Five Interesting Facts about Charlotte Brontë

Posted by Andrea Koczela

Apr 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Charlotte Brontë, the oldest of the legendary Brontë sisters, is best known for her classic novel Jane Eyre. Celebrate her birthday this week by testing your knowledge about her life and works.


John Muir: Documenting and Preserving the Natural World

Posted by Kristin Wood

Apr 18, 2014 9:00:00 AM

If you are a nature lover, the works and activism of John Muir should hold a special place in your heart. He was one of the first advocates of preserving stretches of wilderness in the United States, and his writing reflects and affirms this value system. Muir's legacy lives on in the conservation organization he founded, The Sierra Club, along with several natural and man-made landmarks that have been named after him.


Remembering Gabo: A Retrospective on Gabriel García Márquez

Posted by Kristin Masters

Apr 17, 2014 7:36:00 PM


Legendary author Gabriel García Márquez passed away today in Mexico City, where he'd been recovering from infections since April 8. The Nobel Prize-winning author was considered the father of magical realism, and he never shied away from confronting the injustices of Latin American politics. García Márquez will be remembered for his unique ability to blur the lines between fiction and reality; as both a journalist and a writer of novels, he frequently reminded us that the two forms are more similar than we'd want to think.


Sebastian Faulks and Following Ian Fleming

Posted by Lauren Corba

Apr 17, 2014 9:30:00 AM

Sebastian Faulks was born April 20, 1953 in Donnington, Berkshire. He had a pleasant childhood, finding companionship with his brother Edward. His mother instilled a love of theatre and books in the boys at a young age; however, while his mother was fond of the classics, both Sebastian and his brother shared an appreciation for popular culture. They attended a prestigious school with traditional values, which proved to be a challenge for the boys, but Faulks welcomed the challenge.


A Laugh and a Drink with Kingsley Amis

Posted by Kristin Wood

Apr 16, 2014 5:51:40 PM

Kingsley Amis knew how to get a laugh out of his readers. He wrote many novels that depicted modern British life in a humorous manner, and it was these comedies that earned him his fame – but humor wasn’t his only forte. Amis dabbled in many genres, from poetry to science fiction. The Times listed him as one of the top 50 British writers in 2008.


Golf: From Banned Sport to Royal Pastime

Posted by Kristin Masters

Apr 13, 2014 7:33:54 PM

The origins of golf can be traced all the way back to 100 BCE. The ancient Romans played a game known as paganica, where participants hit a stuffed leather ball with a bent stick. Another game similar to golf, chuíw án, was played during the Song dynasty in China, fro around 960 to 1279. The game evolved considerably over time, and the precise origins of today's game are unknown. Both the French and the Dutch have claimed credit, citing similar games as evidence: jeue de mail and kolven respectively. But both these games lack an essential element of modern golf: the hole.


Scott Turow and his Impressive List of Best Sellers

Posted by Anne Cullison

Apr 12, 2014 4:25:00 PM

"We play music about as well as Metallica writes novels."

-Dave Barry

Why would authors like Dave Barry and Scott Turow be playing terrible music?! They're members of a band called the Rock Bottom Remainders, a musical group of bestselling authors who play to raise money for a number of literacy charities. When Turow isn't busy playing with the Rock Bottom Remainders, he's writing bestsellers or working at an international law firm. 

Born on April 12, 1949 in Chicago, Turow has written nine bestselling works of fiction and won multiple literary awards. His books have been translated into more than forty languages. The Los Angeles Times once said in a review, "No one writes better mystery suspense than Turow." It's no surprise, then, that his works are popular among collectors of modern first editions. 


Safe from Heartbleed? At Books Tell You Why you are

Posted by Joachim Koch

Apr 12, 2014 3:49:00 PM

heartbleedAs you may have heard, a major Internet security vulnerability was recently discovered in OpenSSL. OpenSSL enables SSL and TLS encryption, which governs HTTPS-the secure communications between your computer and the servers on the Internet. It is used by about two thirds of the World's web servers. Dubbed "Heartbleed," this vulnerability was the result of a programming error (or bug) in several versions of OpenSSL. 


Lover of the Land, Seamus Heaney

Posted by Lauren Corba

Apr 11, 2014 4:15:00 PM

Poet Seamus Heaney was born April 13, 1939 in a town located in Northern Ireland. The oldest of nine children, Heaney was raised by a father with a deep rural background of farming and herding cattle and a mother from an urban family with a history of working in textile mills. Heaney attended St. Columb’s College, a Catholic boarding school, on scholarship. While he was away, his four year old brother, Christopher was killed by a car. His young death would inspire numerous poems including “Mid-Term Break” (1966) and “The Blackbird of Glanmore” (2006).


Climbing Into Jon Krakauer, Legendary Mountaineering Author

Posted by Lauren Corba

Apr 10, 2014 9:00:00 AM

American writer and outdoorsman Jon Krakauer was born April 12, 1954.  He was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and was first acquainted with mountain climbing when he was eight years old. He attended Hampshire College in Massachusetts where he graduated in 1976 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Following his time at university, Krakauer moved around the States, living in Colorado, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest. He worked as a commercial fisherman and a carpenter to support himself while he pursued his love for nature and rock climbing.

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