Book a Month 2020: A Year Full of Books!

stack of Bas Bleu Book a Month 2020 books on park benchSanta came early this year, and he brought a very special delivery: Bas Bleu’s Book a Month 2020 selections! For those of you who aren’t familiar with our Book a Month program, the premise is simple: Treat your favorite bibliophile (who may be you!) to an entire year’s worth of terrific books, shipped either all at once or on a monthly basis throughout 2020. Continue reading

7 Musicals Adapted from Books: From Page to Stage

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We heard it through the grapevine that a Broadway musical based on the novel The Devil Wears Prada is in the works, with music written by Elton John. Whether or not you’re a fan of literary adaptions—readers tend to have very high standards where our favorite books are concerned—there’s no denying the wealth of material available for adapting. When we paused to think about it, we realized: Literature has been singing on the Great White Way for decades! Check out Bas Bleu‘s (not at all comprehensive) list of 7 musicals adapted from books. Continue reading

15 Things to Do Instead of Wasting Time on Your Phone

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When was the last time you looked up from your smartphone and realized a half-hour had passed—and yet you’d accomplished nothing? If you’re anything like Bas Bleu’s editors, that time was yesterday! We love these handy pocket-sized computers, which allow us to send emails, look up driving directions, buy a new dress, book dinner reservations, check football scores, share photographs with friends, watch an episode of our favorite TV show…and, yes, make telephone calls. But we’re the first to admit we waste far too much time scrolling mindlessly on our phones, time we could be spending doing so many other things. With a little help from our Autumn 2019 edition, we came up with this list of 15 things to do instead of wasting time on your phone. (For the record, reading this blog post counts as a Very Important Use of your smartphone.) Continue reading

An American Bluestocking in London

Buckingham Palace and Victoria Memorial, London

The Bluestocking Salon has been quiet for the past few weeks because yours truly was traveling in France and England to source new products for Bas Bleu’s 2020 catalog season. Three trade shows in three cities over the course of six days made for a breathlessly busy “grand tour”…but it wasn’t all work and no play! This American bluestocking discovered a bevy of literary landmarks in London, popping in for a visit after the day’s work was done. Continue reading

An Interview with Publisher Dominique Raccah

photo of Dominique Raccah founder of Sourcebooks publishing house

How often do you look to see who published the book you’re reading? If you answered “rarely, if ever,” you’re not alone. Few readers concern themselves with publisher IDs, more focused on the stories and the authors who write them. But book publishers are not all the same, not by a long shot. Bas Bleu works with hundreds of publishers—of all different sizes and both broad and narrow scope. One of our long-running partnerships is with Sourcebooks, which we’ve watched grow into the largest woman-owned publisher in North America. This week, Sourcebooks publisher and founder Dominique Raccah took a break from her busy schedule to talk to us about starting her own company, the importance of publishing women’s stories, and the timeless tales of Georgette Heyer. Continue reading

Autumn Reading List 2019

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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” Like George Eliot, we love “delicious autumn”…and after this hot, steamy summer, the new season can’t come soon enough! Fortunately, your favorite harbinger of fall—Bas Bleu’s Autumn 2019 edition—is here, filled with wonderful books and literary treats! (Feeling proactive? Take a gander at our Advent calendars and other holiday gifts, too.) Continue reading

From the Bas Bleu Mailbag: 25th Anniversary

We’re celebrating 25 years of Bas Bleu (our catalog was “born” in 1994), and our editors and other staff have been touched by the anniversary messages we’ve received from our readers over the past few months. Snail mail, emails, comments on our Facebook page and on this blog… No matter the format, each and every message means so much to our team. This week, as we prepare to debut our Autumn 2019 edition—including a first glimpse at this year’s Christmas offerings!—we wanted to share a few of the “happy anniversary!” notes that landed in our mailbox. Are we bragging? No. (Well…maybe a little bit, because any company with such amazing customers should brag about them!) Mostly we’re sharing these to let you know that we do, in fact, read and value every bit of customer correspondence that comes our way. Your words always impact us and remind us time and again just how special Bas Bleu’s readers are. Continue reading

National Book Lovers Day Sale

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National Book Lovers Day is right around the corner! (It’s on August 9, for those of you who want to put in a last-minute vacation/reading request.) Plus, Bas Bleu’s Autumn 2019 edition heads to the post office next week, which means truckloads of new books and gifts are arriving into our warehouse every day. How can we help our readers celebrate National Book Lovers Day and clear space for our new merchandise? Offer great prices on books and bookish gifts! Continue reading

Cooking the Books: Creamy Gazpacho Andaluz

Vegetables Illustrated cookbook on wooden butcher block surrounded by fresh veggies

From time to time, Bas Bleu’s editorial staff “samples” recipes from cookbooks and other culinary guides found in our catalog. Our efforts are amateur at best: If you’re looking for advanced epicurean know-how or glossy food photography, you’re about to be disappointed. We’re humble home cooks, you see, like (most of) you—pressed for time, with non-matching cookware and the tendency to scatter flour everywhere. But we know delicious when we taste it, and if you try your hand at these recipes we think you’ll agree!

Officially, the dog days of summer are right around the corner. But why does it feel like they showed up early??? Stepping outside feels like stepping into an oven, and the last thing we want to do at mealtime is turn on a real oven. So what’s a hungry bluestocking to do? Make gazpacho! Continue reading