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The Book Adventures Weekly, Issue 45

A skeleton was recently found under a tree, after a storm blew the tree over. I can’t wait to read more about this archaeological find.

I loved Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Sure, it repeated all the plot elements and tropes of the earlier movies (father-son opposition, hidden Luke Skywalker, future Jedi knight living a hard existence on a desert planet who discovers the Force on a mission to save the republic, giant metal orb that destroys planets…). The young hero, a woman called Rey, was the best hero I’ve seen in theaters in ages. No adjustments were made to her character or the plot because of her sex. She didn’t have to be rescued; she rescued others. She could have been a man, except she was a woman. A fierce, independent, compassionate, strong, determined, hero.

Anyway, Vanity Fair interviewed J.J. Abrams about the movie.

A few weeks ago, I posted about ways to read DRM-Free. One way I didn’t really talk about? Reading public domain works. That is, reading books that are no longer covered by copyright, and are freely available to the public.

The Public Domain Review lists all the authors that will entered the public domain on January 1st.

The Victorian serial novel returns, mashed up with app technology. They’re calling it “appointment reading.”

Book Riot has created a new Read Harder challenge for 2016.

In the art world, an expert discovered the real-life location of Vermeer’s painting “The Little Street.”

And for a little bit of humor on this Monday morning after a long weekend, try to sympathize with this poor raccoon who accidentally dissolved their candy in a stream.

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Book Adventures Weekly: Issue 23

This week’s list is slightly more random than most…

A hilarious sketch about the pitch for PBS’ Wishbone.

In archaeology news, a shipwreck was accidentally discovered off North Carolina.

I AM NEVER SURFING IN SOUTH AFRICA. Never ever.*

This might make a good based-on-a-true story: Two brothers search for the remains of 57 Irish immigrants who disappeared in Pennsylvania while working on the railroad. One of them, Catherine Burns, will be reburied in her hometown in Ireland.

CBC lists 12 Canadian writers to watch (read?) in 2015.

Writer, founder, and editor of Urban Native Magazine, Lisa Charleyboy, shares her top three indigenous summer reads. None of them are any of the genres we review here, but if you’re looking for something different…

If you’re crafty, have a few old books you no longer want, and don’t care about “ruining” books, PopSugar has some clever ideas for transforming old books in to pretty things.

*After this post was published, I learned that the United States is actually more dangerous than South Africa, with more attacks and more fatalities. So, I’ll need to more closely examine the beaches I want to surf…