Sunday, January 27, 2013

Happy Sunday to you! Back to work tomorrow for most of us.  Are we ready?

Some of the writers born on January 27 include:

Samuel Foote (1720), Hester Thrale (1741), David Strauss (1807), Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin (1826), Lewis Carroll (1832), Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836), John Collier (1850), Neel Doff (1858), Ilya Ehrenburg (1891), Gastón Suárez (1929), Mordecai Richler (1931), Valeri Brainin (1948), Ethan Mordden (1949), Alexander Stuart (1955), Frank Skinner (1957), James Grippando (1958), Keith Olbermann (1959), and Patton Oswalt (1969).

On this day in 1785 the University of Georgia was founded. This was the first public university in the United States.

In 1825, on January 27th, the U.S. Congress approved Indian Territory in what is present-day Oklahoma. This cleared the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the “Trail of Tears”.

On January 27, 1888, the National Geographic Society (NGS), was founded in Washington, D.C. And is now one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history. The logo is a yellow portraitframe, rectangular in shape, which appears on the margins surrounding the front covers of its National Geographic magazines and its television channel logo.

It was on this day in 1984 that the infamous accident happened during the filming of a Pepsi commercial at the Shrine Auditorium which left the pop singer Michael Jackson with second degree burns to his scalp.

On this day in 1996 Germany first observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a day of memorial for the victims of the Holocaust, which was the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews, 2 million Gypsies (Roma and Sinti), 15,000 homosexual people and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. The twenty-seventh of January is the date, in 1945, when the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet troops.

Ten years ago today the first selections for the National Recording Registry were announced by the Library of Congress. The National Recording Registry is a list of sound recordings that “are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.” The registry was established by the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, which created the National Recording Preservation Board, whose members are appointed by the Librarian of Congress. The first four yearly lists included 50 selections. Since 2006, however, 25 recordings have been selected annually.

Four years ago today the world lost the American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic, John Updike. His most famous work is his Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom series which chronicles Rabbit’s life over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to his death. Updike is one of only three authors to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction more than once. (The other two were Booth Tarkington and William Faulkner.) He published more than twenty novels and more than a dozen short story collections, as well as poetry, art criticism, literary criticism, and children‘s books.

Exactly one year to the day after the world lost another American author. J.D. Salinger passed away in 2010. He last published an original work in 1965. He is best known for his 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye. It was an immediate popular success. His depiction of adolescent alienation and loss of innocence in the protagonist Holden Caulfield was influential, especially among adolescent readers. The novel remains widely read and controversial even today. The success of this book led to public attention and scrutiny. Salinger became reclusive and published new work less frequently.

sonora crossing

Today we are highlighting the book Sonora Crossing by Darrell James. This book was part of an author event held in Glendora, California in which Darrell James and Sue Ann Jaffarian appeared together, just before each of their newest books were released in September of 2012. We have copies in inventory for only $8.99 which is 40% off of the retail price.  Amazon gives the following short description of this title:

After the death of her former lover, Ed Jeski, Tuscon investigator Del Shannon is hesitant to take on the case of a missing child. But six-year-old Aurea Lara is rumored to possess prophetic visions, and Del  discovers she may know something about Jeski’s death. Plunging across the Mexican border, Del joins forces with La Banda, a group fighting  to infiltrate the compound of Aurea’s violent drug-lord uncle. Desert shootouts and cruel betrayals make Del question whether Aurea’s dark visions might just be coming true.

get lost in a good book

Disclaimer: Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia.   Images have been taken from various sources around the World Wide Web.

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