Frankenstein 200: Muriel Spark on Mary Shelley

2018 marks not just the 100th anniversary of Scottish writer Muriel Spark's birth, but also the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's science fiction classic Frankenstein. Time flies, friends.     Spark admired Mary Shelley. Extra exciting for me, her biography of the English novelist is where both my Muriel Spark project and participation …

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Reading David Bowie’s 100 Favorite Books: A Son’s Tribute

  David Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, is embarking on a project to read his father's top 100 favorite books. Kicking off on Twitter February 1, the first discussion will be on Peter Ackroyd's novel Hawksmoor.     I'm not sure exactly how he plans to carry it out, if he'll just be tweeting out thoughts …

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The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst

Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: Harpercollins; 1St Edition edition (1999) Language: English ISBN-10: 0002570068   How long have I had this on my TBR list? Can't say for certain, but through at least a decade, and ownership of two physical copies of the book;  I own so many books I couldn't find the blasted thing when …

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Not afraid of Virginia Woolf. Or the Brontes.

I don't know if there's a better assertion of my rediscovered reading freedom than returning to the Victorians. I've had this book in my collection at least a decade,  a volume I picked up at the now-defunct annual book sale sponsored by Brandeis University.  Tens of thousands of books, such an unfathomable number you owed …

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Tentative Canadian reading list.

1).    Miriam Toewes - A Complicated Kindness (Governor General's Award for Fiction - 2004)2).    John Bemrose - The Island Walkers (2003) 3).    Giles Blunt - Forty Words for Sorrow  (2000) 4).    Robertson Davies -?5).    Penguin History of Canada, OR        Desmond Morton - A Short  History of Canada6).    Susanna Moodie - Roughing It in the …

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