The 2017 Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday night, February 26thElectric Lit has a list of the nominated movies that are based on books. Be sure to also see the Electric Lit article on the best 2016 literary adaptations for both movies and TV here.

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A recent article in The Washington Post questions many of the prevalent ideas about how to read faster.  In fact, the article suggests that we “ignore the rules of the speed-reading gurus.”

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David Bellos, who specializes in translating French language books into English, recently completed a book about the history of Victor Hugo’s 1,500 pages masterpiece Les MisérablesA Guardian article tells us about Bellos’ book, and about the life of Hugo.  Bellos’ book will be available in the United States on March 21, 2017.

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Flavorwire has an ongoing series that you might enjoy.  It’s called “The Sweetest Debut,” and it is made up of  interview with authors about their debut (or near-debut) books and about their lives.  You will find the articles in the series here.

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Five Books bills itself as the site that has “the best books on  everything.”  I can’t disagree with that.  Explore the site and you’ll find something that interests you.  Go to the site, scroll down the home page, and you’ll find many, many categories of books that are recommended.  Each category features an interview with a notable person who offers five books on the chosen subject.  Many of the categories have numerous interviews based on multiple aspects of that category.  For instance, click on “Theatre,” and you’ll find articles about the best plays of Shakespeare, the best books about Broadway, the best books about twentieth century theatre, and the best books about opera.  It’s a wonderful site to explore, but it’s addictive!

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On Sunday morning, February 5, 2017 I will host Music on the Sunny Side from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT on WBRH public radio (90.3 FM in the Baton Rouge area).  WBRH is also available on the internet at  Most of the music is from the Big Band era, but some is much more current.  Highlights will include Glenn Miller and his orchestra “live” with five numbers that have the word “blue” in their titles, an edition of G. I. Jive with guest host Ann Rutherford, two versions of Duke Ellington’s “Concerto for Cootie,” The Camel Caravan radio show with Benny Goodman and his orchestra (from November 18, 1939) with special guest Mildred Bailey (a.k.a. Mrs. Swing), three numbers featuring Bob Hope and some of his friends, and the delightful “Johnny Be Fair” featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie.  Some of the very talented musicians and singers featured on the show include Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, Fats Waller, Doris Day, Renee Olstead, Les Brown, Al Hirt, Al Martino, Jerry Vale, Irene Daye, Patti Page, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Bert Kaempfert, Nat “King” Cole, and Tony Bennett.

Fritz McCameron, a retired professor from LSU, hosts the show every Sunday except for the first Sunday of each month.  Fritz is a walking encyclopedia concerning music – especially Big Band music.  You can comment on any of the shows or make requests by calling us at 225-388-9030.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, February 5, 2017 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author and political commentator Nick Adams.  His books include Green Card Warrior: My Quest for Legal Immigration in an Illegals’ System and Retaking America: Crushing Political Correctness.

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