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Nevermore?

It has to be one of the coolest literary rituals ever. And one particularly fitting the honoree. Every year, on Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious figure shows up in the dark, early morning

The Baker Street Irregulars

I finally went to see the new Sherlock Holmes adaptation with no small amount of trepidation. For years, Holmes and I have been very well acquainted and I was afraid my clear, well-defined image of a

A closer look at In Cold Blood

I picked up Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood this summer and slowly worked my way through most of it, only to leave it lying unattended by my bedside for months. Not that it isn’t a gripping tale. The

Another look at Jane

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre Despite the holiday rush, I have unofficially allotted this month as the time to catch up on all

Booker picks

Perhaps its because I’m an Anglophile, but I always like to keep an eye on the Man Booker Prize, England’s prestigious annual literary award. Past winners have included Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood

Poetry at the Darien Library

The Darien Library is holding “One Page Poetry Circle”, a monthly poetry discussion group at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays October 21, November 18, and December 16, during which anyone is welcome to bring a

Back ‘On the Road,’ again and again

Next Wednesday, Oct. 21 is the 40th anniversary of the death of Jack Kerouac. For a retrospective on Kerouac’s seminal work, On the Road, please read the essay from our guest blogger, Roy J.

Banned Books Week 9/26 – 10/3

Next week is Banned Books week. Sponsored by library, publishing and journalism organizations, this week celebrates, among other concepts, the First Amendment, the right to know, the right to free and

The carte vitale

This is my first time over at BookEnds, and I’m slowly slogging through T.R. Reid’s “The Healing of America” because I foolishly began reading four books over the past few weeks and I’m only close to

Fiction recommendations

I’m often embarassed by the paucity of fiction books on my shelves. I don’t know why I care. But while many I know suck down the latest Oprah book or books at the top of bestseller lists for