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Nordic Noir – Featured Fiction for April

Ever since Stieg Larsson brought Lisbeth Salander to international prominence with his Millennium series – better known as the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo –  other Scandinavian authors have been enjoying an international audience as well.

Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Hanging Girl: A Department Q Novel
Jo Nesbo
The Leopard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thompson
Helsinki White
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An Event in Autumn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What defines Nordic Noir? The setting is usually cold, dark, and bleak.  The hero/detective (women and men) are generally very analytical, deep, and brooding.  The murderer or perpetrators are psychopathic, misanthropic, and brutal.  The pace is quick but often the follows the routine and methodical work of the detective.   The general tone is realistic – no sweeping prose or giant metaphors, but the story tends to put a lens on corruption within government and society.

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Women’s History in Story Form

Womens memoirs

When I started working on women’s history about thirty years ago, the field did not exist. People didn’t think that women had a history worth knowing.     Gerda Lerner, Women and History

Celebrate Women’s History! Read histories of women through the eyes of 17 strong women, in these enduring and moving memoirs. Continue reading Women’s History in Story Form

Happy Birthday, Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth GrahameKenneth Grahame, creator of one of the most celebrated works of classic literature for children, was born on March 8, 1859.

wind in the willowsGrahame was a Scottish essayist and children’s story writer who wrote the children’s classic The Wind in the Willows, stories of  little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. Continue reading Happy Birthday, Kenneth Grahame

A Word to Wise Women: Women’s History Month Musings

womens-history-month--authoMarch is Women’s History Month – does it even matter? Expand your perspective!  Read women’s voices this month.

Women’s history tells the story of our past from an expanded perspective. It does not rewrite history, but it does make very different judgments about what is important. Women’s history approaches the past with a wide-angle lens, taking in a much wider vision of what was going on in any given time period.
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Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!

For many of us, compiling a list of our favorite children’s books wouldn’t be complete without one or two titles from Dr. Seuss.  While he is arguably the most well-loved children’s author of the past century, you may not know that he spent two years during World War II as an editorial cartoonist.

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