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One evening in 1990 while driving home from work, I came up with an idea.  As an art lover, I had seen so many lovely paintings that depicted one intriguing subject: a woman reading. As an avid reader, I had often read what other women had written about their own love of reading. What, I thought, if I combined the  images and the words ? The idea excited me and I gathered more than one hundred fine art images and I discovered the expressive words of famous women on their passion for books. I wrote a proposal and a prototype for a gift journal graced with quotations and art. I called it The Reading Woman, and  I licensed the concept to Pomegranate, one of the largest publishers of fine art calendars, books and journals in North America.

Today, The Reading Woman has become its own phenomenon. Sold in English-speaking countries around the globe, The Reading Woman is now a family of several delightful gift products geared to the book-loving woman.  The line includes not only the journal but a wall calendar, engagement diary, postcard book and boxed note cards.  Each year The Reading Woman images and words are changed but they’re always exquisite.  Like my other gift products, The Reading Woman has been and remains a labor of love.

In 1994, I created the vibrant art-filled journal: Enchanted Islands: Voices and Visions from the Caribbean. Also published by Pomegranate, this journal arose from my ongoing love affair with Caribbean art. As the former art columnist and feature writer for the magazine Caribbean Travel & Life, I had the opportunity to meet with the region’s most exciting artists and writers.  I put the ones I loved most in this book. Enchanted Islands is the ideal gift for anyone who loves art, beautiful words and of course… a white sand beach.

In 2003, I dreamed of another gift journal. This one, Solo Passages is composed of excerpts of women’s most private diary entries and enhanced by art showing women writing. To create this journal, I read hundred of diaries from both little-known and famous women. I discovered that at heart, women around the globe, whether rich or poor,  experience much the same insecurities, longings and joys. In Solo Passages we glimpse the private thoughts of an eclectic collection of women including Beatrix Potter, Virginia Woolf, Eleanor Roosevelt and Anaïs Nin.  I’ve filled this journal with the art I’m personally  most passionate about with works by Mary Cassat, John Singer Sargent, Frida Kahlo as well as wonderful new artists.

Solo Passages is packaged in a  jewel-case box and comes with a CD of classical music solos for cello, harpsichord and piano performed by Sharon O’ Connor, founder of the San Francisco String Quartet.

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Large Reading Women Calendar

 

2017 Wall CalendarThe Reading Woman 2017 Wall Calendar - Large
ISBN 9780764972904

A pleasurable entertainment for some, the conduit for higher knowledge and self-actualization for others, reading has long been a force that empowers women to engage their dreams. She lounges in a garden, rifles through the shelves of a library, and steals a moment from her busy day to devour one more page. To all appearances, she is the most conventional of society women. But if we could get a glimpse of that book, that letter, we might be surprised.

This calendar celebrates the reading woman—her contentment, absorption, and quiet reveries—as well as the fondness that accomplished nineteenth- and twentieth-century painters demonstrated for depicting a woman lost in thought. Quotations by women about readers and reading accompany the images.

All of Pomegranate’s calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.

FSC license code FSC N001864. © 1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C.

Printed on FSC certified paper with soy-based inks.
Size: 12 x 13 in.; opens to 12 x 26 in. Twelve monthly grids and full-color artwork.
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Reading Woman 2017 Engagement Calendar

 

Reading Woman 2017 Engagement CalendarThe Reading Woman 2017 Engagement Calendar
ISBN 9780764972881

“If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.” —Emily Dickinson

We find her in a world apart. Escaping from routine in the pages of a novel. Searching a more serious work to broaden her horizons or transform her life. Poring over a long-awaited letter. The reading woman herself is a complex story that has fascinated generations of artists.

A book can stop time, transcend circumstances, and take the reader away from the everyday. The paintings presented here achieve the same thing, and just as the reading woman has temporarily set herself free from her life’s narrative, so can we leave ours as we contemplate her image.

This calendar presents twenty exquisite paintings by eighteen artists, each intrigued by a woman who is in turn captivated by the written word. Well-chosen words on the pleasures of reading, from historic and contemporary female readers and writers alike, accompany each image.

All of Pomegranate’s calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable.

FSC license code FSC N001864. © 1996 Forest Stewardship Council A.C.

