Who Did What in Every Agatha Christie Murder Mystery Novel - Bloomberg

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:27

Who Did What in Every Agatha Christie Murder Novel All of the author’s deadly plots, plotted. (Spoilers if you look closely.)

In Agatha Christie’s novels, murder and financial fraud are often intertwined. The murderers are more likely to be men, are partial to poison, and frequently commit the crime as part of a scam such as winning an inheritance.

Flannery O’Connor Didn't Care If You Liked Her Work

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 06/29/2020 - 12:39

This is all to say that Flannery O’Connor did not care if you liked her work, and she certainly did not care, it would seem from her letters, if you liked her. Writing was not for her a means of making a point or gaining admiration, though, being human, it is hard to imagine that she was not pleased at times with herself and her success. Writing for her was a means of understanding herself: “I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.”

The Very Modern Anger of Shakespeare’s Women

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/12/2019 - 08:47
Literary scholars often hear about dangers of presentism: we are warned against looking at the past for confirmation of our own progress — the distance between us and them — and against collapsing that distance, and seeing, Narcissus-like, our own reflections in long-ago lives and letters. But of course, the present always shapes our encounters with earlier texts, whether we’re reading them, writing about them or, in the case of Shakespeare, staging them.

How Dylan Thomas's writing shed inspired Roald Dahl - BBC News

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 02/03/2019 - 14:54
Both are world-famous authors who wrote some of their best known works in their sheds. But, as Roald Dahl's centenary is celebrated across the country, his widow reveals how heavily the children's author was influenced by Dylan Thomas's hut when building his own.
From How Dylan Thomas's writing shed inspired Roald Dahl - BBC News

Ursula K. Le Guin

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 01/29/2018 - 00:56

Oct 21, 1929 - Jan 22, 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.

Books & Reading are More Important Than Ever

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:39
Will Schwalbe, author of Books for Living, considers why books and reading are more crucial than ever - and offers up a few ideas for what to read next. Here from Signature Reads are Schwalbe's thoughts on the subject.

He begins thus: "When I can’t stand to look at one more hateful tweet from the president, I read a book."

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 06/28/2017 - 09:53
A statement from publisher HarperCollins said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Michael Bond, CBE, the creator of one of Britain’s best-loved children’s characters, Paddington, died at home yesterday aged 91 following a short illness.”
From Paddington Bear author Michael Bond dies aged 91 | Books | The Guardian