#BookADayUK 30

#BookADayUK 30: Favourite experimental book


Experimental book? I’m not sure what that is?

I’m including work by a friend I used to go to school with in Canada (I did the IB there). She is an amazing artist but she did her IB Visual Arts exam in book making. She made many wondrous books. So many, so many. This was one of my favourites, a series of repurposed dictionaries that she made into a book that could open 4 ways. Everything was made by hand (it was amazing to see her work, she taught me a bit and I’ve loved book making since). To see more of her work, check out her blog, Heather Gabriel Smith.

DSC04216 DSC04217 Hidden Secrets (Dictionary) 3 - Heather Smith 2008



I can’t think of any books I’ve read that are physically bizarre. And I’ve read a few literarily interesting ones this year that I consider a little unconventional though none are exactly works of postmodernist, non-linear unorthodoxy like I hear Naked Lunch is, for example. But I’m going to go for Jillian Tamaki‘s Gilded Lillies which Claire actually gave me for Christmas (she knows me well).

jillian tamaki

A quiet, unassuming book. At face value, it is a beautiful compilation of sketches, mini comics, thoughts made visual and observational drawings, but it perfectly tells the story, in fragments like memories, of a city and a time.



About Claire (BWB)

It's Claire (aka Quirky) from Bitches With Books, an online book blog that serves up a healthy dose of book reviews, lists + literary madness.
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