Pioneer Girl

If you only know Laura Ingalls Wilder through her Little House books, you don’t really know her.  Her recently published autobiography gives us a look at 16 years of her life, and it’s not all fit for kids to read.  Slate has a review of it here.

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Back in August 2013 I did a post about a really neat site called The Pop History Dig.  I recently went back to that website and found a few things that you will enjoy.  The first is a collection of posts called Noteworthy Ladies.  Regardless of your age or interests, you’ll find something interesting.  The same goes for the second collection of posts concerning Print and Publishing.

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Almost Famous Women

John Williams of The New York Times offers his reviews of a number of new books – both fiction and nonfiction.

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MentalFloss features eleven eulogies of authors written by other authors.  Take time to read them.  They’re quite interesting.

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A Flavorwire article features 50 great literary moments on TV.  The article includes some delightful YouTube videos.  They include an “appearance” that the reclusive author Thomas Pynchon made on The Simpsons, a confrontation between Gore Vidal and Norman Mailer on The Dick Cavett Show, and a hilarious segment from Frasier that featured the great Derek Jacobi as an over-the-hill Shakespearian actor.

Mad Men

And if you’re looking for something to read, be sure to check out the New York Public Library’s list of books that have shown up on Mad Men over the years.

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Author Stieg Larsson died in 2004, but Lisbeth Salander and others from his Millennium Trilogy will soon return in a fourth book titled That Which Does Not KillThe Los Angeles Times has the details.

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Shakespeare in Love

For 28 days in February and three days in March, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will feature movies that have won or were nominated for Academy Awards.  This is the twentieth year that TCM has run this feature which it calls “31 Days of Oscar.”  During the daytime hours each day TCM will feature films by categories such as adventure, horror, spy, sports, gangster, coming-of-age, and westerns.  Each night TCM will feature films essentially in chronological order.  For instance on Sunday night February 1st the films will include Wings (1927), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Cimarron (1930), and The Broadway Melody (1929).  On Tuesday night March 3rd the films will include The Artist (2011), The King’s Speech (2010), No Country for Old Men (2007), and The Queen (2006).  And on the night of April 2nd, for the first time ever, TCM will show Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Other TCM premiers include Life Is Beautiful (1997), Chicago (2002), Shakespeare in Love (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999) – all on the evening of March 1st.

You can find out more about the “31 Days of Oscar” here.  Click on any date near the bottom of your screen, then click on “Films” to see that day’s schedule.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, February 1, 2015 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author and Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.  His books include Einstein, Steve Jobs, and The Innovators.


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