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Tuesday, 29 April 2008

The Little Book that Could

I had never heard of The Night Life of Trees before we opened the store with 40 copies of it and a bunch of other stuff from Tara Publishing. Since then, it's become a household name around the store (and, it seems, the neighborhood). It might even be our top-selling book, and we're a comic book store.

The book blog, Book By Its Cover has this to say about it:

'I am just in love with this book-it could possibly have made it to the top of my all time favorites. The whole book is crafted by hand, each page is silkscreened on handmade paper in India by a commune of printers from local villages.'


'The book features a tree on every page printed on black paper- the colors almost glow- they are so intense. The intricate pattern filled drawings are made by three artists of the Gond tribe of Central India- Bhajju Shyam, Durga Bai, and Ram Singh Urveti and each is accompanied by a short paragraph of folklore. This book is more beautiful than I can ever describe- so just get yourself one- it’s an edition of 1000.'

That's right, a thousand copies. If we've gone through 70 on our own, these will be gone one day soon.

Whenever I hear a gasp from the far side of the store, I know either some expensive book has been dropped, or someone's just discovered the Night Life of Trees. It's sensory breadth includes a strange and intoxicating scent that probably comes from the inks used. When no one's around the store, I often trip out on this bold little treasure.

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