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TheKidUpstairs

TheKidUpstairs

Joined September 2016

She/Her "When I get a little money, I buy books. If any is left, I buy food and clothes.” Host of #OnThisDay #HistoryGetsLIT
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Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
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Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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#OnThisDay in 1922 Collier's Magazine published a new short story by F Scott Fitzgerald - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Inspiration for this tale of a man aging backwards came from a Mark Twain quote: "It is a pity that the best part of life comes at the beginning, and the worst part at the end." A 2008 film adaptation made some changes, incl changing Button's wife's name from Hildegarde to Daisy in a nod to Gatsby. #HistoryGetsLIT

vivastory I really enjoyed this story 2d
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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#OnThisDay in 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula was published. Eight days earlier, Stoker had presented a stage adaptation of the novel in order to publicize his forthcoming novel and to secure the copyright. While the book sold reasonably well, it did not become a huge seller until the film adaptations began. Today, Dracula is the most-filmed fictional character ever (can anyone guess who comes in second?) #HistoryGetsLIT

KCofKaysville @TheKidUpstairs maybe Sherlock Holmes ?
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vivastory Hercule Poirot? Love Dracula BTW, it was richer and stranger than I expected 3d
MicheleinPhilly Hamlet? 3d
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batsy Hmm, I'm going with Sherlock as well :) 3d
Simona I also think that is it Sherlock Holmes … 3d
TheKidUpstairs @KCofKaysville @batsy and @simona are correct! Sherlock Holmes is a very close second with 254 appearances (Dracula is at 274). @MicheleinPhilly Hamlet is a great guess, he's up there, just shy of 200 appearances. @vivastory not Poirot, but I bet Agatha Christie adaptations would outpace Dracula if you put them all together! 3d
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#OnThisDay in 1990 Alicia Girón García became the first female director of the Biblioteca Nacional de España. She began her career in 1969 in Madrid, and in the 80s she was deputy director-general of libraries within the Ministry of Culture, helping draft a law mandating a library in any settlement of over 5000 people. García was director for 2 years, during which time she implemented the country's interlibrary loan system. #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs (This is yesterday's entry! Still playing a bit of catch up) 4d
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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A singular portrait of Martha, a woman struggling to live through mental illness, and the effect on those who love her. Her acerbic wit brings a layer of humour, which lightens the frustration, anger, and heartbreak just enough to be tolerable but never not uncomfortable (please note that I mean that as a huge compliment, it is never meant to be a comfortable story). The portrayal of Martha's loved ones is beautifully rendered 👇

TheKidUpstairs (Cont'd) they are neither selfless helpers nor ignorantly helpless, but rather fully, genuinely human. They approach her with love and frustration and love their own lives in the midst. I cried a lot in the last 1/4, her mother's letter undid me. Highly recommend! 5d
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Celestial Bodies | Jokha Alharthi
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#OnThisDay Catch Up Time!

May 21 - 2019 Celestial Bodies by Johka Alharthi (and translated by Marilyn Booth) became the first Arabic title to win the Man Booker International Prize.

May 22 - 1570 'Theatrum Orbis Terrarum' (Theatre of the World), is the world's first atlas, published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps.

May 23 - 1943 Thomas Mann begins writing Dr Faustus

#HistoryGetsLIT will return with proper blurbs tomorrow!

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#OnThisDay my area is dealing with the fall out of a massive wind storm yesterday. We are all okay, but the power is still out, internet is down, and cell service is spotty at best. The daily history posts will resume on the other side! #HistoryGetsLIT

