Harlem Renaissance

Black History Month is coming to a close, but here is a list of 20 female writers from the Harlem Renaissance whose works you can explore throughout the year.

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Looking for some unique bookmarks?  Here are 24 clever bookmarks that may appeal to you compliments of BuzzFeed.  The bookmark above saves both your page and the line you were on.

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“That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say ‘no’ in any of them.”  That was probably author Dorothy Parker’s best known put-down, but there have been lots of hilarious and witty insults over the years by authors and other notables as well.  Here are a few of them.

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“. . . there is less pressure on a final line, isn’t there? If you’ve managed to keep a reader’s attention until the end, then you’ve already accomplished a great deal. In other words, the success of a book doesn’t exactly hinge on the quality of the last sentence, whereas an opening must rivet, pull, hook, excite, invite.”  Still, the final line or lines of a book are important (an occasionally memorable) as Jonathan Russell Clark points out in an article from The Millions.

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The Big Seven

Bill Morris, writing for The Daily Beast, refers to author Jim Harrison as “the Rodney Dangerfield of literature.”  Harrison has written 36 works – some of which have been made into movies – yet he is unknown to most readers.  Why?  Morris gives us some possible answers to the question in a Daily Beast article.

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Let’s say that you want to read a mystery novel.  What type of mystery novel?  You know of course that there are many types of mystery novels, don’t you?  There are “capers” like The Great Train Robbery, “whodunits” like And Then There Were None, “hard boiled” like The Maltese Falcon, and many more subcategories.  An “infographic,” compliments of Electric Lit, gives you all the information you’ll need (and some recommendations) to make an informed choice.  Be sure to click on “Explore the chart” to expand the chart to a readable size.

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Why Cats Paint 2

Boston Public Library members can review books and leave book lists on the library’s website.  Someone has decided to use his/her privileges to list books that are, to this person, awful library books.  In many cases the librarians at the Boston Public Library agree with the book hater.  So why would they still want to retain books like Why Cats Paint or The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook?  Find out here.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, March 1, 2015 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be Lani Guiner who is an author and a professor at the Harvard Law School.  Her books include The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in America and Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice.

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