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Cupcakes for 1st Thursday!

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Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes

Alison Riede is a 2011 winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. You can sample her creations for free at the Book Den on 1st Thursday. We’re celebrating her new book Sweet, Savory, and Sometimes Boozy Cupcakes. This book takes cupcakes way beyond your Gramma’s chocolate fudge. There are recipes for salty, nutty, spicy, savory, tart, fruity, and even slightly alcoholic desserts.

And yes, there will be cupcakes!


The passing of Herman Zapf and Paul Bacon

Last week saw the passing of two men, Herman Zapf and Paul Bacon, who made huge changes in the way books look during the 20th century.


Herman Zapf was a book designer and type designer whose Optima san-serif font became ubiquitous on laser prints. It’s thick and thin lines made san-serif friendlier and easier to read. See more here.


Paul Bacon designed thousands of book and record album covers during his career which spanned the last half of the 20th century. His “Big Book” style, with large author’s name and title, modernized book appearance and changed the way books were merchandized. You could read the title from across the room. Here’s the obit from the LA Times.


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