Literary America: Ten Places to Visit for National Author’s Day

Mark your calendars and make some plans!  November 1st is National Author’s Day.  In 1929, the General Federation of Women’s Clubs created the day to honor America’s writers; in 1949, the day was officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Congress. The resolution states, in part, that “[b]y celebrating author’s day as a nation, we…

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If These Cave Walls Could Talk…

Linguists have unlocked the key to what our ancient ancestors may have sounded like, and it sounds pretty amazing.  Did you know that 6,500 years ago English and Farsi were the same language? How’s that for world unity. From there, the language morphed into the single descendant of all modern Indo-European languages: PIE (which stands…

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How to Write Like Jane Austen

Here’s a tip: keep some sheep leather and blue gauls handy… Yesterday we brought you the recipes to two authors’ favorite meals, so today I give you the recipe to one authoress’ writing success: a good leather bound book and a batch of homemade ink. For those Austen enthusiasts feeling particularly crafty, here is the…

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Charles Dickens: Ghost Hunter

Victorians were big on clubs.  Gentlemen’s Clubs.  No, the Brontes were not wearing pasties and stripping to “Oh, Mother Take the Wheel Away!” These were exclusive gatherings of writers and artists who came together to chill, drink, and probably scratch-and-spit.  No “damned scribbling women allowed.”  (Such a fun guy, that Hawthorne…) . ANYWAY, Charles Dickens…

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Positive Development in Negative Spaces: Anne Frank and Peter Schiff

Despite her own fears as well as the horrors going on outside the crowded annexe where Anne Frank and her family were hiding from the Nazis, Anne, like many girls her age, was mooning over a boy.  His name was Peter Schiff and Anne recalls a poignant dream about him in one of her candid…

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