The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation, by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell

Originally posted on Blogging for a Good Book:

gettysburg How many schoolchildren do you suppose have memorized The Gettysburg Address, then forgotten it? How many adults can complete the phrase “Fourscore and …”, but don’t understand what Lincoln meant by it?  Jonathan Hennessey, author of this sesquicentennial interpretation of Lincoln’s immortal speech, does both students and adults an immense service in breaking down the speech line by line to show what a radical statement the Gettysburg Address really was at the time.

Abraham Lincoln was not the featured speaker at the dedication of the cemetery at Gettysburg four months after the three-day long bloodletting that is called the high tide of the Confederacy.  He was added to the program as a courtesy, but audiences nonetheless expected the kind of hours-long oration that served as inspiration and entertainment in the pre-broadcast days.  Lincoln had proved himself a master of the craft during his debates with Stephen Douglas in the 1858…

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Literary Devices — Grant Snider

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Originally posted on A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff:

The Lowland Jhumpa Lahiri was one of my favourite new discoveries in 2013 so I have really been looking forward to reading her latest novel, ‘The Lowland’ which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year and has recently been longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. It tells the story of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, who grow up in Calcutta in the 1950s and 1960s. While Udayan’s involvement in an underground Communist movement ultimately results in his death, Subhash starts a new life in the United States, later marrying his widowed and pregnant sister-in-law, Gauri, and taking her with him back to New England.

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TCR in Best American

Originally posted on The Hooch: News & Events:


As we look forward to the new Best American anthologies in October, we celebrate Lamar York prize Winner in Nonfiction Greta Schuler’s “Empty Boxes” as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013, and our Irish issue as a Notable Special Issue. “Empty Boxes” also received recognition in Best American Travel Writing, as did Rita Welty Bourke’s “The Larry Brown Discover Tour”! Interested in reading “Empty Boxes”? Visit our TouchNet TCR Storefront to buy a sample copy, and be sure to specify issue 32.1, or subscribe to enjoy excellent writing year-round.

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Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

Amber Nicole Brooks:

Wow, I was floored by the intense interiority in Olive Kitteridge. I’m looking forward to The Burgess Boys.

Originally posted on Reflections of a Book Addict:

tbbes Thanks to Simon & Schuster UK, I’ve got a copy of Elizabeth Strout’s  The Burgess Boys,  due out in paperback in the US on April 8th, to give away to one lucky winner. Check out the book description and author information below, then read on to see how you can enter to win!

Jim and Bob Burgess return to their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls, many years after they first escaped its narrow confines following the death of their father in a freak accident. They have been asked back by their sister Susan, who needs help with her troubled son, Zach.

But as the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

In The Burgess Boys, Elizabeth Strout again demonstrates the brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose and remarkable insight…

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Townsend Prize Ceremony

Originally posted on The Hooch: News & Events:

Finalists’ books will be sold by Eagle Eye Bookshop at the event,
and all finalists will be signing!

To register, go to
For more information on the ceremony and finalists,
go to
or call 678-891-3275.


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The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist 2014

Originally posted on A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff:

The longlist for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced today.  The twenty titles are:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Americanah
Margaret Atwood - MaddAddam
Suzanne Berne –  The Dogs of Littlefield
Fatima Bhutto - The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Claire Cameron –  The Bear
Lea Carpenter - Eleven Days
M.J. Carter - The Strangler Vine
Eleanor Catton - The Luminaries
Deborah Kay Davies - Reasons She Goes to the Woods
Elizabeth Gilbert - The Signature of All Things
Hannah Kent - Burial Rites
Rachel Kushner - The Flamethrowers
Jhumpa Lahiri - The Lowland
Audrey Magee - The Undertaking
Eimear McBride - A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing
Charlotte Mendelson - Almost English
Anna Quindlen - Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Elizabeth Strout - The Burgess Boys
Donna Tartt - The Goldfinch
Evie Wyld - All The Birds, Singing

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10 Great Quotations from Women Writers

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

As tomorrow (8th March) is International Women’s Day , we’ve gathered together ten of our favourite quotations from women writers. Some are wise, some are witty, some weird; all are wonderful, in our opinion. And what unites them all is that they were uttered (or written) by some of the major female figures in literature. We’d be interested to hear your favourite quotations from women writers, in the comments below – which names/quotations have we missed off?


‘Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.’ – Hannah More

‘If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time.’ – Edith Wharton

‘There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.’ – Sylvia Plath

‘One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.’ – Jane…

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What’s New in the World of Books

Originally posted on BookPeople's Blog:

An Author’s Life: The Guardian took a hard look at what the life of an author is like, and how it’s changed over the years. Rupert Thomson (The Insult) & Joanna Kavena (The Ice Museum) are the two authors they chronicle as they seek an answer to whether or not this career is viable for them anymore.

Philip Roth Interview: Roth’s Sabbath’s Theater was published almost 20 years ago, and it is being translated into Swedish this year. Roth gave an interview to a Swedish paper and answered some interesting questions, such as what it was like for him to reread all of his 31 titles during his hiatus. “My conclusion, after I’d finished, echoes the words spoken by an American boxing hero of mine, Joe Louis…’I did the best I could with what I had.’”

Looking Forward To: Mountain Goats founder John Darnielle announced his new book…

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Alice B. Toklas and Her Famous Pot Fudge

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:

51HIrTy5vfLOn the 7th of March 1967, Alice Babette Toklas, a longtime lover, secretary, editor, cook, and companion of the writer Gertrude Stein, died in Paris, France. An American of Polish descent, Toklas met Stein in Paris on the 8th of September 1907, and fell in love with her. The feeling was mutual, and so the pair decided to share their life together. Their relationship was very much Yin-Yang, as they complemented each other in many ways. Toklas remained a background figure in this relationship, supporting Stein in her writing career. But the later did not take it for granted, and acknowledged her partner by, for example, publishing her 1933 memoirs under the perverse title The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.

The couple’s reputation as culturally significant came largely from their wide circle of friends. Their home on 27 rue de Fleurus became a meeting place for many…

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