Spring is in full bloom at Bas Bleu, and we’re celebrating by hatching something new: our very own blog!

Inspired by the eighteenth-century literary gatherings hosted by legendary “bas bleu” Elizabeth Montagu, the Bluestocking Salon will take a closer look at some of our favorite titles and authors; offer behind-the-scenes insight into how we select the books and gifts that fill our catalogs; share bookish stories, links, and photos we think might tickle your fancy…in other words, revel in the wonderful world of reading!

To kick things off, we’re celebrating March Madness in true Bas Bleu style, with the Tournament of Classics. Below you’ll find our customized bracket of classic novels. [This post has been updated with the final bracket.]


Final Classics Bracket 2013

It’s up to you to decide which of these Sweet Sixteen titles will advance to the Elite Eight: Just log your picks in this blog’s comments section or cast your votes on our Facebook page. We’ll announce the winners of each round on Facebook and let you know when it’s time to vote again.

Full disclosure: These literary competitors were chosen by popular opinion, not statistics, and we couldn’t possibly include all of the worthy contenders. The only prize is a confirmation of your own good taste…and perhaps a heated book-club discussion or two. And if our bracket inspires you to explore a never-read classic or to revisit an old favorite, all the better!

We hope you’ll return to the blog each week to see more of what we have to offer. In the meantime, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest and Twitter. And, as always, happy reading!