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Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 29-May 1

Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 29-May 1
It’s that time again! The weekend is fast approaching and it looks like it’s going to be a dreary one. Outdoor activities are out of the question with temperatures in the low 50s and lots of rain. So now what do you do? How about a great book event! Take yourself or the family to one... Read more »

That Prince Memoir Would Have Been Great

That Prince Memoir Would Have Been Great
Prince Rogers Nelson. On Thursday morning Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park estate and we lost a true legend in music history. Tears are being shed as we mourn the loss of one of the great ones. Innovator. Creator. Rebel. Genius. Royalty. Artist. Musician. Multi-Instrumentalist. Songwriter. Producer. Rock star. Grammy Winner. Actor. Director. This... Read more »

Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 15-17

Weekend Spotlight: Literary Events You Should Visit in Chicago Area April 15-17
Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are great places for literary events. The good part about being from such a large city is that inevitably there will be an event. From the city to the suburbs, there is always something going on author or book related. If you are looking for a signing…we got it! If... Read more »
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Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary! Renowned Children's Author Turns 100 Years Old

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary! Renowned Children's Author Turns 100 Years Old
Today author Beverly Cleary turns 100 years old. 100 years old. I cannot even imagine being around long enough to turn a century old. She hasn’t been idle in those 100 years. She’s made a cultural impact that will be felt for a very long time. Beverly Cleary was born not Beverly Cleary, but Beverly... Read more »

60 Poets You Could Be Reading to Celebrate National Poetry Month

60 Poets You Could Be Reading to Celebrate National Poetry Month
What do you think of when you think of poets? An all-black ensemble and furious typing in a dark, musty room with an old, rusty typewriter? There is so much more to it than that (although I’m sure some writers still like typewriters)! Step into a poetry awakening! Forget what you think you know about the genre. There has been... Read more »

Book Review: The Moonlit Garden, by Corina Bomann

Book Review: The Moonlit Garden, by Corina Bomann
An Unexpected Gift “The Moonlit Garden. It sounded so incredibly romantic! Which garden had the composer intended to immortalize in the music? Who was he? Was the music the key to the origin of the violin? And what did it have to do with her? So many questions…” – Lilly, The Moonlit Garden This month... Read more »
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Celebrate Dr. Seuss! 15 Life Lessons You Can Learn from Dr. Seuss

Celebrate Dr. Seuss! 15 Life Lessons You Can Learn from Dr. Seuss
Today is the birthday of the great and iconic Dr. Seuss. It’s also Read Across America Day! Theodor Seuss Geisel was and still is a beloved American writer and literary genius. As we all know he is most well known for authoring popular children’s books. He has sold over 600 million copies of his children’s books... Read more »

25 Books You Can Read to Celebrate Black History Month

It’s February and Black History Month! Do you want to diversify your reading list? Now is the perfect time to start!  Celebrate Black History Month and expand your reading list at the same time – two birds, one stone. This list will come in handy even if your reading palette is already diverse or if... Read more »

Scholastic Recalls George Washington Children's Book after Criticisms

Scholastic Recalls George Washington Children's Book after Criticisms
Last Friday social media exploded with a very strong reaction to a book.  No, it wasn’t a 50 Shades of Grey type of thing, but it was something with a dark theme. What caused everyone to go crazy? A children’s book, published by Scholastic, entitled A Birthday Cake for George Washington by Ramin Ganeshram and... Read more »
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David Bowie Was A Reader

David Bowie Was A Reader
The world was stunned today when it found out David Bowie, a cultural and musical icon, passed away from cancer. Bowie had just celebrated a birthday three days ago on January 8th and had just released his 25th album, Blackstar, to great critical acclaim on his birthday.  It seems unfathomable to many people that someone... Read more »