Bookishness: Week of February 13, 2012

Making faces You know what Emma Bovary looks like in your head, but does law enforcement composite sketch software agree (hint: that’s her at right)? Joyland co-founder Brian Joseph Davis has started a Tumblr, The Composites, using said software to create sketches of literary characters based on their descriptions. He is now taking suggestions.

A moved feast Just over two years after Gourmet shut down, the 6,317 titles that made up the magazine’s library have been catalogued at NYU’s Fales Library.

When elephants fly The stories behind publishers’ animal logos, including that “dignified but flippant” penguin.

Feeling lonely? If that day this week involving all of the pink has you feeling down, take heart: there’s a good chance that what you need is not a date but a book.

Infographics, swoon A great read: Reif Larsen on “the narrative eros of the infographic.”

Rock on Author Jonathan Campbell will discuss Chinese Rock & Roll (also the subject of his new book, Red Rock: the Long, Strange March of Chinese Rock & Roll) at the Toronto Reference Library’s Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, Tuesday, February 14, 2–3:30 pm. Free, no registration required.

Physics meets fiction meets Mary Hynes Theoretical physicist/novelist (how’s that for a slash?) Alan Lightman will discuss his most recent novel, Mr g, with the CBC’s Mary Hynes on Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 pm at Harbourfront Centre. Details and tickets ($10) available here.

May I have this boulangere? JaneAustenDancing’s Midwinter Masquerade Ball promises a chance to “spend an evening in Jane Austen’s world…try regency era treats and table games, and—best of all—dance at the ball.” The ball is Saturday, February 18. Times and prices vary, depending on whether attendees also want to participate in a dance workshop and hair and clothing session. Complete details can be found here (image via wikipedia).