The Private Lives of Authors: Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Laura Ingalls Wilder was born on the 7th of February, 1867 and died on the 10th of February, 1957. The American writer was best known for the children’s book series Little House on the Prairie (1932 to 1943), based on her childhood as a part of a settler and pioneer family.

A television series was produced in the 70s and 80s and was loosely based on Ingalls’ books- it starred Melissa Gilbert as Laura and Michael Landon as her father, Charles. She is still celebrated today all across the USA, with museums and honouring her, and her name marking her previous homesteads throughout the country.

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Ruskin Bond: A Life in Books

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Ruskin Bond (19th May 1934) is an Indian author of British descent. Born in a military hospital in Kasauli, British India to British parents. Bond spent his early childhood in Jamnagar and was very close to his father who sadly died of jaundice when Ruskin was ten.

A keen writer as a child, Ruskin graduated in 1950 after winning several writing competitions in school including the Irwin Divinity Prize and the Hailey Literature Prize. He wrote one of his first short stories Untouchable when he was just 16 years old.

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Stephen King Offers Free Short Story

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One of our favourites here at For Reading Addicts is murder-mayhem-maestro Stephen King. From his grizzly and gruesome horrors to his snappy short stories, his fans are never without something King to be reading.

Recently King has offered one of his short stories for free online. The story is Laurie and follows a man and his journey through the late stages of grief and a beautiful gift his sister gives him to help him through his pain. In typical King style it is richly written, with a story that sucks you straight in (no spoilers).

Follow the link below to read the free short story for yourself.

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Remembering Tom Wolfe, Author of Bonfire of the Vanities

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Sad news reached us yesterday with the death of American author and journalist Tom Wolfe.

Born Thomas Kennerly Wolfe Jr. on 2nd March 1930 in Richmond Virginia, Tom Wolfe showed his love for writing early, as editor of the school newspaper. After graduating in 1947, Wolfe turned down an offer for Princeton University and instead attented Washington and Lee University where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity. During his time at university he majored in English, was sports editor of the university newspaper and helped to found a literary magazine, Shenandoah giving him plenty of opportunity to practice his writing and journalistic skills. Read More

10 Insightful Quotes From Katherine Anne Porter

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Katherine Anne Porter was born on the 15th of May, 1890 and died on the 18th of September, 1980. She was known as a journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist in the USA. Her best selling novel, Ship of Fools was published in 1962 and became very popular while her short stories received much critical acclaim. She is best known for her insightful work and dark themes that run through her work.

This fantastic writer would scoff at anyone who proclaims that politics should be kept away from literature. We’ve gathered 10 of her most insightful quotes here for your perusal…

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Pulitzer Prize Board Investigating Misconduct Claims Against Author Junot Díaz

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The Pulitzer Prize board has stated that it will begin investigating accusations of sexual misconduct that have been made against its chairman, author Junot Díaz. The writer became chairman earlier this year in April but has since stepped down from the position, though he will remain on the board. Author Zinzi Clemmons has accused him of forcibly kissing her six years ago when she was a student.

The Pulitzer Prize winning author has since taken responsibility for his actions and, as the BBC reports, he has apparently welcomed Pulitzer’s investigation and will cooperate with it in full. Just last month, Díaz penned an article for The New Yorker magazine, which revealed that he was raped as a child. He has also issued a statement in response to Ms. Clemmons’s allegations, saying: Read More

Nazi Germany, Book Burnings and Censorship

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As the National Socialists rose to power in 1933, censorship also rose along with their ideals. On May 10th 1933, the first book burnings took place, an event that would spread through the next two months and millions of books were burned and destroyed.

The Nazi party eventually published a list of ‘damaging and undesirable writings’ the Liste des schädlichen und unerwünschten Schrifttums packed with authors of Jewish descent, authors with pacifist tendencies, communist sympathies or suspicion there of. Although the original list encompassed only Nazi Germany, as the Nazis occupied other countries, the lists expanded and each country had its own list of literature that must be destroyed. Read More

5 David Attenborough Books Perfect For Any Nature Lover

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National treasure (or may I say, international treasure), Sir David Attenborough, has been fighting the good fight for flora and fauna since childhood. David was born on the 8th of May 1926 in Middlesex, England, and spent his childhood collecting fossils and other natural specimens. One of his sisters gave him prehistoric creatures contained within a piece of amber; 50 years later, that gift became the focus of his programme The Amber Time Machine.

Sir David has been a significant figure in British Broadcasting having spent over 50 years on our screens, using his strength and compassion to give a voice to the natural world. We have picked out 5 of the many wonderful books he has been involved with; perfect for any nature lover or Attenborough fan.

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Roddy Doyle: The Man and Some Recommendations

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Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, playwright and screenwriter, counting eleven novels for adults, eight books for children, seven plays and screenplays, dozens of short stories and a raft of literary awards to his name.

Born on Dublin Ireland on 8thMay 1958, Doyle grew up in a middle class family in Kilbarrack. He comes from a literary family, his mother’s first cousin was short story writer Maeve Brennan. Doyle graduated from University College Dublin and went on to spend several years as an English and Geography teacher before becoming a full-time writer in 1993. Read More