Curious Trends

27/08/2010

Bibliotherapy - a celebration of books


From early illuminated manuscripts to Taschen’s giant sized designer volumes, books are increasingly viewed a something of a rare curiosity. Perhaps this is down to the emergence of e-books and the browsing of text via digital media, which together with busier times makes reading seem much more of a luxury – a slow lifestyle pastime.

The image focused content of much that appears on the web has caused an upsurge in picture or coffee table books, with large pages and lots of photographs. However, some new books have actually been inspired directly by material originally published on the Internet, such as the BibliOdyssey Book, from the blog of the same name.


Cultural events involving books and literary festivals have become very popular social occasions, where all things literary and intellectual are celebrated.

London's Hampstead has been called ‘Ham on Wye’ with regard to its new book festival, which is set to become an annual fixture. Tickets went on sale on 1st July for a 3 day event of 50 talks and workshops in September. Those taking part include Martin Amis, Joanna Trollope, Tracy Chevalier and Maggie O’Farrell.



For the Curious Cognoscenti, book clubs have become mainstream. Always on the look out for the unusual and unique, they’re finding bookish adventure on reading weekends, at The School of Life’s bibliotherapy sessions and even as book tourists on exotic reading holidays.



I'd previously  thought that bibliotherapy might have something to do with the healing power of reading multiple self help books which is, without doubt, a great way of creating the feel good factor in times of uncertainty. However, it appears the School of Life's version is simply a way of making money from recommending books to read...

Anyway, I'm still expecting a revival in self-help style books to aid us through the economic and social mess we’re in. At least we can still eat, pray and love.

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