I've been sprung! My ankle monitor has been removed! I'm no longer on house arrest! Oops. Perhaps I should take a moment to curb my enthusiasm...
Okay. All better now.
Wednesday night marked the first time since forever that I went somewhere for a non-medical reason. Denis and I made our way to The Poisoned Pen Bookstore to see Paige Shelton and Mark de Castrique, two of my favorite authors. When Barbara Peters, the bookstore owner, saw me, she exclaimed, "You're back!"
The event was fun and informative (as usual), and afterward, I broke a years-long tradition. You've never seen me in a photo with any of the authors I've met. Being an only child and an only grandchild, I've hated having my picture taken since I could form a coherent thought. But this was a special occasion, and-- besides-- another favorite author, Wendall Thomas, wanted Paige to give me a hug for her since she couldn't be here for the event. There had to be photographic proof, right? So here it is.
And for any of you who may wonder... I'm not vertically challenged; I was sitting down. After this photo was taken, Paige had a lot more books to sign, so Denis and I found ourselves talking with Jenn McKinlay, another of our favorite people. I got a hug from her, too (and was told to go home and put my leg up when she learned we were leaving). I also spoke a few words with and shook hands with Mark de Castrique who was on his way to the signing table, and I got a few more welcome backs from others.
Oh boy, is it ever nice to go somewhere because you WANT to, not because you HAVE to!
On to the links!
►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- The secret to shopping in used bookstores.
- The messy consequences of the Golden State Killer case.
- Rewriting the historical epic: African women writers go big.
- One of our local newspapers visited my favorite bookstore and talked about The Poisoned Pen Bookstore's thirtieth anniversary. Lots of photos, too! (And the celebration is ongoing, by the way.)
- A cultural history of Nancy Drew.
- Destroying books and jailing dissidents in Turkey: Erdogan's cultural purge is in full swing.
- Do works by men implicated by #MeToo belong in the classroom?
- A never-before-seen J.D. Salinger collection was on display in the New York Public Library's main branch.
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A man discovered an original D-Day dispatch audiotape in his basement.
- A lost Egyptian temple has been unearthed 2,200 years after it was built.
- A 500-year-old cold case in the village of Wharram Percy.
- Egypt has discovered an archaeological industrial zone in Luxor's "Valley of the Monkeys."
- A new fresco with gladiators has been discovered in Pompeii.
- A huge hoard of one hundred Viking swords has been found in Estonia.
- A totally undisturbed Roman shipwreck has been found with its valuable cargo intact.
- An ancient curse put on a famous Greek dancer by rivals has finally been deciphered.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- On designing floating buildings with an eye to the marine species living underneath, or an upside-down artificial reef.
- A farewell to Ming, the Siberian-Bengal tiger who spent three years in a Harlem apartment.
- The best places around the world to see bats (by the millions).
- A new study reveals how the last woolly mammoths died out 4,000 years ago. That's after the Egyptians built the pyramids.
- On an active volcano, a northern fur seal population is booming.
- Connecting with coyotes on the prowl.
- Compassionate divers gently coax a reticent octopus to trade a flexible plastic cup for a protective shell. (I'm becoming more and more fascinated by these creatures!)
- A rescued dog comforts a tiny foster kitten during a bath.
- A sleeping chateau, untouched since the Revolution, is for sale in France.
- Germany's Waldsassen Abbey is the fairy tale library you need to visit.
- The crime fiction of Rangoon.
- How Taiwan has achieved one of the highest recycling rates in the world.
- Why Henry VIII blamed his impotence on his wife's looks. (Uh... because he was spoiled rotten, king, and could get away with it?)
- Iowan John Sandford read 126 books from the Cedar Rapids library one summer. Now he's a bestselling author of more than fifty thrillers.
- How Mary Roberts Rinehart, queen of the mystery novel, was very nearly murdered.
- M is for missing Sue Grafton.
- Dorothy L. Sayers: A crime reader's guide to the classics.
- Billy Connolly: "Going to the library changed my life. It may even have saved it."
- A personal history of gothic fiction in ten books.
- Five mystery series that will take you on a tour of the South Pacific.
- Crime novels for angry women in an angry world.
- Eleven books like Where the Crawdads Sing.
- Top ten books about Europe.
- Top ten books about black radicalism.
- Eleven thrilling John Lawton books that will make your pulse race.
- Eleven new cozy mysteries to crack open this fall (and winter).
►The Happy Wanderer◄
►I ♥ Lists◄
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, eat plenty of good food-- and read something fabulous!