Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore - Maastricht, Netherlands
The stunning Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen - can be found in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Managed by the former Boekhandels Groep Nederland, this 700-year-old former church has featured prominently in round-ups and features of the most beautiful bookshops in the world.
Steven Spielberg To Direct Adaptation Of Roald Dahl’s BFG
The Hollywood Reporter reports (rather, it Hollywood reports) that Steven Spielberg is attached to direct an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG for DreamWorks.
The book, illustrated by Quentin Blake, was first published in 1982 and follows a young orphan girl who befriends a Big Friendly Giant. The live-action film will be based on that story, which was adapted for the screen by Melissa Mathison, screenwriter of E.T.
Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise
Going to the library gives people the same kick as getting a raise does — a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact — according to a study commissioned by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The study, which looks at the ways “cultural engagement” affects overall wellbeing, concluded that a significant association was found between frequent library use and reported wellbeing. The same was true of dancing, swimming and going to plays. The study notes that “causal direction needs to be considered further” — that is, it’s hard to tell whether happy people go to the library, or going to the library makes people happy. But either way, the immortal words of Arthur the Aardvark ring true: “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card!”