5×5: Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Black Romance Authors

5×5: Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Black Romance Authors

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Five authors. Five questions. One fight to the death. I’m kidding. We are in the business of uniting these five wonderful authors, not pitting them against one another. It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural 5×5, a series in which we ask five authors of similar backgrounds five questions. With each installment, we’re changing up the topic and today we’re talking Valentine’s Day. That’s not all though, it being Black History Month, our romance authors are all authors of color and esteemed members of the Black Romance Authors Network. We’re speaking to Synithia Williams, founder of …

Bookstr’s Week in Review ICYMI

Bookstr’s Week in Review ICYMI

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Ah, February. It’s always the speediest month after the decade of January. This week is, as many of us are (sadly) aware, Valentine’s day. Fun fact: the day that follows is Single’s Awareness Day, apparently. Anyways, the ramblings of a single girl on Valentine’s Day belong on HBO and the pages of my personal journal. I promise you are still on Bookstr and not a Sex and the City script excerpt. So, what have you missed this week? Let’s find out. If you’re WEEKS behind, here‘s what we’ve been up to recently.   black history month   February is Black …

Will I Celebrate Joyce’s Birthday? Yes I Said Yes I Will

Will I Celebrate Joyce’s Birthday? Yes I Said Yes I Will

Today is a big day for Joycean fans the world over. Infamous author James Joyce was born on this day in 1882 in Dublin, Ireland. To compound that, he published Ulysses 40 years later on the same date. Everybody loves a joint birthday party and you just know a James Joyce/Leopold Bloom rager would be the party of the year. They’d probably serve kidneys and “young juicy crinkled and plump red tomatoes“. Delicious.     James was born to parents Mary Jane Murray and John Stanislaus Joyce, and was the eldest of ten children to survive infancy. He attended Clongowes …

Face Full of Kells

Face Full of Kells

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The Book of Kells is old and I’m not talking first Harry Potter old. In fact, I’m not even talking The Lord of The Rings old. The book is believed to have been created in 800AD in an Irish monastery and the Latin manuscript is 340 folios, a.k.a 680 pages. It takes its name from the Abbey of Kells, the abbey that was home to the manuscript for many years, but now it is on permanent display in Trinity College Dublin. Thanks to modern technology and the 21st Century monster that is the internet (just kidding, we love you), you can now …