Yesterday we shared the new poster and bookmark that our featured illustrator of the month, Jacqueline Colley, created for our book club book of the month, Encore. Jacqueline is a UK based illustrator and print designer who specializes in playful illustrations. I thought she’d be the perfect person to capture the words of Charity Tilleman-Dick who passed away from health complications last month and is the focus on this month’s book. She offers some wonderful advice and thoughts about her journey!
Imagine you’re at your peak of health and young adulthood, a promising opera career just ahead of you…and then you’re diagnosed with a fatal disease and given only five years to live.TheEncore: A Memoir in Three Acts is about the life of Charity Tillemann-Dick, a soprano singer who performed in opera houses all over the world, all while enduring the immense complications of Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension and two (yes, TWO) double lung transplants.
My friend, Charity, passed away last two weeks ago on April 23, at age 35, but her story and tenacity to live and pursue what she loved despite her disease still inspires many. In homage to the beautiful person she was and the light she still shines, we are reading her beautiful memoir. We hope you’ll join us as we honor her this month and read about Charity’s perseverance and experiences of living close to death through her own candid, honest words.
Stay tuned for artwork later this month, and follow along with @larsbookclub.
Helloooo readers! We’re well into March (and spring!) and hope you’re enjoying A Big Important Art Book: Now With Women! Has it opened your eyes to the art women have made and ARE making all over the world? Pretty amazing, right? We’ve got some questions below and fabulous art printable for you! This month, our poster and book mark were illustrated by one of our favorite artists, Australian artist and designer, Beci Orpin, who leads the way in collage art and bright and quirky products and illustrationgs (pssst–you HAVE to check out her new portfolio site. It’s a piece of art!) We’ll be featuring an interview with Beci on Sunday, so stay tuned!
Beci illustrated a quote from fine artist, Bobbie Burgers, that reads “be willing to destroy” because we all should be, no?! Read on →
Readers!! How have you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? So many of you said you’d read it, and would read it again! Have you read the book and seen the movie (and which did you like better)? This book truly strikes a chord with so many of us, whether we relate to the book’s themes of loss, love, or uniting with others in the face of something dark and terrible. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows included some superb questions in the back of their book (really, they’ve touched on everything!), but here are some others we’d like to ask you! Please feel free to share your thoughts on Instagram @larsbookclub! This month’s fantastic artwork was illustrated by Emma Block and will have you dreaming of a cozy night in!
1. How did the book’s format of letters and telegrams influence the story? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?
2. The book was filled with fabulous characters. Which one did you relate to the most? How were Dawsey and Markham V. Reynolds different, and what kind of influence did they have on Juliet?
3. How has a book or book club helped you make lasting personal connections? Do you think books really can find their way to you at just the time you need it?
Have you ever read a book at just the right time, when you needed it most in your life? Did it seem almost like that book serendipitously found you for a reason? Written words are powerful – they can change us, they can carry us through hard and good times, and they can bring people together. This month we’ll be readingThe Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set during WWII on the small island of Guernsey located between southern England and France, this is a story of love, loss, and living amongst the enemy. A London writer finds a new subject to become passionate about as the Islanders try to move on after the Nazi occupation of their tranquil island. Told in reflective, heart-breaking, witty, and hilarious letters and telegrams, this book endears you to its amazing characters. If you haven’t read this yet, you’re in for a treat. If you have, read it with us again! It recently became a movie, but we promise the book is better. 😉 Stay tuned for artwork later this month, and follow along with @larsbookclub. We want to hear your thoughts! Enjoy!