR’s “Ask Me Another” and answered questions about Eligible–her modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice as part of the The Austen Project – a series in which six contemporary authors reimagine the six complete novels of Jane Austen. And Sittenfeld talks a bit about her own Jane Austen Book Club in St. Louis.

They’re playing “The Shelf Game” at Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, where one lucky Algonkian gets to choose a shelf number and book number and grab that book from the shelves of their Editorial department – where they have a copy of every book Algonquin has ever published in order. They plan to share through their blog as they rediscover some of their Algonquin favorites from days gone by.

It looks pretty fun. (And bookstore adaptable.)

Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay