Manga ShakespeareManga is a style of artwork that originated in Japan that is very popular with young people. All sorts of works have become manga books – even the works of Shakespeare. Before you write off the manga Shakespeare series as a total waste of time, read what Booklist (a publication of the American Library Association) had to say about Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night:

“This manga adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is as enjoyable as the Bard intended. [Nana] Li’s sweet shojo art style fits the story perfectly, and the pseudohistorical setting is fun. Her deft touch with facial expressions, comic inserts, and chibis (cute little cartoon characters) will help readers understand the Elizabethan dialogue. This solid entry in the Manga Shakespeare series will make a useful addition to class studies, especially for teachers reluctant to use adaptations with simplified language.”

The Shakespeare series and other works are published by SelfMadeHero, a British graphic novel and manga publishing company.

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Many of you are too young to remember a time when magazines were immensely popular. Many of them contained fiction by both well-known and aspiring writers. Some of it was good and some was substandard, but we’re fortunate that the magazines existed. One magazine that people loved was True Detective. It had a long life and, unfortunately, a quiet death as times changed.

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Carry on, JeevesAnd speaking of magazines that featured fiction, on September 18, 1915 the Saturday Evening Post featured a short story about two new characters created by the British author P. G. Wodehouse – Bertie Wooster and his invaluable manservant Jeeves.  The Economist gives us a brief history of the delightful series of short stories and novels that followed over the next six decades. A good place to begin your journey into the affairs of Bertie and Jeeves is with Carry On, Jeeves. The first story in the book tells us about how Bertie and Jeeves met (which was also the first time that Jeeves saved the bumbling Bertie from a social disaster).

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David Crystal is an expert on language and a prolific writer about all-things-language. He has recorded 26 short talks on new words for the BBC World Service. You can listen to and/or read the talks, and find a lesson plan for each if you wish to teach someone about the new word and about other words associated with it.

Also, be sure to check out the BBC’s other language resources here.

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“I have lived with Ernest’s personal story for a long time. This is not buried memory dredged up. The story he recounted was entrusted to me with a purpose. I have held that story in trust for these many years, and now I feel it is my fiduciary obligation to Ernest finally to release it from my memory.”

“Ernest” in the above quote by A. E. Hotchner is Ernest Hemingway. The personal story is Hemingway’s account of how he, while married to Hadley Richardson, fell in love with Pauline Pfeiffer – a very rich girl who wouldn’t be denied what she wanted. And she wanted Hemingway!

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Like Water for ChocolateLooking for some fiction that may be a bit different? You might enjoy Flavorwire’s list of 22 women writers to read in translation.

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I wonder if you can name the writers (a mere two or three words each) of a few well known books by looking at some drawings posted on The answers are listed at the end of that post.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, October 4, 2015 from noon to 3:00 p.m. EDT. The featured guest will be author and syndicated talk show host Thom Hartman. His books include The Crash of 2016, Rebooting the American Dream, and Threshold.

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