T is for tome.
It is after all World Book Day, the annual celebration founded by UNESCO to promote reading and writing. What better day to talk about books?
I find the word tome somehow amusing. I know it’s meant to be weighty and connote a big scholarly volume, but the word rolls off my tongue and it makes me smile nonetheless. Which is why I think Fool would appreciate it.
I have great book plans for today. (Bonus feature! Because Tome also happens to be the name of a designer fashion line, in the spirit of inclusivity and fashionista fabulousity, I’ll mention what hat I’ll be wearing. And no, it won’t be a Fool’s Cap!)
First I’ll be devoting some time to working on my book(s). Yes, dear friends, I am writing books. I’m not sure I’ve mentioned that here before but the truth is I have a LOT of books inside me waiting to see the light of day and it’s past time I started to get seriously cracking on those projects. So I’ll be putting on a writer’s hat for this project. Perhaps a whimsy, which is the name given to small headpieces in the 1950s and 60’s. I think all writing projects should be entered into with a bit of whimsy don’t you? Fool certainly agrees.
I’ll also be donning my creating chapeau as I work on some prototypes for handmade book forms I’m experimenting with. That’s always something that delights my heart. Sit me amongst paper and scissors and waxed linen thread and you’ll no doubt find a smile on my face. For this creative venture I think I’ll wear a Gibus, which was patented in 1937 and is a man’s collapsible silk opera hat that when collapsed allowed it to be carried under the arm. I do like a clever good design.
But most importantly today I’ll find time to read. In fact I’ve put together a little reading pile. Which when stacked does look like a serious tome doesn’t it?
It’s a rather random gathering of things that is appealing to me in the moment. While I don’t expect to get through them all today, I’m sure I’ll get through several and started on them all. I always have a number of books going at one time – my treasure-gathering mind likes a variety of things to delight in.
Picture This: How Pictures Work by Molly Bang explores how shapes, color and composition “make us feel the way things look.” Sounds fascinating doesn’t it?
Pablo Neruda Poet of the People, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Julie Paschkis is a kid’s book. I’ve read it before, but I’m drawn to doing so again because I’ve just been reading some of Neruda’s poems. The book is charming and has wonderful illustrations and I know I’ll delight in it again.
Egyptian Magic: The Quest for Thoth’s Book of Secrets by Maarten Raven. Ah, what can I say – this appeals to me on all levels. I love all things ancient Egyptian, I’m fascinated by Thoth, and it’s written by someone named Raven. It’s filled with wonderful photographs of museum objects and I can’t wait to get started reading it.
The Secret Museum by Molly Oldfield is one of my secret pleasures that I dole out to myself in measured doses, so I’ll just be dipping into this one today. It’s a compendium of fabulous objects and treasures that are held in secret archives in museums across the world and not on public display for innumerable reasons. But here within the book you get to see them. It delights me to simply open up a random page and see what I find. And then another. And another.
Space – Information Graphics by Jennifer Daniel. I’m looking forward to reading this one as well. Aimed at mid-school aged kids, it’s printed on neon-colored pages and filled with infographics. I may well like the cosmos as much as I love Egyptology, so I know I’ll enjoy this one.
And finally in my pile is a tree book. Okay, let’s add trees to my list of loves. But this isn’t about actual living beings with leaves and roots. This is The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge by Manuel Lima. It explores the use of tree diagrams for organizing information over more than 800 years. It’s filled with lots of fabulous illustrations, and I suspect this is going to one I need to do in small doses like The Secret Museum. We’ll see.
In any case, whether I get them all read today or not, I know I’ll be celebrating World Book Day in good style. And speaking of style, perhaps I should don a bluebonnet for this reading adventure. A bluebonnet is a broad, slat cap of dark blue wool woven in one piece, with a narrow tartan headband and a colored tuft on top. With the proper color leggings I might well be properly dressed as a bluestocking.
What about you? Got plans for World Book Day? Suggestions of things to add to my gazillion-items-long booklist? Have a favorite hat? Consider yourself a bluestocking? Do tell – you know I love to hear..