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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — What does it mean to be Real? It’s a big question for a children’s book. The main character in The Velveteen Rabbit, first published in 1922, is a simple toy “stuffed with sawdust” and ears “lined with pink sateen.” He feels inadequate next to the fancier, mechanical toys who are “full… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The Louisiana of Olivia Clare Friedman’s debut novel Here Lies feels familiar at first. Roadside stores in the fictional small town of St. Genevieve sell Pop-Tarts, Little Debbie snack cakes, Abita Purple Haze beer. Reruns of Matlock and Perry Mason air on daytime television. But the world of Here Lies is… Read More
Retired railroader Jim Kehn will share the fascinating story about the train journey that brought Abraham Lincoln’s body back to Illinois. Plus we’ll have a big sale of used books about President Lincoln. Doors open at 6:30. $5 admission. Open to all.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — “I do not think that the vocation of writer is superior to any other,” writes Melissa Febos in her newest essay collection, “but I do believe it is the most useful life for me, the one in which I can most be of service to this questionable project of human civilization.”… Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The prolific and trailblazing author, poet, feminist, cultural critic and professor bell hooks died Wednesday at age 69. Her death was first announced by her niece, Ebony Motley, who said that she had died at home surrounded by family and friends. No cause of death was reported, but Berea College in… Read More