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“Ulysses” by James Joyce

 “To learn one must be humble, but life is the great teacher” –James Joyce, Ulysses

Happy Friday!  “James Joyce’s “Ulysses” is widely considered to be both a literary masterpiece and one of the hardest works of literature to read. It inspires such devotion that once a year, thousands of people all over the world dress up like the characters, take to the streets, and read the book aloud. So what is it about this novel that inspires so many people? Sam Slote uncovers the allure of this epic tome” in this awesome TED-ED video. 


The Last Work of Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett, the Fantasy author best known for his 41 novel “Discworld” series passed away in 2015.  One of his dying wishes was for the computer hard drive that held his unpublished and unfinished works to be destroyed by steamroller. Interestingly enough, Pratchett is one of many famous authors whose dying wishes included their unpublished… Continue Reading

National Book Festival 2016

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 23rd the Lower Macungie Library will be taking a bus trip to Washington, DC where the 16th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held!  “The Library of Congress National Book Festival is an annual literary event that brings together best-selling authors and thousands of book fans for author talks,… Continue Reading

Roald Dahl

Unfortunately, you may have heard the news that the actor Gene Wilder passed away this week.  Wilder is perhaps most known for his role as the iconic “Willy Wonka” in the 1971 movie.  As you may also know, the movie is based upon Roald Dahl’s most well-known book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”  While the… Continue Reading

New Summaries of Old Books

Have you ever wanted to read a classic literature book, but don’t have the time?  Well illustrator John Atkinson has made it super simple for you to read a quick summary of some classic books!  His comics feature titles of classic books summarized in just a few words. Maybe these shouldn’t replace reading a book… Continue Reading

Emotional Arcs in Books

A group of researchers from the University of Vermont recently mapped out the emotional arcs of over 1,700 books and found that most of these novels followed one of six categories.  Not only did they study the emotional journey of these books, but they also created graphs mapping out chunks of words that reflect the… Continue Reading

Re”covering” the Classics

  Recovering the classics is an awesome collection of crowd sourced newly designed covers for Classic Literature books that are in the public domain.  “As part of a new initiative announced by the White House, we are partnering with the New York Public Library and the Digital Public Library of America to bring these amazing… Continue Reading

Newly found Beatrix Potter Book!

Believe it or not, another book by a beloved, deceased  author has been discovered!  On September 1 a newly discovered Beatrix Potter book, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, will be published!  In 1914 Potter had written this story, but never illustrated the tale save for one rough sketch of the two main characters.  Research shows that… Continue Reading





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