October 11 is the International Day of the Girl Child, an event created by the United Nations in 2012 to “highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.” This occasion, combined with recent events in the United States, has us thinking about female voices and how they are reflected and recorded in our culture. In our case, that means thinking about books. Continue reading
You won’t find it on your calendar. Your boss isn’t offering you the day off. Your local bank won’t be closed, and there are no greeting cards to mark the occasion. But because Bas Bleu’s editors make it our business to keep you in the literary loop, we thought you should know: September 6 is National Read a Book Day! Continue reading
Our Holiday 2016 catalog is arriving in mailboxes any minute now, and among the amazing gifts packed into its pages you’ll find our Book a Month packages for the coming year! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bas Bleu’s 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 2017. Continue reading
Last week Bas Bleu reached 6,000 followers on Facebook! That may not seem like a big deal when you see how many companies boast hundreds of thousands of followers, but for our little catalog family—whose social-media presence is managed by a small team of editors, not some fancy digital-marketing agency—it’s a pretty exciting milestone.
In honor of this red-letter day, and in recognition of the fact that readers have a lot of options for buying books these days, we’ve compiled a list of six reasons why we think Bas Bleu is worthy of your consideration.
Updated December 2018:
This blog post originally was written in conjunction with a title from our Book a Month 2015 package. The Thirteenth Gift is no longer available in our catalog, but we think the holiday message it shares—and the acts of kindness it inspired—are worth revisiting even without the book in hand.
As our regular readers know, each month we offer discussion questions or author interviews about Bas Bleu’s Book a Month titles, to enrich the reading experience for individuals or book clubs. But for our December 2015 Book a Month feature, we’ve opted to do something a little different, inspired by the spirit of goodwill and friendship at the heart of this month’s selection, The Thirteenth Gift: A True Story of a Christmas Miracle.
In the autumn of 1999, journalist Joanne Huist Smith’s husband, Rick, died suddenly, leaving his wife and three children grief-stricken and utterly devoid of Christmas spirit. Joanne remembers:
I absolutely understood Scrooge now. I want to go to bed tonight and wake up on December 26. No shopping. No baking. No tree with lights. I’m not in a mood to make memories. The ones I have just hurt; I can’t imagine new ones will feel any better.
Our Holiday 2015 catalog is due to land on your doorstep any day now (if it hasn’t already), and among the amazing gifts packed into its pages you’ll find not one, but three Book a Month packages for the coming year! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bas Bleu’s 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, choosing between six- or twelve-month packages that we ship either all at once or on a monthly basis throughout 2016. Continue reading
Tuesday, September 8, was International Literacy Day, but we’ve been so hard at work on Bas Bleu’s upcoming Holiday catalog that the occasion just whizzed right by. We felt guilty at first, but then we thought about it: Why should there only be one day “officially” devoted to advancing the cause of literacy around the world? That’s a cause worth fighting for 365 days a year! Continue reading
As 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!)
Emily, the heroine of April’s Book a Month selection, And Only to Deceive, is a girl after our own hearts: She uses the Victorian period of obligatory mourning for her dead husband (she hardly knew him!) as the perfect excuse to stay home and read. But waiting until after your husband is dead to really get to know him is tricky stuff, as Emily soon finds out when surprising truths about Philip, the late Viscount Ashton, begin coming to light in this mystery. Continue reading
The 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
We know all of you bluestockings out there are true-bleu booklovers who share Bas Bleu’s passion for quality books, under-the-radar authors, and a quiet evening spent at home with a good novel. But over the years, we’ve been privy to many a bookish confession, shameful (or simply honest) secrets about your private reading lives. And you know what? These confessions only make us love our fellow bluestockings—and our own coworkers!—that much more. Because there’s no such thing as a “perfect” reader.