BookishBelle Glad y‘all are okay! 7d
DGRachel Glad everyone is okay! 7d
Leftcoastzen Wow, glad you are ok. 6d
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Tamra Yikes! 6d
Tamra Yikes! 6d
Ruthiella Hope things get back to normal soon. Glad you are okay! 6d
TheBookHippie Oh my. Glad you‘re okay! 6d
Susanita Yeah it just started POURING here. Stay safe!! 6d
AmyG Whoa. Glad you are ok. 6d
merelybookish Wow! Glad you're safe! 6d
Cortg Yikes! We have severe thunderstorms now and my hike on Friday was cut short due to a tornado watch 😟 Be safe! 6d
LiteraryinLawrence Oh my goodness! Be safe! 6d
LeahBergen Oh no! I‘m glad to hear you‘re okay. ❤️❤️ 6d
LiseWorks Yes, we had no power for 12 hours. But my daughter Renée (@ StayCurious) still has no power in Ottawa, and she has a baby. 6d
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#OnThisDay in 1609 publisher and "procurer of manuscripts" issued the first publication of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Without the bard's approval. While his decision to publish without permission earned him some disdain, it is unlikely to have had a lasting effect on his reputation, and Thorpe's order of the sonnets largely holds today. #HistoryGetsLIT

Leftcoastzen Such a nice post! 1w
tpixie Very interesting!! 1w
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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I loved this one. A lovely, witty book about books and ghosts and redemption lures you in, then shakes you up when the narrative gets knocked sideways by Covid and the murder of George Floyd. In the hands of another writer it would have felt unfocused, but Erdrich felt handles the disorienting feelings we all experienced in 2020 and brings those initial themes of books, ghosts, and redemption to a larger field.

Tamra It has such a distinctive tone! 👏🏾 1w
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#OnThisDay in 1963 excerpts from MLKing Jr's Letter from Birmingham Jail were leaked in NY Post's Sunday Magazine. King wrote the letter as a response to "A Call for Unity" by 8 white clergymen who disagreed with King's methods of protest (b/c "you can protest, just not like THAT" is a common refrain in the fight for social justice). The letter included the oft-repeated line: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." #HistoryGetsLIT

kspenmoll Thanks for the reminder. 1w
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I liked this one, it is a beautiful book, but I fell short of loving it. I don't know if it was a case of over-hype? The poetic writing was so beautiful, and there are passages that I will carry with me, but I felt the structure distracted from the story. And in many ways I felt that Kostas and Defne's story was not the most interesting one in the book. I'd read the heck out of Yusuf and Yiorgis' story (cont'd in comments under a spoiler alert)

TheKidUpstairs I wish we got a more focused look at Ada and her struggles with her grief. It seemed like she was sort of brushed aside. A teenage girl screams in a classroom like that, and it felt like it was barely addressed by her family? 1w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t think of that myself but you are right, I would have want to know more about Ada, her grief and return to school and also Meryem whose life not really seemed to matter. 1w
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB yes, it's unfortunate that Meryem seemed more of a type than a full person. Especially because she did so well with other characters, where you only saw bits and pieces of them but they were so clearly fully realized characters off the pages (like Yusuf and Yiorgis, and even with Defne there was so much of her that you didn't see, but her humanity was still fully apparent). But Meryem, and even Ada, felt more like placeholders 1w
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New books, courtesy of a Mother's Day gift certificate. And new mugs that just HAD to come home with me.

LeahBergen Those mugs are fantastic! 2w
ShelleyBooksie Love those mugs 2w
quietjenn Those mugs!!! 😍🤩 2w
AmyG Great mugs! 2w
TheKidUpstairs @LeahBergen @ShelleyBooksie @quietjenn @AmyG aren't they awesome?!?! I saw the Dolly one in the window when the store was closed and just had to go back for it. Then I saw the Bowie one inside and there was no way to choose just one! 1w
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The Complete Plays | Christopher Marlowe
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#OnThisDay in 1593 an arrest warrant was issued for playwright Christopher Marlowe, following accusations of heresy from fellow playwright Thomas Kyd. Heretical documents had been found in Kyd's rooms, leading to his arrest and torture, during which he claimed the papers belonged to Marlowe. Marlowe was arrested, but quickly bailed out by wealthy friends. His freedom did not last long, on May 30th he was killed in a bar brawl. #HistoryGetsLIT

