Saturday, November 1, 2008


The first day of the month is always THEME DAY with City Daily Photo bloggers. This month, we're presenting our take on BOOKS. I'm showing something that I think is a little different.

For over nine years, I owned a paper arts store, Paper Moon, in Nashville. We offered, among other things, bookmaking classes. The books shown in today's photo are some of the books I made during the time I owned the store.

The different types of books are (starting at the back left):
(If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see the samples better.)
* The floral book with yellow/white ribbons is an example of Japanese stab binding.
* The book stamped with violet and purple flowers is a star book . It closes flat.
* Behind the star book (with a heart on it), is a mini-file folder book.
* The red/green book next to the file folder book is a paper bag book.
* The book bound with little ribbons is a spiral-bound book.
* The book on the far right (green ribbons) is an accordion book.
* To the left of the green accordion book is another accordion book, but its cover is made with a metal CD case.
* The book in the middle (with the big 50) is the first book I self-published.
* In front of the 50 book is an alphabet book. You can see the D=Dog.
* The little pink/white book, at 2-square inches, is the smallest book I ever made.
* The red book with the red ribbon is a star/accordion book - a larger version of the pink/white book.
* The green book in front is just a regular book bound with screws and a ruler.
* The remaining two books are bound with key tags. The one in the middle has chipboard pages, while the one on the right is a name book.

And, what are those white papers on the bottom of the books, you may ask?

As many of you know, I am in graduate school working toward an MFA in literary nonfiction. Those white papers contain what I've worked on since July of this year. Every month, we have to write 20-30 pages of new work, do revisions to work we have already handed in, and write annotations for 2-3 of the 8-10 books we read each semester. (Hence the reason I don't comment too much right now! ;-) ) I'm hoping that those papers will end up in a book of my own some day!

And, speaking of the MFA program, my field study is a website dedicated to book adventures in the Nashville area.  If you are interested in reading books, writing of any kind, or attending book-themed events (readings, discussions, workshops, etc.), check my site out.  Nashville Word Adventures (so-name because I think every time you read you go off on an adventure) lists area bookstores, events they hold, reading-related news items, and writing prompts.  Click here to visit

There are 178 blogs participating in THEME DAY today. Be sure to check them out!

(PS Three days until Election Day. Don't forget to vote!)

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

or click on an individual blog below.

