We’ve added some fun features to the site for the month of October!
Random Spooky Quote – Visit this page to see a random scary quote from our quotation collection.
Daily Quote – Our daily quote page will be featuring a different spooky quote every day!
Scary Tweets – We’ll also be tweeting a different Halloween-worthy quote every day.
Halloween Quote Cards – Check out our gift shop for Halloween cards with some of the creepiest quotes from our collection. We’ve also made all of the quote cards into graphics that you can use on your Facebook page. Watch the blog as we post them throughout the month.
Are you a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald? Then check out the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society. Their website proclaims, “Anyone interested in the works and life of F. Scott Fitzgerald is welcome.”
The site has resources, frequently asked questions and a great biography section. The biography, written by Matthew J. Bruccoli, captures the euphoric highs and the heart-breaking lows of the life of Fitzgerald. It ends with this paragraph:
F. Scott Fitzgerald died believing himself a failure. The obituaries were condescending, and he seemed destined for literary obscurity. The first phase of the Fitzgerald resurrection — “revival” does not properly describe the process — occurred between 1945 and 1950. By 1960 he had achieved a secure place among America’s enduring writers. The Great Gatsby, a work that seriously examines the theme of aspiration in an American setting, defines the classic American novel.
Gillian Cross’ new retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey is aimed at kids 8 and up, and like many children’s books, it’s brightly colored and beautifully illustrated. But the artwork in this book — illustrated by Neil Packer — seems sophisticated for a kids’ book. These are not your standard depictions of gods and goddesses with chiseled features in flowing gowns. The images are stylized, multi-layered, richly colored and a little edgy.
The article goes on to question if such a book would ever make a good eBook. Are some books destined for print? What makes a book a good fit for an E-Reader?
You’ll also want to be sure to check out the book in question. The illustrations for The Odyssey are truly beautiful.
Baroness Emmuska (Emma) Orczy, the author of The Scarlet Pimpernel, was born on September 23, 1865. Her parents were the composer Baron Felix Orczy de Orczi and Countess Emma Wass von Szentegyed und Czege.
And interesting fact about Baroness Orczy is that in World War One she founded England’s Active Service League. Members pledged, “to persuade every man I know to offer his services to the country, and I also pledge myself never to be seen in public with any man who, being in every way fit and free for service, has refused to respond to his country’s call.”
While the organization fell short of its goal of enlisting 100,000 women, 20,000 women joined the cause.
Yesterday NPR interviewed Salman Rushdie about his new memoir, Joseph Anton. In the book Rushdie talks about the experience of living in hiding after a fatwa was issued calling for the death of the author and anyone associated with the book’s publication.
Where does the title come from? In the interview Rushdie states:
“The police asked me to come up with a pseudonym, partly because I needed to rent properties and so on, and obviously couldn’t do it in my own name,” he says. “And I was asked to make it not an Indian name. And so, deprived of one nationality, I retreated into literature — which is, you could say, my other country — and chose this name from the first names of Conrad and Chekhov: Joseph Conrad, Anton Chekhov equals Joseph Anton.”
The interview is fascinating. Rushdie draws parallels between his situation and Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds. Not only that, he suggests that his experience might have been a sort of foretelling of the 9/11 attacks.
Moby Dick Big Read is an innovative website. Every day the site features a chapter of Moby Dick read by a different celebrity. The chapters are accompanied by images from the world of complementary art. Fun!! The site started releasing just this week so head on over today.
Agatha Christie was born on September 15, 1890 and passed away on January 12, 1976. She’s popular today for her mystery novels featuring detectives like Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. What you may not know is that she wrote six novels using the pen name of Mary Westmacott.
The Westmacott novels are typically classified as romance novels. Are they really romance novels though? Judge for yourself as you read the descriptions below.
Absent in the Spring: Stranded between trains, Joan Scudamore finds herself reflecting upon her life, her family, and finally coming to grips with the uncomfortable truths about her life.
Giant’s Bread: The story of Vernon Deyre, a composer and pianist whose obsession with art wreaks havoc with the two very different women in his life.
The Rose and the Yew Tree: In one of the finest explorations of the human heart, the compelling story of a deep and abiding love, the conflicts it encompasses, and the price that must be paid.
A Daughter’s Daughter: A daughter’s opposition to her mother’s plan to remarry threatens to destroy their relationship
Unfinished Portrait: Bereft of three people she has held most dear, Cecilla must decide if she has the strength to come to terms with the past.
The Burden: The burden of one sister’s love for her younger sister–whom she’s sworn to protect–has a dramatic effect on both their lives.