kspenmoll I love these posts! 1w
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#OnThisDay in 1900 L. Frank Baum introduced the magical world of Oz to the masses with the publication of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The name Oz came from a filing cabinet - Baum couldn't come up with a name for his magical world and looked around the room for inspiration, until his eyes landed on a drawer marked "O to Z". (Cont'd in comments) #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs There were many changes made for the iconic movie adaptation, many for visual impact in the new technicolor film. Does anyone know what colour Dorothy's shoes were in Baum's original tale? 2w
Aims42 @TheKidUpstairs I think they were silver? 2w
TheKidUpstairs @Aims42 that's right! Changed to ruby red to stand out in technicolor. 2w
Aims42 @TheKidUpstairs Wohoo! 🙌 2w
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#OnThisDay in 1916 Natsume Sōseki's 明暗, Mei An (Light and Darkness) began serialization in the Tokyo and Osaka editions of Asahi Shimbun. At the time of his death in November of that year, Sōseki had completed 188 installments. A blank manuscript page with the number 189 was found on his desk after he passed. Even incomplete, it was the longest novel he ever wrote, and is considered the first modern Japanese novel. #HistoryGetsLIT

Nute Thank you for these history posts. They are so interesting. I appreciate you, Megan!💕 2w
TheKidUpstairs @Nute thank you Kimberley! Your comment made my day 🥰🥰🥰 2w
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Are You a Bromide? | Gelett Burgess
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#OnThisDay in 1907, at a dinner for the American Booksellers Association, American humorist and illustrator introduced a new word to the lexicon: blurb. He gave each attendee a limited edition of his book "Are you a Bromide?" with a new character on the cover named Miss Belinda Blurb and declaring what had been known as a publisher's puff line to be a "blurb", calling out those who hype up their own work as "the best ever written!" #HistoryGetsLIT

FlowerFairy Wow! Very interesting information! Thank you for sharing! 😁 2w
LeahBergen So cool! 2w
Hooked_on_books This is hilarious! 😂 2w
kspenmoll Love this! 1w
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Mrs. Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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(Yesterday's entry) #OnThisDay in 1925 Mrs Dalloway was first published. Woolf wrote the novel in hand bound journals in her garden shed, dating each day's work like a diary as she went. She modeled Clarissa Dalloway on her childhood friend Kitty Manxe, a socialite who died after falling over her staircase banister. The novel sold so well, it paid for a bathroom to be installed in the Woolf house, nicknamed "Mrs Dalloway's closet." #HistoryGetsLIT

LeahBergen “Mrs Dalloway‘s Closet”! 😆 2w
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Rebecca | Daphne Du Maurier
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#OnThisDay in 1907 a woman was born who would go on to craft one of the most hauntingly beautiful opening sentences in literature. Daphne DuMaurier published her first novel at the age of 24, and in 1938 her novel Rebecca was an immediate bestseller and has remained in print (and adaptations) ever since. A prolific writer of novels, short stories, and plays, her ability to create atmosphere is a stand out in Gothic literature. #HistoryGetsLIT

AvidReader25 I love this book! 2w
LeahBergen Love her! ❤️❤️ 2w
Tamra What a pic - so pretty. 2w
vivastory Rebecca is a favorite. As are her short stories. The Wikipedia page for DuMaurier is wild! (edited) 2w
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Super Magic Staycation | Alexandra West
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Couldn't resist a #staycationintimeswap with @Chrissyreadit and @DinoMom 😁 Head to their pages for info and sign ups!

Chrissyreadit 🎉🙌 2w
DinoMom Yay! 2w
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"How I lamented that I could not turn my branches into arms to embrace him, my twigs into fingers to caress him, my leaves into a thousand tongues to whisper back his words, and my trunk into a heart to take him in."

