Jūrmala is a sea resort city in Latvia, breathing under pine umbrellas on a stretch of land between river Lielupe and the Baltic Sea. In 2018 I have opened Sea Library here in Jūrmala. Come and look!
Sea Library has sailed into August with a list of watery books coming out in the next few months: eels and seals, islands and coasts, maps and spells and a little bit of the Baltic Sea.
“If we can still learn from the ocean and its creatures, then we are not lost,” says Canadian author Laura Trethewey in an interview about her debut book “The Imperiled Ocean” and a new one she is working on right now.
“Sometimes when I’m near water I can switch off and appreciate the beauty of it all, and in much of my painting I hope to convey this feeling. But at other times, I can’t help but fear the ocean’s power, and regret the damage we’ve done.”
Create your own UNREAL ESTATE collection of coastal houses in literature, and note that there are only 50 copies of each signed, numbered and framed drawing and some have already found their new homes in UK, Ireland and Latvia.
As a companion piece to the third of our essays by Anna Iltnere about literary seaside houses – The Easternmost House – we present an interview with Juliet Blaxland.
In the third of a series of essays on seaside houses from literature, Anna Iltnere takes us to The Easternmost House Juliet Blaxland’s book of the same name. “On a stormy night, sleeping at the Easternmost House is like sleeping in a boat.”
“To have feelings for the natural world, we fundamentally need contact with it, something which is itself imperilled as we’re continually losing places of importance from our surroundings,” says British writer Julian Hoffman in an interview about his book “Irreplaceable”.
The year 2020 marks 75 years since Finnish writer and artist Tove Jansson wrote her first story about the Moomins. To celebrate the anniversary, Moomin Characters together with its partners is launching a one-year campaign to save the Baltic Sea from blue-green algae.
Mmmarch is around the corner! Here are six books to love in the first month of a wondrous season of birds, flowers, green things, but also a bit of snow, ice and our own footprints, and sea. Glowing, wild, always beautiful. Take a look!
“I’ve always found the sea uncomfortable. Its flat horizon, bare dunes, everything in the spotlight of the sun, no shadows to hide in, wind pushing me from all sides and the pull of the waves. I much rather admire its greatness from a hideout.” Katrīna Ģelze