Category Archives: history

Authors We Lost in 2016

We lost a lot of great authors in 2016. Here is a tribute to some of the unforgettable writers we lost in the past year.   Harper Lee (died Feb 19) Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960 and won a Pulitzer Prize the following year. It is considered a classic in American …

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Little House Lies… Albert WHO?!?

Yesterday, my Author Spotlight blog acknowledged the birthday of the great American author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Specifically, I talked about Pamela Smith Hill’s Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography, and some of the dark details of Laura’s life that were omitted from her children’s books. Today, I want to talk about the TV series. Oh, you …

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Laura Ingalls Wilder: Happy Birthday, Half-Pint!

    Today marks the birthday of one of America’s most beloved children’s book authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was born on this day, February 7, 1867. Laura was in her sixties when she decided to write her memoirs. She already had many years’ experience writing farm-related articles for the Missouri Journalist newspaper. (These are …

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Edgar Allan Poe at 207

  Today marks the 207th anniversary of the birth of author and poet extraordinaire, Edgar Allan Poe. This author is best remembered for his haunting poems, such as Annabel Lee and– most famously– The Raven, as well as such macabre short stories as The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and The Fall of the House …

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A Christmas Classic: Clement Clarke Moore

One of the most famous, enduring pieces of holiday literature is the story-poem, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore. Originally titled “A Visit From St. Nicholas,” the poem was first published anonymously in 1823 in the Troy Sentinel. In 1844, Moore included it in Poems, a collection of his works. I could …

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Happy Birthday, Mark Twain!

Today, we celebrate the birth, life, and career of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The beloved author was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. His family relocated to Hannibal, MO when Twain was about 4 years old. He was mischievous, often getting into trouble in school, much …

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Banned Books Week: Mark Twain

In my last blog, I discussed literary censorship, in recognition of Banned Books Week (BBW). I hope you enjoyed reading it as much I had writing it. As I do continuous research for this week-long blog series, I am learning a lot about many of the greatest authors of all time, and re-reading many classics. As I …

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Happy Banned Books Week! Judy Blume

Today (September 27) starts Banned Book Week. The annual event, was created by the American Library Association in 1982, to celebrate and defend our Freedom To Read whatever we want. This year’s focus is on the Young Adult genre. You’d be surprised how many YA books– both recent bestsellers and all-time classics– have been banned or challenged …

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The Real People In My Fiction

Today, I’d like to talk about my first book, A Little Company (Outskirts Press, 2007), and some of the real people behind its main characters. The story takes place during the Great Depression, deep in the Northern New York woods. It centers on a sad, frightened and very lonely little girl named Pauline. Some people …

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