BarbaraBB Just started this! 2w
TheKidUpstairs @BarbaraBB I'm trying to read the Women's Prize Shortlist before the winner is announced. This is my third read from the list, so far so good but I'm only about 50 pages into it. I haven't had any good no distractions reading time over the last couple days to really sink my teeth into it. What are your thoughts so far? 2w
BarbaraBB I‘m only 50 pages in too but I like the setup and am curious to see where it goes! 2w
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A Book of Nonsense | Edward Lear
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Happy Limerick Day! #OnThisDay in 1812 Edward Lear was born in Middlesex. Often mistakenly credited with inventing the limerick, Lear popularized the form with his Book of Nonsense, containing around 100 of the short, humorous poems.
There was an Old Man with a beard,
who said, “It is just as I feared! –
Two Owls and a Hen,
four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!”
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"She keeps looking over to them to see if they understand, as she does, that life is unfair. How could they not? And not even that, because unfair suggests a standard of fairness, something to hope for. Life is unrelated to such standards. Life is a physical activity achieved by the body -- until it isn't anymore."
From "Mt.Adams at Mar Vista"

merelybookish I read this earlier in the year. Some of the stories were 🔥 2w
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#OnThisDay in 1926 the English faculty at Merton College, Oxford held a meeting to discuss scheduling and curriculum outlines (thrilling stuff). In attendance were recently appointed Professor J.R.R Tolkien and English Fellow/Tutor C.S Lewis. After the meeting, Lewis wrote of Tolkien "No harm in him: only needs a smack or two." And thus was the beginning of a beautiful literary friendship. #HistoryGetsLIT

vivastory 😂 One of the best literary friendships. 2w
BennettBookworm Woah!! 2w
mandarchy My 8th grade ELA teacher told us that they had a bet over who could write a better trilogy. Clearly Tolkien won - because very few people have ever heard of C.S. Lewis' trilogy: The Space Trilogy. Of which Perelandra is my favorite. 2w
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Bklover @mandarchy Isn‘t Out of the Silent Planet part of that trilogy? I read those a looooong time ago, but I remember really loving them. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa The Serendipity of so much of this, still makes me smile 😉 2w
BookwormAHN And I was just reading The Magician's Nephew 😺 2w
wordslinger42 @JazzFeathers I'd never heard that story 💜💜 2w
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Buried under reading buddies 😁🥰

LiteraryinLawrence That‘s what I‘m reading these days, too! Are you liking it so far? 3w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence I really am! It's an interesting reading experience. There's so much in there, so many people forces badging into the main narrative. But in that way, it feels so right for its 2020 timeline, where there really was so much happening all at once, totally rocking life off its axis. And Tookie is just such a fabulously layered character. How are you liking it so far? 3w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence (that should say outside forces banging into the main narrative, rather than people forces badging into it) 3w
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LiteraryinLawrence That is such a good way of putting it! I‘m still early on, just at the point when the bookstore comes into play. Tookie is FASCINATING so far. This is my first book by Erdrich and I have a feeling it‘s going to open up her whole collection! (edited) 3w
vivastory This is one of my favorites of the year. I really appreciate how it shifts from being a delightful book about books & when everything turns upside down it shifts into a different sort of narrative. Tookie is one of my favorite characters of the past few years. 3w
TheKidUpstairs @LiteraryinLawrence I haven't read a lot of hers, but I highly recommend 3w
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#OnThisDay in 1962 Marvel Comics published the first issue of The Incredible Hulk. Originally, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby designed Hulk with grey skin, but throughout the colouring and printing process more green shades came out, and slowly over the years he became the vibrant green we associate with the character today. #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs It took a few years for the Hulk to find his audience, in 1964 Kirby received a fan letter from a college student, leading the creators to rescript the Hulk towards a more mature audience. 3w
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The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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Unflinching and heartbreaking, but tinged with beauty and wit. Parts of this are incredibly difficult to read, please heed trigger warnings if they pertain to you. But if you can, it is a strong portrait of a woman buried in trauma and circumstance who just may be finding a way to herself

"... brutality is an inescapable inheritance of humanity, but so is Love. As terribly as we can be hurt, so deeply can we be healed. And we cannot stand alone."

