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Book Collecting idea of the Week

Last week I interviewed Jane Urquhart. We talked about her new biography of /response to Lucy Maud Montgomery. On the cover Lucy sports a quite stunning looking lid:


The book is part of Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series. Seventeen titles in total are listed on the website; all wear spiffy looking jackets. Lush oil portraits mostly, of the people portrayed within. You’ll recall that I’ve so far interviewed Nino Ricci on Pierre Trudeau, Margaret MacMillan on Stephen Leacock, and M.G. Vassanji on Mordecai Richler.

These volumes are smartly produced. Solid black cloth boards decorated with orange and white lettering and a cute little circled penguin on the front cover, complemented by regal red paste down end papers, and of course, the dust jackets. Anita Kuntz designed the Montgomery headgear. Info on the other artists can be found here. I’m quite partial to this number:

Why not join me as I work through the roster.
 
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2 Responses to “Book Collecting idea of the Week”

  1. Audible Books Says:

    Jane Urquhart wrote a great biography. I wish I could meet her and to talk with her about it. I really envy you.

    O.F

  2. The Second Pass Says:

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