First up: Writers No One Reads
From the site: “Highlighting forgotten, neglected, abandoned, forsaken, unrecognized, unacknowledged, overshadowed, out-of-fashion, under-translated writers. Has no one read your books? You are in good company. ”
And, indeed, most of these authors induced a Who Is That Now? response. (Aleksei Mikhailovich Remizov, anyone?) You can browse the site a couple of ways: keep scrolling, or select a country of origin from the right column of the page. The site also maintains a list of bookish sites and blogs for further perusal.
Courtesy of Mental Floss, the first of the fifteen photos that made the post dates back to 1910. Do any of the “Notable Librarians” ring a bell with you?
And finally: Small Demons
From the site: “It all begins here. Suppose someone took every meaningful detail from all the books you love. Every song mentioned, every person, every food or place or movie title. And what if they did that for all the books everyone else loves, too. The ones you’ve never heard of. Suddenly you’ve got a whole world of seemingly random people, places and things, all gathered in one place.
Together they create something vast, wonderful and entirely new. A Storyverse. A place where details touch, overlap and lead you further. To new music to listen to. New movies to watch. Places to visit. People to know. And of course, new books to read. Getting started is simple. Just choose a book. See where it takes you.”