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Fayetteville, North Carolina Mary Zahran. Photo courtesy of author By Mary Zahran "There is no frigate like a book/To take us lands away. . . ."---Emily Dickinson As a former English teacher and librarian, I believe it was inevitable that I would one day write a column about books. The Cumberland...
Washington, DC A window display at C&S Bookstore in Forest Park, Illinois, set the stage for the Big Read panel discussion by local writers on Poe's influence on the mystery genre. Photo courtesy of Oak Park Public Library Based in Lisle, Illinois, writer Luisa Buehler pens a mystery series...
Washington, DC "Yankee ranger, you're cleared for takeoff" by tigerplish from Flickr ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/tigerplish/ / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 ) A featured speaker at the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's New Orleans Big Read of The Maltese Falcon , Dennis Lehane is the author of such noteworthy...