Bluestockings With a Cause

globe and booksThe ability to read, to access reading materials, and to process what we read is essential to our day-to-day lives, not just as bluestockings but as productive citizens. And yet for too many people in the world, these things we take for granted—literacy, access to books, and affordable education—are rare luxuries. Fortunately, because book people are awesome people, there are a number of organizations out there striving to bring literacy and books to those who need them most.

This week in the Bluestocking Salon, Bas Bleu decided it was high time to give credit where credit is due to some of the hardest-working people in the book world. We’ve pinpointed five book-based organizations whose work, whether at home or abroad, is doing great things for people—particularly young people—and communities in need. Because if there’s one thing we can all (hopefully!) agree on, it’s that literate, educated children are our greatest hope for the future. Continue reading

“The Last Dream of My Soul”: Literary Words of Love

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, dear bluestockings, and whether you’re a soft-hearted romantic or that guy who blames the holiday on greeting-card companies, there’s no denying the importance of celebrating the lifeblood of human relationships: LOVE. Last year, in honor of Cupid’s day, we shared Bas Bleu’s picks for our favorite literary couples. This year, on behalf of you lovers seeking the perfect words with which to woo your valentine, we’ve gathered sixteen soul-stirring quotations from—where else?—classic literature. Continue reading

February 2015 Book a Month: The Four Graces

The Four GracesAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2015 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus materials to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

We’ll admit that our February selection, D. E. Stevenson’s The Four Graces, seems an unusual choice for sparking literary discussion: It concerns the lives, loves, and small-town travails of the Grace sisters in 1940s England. Yet if there’s one thing we’ve learned from our own book-club meetings, it’s that seemingly straightforward novels often inspire the most heartfelt and insightful conversations between bluestockings. Continue reading