Betsy Birkey is an artist who lives in Chicago.  Her specialty is turning books – any books – into works of art by simply folding their pages in certain ways.  She does not cut the books’ pages or paste pages in place to create her fabulous artwork.  Prepare to be amazed when you click on the link to her website.

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And then there’s Moscow-based artist and poet Svetlana Kolosova who creates charming paintings of fairy tales on the palm of her left hand.  Note how marvelously detailed the paintings are.

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I’m sure you’ve seen videos of dominoes that are set close together and then knocked down in one continuous wave, but the Chicago Public Library has gone one better by using 2131 books to create the same effect.  The video is awesome!

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Between 1951 and 1960 the Catalonian painter Salvador Dalí created a set of watercolors depicting scenes from Dante’s The Divine Comedy.  One hundred of those paintings are displayed here.  Click on the individual painting to see an enlarged image of it.

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I am intrigued by the idea that book publishers use different bookcovers for their books in the U.S. and the U.K.  I have no idea why they do this, and no idea why the covers they choose are appropriate for one country but not the other.  If you figure it out, let me know.

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Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C. is well known for its wide selection of books and its A-list authors who give talks (many of which are later seen on Book TV) there, but apparently its “bags” are pretty awesome, too.  A customer recently tweeted, “I love your bags.  I buried one of my cats in one.”

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CST.  The featured author will be Mary Roach who is a science writer.  Her books include Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers (2003) and My Planet: Finding Humor in the Oddest Places (2013).  She definitely has a sense of humor as you can see when you go to her website.

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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will present two features in July that may interest you.  The first is a series of interviews with notables from the film industry.  All clips are from The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  Five interviews will be broadcast each Monday night beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET, and the movie that follows will have a tie-in with the fifth interview.  Those interviewed include Neil Simon, George Burns, Doris Day, Tony Curtis, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor and Henry Fonda.

The films of the great French director (and actor) François Truffaut will be screened each Friday night in July beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.  The featured films include The 400 Blows, Such a Gorgeous Kid Like Me, Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim and The Last Metro.

The music for many of Truffaut’s films was composed by Georges Delerue.  You will hear it in some of the movies such as Shoot the Piano Player, Jules and Jim, The Last Metro and The Woman Next Door.

More information is available at the TCM website.

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Details about the fourth season of the very popular British series Downton Abbey are featured in an article in The Guardian.  Included is an explanation of why Matthew Crawley died in a car accident in the final episode of the third season.

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