Book Bash the First 24 Hours

Logo for Gish Book Bash March 26-27, 2022

To give you just a tiny piece of how Book Bash works here’s a what I thought would be an easy challenge to try:

“It was a pleasure to burn.” Using pyrography or fumage, create a sign proOtesting book bans and censorship.

Fumage you say? Having never done it before, my (not-so) inner pyromaniac and artist vibe were both sparked to say the least.

Book Bash is a mini GISH, so I only have thirty-six hours. The very first step was to remind myself I’m using unfamiliar techniques. I won’t have time to dedicate to just one challenge for corrections or perfection. It’s not going to look exactly like I envision it in my head, but I can do this. Okay, pep talk over, let’s get some fire going!

Ray Bradbury was right. “It was a pleasure to burn.”

What books shall I choose? I wanted a mix of classic and current books that have been banned and these quickly came to mind.

Photo of covers of some of the many books that have been banned.

Let’s see: glue, scissors, paint and a fresh reminder to tell the Virgo in me to zip it(!), and the here’s end result:

Art protesting the banning of books. quote: Pay attention to the books people try to ban then go read them. Find out for yourself why those people want it banned. Then decide for yourself, can they be trusted to know what's best for you.

I may yet do this over when I have oodles more time to block text, properly arrange the “logs” and about fifteen other things I am internally screaming about, but here it is.

And this is just ONE challenge my team and I completed. 24 hours down, 12 more to go.

Stay tuned…


Day 27 of 31 – Let’s see how others are slicing it out today…

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12 thoughts on “Book Bash the First 24 Hours

  1. EXCELLENT!!! I love everything about this, and I love it for you. And I love that, before scrolling down, I made a list of banned books … and saw eight of mine in your selections. ❤

  2. I have read all but 3 of the books on your list. The image of fire is so strong. A fire should start burning in each of us when someone tells us something is banned because it makes them uncomfortable. I think of all of the great books I would have missed out on had I never read a banned book.

    • I’m happy to say I’ve read all the books here. Only three are not in my personal library. I agree with you 100% about books missed if I followed those who ban.

  3. I love this idea. As for your poster, yeah, you might have some tweaks. But there’s something I really like about the way you’ve crafted it, the way certain words are in bold. And I actually like the imperfections of it. Somehow the fact that it’s definitely hand-made smells more fully of RESISTANCE.
    Thanks for bringing us along. I’m anxious for you to tell us more!

    • Thanks, Lainie. Let’s NOT talk about the ‘tweaks’ please! The perfectionist Virgo in me is in a corner bawling. Luckily my practical Libra is overruling things or it never would have been submitted.

  4. This is awesome! I love how you included a glimpse (or two) into your process. I taught a high school lit course last year that consisted ONLY of banned books. The best part of our exploration was the discussions around WHY that particular book was banned.

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