I just heard about a new book that came out called “Alive in Shape and Color,” edited by American crime writer Lawrence Block. The concept is basically the same as our Fictionalize series, where we provide visually unusual art works to act as a starting point for writing short stories. In the case of Block’s new book, he has selected 17 paintings and invited 16 fellow writers to join him in using these images as inspiration for short stories.
Some of the artworks selected include (clockwise, from top middle:) Paul Gauguin’s “Girl with a Fan,” Hieronymus Bosch’s 3rd panel from “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Bouquet of Chrysanthemums,” and Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa,” among others. To learn more, or to buy the book, click here.