American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie, Ararat, Australia by freefalling, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Aurora, South Africa by shelagh, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Bali, Indonesia by Anak Dokan, Bandung, Indonesia by Eki Akhwan, Bandung, Indonesia by Bunyamin, Bandung, Indonesia by Harry Makertia, Bangkok, Thailand by UberSand, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Baziège, France by PaB, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Birmingham (AL), USA by VJ, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Ilse, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Boulder (CO), USA by A Sterling World, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Chandler (AZ), USA by PattheAZRealtor, Chapel Hill (NC), USA by missleah, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Chateaubriant, France by trieulet, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Ram N, City of the Blue Mountains, Australia by Richard, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Evry, France by Olivier, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Gliwice, Poland by prado&fio, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Helsinki, Finland by PPusa, Herne Bay, Great Britain by Han, Lil n Caz, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Honningsvag, Norway by J., Islip (NY), USA by Bettye, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jakarta, Indonesia by Santy, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia by Susie of Arabia, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn, Karwar, India by Yogesh, Knoxville (TN), USA by Knoxville Girl, Knoxville (TN), USA by hope, Lakewood (OH), USA by mouse, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lodz, Poland by wikiyu, London, UK by Ham, Madrid, Spain by Tr3nta, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Hilda, Manila, Philippines by Heyokity, Melbourne, Australia by John, Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Middletown (MD), USA by Bernie, Milton, New Zealand by Milton Daily Photo, Milwaukee (WI), USA by karl, Minneapolis (MN), USA by snapshutter, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Molfetta, Italy by saretta, Monrovia (CA), USA by Keith, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Montréal, Canada by My Life in Montreal, Moscow, Russia by Irina, Moscow (ID), USA by Sherry, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Murcia, Spain by usuahia, Napa (CA), USA by katester, Nashville (TN), USA by Chris, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, New York City (NY), USA by Kitty, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Oklahoma City (OK), USA by ananda.tashie, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen, Palos Verdes (CA), USA by tash, Paris, France by Eric, Paris, France by Elsa, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Pensacola (FL), USA by P J, Philadelphia (PA), USA by Stiffa, Phoenix (AZ), USA by Sharon, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam, Port Townsend (WA), USA by raf, Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03, Prague, Czech Republic by kakna, Quincy (MA), USA by slim, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Reykjavik, Iceland by Vírgíll, Riga, Latvia by Riga Photos, Roanoke (VA), USA by Tanya, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Rouen, France by Bbsato, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salem (OR), USA by jill, Salem (OR), USA by pearls, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Francisco (CA), USA by Burd Zel Krai, San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson, Santa Fe (NM), USA by Randem, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Seoul, Korea South by SeoulSnapper, Seoul, South Korea by Phil, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Singapore, Singapore by Zannnie, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, Springfield (IL), USA by Aubrey, Stanwood (WA), USA by MaryBeth, Stavanger, Norway by Tanty, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Stouffville, Canada by Ken, Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Sydney, Australia by Ann, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv, Tamarindo, Costa Rica by David, Tauranga, New Zealand by Lisa Sarsfield, Telluride (CO), USA by mtsrool, Tempe (AZ), USA by angie, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Torino, Italy by Fabrizio, Torun, Poland by Glenn, Toulouse, France by Julia, Trieste, Italy by Rob&Piero, Turin, Italy by Livio, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Verona, Italy by Valeria in Verona, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Washington (DC), USA by D.C. Confidential, Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb, West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria, West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara, Willits (CA), USA by Elaine, Woerden, Netherlands by Marcel, Yakima (WA), USA by katney, Yellowknife, Canada by Arctic Dreamer, York, UK by Ruby in York,


Jilly said...

Chris, how brilliant. I bet you are the only one today featuring homemade, handmade books. So beautiful too.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice shot, Chris. I like your books. I was also associated with book making for years but never like you. I also forgot it was theme day so I just found some of the books I wrote and show a picture of them.

Kate said...

Somehow I'm not surprised at your choices! I love these homemade books to use as journals. They're really special.

Joy said...

Wow! You must love your business. I know I would. Nice photo!

Do visit Norwich Daily Photo and find out what I have in store for this month's theme. Happy theme day! Enjoy your weekend!


A Pinay In England
Your Love Coach
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Clueless in boston said...

Wonderful choice. I don't envy you all the work in grad school; I'm sure when it's over you'll wonder how you ever did it.

Mo said...

Now that that's a some nice books!

ft. lauderdale daily photo said...

Wow, what a great post for this theme day! Good luck in grad school and publishing a book of your own.

Jim said...

They all look nice. This was right up your alley.

GMG said...

Hi Chris! Haven't seen you for a long time, but see that you're posting daily, as usual! Amazing books, great pics!
Meanwhile Blogtrotter is now strolling somewhere around the Holy See of Echmiadzin. Hope you enjoy and have a great weekend!

Virginia said...

Chris, a faithful follower I have not been. Forgive me and now I will visit more often. This BLOG THANG is time consuming and demanding. OH MY!
Off to Paris in 14 days! We need to get together soon.

lv2scpbk said...

Nice theme day post.

Halcyon said...

Great choice for the theme day. I've been trying to put together a scrapbook for my MiL, but I'm pretty hopeless at it. :S

Sorry we didn't make it for the Octoberfest. We've had a busy month and we're headed to China next week!!

Sally said...

Fabulous - I love paper arts too, especially stamping and making Artist Trading Cards.

Tash said...

Your own books! And so beautifully done. I've checked out books on making artistic books like that but never did try it. I'm so impressed by your writing so much. When I did my MBA a few yrs ago it took me 1 hr per page on a good day!