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Photo of author Elmore Leonard
Keith Chaffee, October 07, 2018

Elmore Leonard was born on October 11, 1925. Leonard was a writer of novels, short stories, and screenplays. At the beginning of his career, he wrote mostly Westerns; when he shifted to crime and suspense novels, he became one of the country's most popular novelists.


3 movie posters and books covers
Elizabeth Graney, October 05, 2018

If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times—the book was better! There's nothing like debating the differences between a favorite book and its translation to the screen.


Photograph of composer Guiseppe Verdi
Keith Chaffee, October 05, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 9, 1813. Verdi was a composer of opera, and many of his works are among the most beloved operas in the repertoire. He had an unusually long career as a composer, spanning almost sixty years.


Blog banner for Celebrate Latino Heritage Month
Sheryn Morris, October 03, 2018

Celebrate Latino Heritage Month, but first, a brief history:


Exterior view of the Supreme Court of the USA
Keith Chaffee, October 01, 2018

It's the first Monday in October, which is the traditional starting date for a new session of the Supreme Court of the United States.


Music Friday logo and Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Chaffee, September 28, 2018

The career of Jerry Lee Lewis began in a burst of glory before imploding in scandal; a decade later, he made one of the biggest and most unlikely comebacks in pop music.


red orange yellow flames with banned books
Sheryn Morris, September 26, 2018

During Banned Books Week we celebrate freedom of speech and freedom to read. Over the years books, paintings, and movies have been banned, and their creators have been imprisoned, tortured, or exiled in attempting to silence or obliterate them.


Truman Capote carries an armload of In Cold Blood.
Keith Chaffee, September 24, 2018

Truman Capote was born on September 30, 1924. For the first twenty years of his adult life, Capote was one of America's finest writers; later in life, his writing became infrequent and he was principally known as a charming, witty celebrity and talk-show guest.


Saxophonist John Coltrane
Keith Chaffee, September 21, 2018

On September 23, 1926, John Coltrane was born. Coltrane's career was relatively short—about twenty years as a performer, and recordings from only the last decade—but he was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz history.


Group portrait of the Aztecas, a girl's baseball team based in Pacoima, with their manager. Della Fonseca (later Ortega) is standing, second from right,
Sheryn Morris, September 19, 2018

Baseball is considered to be an all-American sport, but not all Americans have been able to fully participate. The history of Mexican American baseball bears witness to that.


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