The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book

Time GardenBy Daria Song

A dazzlingly beautiful coloring book for all ages, The Time Garden will sweep you away into a whimsical cuckoo clock inspired world, created in intricate pen and ink by the internationally best-selling Korean artist Daria Song.

Journey through the doors of a mysterious cuckoo clock into its inky inner workings to discover a magical land of clock gears, rooftops, starry skies, and giant flying owls, all ready for you to customize with whatever colors you can dream up.

Cuckoo… cuckoo… cuckoo… When the clock strikes midnight, you’ll wonder, was it all a dream?

The Time Garden features extra-thick craft paper, ideal for non bleed-through coloring, and the jacketed cover with flaps is removable and colorable. Special gold-foil stamping on the cover and spine and a To/From page make it perfect for gifting to adults and kids alike.

Then, explore the magical world outside the clock through the eyes of a fairy in the sequel, The Time Chamber: A Magical Story and Coloring Book!

 

Community Coloring with the Cultural Alliance & Byrd’s Books

Secret Garden insidesByrd’s Books is sponsoring an evening once a month of coloring at the Gallery at 287 Main Street Danbury (Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut). Be inspired by the art on the surrounding walls and create something lovely to take with you!
Included in the $15.00 fee: is one pull-out sheet from Joanna Basford’s upcoming book, “Secret Garden Artist’s Edition: 20 Drawings to Color and Frame” and light refreshments. We will have colored pencils for you to use.
Beverage is Bring-Your-Own! (yes, we will have glasses…:-)
The dates:
Friday September 18 from 6:30 – 9:00p.m.
Friday October 16th from 6:30 – 9:00p.m.
Friday Novemer 20th from 6:30 – 9:00p.m.
A selection of quality coloring books will be available for purchase, should you want more….

To save a spot please register here (we may have to limit the number of attendees, due to space)

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse

IridescenceBirdsThe Iridescence of Birds
By Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures? Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world’s most famous and influential artists by acclaimed author and Newbery Medal-winning Patricia MacLachlan and innovative illustrator Hadley Hooper. A Neal Porter Book.

33 Artists in 3 Acts

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By Sarah Thornton

The best-selling author of Seven Days in the Art World now tells the story of the artists themselves how they move through the world, command credibility, and create iconic works.

33 Artists in 3 Acts offers unprecedented access to a dazzling range of artists, from international superstars to unheralded art teachers. Sarah Thornton’s beautifully paced, fly-on-the-wall narratives include visits with Ai Weiwei before and after his imprisonment and Jeff Koons as he woos new customers in London, Frankfurt, and Abu Dhabi. Thornton meets Yayoi Kusama in her studio around the corner from the Tokyo asylum that she calls home. She snoops in Cindy Sherman s closet, hears about Andrea Fraser s psychotherapist, and spends quality time with Laurie Simmons, Carroll Dunham, and their daughters Lena and Grace.

Through these intimate scenes, 33 Artists in 3 Acts explores what it means to be a real artist in the real world. Divided into three cinematic “acts” politics, kinship, and craft it investigates artists’ psyches, personas, politics, and social networks. Witnessing their crises and triumphs, Thornton turns a wry, analytical eye on their different answers and non-answers to the question “What is an artist?”

33 Artists in 3 Acts reveals the habits and attributes of successful artists, offering insight into the way these driven and inventive people play their game. In a time when more and more artists oversee the production of their work, rather than make it themselves, Thornton shows how an artist s radical vision and personal confidence can create audiences for their work, and examines the elevated role that artists occupy as essential figures in our culture.”

Peter Stein shares his father’s photography with us on Sunday September 7th at 4:00p.m.

On Sunday September 7th at 4:00 p.m., Peter Stein will join us for a very special afternoon as he shares his father’s extraordinary journey to Paris and New York as a photographer. Fred Stein was an early pioneer of the hand-held camera who became a gifted street photographer in Paris and New York after he was forced to flee his native Germany by the Nazi threat in the early 1930s. This will be a multi-media event at the bookstore. Please register early, since attendance is limited to 35 people.

About the book, “Paris New York“, release date July 15, 2014. Fredf Stein

Contributor(s): Freer, Dawn (Editor), Kugelmann, Cilly (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Mora, Gilles (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Stein, Fred (Photographer)

Fred Stein (1909-1967) was a master of street photography. As an early pioneer of the hand-held camera, he captured poignant moments in the street life of two of the world’s great cities: Paris and New York, where he lived after fleeing from Nazi Germany.

Fred Stein photoThis same immediacy infuses his portraits of the great personalities of the era, among them Albert Einstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marc Chagall. Stein’s images are a vital document of the twentieth century and an important part of photo history. He left behind an existensive oeuvre which this publication presents comprehensively for the first time.

Fred Stein’s photographs reflect a world seen with poignant clarity. Born in Dresden, Germany in 1909, he became a brilliant law student and fervent anti-Nazi activist. He was forced to flee to Paris in 1933. Living among a circle of expatriate artists and intellectuals, Stein became a photographer. He was a pioneer of the small hand-held camera – the Leica. Its mobility allowed him to range through the streets documenting the life he saw there with ease and naturalness. This new approach also enabled him to make strikingly intimate portraits of the people who shaped the intellectual life of Europe in the 1930’s.
When war was declared, Stein was put in an internment camp for enemy aliens. He managed to escape as the Nazis were entering Paris, and after a harrowing journey, was reunited with his wife and infant daughter in Marseilles, where the three boarded the S.S. Winnipeg, one of the last boats to leave France.
New York in the 1940’s gave him access to the great artists and thinkers who shaped our age; and the freedom and diversity of the New World inspired his reportage as he ranged from Fifth Avenue to Harlem. The historical importance of his work is elevated by the beauty of his art.
About the event presenter: Peter Stein is a Professor of Cinematography at NYU’s Graduate Film Program – and has shot many films for the major studios and TV networks. He is also the son of the photographer Fred Stein (1909-1967).

