Junie B. Jones Author Born on This Date

Barbara Park, author of the Junie B. Jones series, was born on this day in 1947.

Junie B. Jones

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Attend Word of Mouth this Week

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Word of Mouth is a weekly conversation group for international students. You can talk with native English speakers to improve

  • Spoken fluency
  • Cultural awareness
  • Social interaction

We meet Friday, April 24 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in Sage Hall 230.

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Short Story Reading Series: Helena Viramontes’s “The Moths”

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If you’ve been looking for a way to ease into the Writing Lab, then our Short Story Reading Series is for you. We’ll have a friendly, relaxed round table discussion about the short story, which we’ve placed on reserve at Willis Library.

  • “The Moths” by Helena Viramontes | Friday, April 24 @ 11:00 | Sage Hall 231

Helena Viramontes

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Dracula’s “Daddy” Died on This Date

Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, died on this date in 1912.

Bram Stoker

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Mistress of Suspense Died on This Date

Daphne du Maurier died on this date in 1989. Du Maurier was the child of a theatrical family including her grandfather, George du Maurier, who created the character of Svengali in his novel Trilby. Daphne du Maurier’s most famous novel is Rebecca, which was made into a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock; the film won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1941. Hitchcock directed two other films based on her novels–The Birds and Don’t Look Now.

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The Birth of Spiritualism

“The Spirits Book” by Allan Kardec is published on this date in 1857, marking the birth of Spiritualism in France.

Allan Kardec

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She Had a Farm in Africa

Danish writer Isak Dinesen, author of the memoir Out of Africa, born this day in 1885.

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Aphra Behn Died on This Date

Aphra Behn died on this date 1689. Behn was the first English professional female writer. She was a major contributor to amatory fiction, which was written for and by women. It is an early predecessor of the romance novel. Behn’s works include plays, poems, and novels including the much anthologized Oroonoko.

Aphra Behn

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Come to Our “Commas: When, Where, Why?” Workshop

CommasWe’ll demystify the rules of comma usage. Please come a few minutes early. No appointment necessary.

  • Thursday, April 23 @ 5:00 p.m. | Sage Hall 231
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Henry James Born on This Date

Henry James born this date in 1843. James, who was born and lived in America off and on, became a naturalized British citizen in 1915, the year before he died. He is considered a master of literary realism. A prolific writer, James penned short stories, literary criticism, and novels including Washington Square, The Portrait of a Lady, The Golden Bowl, and The Wings of the Dove.

Henry James

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