So there is a wonderful site that might be little known to some of you classic book lovers. It is called Literary Book Gifts. Run by a fellow Canadian in Toronto, I had a chance to ask her a bit about her business.
Melissa launched her site a few months ago to offer book lovers gorgeous t-shirts and totes. Here's a bit of our convo -
Could you tell me more about yourself?My name is Melissa Chan, I have a background in design and I love reading and art history.
Where is your store located? Are you in Canada, the USA? Elsewhere?I am currently located in the beautiful city of Toronto, Ontario. However I work with a couple of great print shops that ship from the USA.
Some of our readers are from outside of North America. Do you ship internationally?
Yes I do ship internationally. For Canada it is about a couple of weeks, while the UK and beyond could be a few weeks to a month.
How did you get started?I got started by just playing around with a few design programs really, then I had to the idea to put some of the designs out there for the world to see.
What inspires you to create something?I am inspired by the stories, characters, and the feeling of each novel. The overall cohesivness in the collection is based largely on my great love and appreciation of art history, mainly impressionism, but am am inspired by many other pieces of artwork from over the years.
Do you use your own artwork?I do all the design work myself, some of the artwork is sourced from very old book covers and I clean it up, remaster it, alter it, and get it ready for printing. Other artwork is sourced out of very old illustrations which requires a similar process, sometimes matching it with typography, choose colors etc. Every design is very different really!
What is your favorite title?
My favorite books are Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, but as for contemporary novels I love the Harry Potter series! I am currently reading Wise Blood by Flannery O' Connor, have you read it? I think it is amazing.
Here are some of my favorite items -
I know it isn't even the end of September yet (almost but not quite) but if you are looking for a great gift for a friend, spouse or family member, you should check out Melissa's site. The graphics are classic, clean and very cool. Not to mention t-shirts start at $28 and tote bags start at $24 (USD). WAIT! It gets better....Melissa has been kind enough to offer readers a coupon code of 20% off to all of my readers. You can use the code as many times as you want and it NEVER EXPIRES. Use PBACKPRINCESSES20 at the checkout. Shipping is flat rate $5 or $10 (depending on where you are) for as much or as little as you order. And hey, if you do order something, let me know what you got! :)