Suspend Your Disbelief

Posts Tagged ‘Literary Gifts’

Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #22: Big Cozy Book furniture

We’ve talked about furniture made of books here before, but Big Cozy Books takes things to a whole other level. Designer Erik Olofson creates upholstered furniture pieces that look like giant books. The company offers loveseats, benches, booths, each with a specific title. They’re marketed towards schools and libraries, but if you’re looking to splurge for a young (or not-so-young) reader in your life, wouldn’t these be amazing? They sure look comfy: Visit the Big Cozy Books website to find a dealer near you. And check back here at the FWR blog every day in December for another bookish gift […]


Shop Talk |

Bookish gift idea #21: The perpetual pen

It’s sold under the rather prosaic name Metal Pen, but I prefer to think of it as the Perpetual Pen. Here’s the description: In the Medieval period, artists and scribes often used a metal stylus in order to draw on a specially prepared paper surface. Generally known as Metalpoint, or Silverpoint when the stylus was made of silver, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer and Rembrandt all used this technique. … The pens we sell are a modern version (and do not use silver). The solid metal ‘nib’ consists of a metal alloy, that leaves a mark on most […]


Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #20: Heated gloves

I am perpetually cold, and it’s especially a problem when I’m writing. Cold fingers are stiff fingers, and whether I’m typing or writing longhand, stiff fingers are slow. Result: typos, time wasted correcting errors, paragraphs where I have no idea what I meant to say, train of thought quickly derailed. If your writer-friend suffers from the same affliction, perhaps these heated gloves are the solution. They’re fingerless for easy typing and plug into the USB port of your computer. Available from Perpetual Kid, they warm your hands 10 degrees in 5 minutes and also come in a snazzy purple or […]


Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #19: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Did you encounter The Mysteries of Harris Burdick when you were a kid? If so, you probably remember Chris Van Allsburg’s eerie black-and-white illustrations and the evocative sentences—each the merest sliver of a story—that accompanied them. When I was in fifth grade, my teacher asked us to choose a picture and write a story to go along with it. I chose the one to the right, which was titled “Archie Smith, Boy Wonder” and bore the caption, “A tiny voice asked, ‘Is he the one?’” No, I’m not going to share the story. But the fact that I remember the […]


Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #18: Littlefly Rings

Maybe yesterday’s minimalist book ring wasn’t your style. Want to wear the words you love—literally? Littlefly, a UK-based jewelry company, offers these gorgeous gems by designer Jeremy May. Explains their website: Littlefly paper jewellery is made by laminating hundreds sheets of paper together, then carefully finishing to a high gloss. The paper is selected and carefully removed from a book, and the jewellery re-inserted in the excavated space. Each piece is impossible to replicate, and is unique to the wearer. The beauty of the jewels extends within the piece: text and images pass all the way though the object, only […]


Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #17: Minimalist Book Ring

Jeweler Metalnat offers this minimalist interpretation of a book, in sterling silver. I love that the “pages” are open—full of possibilities: It’s intended as a ring, but it would also be beautiful as a pendant on a chain, or as a mini-work of art on your writing desk. Actually, it reminds me of Anne Lamott’s one-inch picture frame—a useful reminder for any writer to keep in mind. Available on Etsy. Check back here at the FWR blog every day in December for another bookish gift idea!


Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #16: Mental Floss T-shirts

For the delightfully dorky ones in your life, may we suggest these punny T-shirts from Mental Floss? Celebrate your love of hyperbole, homonyms, punctuation, cliches, or idioms. And for the younger set, there’s this onesie: All shirts are available at Mental Floss. Wear. See who laughs. Find kindred (dorky) spirits.


Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #15: Portable laser keyboard

In case you doubted it: we live in the future. I think this dawned on me when I got a smartphone shortly after my son was born. Suddenly, despite having a babe (literally) in arms, I could still read my favorite blogs and newspapers. I could still get my email. I could even read books and spent an entire month working my way through the complete Sherlock Holmes—in fifteen-minute segments, during my son’s naps. But the one thing a smartphone isn’t very good for is actually writing. Sure, you can take notes or jot down a sentence when a great […]


Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #14: Cigarette-pack books

For the manly-man reader on your list, what about these books packaged in cigarette packs? Each is unabridged and wrapped in cellophane for… freshness. Available from Tank Books, the packs offer titles by appropriately macho authors: Tolstoy, Kipling, Conrad, Stevenson, Kafka, and, of course, Hemingway. U.S. customers can also order from Ten Over Six. Check back at FWR every day in December for another bookish gift!


Shop Talk |

Bookish Gift Idea #13: "Storytellers" Tee

This T-shirt is like a book-lover’s visual quiz: it features cartoon representations of 25 famous stories. (Click the right-hand image above to view larger—how many can you name?) It’s available in men’s, women’s, kids’, and infant sizes from Threadless. And check back here at FWR every day in December for more bookish gifts for everyone on your list.




Literary Partners