TheKidUpstairs TW: physical, emotional, and sexual abuse (including the abuse and rape of a child), domestic violence 3w
squirrelbrain Great review of a fabulous book, but you‘re right; it is very tough. 3w
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#OnThisDay in 1835 the first installment of Fairy Tales Told for Children by Hans Christian Andersen was published in Denmark. Andersen brought a new, informal style to children's tales that did not sit well with critics, who believed the stories should be more educational rather than entertaining. It wasn't until the 3rd installment, containing an original story about a little mermaid, that critics began to change their tune. #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs Image is from AbeBooks. If you've got a spare $47K lying around, they're selling a Danish First Edition: https://www.abebooks.com/art-prints/EVENTYR-FORTALTE-B%C3%98RN-FAIRY-TALES-TOLD/... 3w
kspenmoll Let me look for that spare change around the house. 😂💰 3w
LeahBergen So interesting! 3w
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#OnThisDay in 1846 America's first weekly newspaper began publication. The Cambridge Chronicle was founded by Andrew Reid and began printing just days after Cambridge was incorporated as a city. The first editions were printed on a hand press, situated above a grocery store. The Chronicle is still in print, articles are also released online at wickedlocal.com #HistoryGetsLIT

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The Crime Club | W. Holt-White
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#OnThisDay in 1930 the Collins Crime Club imprint was founded by William Collins, Sons publishers. A sort of mystery themed BOTM, members were sent a quarterly newsletter with new publications and panel recommended picks to choose from. The club's success was down to the quality of its authors and their work, most notably the Grand Dame of Mystery Fiction herself Agatha Christie (all but 5 of her novels were publ. through Collins). #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs Can anyone guess the cover this image is from? 3w
Leftcoastzen Great logo! 3w
Ruthiella I‘ll guess Christie‘s Murder at the Vicarage since it was published in 1930. 3w
TheKidUpstairs @Ruthiella it is a Christie, but not that one 3w
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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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#OnThisDay in 1927 Virginia Woolf published her follow up to Mrs Dalloway, To The Lighthouse. Woolf began writing To the Lighthouse partly as a way of understanding and dealing with unresolved issues concerning both her parents. Published through her own house, Hogarth Press, and with a cover designed by her sister Vanessa Bell, the book outsold all her previous novels and the proceeds allowed the Woolfs to buy their first car. #HistoryGetsLIT

Megabooks I really love reading these everyday! Thank you! 3w
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A Ghost in the Throat | Doireann Ni Ghriofa
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#OnThisDay in 1773 Art Ó Laoghaire was killed after refusing to sell his valuable horse to a local magistrate. Upon his death his wife Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill composed the keening poem Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire. It has been described as the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain in the whole of the 18th century. The tagged explores the life of Ní Chonaill, and the passing of womens' words and stories through time #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs (This is the entry for May 4th - I got a bit distracted yesterday by life!) 3w
vivastory Thanks for doing these! Out of curiosity, do you have a personal favorite that you have posted? 3w
TheKidUpstairs @vivastory my favourites so far have been Chaucer's reading of the Canterbury Tales at court (April 17), and Marius and Cosette's wedding/Hugo's affair with Drouet (Feb 16). I like learning the tidbits about why authors wrote the things they did, and why they chose to do things a certain way. 3w
vivastory I was unaware of Chaucer's reading until you posted about it. Really fascinating information in the posts. 3w
TheKidUpstairs @vivastory thank you! It's been a fun research project. 3w
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#OnThisDay in 1915 Army Doctor John McCrae sat and penned the words:
"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below."
Some say he then crumpled up the page and threw it away, until it was saved by a fellow officer. McCrae would continue to work on it for months until its publication later that year.
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Blueberry ❤️ 4w
JazzFeathers Lo e the pic. 4w
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#OnThisDay in 1611 the King's Printers printed the first edition of the Authorized King James Bible. While it was not the first Bible translated into English, it was the first made available to the common people of England. The influence of the KGV is such that noted atheists Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have called it "a giant step in the maturing of English literature" and "a great work of literature", respectively. #HistoryGetsLIT

