Yay for the first Friday of August!

Friday, August 2, 2013

He liked the mere act of reading, the magic of turning scratches on a page into words inside his head.”
John GreenAn Abundance of Katherines


Happy Friday to you! We hope you have an exciting weekend ahead. While you wait for the work day to end we have a few interesting facts to share with you.

reading its my life

August Fun Facts

The birth flower for people born in August is the gladiolus or poppy. They mean beauty, strength of character, love, marriage and family. The birthstone is the peridot or onyx.

flower in book

Historical Trivia

As vice president, Calvin Coolidge became the 30th President of the United States ninety years ago today after the death of Warren G. Harding.


The Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 was passed on this day in America. This effectively rendered marijuana and all its by-products illegal.

Happy Birthday Writers!

book birthday cake

Some of the writers born August 2nd include:

Adolf Friedrich von Schack (1815), Ernest Dowson (1867), Aino Kallas (1878), Rómulo Gallegos (1884), Viktor Zhirmunsky (1891), Charles Bennett (1899), Holling C. Holling (1900), Mary Hamman (1907), Roger MacDougall (1910), Félix Leclerc (1914), Louis Pauwels (1920), Geoffrey Dutton (1922), James Baldwin (1924), Alan Whicker (1925), François Weyergans (1941), Isabel Allende (1942), James Howe (1946), Lawrence Wright (1947), Dennis Prager (1948), James Fallows (1949), Jussi Adler-Olsen (1950), Ken MacLeod (1954), Caleb Carr (1955), Fulvio Melia (1956), Aline Brosh McKenna (1967), Kevin Smith (1970), Miguel Mendonca (1973), and Phil Williams (1974).

Today We Are Celebrating

If you are a fan of beer, today is the day for you. It is International Beer Day as well as India Pale Ale Beer Day.


Beer and Philosophy

We are joining the celebration of beer by lowering our price on the paperback book Beer and Philosophy: The Unexamined Beer Isn’t Worth Drinking. This book is edited by Steven D. Hales and has a foreword by Michael C. Jackson. Amazon gives the following description:

A beer-lovers’ book which playfully examines a myriad of philosophical concerns related to beer consumption.

  • Effectively demonstrates how real philosophical issues exist just below the surface of our everyday activities 

  • Divided into four sections: The Art of the Beer; The Ethics of Beer: Pleasures, Freedom, and Character; The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Beer; and Beer in the History of Philosophy 

  • Uses the context of beer to expose George Berkeley’s views on fermented beverages as a medical cure; to inspect Immanuel Kant’s transcendental idealism through beer goggles, and to sort out Friedrich Nietzsche’s simultaneous praise and condemnation of intoxication 

  • Written for beer-lovers who want to think while they drink



Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. Ice cream sandwiches have been around since the early 1900s. On a hot summer day this is a wonderful snack.

Resting in Peace

norman maclean

We’d like to take a moment to remember Norman Maclean. The American author and scholar is noted for his books A River Runs Through It and Other Stories and Young Men and Fire. He passed away thirteen years ago today, in Chicago, at the age of 87 from natural causes.

In 1931 he married Jessie Burns and the couple had two children: a daughter Jean who became a lawyer; and a son, John who became a journalist and wrote Fire on the Mountain: The True Story of the South Canyon Fire, Fire & Ashes, and The Thirtymile Fire: A Chronicle of Bravery and Betrayal.

Norman Maclean’s book A River Runs Through It was adapted into a motion picture directed by Robert Redford starring Craig Sheffer as Maclean, Brad Pitt, and Tom Skerritt in 1992. Maclean’s books and short stories are noted for their keen adaptation of autobiographical details and lyrical prose.




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