In Review: The Week of Feburary 10th

February 15, 2020

This week we read a brilliant and heartbreaking essay on death and humour by Fawn Parker, created a very scientific quiz to help you find your literary love match, shared Read Harder challenges, and more!

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On the Blog


~ Author Fawn Parker talks about death, grief, and humour in writing: "When I write about death I imagine I am collapsing the grieving process into a single moment. In reality, the first moment is awful; the second moment is awful; the third, you know, and then there are times that something about it is beautiful, and then there are times that something about it feels like nothing at all, and then there are times that it is funny."

~ Author Stella Leventoyannis Harvey tells us about shaping her novel Finding Calidora (Signature Editions) by using newspaper headlines from the past: "The headlines I incorporated throughout my novel are all real, the raw material of history, supporting the story of each generation of the Alevizopoulos family and setting the stage to engage the reader in their journey."

~ Our scientifically-proven (don't quote us) Valentine's Day quiz will match you with your literary valentine.

~ Our Read Harder challenges include books for budding bookworms and follow-up reads for adults





Around the Web

~ These old-timey romantic expressions are are "rily" "dimber" (did we do that, right?)

~ In literary debate: is Emma Woodhouse the real heroine of Jane Austen's Emma?

~ Lithub shares an incomplete but amusing list of Judy Blume references in pop culture for her 82nd birthday. (Guess the reference: "Toss them a Judy Blume Novel, Lou")









ICYMI (last week)

After experiencing episodes of momentary sight loss, author M.C. Joudrey was compelled to carefully research and write a blind character into his novel Fanonymous (At Bay Press), which has recently been transcribed into braille by the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). M.C. Joudrey tells us about his experience bringing Fanonymous into this new format in order to serve a marginalized readership: "Being able to connect with a wider audience has not only been rewarding but also—as in this case—worth so much more to me than I could have imagined."








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