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CNN's Kate Maltby: the Ghost Stories and Corpse Candles of Hilary Mantel

Wow, what an article by CNN and Guardian critic Kate Maltby on The Mirror & the Light and other work's by Hilary Mantel. About the Cromwell books, Maltby argues "Read all three together, and you realize we have been reading ghost stories all along." She makes a convincing case. For Mantel admirers, it's fascinating reading.

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So Now Get Up (to page 757)

Excited to get my new copy of The Mirror & the Light by literary genius Hilary Mantel this morning at Barnes & Noble. Unless Mantel pulls a Tarantino on us, I think we know how it ends. But of course that's not what matters. My copy is 757 pages long, beautifully printed and designed, and the pages have slightly deckled edges. Can't wait to get behind Thomas Cromwell's eyeballs again.

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Hometown of Alice Dunbar Nelson STIRs Things Up

Alice Dunbar Nelson, a writer, educator, suffragist, and activist, not only lived and worked in Harlem, but for decades in Wilmington, Delaware. Nelson's papers, in fact, are collected at the University of Delaware. In Wilmington she taught high school, worked in journalism, and tried to help pass the 1918 Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill, which was meant to make lynching a federal crime but was defeated. Not until February 26 of this year was an anti-lynching legislation passed by the House, the Emmitt Till Anti-lynching Act. Wilmington S.T.I.R., which stands for Sitting Together Is Radical, is helping fund a proposal to benefit the community and is giving an award in honor of Nelson. The STIR 10 meeting takes place on Sunday, March 28 from 5-7PM at The...

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