Literary Accessories for Back to School

by Isla McKetta on August 27, 2012

Melville House Bag-and-book

I saw these nifty Ivan Ilych bags from Melville House (who doesn’t love a bag that comes with a book!) and got to thinking…what sweet lit accessories do you need to show your classmates that you are a word nerd?


Darwin Tshirt

I’m always surprised when people don’t already know about Out of Print Clothing. This bookish company puts vintage cover art on t-shirts. The shirts are gorgeous, they offer girly fits and kids sizes, plus for every shirt sold, a book is donated to Africa. What’s not to love?

Pick one that suits your personality and own it. As long as your dresser doesn’t fill as fast as your bookshelves, you’re golden.


Alice Pendant Mab Graves

In case you didn’t know, Etsy is full of literary geekdom. Type in the name of your favorite author and see what some creative soul has pieced together. A favorite is the Alice Grows cameo by Mab Graves. Bonus points are awarded because neither books nor typewriters were harmed in the creation of this jewelry.


Jane Austen Scarf

Why not wrap yourself in a good book to stay warm? Storiarts sells scarves on Etsy that are printed all over with the text from Jane Austen novels. Wind the soft fabric around your neck and ask your Mr. Darcy to come close and read it. Dare you…

Water Bottles

Powells Klean Kanteen

Clip the Powell’s Books Klean Kanteen to your backpack for indie street cred (in all the right circles at least) and easy hydration. Warning: water and books still don’t mix—especially if you’ve gone the Kindle way—so keep the water bottle on the outside of that backpack.


Read Dead People Sticker

Stickers are a quick and easy way to personalize nearly anything you own. Affix an “I Read Dead People” sticker by BookFiend to your locker or desk or car to share your true feelings with the world. Heck, they’re cheap. Stick them on EVERYTHING.

What’s your favorite thing about back to school?

Isla McKetta, MFA is a novelist and book reviewer. Read her reviews at A Geography of Reading or connect with her on Google+.

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