KCofKaysville @TheKidUpstairs The KJV Bible is such an interesting book. The outdated words are especially fun for me to learn. 4w
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My #BookSpin #DoubleSpin and #BookSpinBingo for May. Of course, I made my list before the Women's Prize Shortlist was announced and ALL the holds came in and I went out for #IndependentBookstoreDay, so I think I'll be making use of the free and library spots the most 🤣🤣. Hopefully I'll at least get to the tagged as well 🤷‍♀️

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 4w
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#OnThisDay in 1920 the Saturday Evening Post published the short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F Scott Fitzgerald with illustrations by May Wilson Preston. It marked the first occasion Fitzgerald's name appeared on the cover and was hailed as "set[ting] social standards for a generation of young Americans". Bernice's name was a nod to Berenice II of Egypt who was said to have cut off her hair to ensure a war victory. #HistoryGetsLIT

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Blue Heron Books | Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada (Bookstore)
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Who else headed out for #IndependentBookstoreDay yesterday? I managed to stick to my #20in4 goal of buying less than 20 books 🤣🤣🤣 Got some great stuff for myself, and a few for the kiddos at the tagged, my favourite local bookstore!

Oryx Lovely haul! 1mo
squirrelbrain I see some good ones there! 1mo
AmyG Oooooo, lovely. Damnation Spring was wonderful. 4w
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Singout I‘ve bought stuff there! My folks live in Port Perry, and I get my CSA from the Stockings in Zephyr. 4w
TheKidUpstairs @Singout no way! I live in Port Perry! 4w
TheKidUpstairs @AmyG good to hear! It sounds right up my alley 😁 4w
Singout Lol, I‘ll have to track you down next time I‘m there. They live in Apple Valley. 4w
TheKidUpstairs @Singout small world 4w
kspenmoll Good job! It‘s so hard not to go wild in bookstores! 4w
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Notes from a Public Typewriter | Michael Gustafson
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#OnThisDay in 1808 Pellegrino Turri completed construction of (possibly) the world's first typewriter. The idea of a machine for letters came from Henry Mill in 1714, but it wasn't until Turri invented carbon paper to provide ink that the idea was made possible. And that led to all this (and more): https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/80104/19-authors-and-their-typewriters #History GetsLIT

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Helpline | Katherine Collette

Can anyone think of an author with the initials H.B?

Bookwomble Would Honoré de Balzac do? 1mo
Ruthiella Balzac is better. I only thought of Harold Bloom who‘s a critic, not an author. 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @Bookwomble I figured it out, I was looking at the wrong initials! But thanks for your help! It was an independent bookstore day "guess the book" clue. 1mo
Bookwomble 😊👍🏻 1mo
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A hastily scribble May #BookSpin list! We'll see how it goes, I'm easily distracted lately.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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#OnThisDay in 1986 a devastating fire hit Los Angeles' Central Library. It damaged or destroyed more than one million books. Thankfully, the alarm systems and fire protection had recently been upgraded, and that advanced warning meant all 400 people inside the building were able to escape uninjured. It took around 350 firefighters and 7 hours before the blaze was extinguished. Arson was suspected, but the culprit remains a mystery. #HistoryGetsLIT

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Brooks embarked on a huge undertaking with this book, to give life to Chaucer's Wife of Bath, she of the five husbands and bawdy spirits. The result is an entrancing, immersive piece of historical fiction, and a singular woman in Eleanor/Alyson. Full of wit, humours, and heartache, written so fully that you can feel (and smell) the atmosphere of medieval Bath and London 👇

TheKidUpstairs and rage and cheer at the rollercoaster of fortune experienced by a woman of her time. Highly recommended. @Graywacke this would make a worthy addition to your Year of Chaucer! 1mo
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#OnThisDay (probably) in 1438, the earliest known autobiography written in English was completed. The Book of Margery Kempe details life as a Christian mystic, including moments of divine revelation and her "presence" at key Biblical events. There is (understandable) debate as to whether it can be called an autobiography, or if it is a confession of faith, but it remains significant as a glimpse into the mind of a medieval woman. #HistoryGetsLIT

