“Most importantly, we believe fiction and non-fiction are not contrary forces. Rather, fiction helps us better understand the outside world, so we use the stories as a bridge to explore beyond ourselves.” Mariana Villas-Boas on the thinking behind her project: StoryLabs.
“When you read a book, of course it’s a portal to the lives of the characters, but it’s also a portal to your own life. A book is an expression that we want to belong.” D.B. Miller talks with Uli Beutter Cohen about books, New York subway behaviour and belonging.
“It wasn’t until many years later, while I was grappling with grief in my mid-twenties, that Kai and Gerda resurfaced on the scene and I finally figured out why they mattered so much back then, and why, after all these years, they still matter to me today.” Susan Platt on the magic of Hans Christian Andersen’s words, and an unfolding secret power.
Move over tooth fairies! There’s a new kind of pixie about and it is taking the world by storm: The Book Fairies, a worldwide network of book lovers who leave free books in public for other people to find. Eleanor Gooding is Switzerland’s first official Book Fairy and she’s on the hunt for new recruits.
““There,” she points to the sculpture at the top of the opera house steps, and grins. A perfect hiding spot. She skips up the steps and turns. Adult or kids’ book, what do you think?” She looks up at me, arms outstretched, a book wrapped in ribbons in each hand.” Ellie Gooding, Zürich’s Book Fairy, shows Susan Platt how it’s done.