Jane Austen Bicentenary: 1817 – 2017

  Tomorrow marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. Austenites world-wide have been in a tizzy of activity all year, organizing programs and events scheduled out past the bicentenary date. Every site associated with her life will be buzzing this summer, converged upon by fans the world over. Joining them in their …

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New books about Austen, Woolf and the Brontës

  2017: A Year of Literary Nonfiction Celebrating British Women Writers Hat tip to nonfiction scribblers assiduously churning out new literary biographies and criticism about these iconic female authors each and every year. Convinced surely there could be no new angle, I’m always pleasantly surprised when out pops a new one. Wherever this New Idea …

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You don’t know Pooh: 12 Facts about A.A. Milne on the 90th anniversary of Winnie the Pooh

  14 October 1926. Publication of A.A.Milne's Winnie the Pooh “Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.“  - Winnie the Pooh   Facts about A.A. Milne and Winnie the …

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Art Comes from the Place You Dream: An evening with Robert Olen Butler

  Not heavy on literary events, 2016, though I'm rather proud of the lengths I went to in order to see Stephen King. It involved ten hours of driving, then five hours broiling on a sidewalk in the Louisville heat like a toad in a frying pan, dehydrated to the point I was near-hallucinating by …

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How well do we know authors? How well should we?: Elena Ferrante Unmasked

  Rather than being acclaimed as masterpiece of sleuthing, there was a decidedly negative reaction to Gatti’s investigation. Most people felt that Ferrante’s multi-decade anonymity had been unnecessarily violated, and crucially without her consent. - David O'Dwyer, Irish Times   I was reading a brief article in the Irish Times this morning on the topic …

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Slow to the Finish, Though I Eats Me Spinach: January reading, etc…

I haven't finished one book yet in 2012. Not one. I've started a few, and made some good progress but I keep getting distracted by other books and can't finish a single one. It's getting a little frustrating, especially seeing so many other book bloggers joyously declaring they're ready to post their first - or …

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Sebastian Barry Book Signing in Skokie, IL – September 30!!!!!

  Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!   Chicago, IL    Barnes & Noble (Skokie, IL), 7:30PM     Friday, September 30     Wonder if I'm busy that day... Mayhaps I can clear my schedule.     Have I mentioned my fondness for Sebastian Barry? One Two Three Four Not lately. No, not at all.     …

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