In Review: The Week of December 16th

December 21, 2019

Our last In Review of the year includes holiday baking (+ cookie puns), Pantone colour inspo, surrealism (on brand for the holidays), and more! Thank you, All Lit Up reader, for following along with our bookish exploits and adventures all year and we hope you'll be back in 2020.

Happy holidays!

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On the Blog



~ Poet Lisa Baird reads selections from her collection Winter's Cold Girls (Caitlin Press), exploring themes of trauma and recovery, and everyday violence and queerness: "Gwen Benaway said [of Lisa Baird], “her dazzling, precise lines reveal a vital poetics that grows out of ordinary landscapes to transform the text into a balm for insight, healing, and articulation.”

~ We chatted with Robin Richardson about her new book Try Not to Get Too Attached (Book*hug Press), her surreal artistic style, translating the sublime and representation for women in the arts: "When I write and when I draw, I work from a space of unknowing, a bewildered exploration of that feeling of euphoria and dread, that open expanse of being that can’t be understood or defined."

~ We (re)gifted two tasty cookie recipes from Barry C. Parsons's Rock Recipes Cookies (Breakwater Books) for you to try this holiday season.

~ The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year - Classic Blue - was the inspo for this roundup of covers that *ahem* blue us away.






Around the Web


~ To inscribe or not to inscribe? In time for the holidays, here's an etiquette guide for gifting books.

~ Another books-as-objects outrage storms the internet and it involves Gwyneth Paltrow (but of course).






ICYMI (last week)


If your holiday modus operandi is escapist— cue #HallmarkChristmas flicks— we've got three charming literary follow-ups to crack open when you're all Christmased out.








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