The Lady Chablis, who gained world-wide attention as one of the character’s in John Berendt’s book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, has died in Savannah, Georgia at the age of 59.  She insisted on playing herself in the 1997 movie adaptation of the book, and gave a memorable performance.  There were many strange characters in Midnight, but The Lady Chablis was by far the most popular according to Berendt.

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Charles Osgood has just retired after hosting Sunday Morning on CBS for 22 years.  He is a multitalented man as you can see from the clips at the Sunday Morning website.  You might also enjoy some of his far-ranging radio pieces from the so-called Osgood File.

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You read lots of books, I’ll bet, but do you know the process that takes place between an author’s idea and the physical book?  You can follow the process with a nice article on the Chronicle Book Blog.

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The Royal Mail is issuing some new Agatha Christie stamps with hidden clues included, but that’s just one of the many Agatha Christie related articles you’ll find here.  Check them out – including the Christie quiz.

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I have a friend who is an attorney with a sense of humor.  He loves to tell lawyer jokes.  He, and you as well, will probably enjoy an article I found in The Guardian that discusses 10 Dodgy Lawyers in Literature.

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Harry Potter fans will enjoy a chart from Mental Floss that illustrates some magical items from the wizarding world.

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On Sunday morning, October 2nd, I will once again host “Music on the Sunny Side” from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. CT on WBRH public radio.  I’ll present a feature called “Name That Year” in which I give my listeners information about a particular year, play music from that year, and invite them to guess the year in question.  It’s lots of fun if you like history and music.  I’ll also feature songs that contain the names of U.S. cities with a very special number at the end that will blow your mind.  The other feature will be a segment from The Bickersons which was a comedy routine done by actor Don Ameche and vocalist Frances Langford on both radio and TV.  As you might have guessed, John and Blanche Bickerson don’t get along very well.  Their back and forth grousing is quite funny – as long as we are only observers.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, October 2, 2016 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author and historian Gerald Horne.  His books include The Counter Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., The Haitian Revolution, and the Origin of the Dominican Republic.

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