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Helen Keller was an anti-fascist activist

Somehow all of the films and plays about Helen Keller managed to leave out that she was a life-long Socialist and a rabid anti-fascist. She supported groups such as the ACLU and the NAACP. On May 9, 1933, disgusted by … Continue reading

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The Call of Cthulhu

Many bibliophiles and fans of horror and fantasy writing believe that the birth of the modern horror story can be traced to the dark visions that sprang from the febrile imagination of H. P. Lovecraft at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Save The Libraries

The Trump Administration recently released its proposed federal budget for FY2018. The Institute of Museum of Library Services (IMLS), the independent agency that administers the bulk of federal library funding under the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), is included … Continue reading

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Into The Unknown

Along with the usual summer blockbuster sci-fi flicks, this year we can immerse ourselves in the entire historical genre. London’s Barbican Centre is presenting Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction, a huge exhibition, which will take over the entire Brutalist … Continue reading

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American Writers Museum Opens

On May 16th, the long-awaited American Writers Museum will open in the heart of Chicago’s tourist district. Located at 108 North Michigan Avenue, not far from the world famous Art Institute and Millennium Park, the museum features multimedia installations, permanent … Continue reading

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Temples of Knowledge

I first ran across the exceptional architectural photography of Ahmet Ertug earlier this year when I was at the Hermitage Museum store in Saint Petersburg. His book on the dazzling palace museum was extraordinary. Now he has released his latest … Continue reading

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Independent Bookstore Day

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day    On Saturday, April 29 Join over 490 independent bookstores in 48 states for parties, author readings, in-store events, and exclusive day-of merchandise.  2017 Independent Bookstore Day marks its third year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on … Continue reading

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Life Is Better With A Book

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Fiendish Librarian

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