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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@Andrew65 is celebrating the turn of the month with another great Readathon. While it is a #20in4 Readathon, feel free to set your own goal that fits your weekend! I don't know how much reading time I'll get in, but it is Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday so I'll say my goal is NOT to buy 20 books 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Andrew65 Thanks for sharing 😍 1mo
PaperbackPirate I love your goal! 😂 Good luck! 📚 1mo
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"Winter didn't so much melt into spring as give over grudgingly. Snow retreated in sulking stages, buds shyly blossomed on the once-barren trees, and people swarmed into the city as the sun punched its way through the heavy firmament, spreading a bit of much needed warmth."

merelybookish Ah, spring in Canada. 😂 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @merelybookish ain't that the truth! A couple weeks ago my husband said we should put the winter coats away, I politely ignored that suggestion! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
Leftcoastzen 93 here in Phoenix,Az . Not happy 1mo
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When We Were Birds | Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
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Taking a short break from the epic Ship of Magic for this one on OverDrive. Even in Black and White the cover is stunning.

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Paradise Lost | John Milton
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#OnThisDay in 1667 John Milton sold the copyright for Paradise Lost for £10. By that time the once wealthy Milton had fallen into poverty. A supporter of Cromwell, he was to be imprisoned in 1660 but was saved by powerful friends. Stripped of property and prestige, and having lost his sight years earlier, Milton began dictating his epic in 1663 to his family. Despite inauspicious beginnings, it was hailed as a masterpiece. #HistoryGetsLIT

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#OnThisDay in 1893 author and pioneering screenwriter Anita Loos was born. Best known for her novels Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes. Loos was the first female staff screenwriter in Hollywood, working under DW Griffith who called her "the world's most brilliant woman." Her sharp wit served her well when transitioning to "talkies", penning classics like The Women in 1939. #HistoryGetsLIT

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Robinson Crusoe | Daniel Defoe
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#OnThisDay in 1719 Robinson Crusoe was published. A hallmark of realistic fiction, and (possibly) one of the first English novels, Crusoe introduced the "Man (or Girl) Friday" to the English language. Originally published as a tale written by Crusoe himself, many mistook it for a true travelogue. Incredibly popular from the moment of publication, four editions were published before the end of 1719 #HistoryGetsLIT

TheAromaofBooks I keep meaning to reread this one. I really enjoyed it back in high school. 1mo
TheKidUpstairs @TheAromaofBooks it is one of those books that I've never read, but feel like I vaguely know. But I also think I probably get it all mixed up with other shipwreck/island/etc books. Someday I'll read it (as I say to myself about so so so many classics 🤣🤣) 1mo
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Library of Congress | Washington, DC (Library)
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#OnThisDay in 1800 the United States' oldest cultural institution was established - the Library of Congress. In 1812 British forces burned the library down, so in 1815 Thomas Jefferson sold his 6000 book collection to Congress for $23,950. In 1988 films were added to the collection, and now the library also collects EVERY public tweet. #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs Of the 14 people to hold the title of Librarian of Congress, only 3 have actually been librarians. That includes the current Librarian Carla Hayden, who is also the first African American and first woman to hold the job. 1mo
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#OnThisDay in 1616 William Shakespeare died. We also celebrate his bday today, the exact date is unknown. "If you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot...For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare." #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs This post comes from the wonderful Quoting Shakespeare by Bernard Levin. It is also yesterday's OnThisDay. I was at the hockey rink with my boys all day yesterday and didn't get to posting! 1mo
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The Idiot | Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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#OnThisDay in 1849 members of the Petrashevsky Circle were arrested due to their "spirit of opposition to the government, and…desire to alter the existing state of things." Of the 60 members arrested, 23 were sentenced to execution, including Dostoevsky. The Tsar agreed to commute the sentences, but prisoners were not informed until the first three prisoners had been blindfolded and tied to stakes and the order to fire was given ? #HistoryGetsLIT

TheKidUpstairs The experience drove one of the three to mental collapse, and would haunt Dostoevsky's writing for decades. 1mo
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