In Peter’s words: “The book is published by Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg Germany and the text is in English and German. There are approximately 130 images in the book – of Paris in the 1930s, New York in the 1940s and portraits of noted personalities. My father was friends with (and photographed for many years), intellectuals like Hannah Arendt, André Malraux and Arthur Koestler, as well as Willy Brandt the Chancellor of Germany who lived with him and my mother occasionally when they were both young and fighting against the Fascists.”

Do not miss this very special event. To register for this event click here.

 

 

 

The Scraps Book

ScrapsBookBy Lois Ehlert

The renowned Caldecott Honoree and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colorful picture book career.

Lois Ehlert always knew she was an artist. Her parents encouraged her from a young age by teaching her how to sew and saw wood and pound nails, and by giving her colorful art supplies. They even gave her a special spot to work that was all her own.

Today, many years and many books later, Lois takes readers and aspiring artists on a delightful behind-the-scenes tour of her books and her book-making process. Part fascinating retrospective, part moving testament to the value of following your dreams, this richly illustrated picture book is sure to inspire children and adults alike to explore their own creativity.

Brush of the Gods

Brush of the GodsBy Lenore Look, illustrated by Meilo So

This gorgeous picture book biography, according to Kirkus Reviews in a starred review, is “a cheerful introduction not only to Wu Daozi, but to the power of inspiration.”

Who wants to learn calligraphy when your brush is meant for so much more? Wu Daozi (689-758), known as China’s greatest painter and alive during the T’ang Dynasty, is the subject of this stunning picture book. When an old monk attempts to teach young Daozi about the ancient art of calligraphy, his brush doesn’t want to cooperate. Instead of characters, Daozi’s brush drips dancing peonies and flying Buddhas! Soon others are admiring his unbelievable creations on walls around the city, and one day his art comes to life! Little has been written about Daozi, but Look and So masterfully introduce the artist to children.

The Art Forger

By B.A. Shapiro

On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art worth today over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Claire makes her living reproducing famous works of art for a popular online retailer. Desperate to improve her situation, she lets herself be lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting – one of the Degas masterpieces stolen from the Gardner Museum – in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when the long-missing Degas painting – the one that had been hanging for one hundred years at the Gardner – is delivered to Claire’s studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery.

Claire’s search for the truth about the painting’s origins leads her into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late nineteenth century may be the only evidence that can now save her life. B. A. Shapiro’s razor-sharp writing and rich plot twists make The Art Forger an absorbing literary thriller that treats us to three centuries of forgers, art thieves, and obsessive collectors. it’s a dazzling novel about seeing – and not seeing – the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.

One of the most popular new fiction titles available, this book would make an excellent gift for the book group reader, literary reader, or art/art history enthusiast.

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

By Alison Bechdel

From the best-selling author of Fun Home, TIME magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be.

Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel’s childhood…and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother – to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

Superman

By Larry Tye

Seventy-five years after he came to life, Superman remains one of America’s most adored and enduring heroes. Now Larry Tye, the prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of Satchel, has written the first full-fledged history not just of the Man of Steel but of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

Legions of fans from Boston to Buenos Aires can recite the story of the child born Kal-El, scion of the doomed planet Krypton, who was rocketed to Earth as an infant, raised by humble Kansas farmers, and rechristened Clark Kent. Known to law-abiders and evildoers alike as Superman, he was destined to become the invincible champion of all that is good and just – and a star in every medium from comic books and comic strips to radio, TV, and film.

But behind the high-flying legend lies a true-to-life saga every bit as compelling, one that begins not in the far reaches of outer space but in the middle of America’s heartland. During the depths of the Great Depression, Jerry Siegel was a shy, awkward teenager in Cleveland. Raised on adventure tales and robbed of his father at a young age, Jerry dreamed of a hero for a boy and a world that desperately needed one. Together with neighborhood chum and kindred spirit Joe Shuster, young Siegel conjured a human-sized god who was everything his creators yearned to be: handsome, stalwart, and brave, able to protect the innocent, punish the wicked, save the day, and win the girl. It was on Superman’s muscle-bound back that the comic book and the very idea of the superhero took flight.

Tye chronicles the adventures of the men and women who kept Siegel and Shuster’s Man of Tomorrow aloft and vitally alive through seven decades and counting. Here are the savvy publishers and visionary writers and artists of comics’ Golden Age who ushered the red-and-blue-clad titan through changing eras and evolving incarnations; and the actors – including George Reeves and Christopher Reeve – who brought the Man of Steel to life on screen, only to succumb themselves to all-too-human tragedy in the mortal world. Here too is the poignant and compelling history of Siegel and Shuster’s lifelong struggle for the recognition and rewards rightly due to the architects of a genuine cultural phenomenon.

From two-fisted crimebuster to uber-patriot, social crusader to spiritual savior, Superman – perhaps like no other mythical character before or since – has evolved in a way that offers a Rorschach test of his times and our aspirations. In this deftly realized appreciation, Larry Tye reveals a portrait of America over seventy years through the lens of that otherworldly hero who continues to embody our best selves.

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