Color them calm: Coloring books for adults

Adult coloring books, such as “Art Therapy’s Star Wars,” are a noted trend in publishing.
Adult coloring books, such as “Art Therapy’s Star Wars,” are a noted trend in publishing.

Still looking for Christmas stocking stuffers? How about coloring books for the adults in your life?

As the “bible” of the books industry, Publishers Weekly magazine has among its duties to report on trends.

It did so in a recent article titled “The Coloring Craze: Adult Coloring Books, 2015.”

“Coloring books for adults are this year’s surprise smash hit,” said the story by staffer Jim Milliot.

“It is hard to find a publisher that hasn’t entered the book market. The phenomenon is also prompting publishers to look for related niches.

“(One) has created a book of stickers that can be colored and then pasted anywhere. In early 2016, (another) will introduce four connect-the-dots books for adults.”

Why the trend?

Perhaps sitting down and quietly concentrating on a soothing activity from childhood takes the stress out of everyday life for a while.

Publishers Weekly goes on to name some top-selling titles.

1. “Secret Garden” by Johanna Basford

2 “Enchanted Forest” by Johanna Basford

3 “Creative Cats” by Marjorie Sarnat

4. “Color Me Calm” by Lacy Mucklow

5. “Art Nouveau Animal Designs” by Marty Noble

Stranded with Faulkner

Andrew Gulli, managing editor of The Strand, the quarterly magazine that originally serialized the adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, has a talent for finding and publishing lost writings by famous authors, including Joseph Heller, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Graham Greene, Ray Bradbury and H.G. Wells.

He called to say he’d been in the archives at the University of Virginia and discovered a never-before-published or produced play by Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Faulkner.

Its title is “ ’Twixt Cup and Lip,” likely written around 1920.

“This one-act play reflects Faulkner’s romance with his future wife, Estelle, and was written when he was a student at Ole Miss,” Gulli said. “Sadly, Estelle ended up rejecting him, but 10 years later the two were married.”

The play is in the current issue of The Strand, at Barnes & Noble and other bookstores ($6.95). 800-300-6652,