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Collage of books by author Dorothy L. Sayers

A Week to Remember: Dorothy L. Sayers

June 12, 2018

Dorothy L. Sayers was born on June 13, 1893. Sayers was the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey, one of the first in a long line of British gentleman detectives.

Collage of 2008's top musical album covers

Music Monday: 10 Years Ago - A Look Back at 2008

June 11, 2018

The world of pop music was rather scattered in 2008, with no single artist, song, or album dominating the year. Thirty-seven different albums made it to the top of the charts that year, with none of them spending more than three weeks at #1.

Books by author Louise Erdich

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Louise Erdrich!

June 05, 2018

Louise Erdrich was born on June 7, 1954. Most of Erdrich's novels are set in the same fictional continuity, exploring life on and around a fictional Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.

Photo of Prince and his album cover of 1999

Music Monday: Prince

June 04, 2018

On June 7, 1958, Prince was born. For 35 years, Prince was one of the most critically respected musicians in pop music; in the 1980s and early 1990s, he dominated the pop and R&B charts in a way that very few have.

Collage of books by and about Ian Fleming

A Week to Remember: Ian Fleming

May 29, 2018

On May 28, 1908. Ian Fleming was born. Fleming was the author of one of the most popular series of novels ever written, the James Bond spy stories.

Collage of images from Igor Stravinsky's 1913 ballet, The Rite of Spring

Music Monday: The Rite of Spring

May 28, 2018

On May 29, 1913, Igor Stravinsky's ballet, The Rite of Spring was performed for the first time. Vaslav Nijinsky was the choreography, and the ballet was performed by the Ballets Russes under the direction of Sergei Diaghilev.

Fats Waller playing the piano.

Music Monday: Fats Waller

May 21, 2018

Fats Waller was born on May 21, 1904. Waller was a pianist, singer, and songwriter whose innovations helped create the foundation of modern jazz piano.

Photo of Studs Terkel and some of his books.

A Week to Remember: Studs Terkel

May 15, 2018

Studs Terkel was born on May 16, 1912. Terkel was a writer, historian, and radio broadcaster who found that history could be told not only in the voices of scholars and political figures, but by ordinary people as well.

Photo of David Byrne

Music Monday: Happy Birthday, David Byrne!

May 14, 2018

On May 14, 1952, David Byrne was born. Byrne is a singer-songwriter who led the band Talking Heads in the 1970s and 1980s. His later solo career has featured collaborations with a wide range of artists.