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Fun Facts Friday: Gone with the Wind

This week marked the 75th anniversary of Margret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind”. Here are some fun facts about the novel. First edition cover Picture from bookpoi.com 1) Even though Margaret Mitchell is considered one of the most successful novelists of the 20th Century, she only published one book. 2) Because of Mitchell’s social connections […]

Fun Facts Friday: Dashiell Hammett

Today we mark the birthday of Dashiell Hammett (1894 – 1961), born Samuel Dashiell Hammett. A prolific writer who popularized the hardboiled detective fiction, Mr. Hammett wrote such classics as “The Maltese Falcon” and “The Thin Man”. 1) Hammett left school at age 13. 2) He worked for Pinkerton’s detective agency for eight years. 3) […]

Fun Facts Friday: Katherine Anne Porter

May 15, 1890 was the birthday of author Callie Porter, later known as Katherine Anne Porter. Ms. Porter was a very prolific writer, which unfortunately we do not hear much about these days. 1) When she was two Porter’s mother died and the family moved in with her paternal grandmother Catherine Anne Porter. Porter later […]

Fun Facts Friday: Roger Hargreaves and Mr. Men

This week we celebrated what would have been Roger Hargreaves 76th birthday. Mr. Hargreaves was the creator of the “Mr. Men”(official site | collector’s site) series of books which many of us grew on. In his honor I dedicate this post of Fun Facts Friday. 1) Charles Roger Hargreaves (9 May 1935 – 11 September […]

Fun Facts Friday: Scandalous Women

The book “Scandalous Women” (book review) by Eliz­a­beth Kerri Mahon (blog | Twit­ter) is filled with great stories and great trivia. Instead of doing my usual Fun Facts Friday I decided to do something a bit different. I will use random.org ten times and open up to that page in  “Scandalous Women”. Once there I […]

Fun Facts Friday: The Picture of Dorian Gray

This week, in 1891, Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900 published is wildly successful novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. The history of the book is as fascinating as the book itself. 1. Wilde’s full name is Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. 2. The story was originally published in Lippincot’s Monthly Magazine […]

Factual Friday: Washington – A Life

It was announced this week that Ron Chernow’s most excellent biography of George Washington, aptly named “Washington: A Life” (book review) won the Pulitzer Prize. I think the prize is well deserved, Mr. Chernow has the ability to bring historical figures to life and his books read like novels. Here are a few interesting facts […]

Factual Friday: Libraries

By Matl (own work (photography)) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons This week is National Library Week (April 10 – 16, 2011) sponsored by the American Library Association (website | Twitter | Facebook). Pub­lic libraries are some of the few pub­lic build­ings the pub­lic actu­ally uses. Whether you are rich or poor, edu­cated or not and […]

Factual Friday: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Even though it took me a while to get into The Hunchback of Notre Dame I was very impressed with the book (book review) and thought the last 200 pages were certainly work trudging through some of it. 1) The original title of the book is “Notre Dame de Paris” which translates into “Our Lady […]

Factual Friday: Anna Sewell

Author Anna Sewel (30 March 1820 – 25 April 1878) was an English novelist best known for her classic novel “Black Beauty”. Below are a few facts about Ms. Sewel just in case you’re ever on Jeopardy. 1. Anna Sewell was part of a devout Quaker family. 2. Anna’s mother, Mary Wright Sewell,  was a […]

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