Lagniappe

Happy Mardi Gras!

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An unpublished novel by Walt Whitman was recently found in the archives of a Victorian era New York Sunday newspaper. It was discovered by Zachary Turpin, a PhD candidate in English at the University of Houston.  You will find the novel in a .pdf file here.

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golden-legacy

Do you remember the Little Golden Books from your childhood? I remember them  from both my childhood, and from those of my children and my granddaughter.  The wonderful series turns 75 this year and is still popular.  National Public Radio recently interviewed Leonard Marcus about his book Golden Legacy: The Story of Golden Books.

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word-by-word

The Boston Globe has an article that will appeal to every word nerd.  It’s about the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a new book about words by a Merriam-Webster lexicographer (see image above), a Mel Gibson-Sean Penn movie based on Simon Winchester’s book The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary and much more.

You may also enjoy the word games at the Merriam-Webster website.

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According to author Phillip Lopate, Ernest Hemingway was a “contradictory, alternately smart and stupid, blustering, fragile man who was also a giant of modern literature.”  As evidence he points to the letters of Hemingway which are in the process of being published in 17 or so volumes.  Volume three gives some valuable insight into the psyche of one of the twentieth century’s greatest novelists. You can read more about volume three here.

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take-courage

The novels of Charlotte and Emily Brontë are staples of the Western Canon, but those of their sister, Anne, are hardly remembered at all – despite the fact that she may have been  the best writer of the three.  In Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life, biographer Samantha Ellis makes the case for Ann’s greatness. You can find out more about Ann Brontë and about Ellis’ book here.

Anne Brontë’s two novels are in the public domain (as are those of Charlotte and Emily) and can be obtained free from many sources on the internet

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BookBrowse routinely interviews authors about their works.  Here are 10 of their favorite interviews from 2016.  Note that if you click on the title of the book (to the right of “Read the Interview”), you will find some or all of the following extras: a summary, an excerpt, a reading guide, and a discussion.  You might even find an interesting book or two for your favorite book club.

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I will host Music on the Sunny Side on WBRH-FM here in Baton Rouge on Sunday, March 5th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. CT.  The show will be a mix of Big Band music and some music that is a bit more contemporary.  Two of the highlights will be selections from George Gershwin’s 1934 American opera Porgy and Bess.  Only one of the songs will be sung by opera stars (bass-baritone Willard White and  soprano Leona Mitchell).  The others will be sung by Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, William Warfield, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Carmen McRae.  The other highlight will be selections from a salute to Tony Bennett on his 90th birthday.  Singers will include Michael Bublé, Kevin Spacey, Diana Krall, Rufus Wainwright, and k. d. lang.  The segment will end with Mr. Bennett singing “The Best Is Yet to Come.”  His voice is still incredible at 90.  You can join us locally at 90.3 FM or on the internet at wbrh.org.

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The next edition of the live author interview program In-Depth on Book TV (C-SPAN2) will air Sunday, March 5, 2017 from noon to 3:00 p.m. ET.  The featured guest will be author and columnist Dave Barry.  His books include Best. State. Ever.: A Florida Man Defends His Homeland and Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits.

 

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