Monthly Archives: October 2015

Lagniappe

On November 6th the movie Trumbo (starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren) will be released in the United States. It is the story of Dalton Trumbo, once the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood, who was jailed for ten months then … Continue reading

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Serial

My favorite niece, Jacqueline, listens to lots of podcasts. She recently invited me to listen to a National Public Radio (NPR) podcast about a popular high school girl in Baltimore who was murdered, and I quickly got hooked on it. … Continue reading

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Did You Know . . . ?

In 1942 it was announced that an unpublished Sherlock Holmes story had been found among some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s papers. His family noted that it was typed rather than handwritten, and asserted that it was definitely not written by … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Diane Muldrow is an author of children’s books and a long time editor at Little Golden Books. At some point she had a “eureka” moment: she decided to use some of the vintage illustrations from iconic Little Golden Books to … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month – October 2015

Below is a list of literary works and their authors. Below that is a list of the names of the title characters from those works. Match the title characters to the works.  As always, you will find the answers to … Continue reading

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Books That Explain Why the World Is the Way It Is

Have you noticed that there have been numerous books published in the last few years about how a certain number of objects have changed history, explain such-and-such, or shaped the world we live in? I’ve compiled a list of some … Continue reading

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The MacArthur “Genius” Grants and The Eccentric Billionaire

The 2015 MacArthur “genius” grants (technically known as fellowships) have been announced. Each of the 24 grant recipients will receive a total of $625,000 distributed quarterly over a five year period with no stipulation as to how the money must … Continue reading

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