scented literature

Here are some titles to add to your summer reading list:

Poets and perfumers come together in a recent anthology of fragrant poetry.

Legendary French nose Jean-Claude Ellena has written a memoir and more recently an insider’s look at the fragrance industry.

Another recent memoir by scent writer Denyse Beaulieu.

Alyssa Harad’s makes an account of her self-discovery through scent.

And for the kiddies old and young, Amber Jones’s scratch and sniff voyage through New York is available for purchase here.

dial a scent

Thank heavens for more innovative technology at the park. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, just a hop from Newark, NJ is hosting the “Story of Scent,” a free walking tour of the natural smells narrated by a voice recording accessed through cell phones.

The tours are ongoing May – Setptember 2012 from 8 am – dusk

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
353 East Hanover Ave.
Morristown, NJ 07962

olfactive geography

Calgon take me away!… Scholars Paul RodawayTracey Lauriault, and Marc Brosseau have been busy exploring connections between literature, geography, and olfaction. Their work provides academic theory to similar projects by scent artist Sissel Tolaas, as well as perfumes designed to transport people to various destinations, for example, Byredo, Le LaboMiller et Bertaux, Scent of Departure, Bond N° or time travel via Histoire de Parfums.