Letter From A Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King wrote this moving speech to eight white clergymen. It was published in April 1963 as "The Negro Is Your Brother" in The Atlantic. You can read it here:

Letter From A Birmingham Jail

Today is Jane Austen's 241st Birthday!

December 16, 2016

Jane Austen was born on this day in 1775.

In honor of her birthday, here are some links to interesting articles: 

Jane Austen and the Value of Flaws

On this day: Jane Austen was born

A day in the life of Jane Austen

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

December 14, 2016

Title: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life
Author: Ruth Franklin
Format: Kindle
Year Published: 2016
Source: I purchased this book. 

Today would have been Shirley Jackson’s 100th birthday, so in honor of that, I will review Ruth Franklin’s biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life. Jackson’s work has been getting critical re-appraisals in the past few years. Stephen King is a huge fan of her work.

Shirley Jackson was famous for writing about rather dark themes. She came to prominence after her short story “The Lottery” appeared in The New Yorker in 1948 and caused a literary sensation. You can read the story here. Jackson went on to publish such dark novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

Despite her reputation as a writer with darker themes, Jackson did have a sense of humor and wrote light-hearted accounts of family books, including the very successful Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons.

What's Your Book Nerd Score?

December 9, 2015

What's your book nerd score? Take the test at Barnes & Noble to find out!

What's Your Book Nerd Score? - Barnes And Noble

For what it's worth, I got a 46. I guess I'm a true book nerd.

Please Help Fight Illiteracy With #GivingTuesday

November 30, 2015
Global Literacy Infographic https://www.grammarly.com/grammar-check

Tomorrow (December 1st) is #GivingTuesday, a day set aside during the holiday season to encourage giving to worthy charities around the world! 

Grammarly is participating in #GivingTuesday by encouraging others to donate to charities that promote literacy. 

As you can see in the above infographic, illiteracy is a truly global problem.

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