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Friday Field Notes 090613


A good September to you! We’ve set out on a rather literary month, you know. Oh yes, it’s true. Perhaps it stems from the fact that the first day of autumn resides in the month of September. After all, what better way to spend shorter days than curled up with a good book? Yeah, I can’t think of anything either. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

With that, a few bookish items from the first week of September . . .

Seamus Heaney passed away last week. At his memorial, his son recalled the last words he wrote, to his wife, moments before he died: Noli timere. Don’t be afraid. A poet, indeed . . .

Congratulations are in order for Maya Angelou–at 85 she’s finally receiving her first literary award.

I don’t know about you, but I love the four seasons (as you may have guessed, autumn’s especially close to my heart). Just so happens, the University of Iowa boasts a 19th-century series of books on that very topic — and they include detailed fore-edge paintings. Amazing, non?!

Just in case you’re curious, The Telegraph has come up with a list of the 50 greatest villains in literature.

On the flip side, here’s hoping James Patterson accomplishes his mission. As we all know, it’s a long, arduous battle.

Last, but certainly not least, the funky chicken (aka the English gamecock) from Smithsonian Libraries’ Tumblr. It’s like he’s reading my mind!


  1. LOVE that photo…

  2. I am keeping Noli timere incredibly close to my heart. It’s a good life mantra to have

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