Did Shakespeare’s political views seep into his plays?  You might want to read Noah Berlatsky’s article in The Atlantic before you answer that question.

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Who are the best writers, men or women?  A new poll comes out squarely in favor of women.

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First we had smart phones, now we have “smartshoes,” and a bookmark that reminds readers that they haven’t finished a book they were reading.

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Well-written political memoirs are everywhere, but who really wrote them?  If your guess is that the politicians had help, you’re right – lots and lots of often uncredited help.

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The Painted Drum

Everybody has advice for us, even characters in literature.  Here are 25 great pieces of life advice from make-believe characters compliments of Flavorwire.

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On Death and Dying

“It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up – that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.”  Dianne Gray, president of the Elizabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, learned how to live from the woman who taught us about death.

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Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote books for children that were based on her real-life experiences, but she also wrote a memoir about her life that is definitely not for children.  It was so frank that no one would publish it – until now.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, September 7, 2014 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be professor and author Mary Frances Berry.  Her books include My Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations, and The Pig Farmer’s Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice: Episodes of Racism and Sexism in the Courts from 1865 to Present.

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