Books and Literature

10 Greatest Novelists Who Started Their Careers as Teachers

Photo: Branch of the National Union of Journalists (BNUJ) The world has seen some great novelist, but who knew some of them marked textbooks before they turned their pens towards more artistic pursuits? George Orwell, D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce and Aldous Huxley – all of these literary greats, and others, stood in front of …

By Karl Fabricius
Books and Literature

WWF’s Earth Book Records Your Favorite Nature Stories

Photo: WWF Launched to coincide with the WWF’s Living Planet Report and the Rio+20 Earth Summit, which is taking place between June 20th and June 22nd, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, WWF’s Earth Book is an online storybook that records people’s favorite experiences of the natural world. And the best thing is, it’s open …

By Karl Fabricius
Books and Literature

New Book for Birders Really Breaks the Mould

Photo: Ken Thomas >Birders, naturalists, and nature photographers may be interested in a unique bird identification guide called The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds, by Richard Crossley (Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2011). Unlike most bird field guides, this book relies primarily on contextual photographs and not illustrations. The extensive guide, which covers birds found …

By Karl Fabricius
Books and Literature

The Book of Kells: Ireland’s Finest National Treasure

Photo: PKM It is impossible to talk about Ireland and its Celtic-Christian heritage without paying tribute to Ireland’s finest National Treasure, The Book of Kells. This book is considered to be a sacred work of art and is one of the finest examples of an illuminated manuscript in existence. Photo: HerryLawford But what is the …

By Karl Fabricius
Books and Literature

Tracking Cultural Trends Through Language in Books

Photo: Paul Farmer Imagine if there were no cars, no internet, no TV and no cell phones. What if you didn’t possess an education past the third grade and were expected to keep up the family farm instead? Could you write to your friends? How would see your loved ones if there weren’t any planes? …

By Karl Fabricius
Books and Literature

London’s Highgate Cemetery Through the Eyes of Audrey Niffenegger

Photo: aloha orangeneko Bestselling writer Audrey Niffenegger has joined the ranks of the famous and infamous faces at London’s Highgate Cemetery. The author of “The Time Traveller’s Wife” isn’t interred here, but was put to service as a guide as part of research for her latest novel “Her Fearful Symmetry”. The book is a ghost …

By Karl Fabricius
Books and Literature

Amazing Alternatives to Travel Guide Books

Photo: zoetnet If travel were a religion, it would have its various branches based on the texts it uses as a guide. The guidebook sect of travelers thump their tattered tomes with an orthodoxy that I can’t understand. Maybe it’s the physical heft of a printed guidebook that lends it such authority. Maybe it’s the …

By Karl Fabricius