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Fine Books & Collections Magazine

current_coverDo any of you remember the old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup slogan, “Two great tastes that taste great together”? Well, I love magazines and I love books, and a few months ago I was delighted to discover a combo of the two every bit as awesome as the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Fine Books & Collections is the name of the magazine, and I’ve just received my second issue in the mail.

I’ve already told my husband that I’d like to visit the new American Writers Museum, a subject of one feature, the next time we’re in Chicago, and of course I love all the advertisements about rare book auctions. (Would you pay $11,250 for a first edition of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind? Someone just did.)
But for my money, the best article in this issue is Biblio 360, the magazine’s guide to book clubs and societies, membership libraries, classes and seminars, exhibits, conferences, book fairs, and festivals. I was quite intrigued to learn about such bookish groups as:
The American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers. People collect bookplates? That’s one area I’ve never explored, but maybe I ought to! (www.bookplate.org)
• Fine Press Book Association. This group has the goal of “promoting the appreciation of beautiful books and printing skills.” (www.fpba.com)
• The Miniature Book Society. A nonprofit organization, this group promotes “all aspects of the book arts with special affection for the small format.” (www.mbs.org)
• The Movable Book Society. I tend to move my books from stack to stack around the house, but that’s not what this means. This is a group of enthusiasts of pop-up and movable books. (www.movablebooksociety.org)
And if you’d like to keep up with such intriguing book news for yourself, you can visit the Fine Books & Collections website for a free sample issue here.

Paper hoarding and Scarlett O’Hara

Spurred to speed, Prissy hurried toward the back of the house while Scarlett scratched a hasty note on the margin of Gerald’s last letter to her—the only bit of paper in the house. As she folded it, so that her note was uppermost, she caught Gerald’s words, “Your mother—typhoid—under no condition—to come home—” She almost sobbed. If it wasn’t for Melanie, she’d start home, right this minute, if she had to walk every step of the way.

— Margaret Mitchell, “Gone With the Wind”

IMG_5653.jpgAnd so it is that I blame Margaret Mitchell for my paper-hoarding tendencies. When I first read Gone With the Wind years ago, one of the many visual images that stuck with me was that of Scarlett having to scratch out a note on the margin of an old letter. Was paper really in such short supply? Apparently so, and as God is my witness, I never intend to be caught in that predicament.

So I have a nice collection of paper products: Journals. Paperback and hardback notebooks. Composition books (spiral and perfect-bound). Packages of paper (printer paper, notebook paper, cardstock). I have scrapbooking paper for when the crafting bug hits, sticky notes in various shapes and sizes, notepads in both block and sheet form, and even some leftover bubblegum pink printer paper that was supposed to signify something or other in a long-forgotten organizational system.

A2.jpgIf there’s ever another paper shortage, unlike Scarlett O’Hara, I do not intend to suffer. And so I share my latest paper-hoarder acquisition, a small but charming little A-shaped notebook I found at Books-A-Million this week. The attached tag tells me that this $6.99 notebook from Alphabooks was a 2016 Gift of the Year selection. I believe it will be just perfect for various jottings down. I briefly had the irrational thought that I ought to buy one in every letter of the alphabet and use them in sequence until I run out of paper (or things to say), but I restrained myself.

Are there any other paper hoarders reading today? I’d love to know!