literature

Books
1:56 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Free little libraries gain popularity in Kalamazoo

Credit Ted Yoakum

At first glance, the little wooden boxes that have been popping in lawns across the city may look like giant mailboxes or birdhouses. However, they contain neither letters nor animals, but books. Known as Little Free Libraries, people are encouraged to take, and leave, books and magazines from the boxes’ shelves, with no strings attached. 

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Classical Literature
7:50 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

World language students to host marathon reading of 'The Aeneid'

'Aeneas' Flight from Troy' by Federico Barrocci
Credit http://www.ibiblio.org

What could be more epic than reading an epic poem in the way it would have been read more than two thousand years ago? How about reading it in English from beginning to end? The Western Michigan University World Languages department is doing a live marathon reading of Virgil’s The Aeneid on Friday.

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History
9:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

How Mary went blind: A 'Little House on the Prairie' investigation

This book of the series contains the shocking news that Mary Ingalls has gone blind.
Credit Little House Books

Hear a longer interview with Sarah Allexan

The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder have entertained kids for almost seventy five years, while teaching them a little about what life was like for pioneers during the late 1800s. While the books were published as fiction, most of the story was taken from Wilder’s own childhood. One of the biggest turning points in the books is when Laura’s older sister Mary goes blind after getting scarlet fever. But an article recently published in the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that scarlet fever did not cause Mary’s blindness at all. 

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Science Fiction
12:18 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Sci-Fi fans say sometimes short stories and anthologies tell it best

Credit Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Hear about Wenger and Johnson's short Sci-Fi picks

Wenger: Short stories have always been the heart of Science Fiction. Sci-Fi is a genre of ideas and even though some novels and series span galaxies, ideas can often be shared best in short form. Some stories you just can't get over, like Ray Bradbury's The Sound of Thunder, when, while hunting dinosaurs in the distant past, a hunter steps off the trail onto a butterfly and changes everything. Or the haunting last line of Arthur C. Clarke's The Nine Billion Names of God, when a computer has calculated all the possible names of God and the programmer looks up and "overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out."

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