Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 21

Happy Fourth of July, American readers! Happy Canada Day, Canadian readers!

We hope you had an excellent weekend, filled with sun, family, and barbecued food… and also books, of course.

Barack Obama will elect the first new Librarian of Congress since 1987. It’s actually more controversial than you might think. Who’s next? How about an actual librarian?

The Bodleian, as part of their #geniusoftheweek campaign, made John Smith’s map of Virginia browsable to celebrate the Fourth of July.

In literary (as opposed to patriotic) celebrations, today is Alice Day: the day when the English-speaking world celebrates the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. In recognition, CBC recently aired a few radio stories on the book’s appeal.

According to Book Riot, female characters are often way more interesting (and powerful) in their books than in their movie/screen adaptations. They list five female characters who are way more awesome in books. Oddly, Bella Swan from Twilight makes the cut.

The different kinds of curses in speculative fiction.

It’s long, but here’s an interesting piece from the Guardian on how Dune changed the world.

A comic strip about geek girls, dating, and love. One contributor? Margaret Atwood. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.


From the Department of Random, Fashion Team:

Fashion and feminism in 18th century England, from Ephemeral Elegance. The focus is on riding habits. The blog has a lot of images of beautiful historical clothing. The amount of fabric women used to wear…


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