Sharable Book News

I read (and listened to) a lot of sharable book news today. If any of these intrigue you, I’ve created instant tweetables for you to share from your own Twitter account.

From Katie Paterson’s Future Library website:

A forest in Norway is growing. In 100 years it will become an anthology of books.

A forest has been planted in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114.

The texts will be held in a specially designed room in the New Public Deichmanske Library, Oslo. Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation for the 100-year duration of the artwork finds a conceptual counterpoint in the invitation extended to each writer: to conceive and produce a work in the hopes of finding a receptive reader in an unknown future.

Margaret Atwood was the first author announced for the project. She just turned in her manuscript. Andrew Limbong has the story:

Tweetable: Margaret Atwood turned in her Future Library manuscript. Will people be around to read it?

Flannery O'Connor stampOn June 5, 2015, the United States Postal Service will release the 30th stamp in the Literary Arts series, honoring Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964). Designed by Phil Jordan, the stamp features a color portrait–a watercolor painting completed digitally–based on a black-and-white photograph taken at the Georgia State College for Women when O’Connor was a student there. The portrait is surrounded with an ostentation of peacock feathers.

The words ‘THREE OUNCE’ on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, this stamp will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use.

The current “three ounce” rate is 93 cents.

Tweetable: The only ostentation here is the feathers. Flannery O’Connor makes this stamp beautiful.


Dante Alighieri was born 750 years ago, and although the exact date is unknown, a language columnist for The Paris Review thinks he can pinpoint the day to May 26. (It’s just a coincidence that his birthday falls on May 26, too.) Did we miss his birthday? Here’s the complete piece by Damion Searls.

Tweetable: Dante turns 750… but when, exactly?

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