Size: 6 x 8¼ in. 120 pages with Wire-O binding and a soft cover with flaps
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Reading Woman Journalamazon The Reading Woman : A Journal
ISBN 0-87654-816-8

This exquisite volume with full-color reproductions of paintings of women reading, will provide inspiration for recording your private thoughts or keeping track of the books you've read. Art included is by Mary Cassatt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Edward Hopper, James McNeill Whistler, and Winslow Homer, as well as contemporary selections. Quotes from well-known women on their love of books and reading appear throughout. After ten years, this lovely journal is still a best seller and the perfect bookworm or reading-group gift.
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Reading Woman Notecards The Reading Woman Boxed Note Cards
ISBN: 978-0-7649-4057-6

She is finding escape from routine in the pages of a novel. Or searching the pages of a more serious work for a way to broaden her horizons or transform her life. Or poring over a letter from a loved one. The reading woman herself is a long, complex story that has fascinated generations of artists. A book can stop time, transcend circumstances, conjure a world in which to lose oneself. The four paintings in this notecard assortment, all from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, achieve the same thing: just as the reading woman has temporarily set herself free from her lifeís narrative, so can we leave ours as we contemplate her image.

Twenty assorted 5 x 7" full-color blank notecards (5 each of 4 designs) with white envelopes in a decorative box.
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Reading Woman Notecards The Reading Woman Boxed Note Cards II
ISBN: 978-0-7649-2601-3

We decided to give The Reading Woman a makeover, and she came out lovelier than ever. This redesigned assortment replaces the previous selection and features four new cards, including Swedish artist Carl Larsson's charming depiction of a young woman and two slumbering pets. The dual theme of women and books--presented in romantic images, with a subtle nod to the female capacity to think and learn--continues to be a hit.

Twenty 4 3/4 x 6 3/4" blank notecards (5 each of 4 styles) with white envelopes in a decorative box.
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Reading Woman Postcards The Reading Woman Book of Postcards
ISBN: 0-7649-1267-4

The images in this enchanting book of postcards capture the tranquil sanctuary and sublime beauty of women immersed in the pages of a book. The book of postcards contain thirty top-quality reproductions bound together in a handy collection. Easy to remove and produced on heavy card stock, these gorgeous postcards are a delight to the sender and receiver (and the letter carrier too). Size: 4 3/4 x 6 7/8"
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Reading Woman Postcards The Reading Woman II Book of Postcards
ISBN 978-0-7649-4109-2

Whether routes to escape or paths to enlightenment, books create enticing worlds so absorbing to the reader that other realities fade away. A painting of a woman immersed in a book suggests a story of its own: the woman is at peace, or not; perhaps she is silently thrilled by the words she reads. Is she stealing a moment from daily routine to indulge her love of literature? Is she studiously searching the pages for illumination? Is this book the one that will change her life?

Little wonder that the reading woman has appeared in art for hundreds of years. She is a beautiful enigma, an untold tale, a fragment of a life momentarily set free from its long, complex story. This book of postcards presents thirty quietly joyous studies of women at their books or letters. All are from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Thirty full-color reproductions. Oversized postcards measure 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.
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Reading Woman Engagement Calendar

 

The Reading Woman Deluxe Address Book
ISBN: 978-0-7649-4181-8

She is finding escape from routine in the pages of a novel. Or searching the pages of a more serious work for a way to broaden her horizons or transform her life. Or poring over a letter from a loved one. The reading woman represents a long, complex story that has fascinated generations of artists.

Why has the reading woman been such a popular subject for painters through the ages? Beyond being beautiful in herself, she is an expression of important, unspoken cultural ideas. She is ensconced in comfortable surroundings; she is at leisure: allís right with the world. Well-chosen observations on the pleasures of literature, from historical and contemporary readers and writers, accompany each of the images presented here.

Pomegranate's deluxe address books are hardbound with a hidden spiral binding that allows them to lie absolutely flat. Forty full color reproductions complement information pages with room for 480 names, addresses, home and business telephone numbers, cell/pager, and e-mail addresses. A lovely gift. Shipped individually shrink-wrapped for safety.
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Solo Passages Women's Journal

Solo Passages
Woman ’s Journal with Inspiring Diary Passages and Paintings
Peaceful Music for Solo Harpsichord, Piano, and Cello

This gorgeous illustrated journal by Maxine Rose Schur will inspire women to record thoughts, wishes, and dreams. Classical solos performed by Sharon O’Connor set the mood for reading, writing, and contemplation. A perfect gift for mothers, daughters, or best-friends.
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