Viola Davis to Pen Sequel to Childhood Classic ‘Corduroy’

Viola Davis to Pen Sequel to Childhood Classic ‘Corduroy’

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There are so many treasured children’s books that are classics and staples in the homes of families around the world. At 27-years-old, I can still remember the delight I felt reading books like The Giving Tree or The Velveteen Rabbit and of course of course Corduroy, the story of a teddy bear searching for his lost button, written by Don Freeman in 1968. Today, the popular Corduroy is getting a sequel penned by actress Viola Davis.   Image Via caaspeakers   Davis explains that the original book was so important to her growing up because the little girl who befriends Corduroy, Lisa, is African American. …

Crack the Case of the Mysterious Agatha Christie with This Thrilling Biography

Crack the Case of the Mysterious Agatha Christie with This Thrilling Biography

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As a child, I was a huge fan of the Nancy Drew books by Caroline Keene. I would devour those books one after another, and once I outgrew reading about Nancy and her friends’ exploits I feared that I would have to let my love for mystery novels fade away —until I discovered Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. I remember realizing that Agatha Christie was to my adulthood what Caroline Keene had been to my childhood. Once I finished that standalone novel, I became enamored with Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot; Poirot with his famous mustaches and his ability to …

Book Drive Garners Almost 2,000 Donations for Jail Inmates

Book Drive Garners Almost 2,000 Donations for Jail Inmates

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In Rock County, Wisconsin a book drive is underway to collect books for inmates at the Rock County Jail. They’ve currently collected over 1,700 books, with over fifty people contributing to the drive. Major proceeds for the book drive have been funded by the inmates themselves and the sheriff’s office.   Image Via Drexel.edu   The goal is to help provide a better environment for prison staffers as well as helping to rehabilitate and prepare the inmates for their eventual release and re-assimilation into society. Some of the books deal in parenting, spiritual and religious guidance, and various self-help practices. The sheriff’s …

This Scholar Is out to Recognize the Literary Achievement of Renaissance Nuns and We Are Here for It!

This Scholar Is out to Recognize the Literary Achievement of Renaissance Nuns and We Are Here for It!

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For centuries, credit for writing manuscripts, hymns, and other written relics from the Renaissance period has gone primarily to the monks. Their texts have survived all of these hundreds of years, and we continue to appreciate and value their impact on our human history and development. But what of the women who had also promised themselves to their God and the work they might have done to further the import of written word to the masses? Melissa Moreton has devoted her post-doctoral Fellowship to discovering the mysteries behind these unnamed nuns!   Melissa Moreton | Image Via Graduate College University of …

Celebrate ‘Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday with Director’s Cut of the Original Book

Celebrate ‘Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday with Director’s Cut of the Original Book

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Earlier this year, the world reached the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. On January 1st, 1818, the world was introduced to one of the greatest novels ever bestowed upon us. Mary Shelley, the wife of Percy Shelley, published the novel that deals with science, humanity, and what it means to be alive. Recently, scientists and literary geeks came together to completely dissect Shelley’s 1831 novel, and investigate some of the history behind the author’s work.   Image Via Famous Biographies   As history would suggest, Mary Shelley penned the original Frankenstein novel alongside her husband, Sir Percy Shelley, amongst other …