The past week has flown by faster than the speed of light, but that's always the way, isn't it, when there are a lot of things you must get accomplished?
Saturday I headed to The Poisoned Pen to see two favorite authors: Jenn McKinlay and Mary Anna Evans. Jenn has a devoted following so I've come to recognize several folks who always turn up to see her-- like "the other Jenn" who comes all the way from Tucson. As we sat chatting away before the event started, I happened to look over at the section of seating farthest away from where the authors would be sitting. There sat another author, Paige Shelton. Since there was plenty of room where we were, I motioned for her to come join us. Paige is so nice and funny (and an extremely talented writer); I've been enjoying getting to know her since she moved here to the Valley from Utah. Needless to say, it was a fun event that I'll be telling you about on Monday!
But before then I have some links to round up for you, don't I? Head 'em up! Move 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Inside the world's oldest multi-color printed book.
- Perhaps it's because I grew up during the years Robert Stack played Eliot Ness in "The Untouchables," but I've always had an interest in that era's gangsters. That's why I found this article on Machine Gun Kelly so interesting and informative.
- More characters have been cast in season 6 of Game of Thrones.
- The world's first head transplant patient schedules the procedure for 2017.
- The owner of a Denver institution, the Tattered Cover Bookstore, is looking for a successor.
- The author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks responds to a woman in Tennessee who wants the book banned because it's "pornographic."
- This really shouldn't surprise anyone: a new survey shows that the majority of authors have earnings below the poverty line.
- NASA has captured the image of a twister on the surface of the sun.
- The war on women is over-- and women lost.
- Here's a Downton Abbey secrets and scandals quiz for you fans.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- 11 things you need to know about Superhenge.
- More information on the work they're doing to find out what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke. (Since the age of eight when I read a children's biography of Virginia Dare, I've wanted to know what happened to her.)
- Relics of sunken Egyptian cities are going on display for the first time.
- A giant cabinet of curiosities in Paris.
- Melting ice in Yellowstone National Park is revealing ancient artifacts.
- Archaeologists are discovering how sailors, shipwrecked in Alaska in 1813, managed to survive until help arrived.
- The personal journal of Soviet ambassador Ivan Maisky is rewriting the history of World War II.
- Two climbers crawled through a tiny cave and discovered a new human ancestor.
- This is fascinating: Marie Jalowicz used absurd means to save herself in Nazi Germany.
- I've "lived landlocked" my entire life, but the sea has always called to me. That's why I found this article about the importance of sailing in the lives of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy to be so interesting.
- A medieval skeleton has been found dangling from the roots of a fallen tree.
- A researcher has found the oldest use of the f-word hidden in medieval court papers.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- National Geographic put a GPS tracker inside a fake ivory tusk, and here's where it went.
- This brings back some memories: 26 dogs hugging their humans.
- My favorite story from the anniversary of 9/11: Bretagne, the last surviving rescue dog to work on 9/11 pulling survivors from the rubble celebrated her sixteenth birthday in a hero's fashion in New York City.
- Public pool parties for dogs are the best thing about the end of summer.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- I like the middle of nowhere-- to visit. Some of these houses are just a bit too difficult to get to!
►I ♥ Lists◄
- Helen Maslin's top ten literary castles and country houses.
- The 19 best children's book quotes.
- The 7 best horror films based on books. (Actually has one of my personal favorites on it-- 1963's "The Haunting.")
- The most popular books in U.S. public libraries, mapped by city. (There's more than one map, so don't stop scrolling too soon!)
- Writers' favorite TV shows.
- 10 benefits of reading-- because it's always fun for us to see why others think we should read everyday.
- If you're anything like me, you can't resist lists of books with instructions for you to find out how many you've read. The first list on the page is NPR's lists of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books (I've read 22/100), and if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see lots more lists to enjoy.
- 21 signs that prove booksellers are the absolute best.
- 20 of the most profound things people thought of in the shower. My favorite is #5.
That's all for this week. The weekly link round-up is heading out on a trail drive, but the chuck wagon will be back on October 9 with a heaping helping of fresh links for your surfing pleasure! I have other goodies for you to post in their stead.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!