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  • Prepare to be aMAZEd

    Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:36

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    What can possibly be cooler than a maze? Oh that's right, a maze made of books!

    The Book Depository proudly supports aMAZEme; part of the London 2012 Festival, aMAZEme is a gigantic maze up to 2.5 meters high, built from over 200,000 books! You might even find some from the Book Depository in there...

    Created by Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo, the aMAZEme Project consists of a series of ideas that mix concepts, languages, techniques and multimedia. The audience will unexpectedly come into contact with the installation, helping to stimulate their curiosity, knowledge and creativity. aMAZEme is an art project that unites literature, performance, installation, live cinema, images and the Internet, based on three main concepts:

    Art/Literature + Entertainment + Generosity

    So if you're in London any time from now until August 26, have a stroll by Southbank and discover the maze at The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall. Time to get lost in books. Literally!

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  • Stratford Ho!

    Fri, 27 Jul 2012 12:28

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    Welcome Olympian travellers to fair Stratford! What that you say? Never been before? Why, you'll need this chapter from Lonely Planet London to guide you round the exotic delights of the East! Lonely Planet have kindly provided this mini eBook that you can download for free and peruse at your leisure while glued to the Olympics and Paralympics for the next two months.

    But why stop at London? Lonely Planet have recently re-launched a set of improved city guides so why not select your destinations here.

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  • Cycling France with Lonely Planet

    Fri, 13 Jul 2012 11:03

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    We're in the middle of the Tour de France. High drama already with lots of crashes, angry outbursts and accusations all around (are team Sky doping? Or, has everyone else stopped doping and are just going slower?)

    If it gets you in the mood to hop on your bike and head to la belle France then Lonely Planet have some great guide books to help you plan your trip and they've been good enough to give us a sample to have a look at. As the Tour is off to the Pyrenees here's a few pages from that region.

    (PS Lonely Planet don't just do cycling guide books to France. Lots of places!)

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    Just when we thought we couldn't love Lewis Carroll any more... Add Yayoi Kusama's artwork into the mix, sprinkle a few polka dots on top and you'll see Alice in a different light!

    Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots, which means she sees the world in a surreal, almost hallucinogenic way that sits very well with the Wonderland of Alice. She is fascinated by childhood and the way adults have the ability, at their most creative, to see things the way children do, a central concern of the Alice books, by Lewis Carroll.
    The book is colour illustrated to very high specification, with her images interspersed thoughtfully throughout the text and produced in collaboration with the Kusama Studio, Tokyo and Gagosian Gallery.

    This one is going on top of our wishlist...

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  • I see zombies in your future

    Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:23

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    Imagine our delight when we saw Quirk Books were doing a delightful mashup of two our biggest selling categories - Zombie books and Tarot cards - The Zombie Tarot! Here's Quirk with some more info:

    You've never seen tarot cards quite like these. Imagine the celebrated "Rider Deck" infused with the horrors of Night of the Living Dead, and the result is The Zombie Tarot-a crazy, campy interpretation of a classic divination system.
    In this zombified parallel universe, wands become limbs, pentacles are biohazard symbols, and the Major Arcana is full of shambling corpses. Along with the 78-card deck, readers will receive instructions in a 96-page full-color book; its contents explain how to survive the zombie apocalypse and forecast your future using one of three different card layouts.
    The secrets of The Zombie Tarot await you!

    We'll have three copies please!

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