Category: Authors

R.I.P, William Goldman

R.I.P, William Goldman

R.I.P, William Goldman—and thanks for the memories The author and screenwriter William Goldman has died at the age of 87. Goldman is best known for writing the The Princess Bride, which he subsequently turned into a screenplay; the movie has moved beyond cult-classic status to become a cultural icon. Goldman’s first screenplay was… Read more »

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RIP Ursula K. Le Guin  (1929–2018)

RIP Ursula K. Le Guin (1929–2018)

Ursula K. Le Guin, award-winning and bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy, died Monday at the age of 88. LeGuin is best known for The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed, The Lathe of Heaven, and her EarthSea Cycle, beginning with A Wizard of EarthSea, but she also wrote short stories, poetry, children’s books… Read more »

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Happy birthday, Louisa May Alcott

Happy birthday, Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott Nov. 29, 1832 – Mar. 6, 1888 I first discovered Louisa May Alcott in elementary school, and I fell in love with her books. I owned two battered copies of Little Women and Eight Cousins, which I read over and over. I added copies of Little Men and Jo’s Boys when I found… Read more »

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Elizabeth Goudge

Elizabeth Goudge

Today is Elizabeth Goudge’s birthday, and the start of Elizabeth Goudge Week over at The Emerald City Book Review. I’m so glad that Lori decided to celebrate by dedicating a whole week to Goudge, because she’s one of my favorite authors of all time. The daughter of a clergyman, Elizabeth… Read more »

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Happy Birthday, Will!

In celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday, here are a few performances of his sonnets, plus Hamlet’s soliloquy. Enjoy!   Michael York reads Sonnet 18   Alan Rickman reads Sonnet 130   David Tennant reads Sonnets 2, 7, 9, 17, 18, 11, 14, and 154   David Tennant – Hamlet’s Soliloquy… Read more »

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Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)

Much sadness. The BBC reported this morning that Terry Pratchett, beloved author of the Discworld novels, has died. His official Twitter account announced his death with a series of emails: (ETA: The character Death speaks in all caps in the Discworld novels. Also, I am not sure but I suspect… Read more »

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