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