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Jane Austen Fans Break World Record

janeausten550 dressed up Jane Austen fans came together for a Guiness World Record-breaking event during the Jane Austen Festival.

Organizers claim that this group has become the largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costume. The current record stands at 491 people. The event took place outside of the Assembly Rooms in Bath, Somerset.

Here’s more from The Telegraph: “When the announcement was made, cheers were heard around the tea rooms inside the Assembly Rooms, with the town crier calling out the results…Every year, thousands of people flock to the city from all over the world for the event, coming from over Europe and even as far as America. The event was part of the 10 day festival’s programme of activities which is a big tourist attraction in the city.” What do you think?

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Leo Tolstoy Gets a Google Doodle For His Birthday

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Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday. The image pays homage to three works by the famed Russian novelist: War & Peace, Anna Karenina, and The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Artist Roman Muradov designed the piece. Google has posted an essay Muradov wrote explaining his creative process: ”The language of cartooning, likewise, is the language of reduction; it’s less descriptive than realistic artwork or film, and is less likely to replace the reader’s vision. It seemed fitting to focus on Tolstoy’s central theme of dualism and to highlight his stylistic nuances through the rhythm of the sequences – the almost full moon against the almost starless night, the red of Anna’s handbag, Ivan’s fatal curtains that stand between him and the light of his spiritual awakening.”

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Rachel Louise Carson Gets Google Doodle for Her 107th Birthday

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A new Google Doodle has been unleashed to celebrate the 107th birthday of National Book Award-winning author and marine biologist Rachel Louise Carson.

According to The Washington Post, Carson became well known for her bestselling nonfiction titles: Under the Sea Wind, The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea, and Silent Spring. In fact, Silent Spring has been credited as the work that “ignited the modern environmental movement.”

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‘Pippi Longstocking’ Author Astrid Lindgren Gets a Spot on Sweden’s 20 Krona Note

Kulturresan_20_High_PressBeloved children’s author Astrid Lindgren will appear on Sweden’s 20 krona note.

The Riksbank, Sweden’s central bank, announced this news back in 2011. They plan to start distributing the note sometime between 2014 and 2015.

Artist Göran Österlund designed the note and included a drawing of Lindgren’s revered heroine Pippi Longstocking into the final image. BuzzFeed reports that 20 Krona can be exchanged for about $3 USD.

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John Steinbeck Gets Google Doodle For His Birthday

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Google has created a Doodle to celebrate John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday. Throughout his writing career, Steinbeck penned many beloved works including East of Eden, Of Mice & Men, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning title, The Grapes of Wrath.

To this day, Steinbeck is a widely respected and read author. According to SFGate, the organizers behind the Steinbeck Festival plan to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath at this year’s event. In April, the Of Mice & Men play starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd will open on Broadway.

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Shakuntala Devi Gets a Google Doodle for Her 84th Birthday

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Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday.

Devi became well-known for her ability to generate complicated mental calculations which earned her the nickname, “the Human Computer.” Through her lifetime, she wrote and published novels, cookbooks, and nonfiction titles. Here’s more from the Times of India:

Shakuntala Devi figured in the Guiness Book of World Record for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books like Fun with Numbers, Astrology for You, Puzzles to Puzzle You, and Mathablit. At the age of six, she demonstrated her calculation skills in her first major public performance at the University of Mysore and two years later, she again proved herself successful as a child prodigy at Annamalai University.”

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Jane Austen Portrait to Be Auctioned Off at Sotheby’s

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A famous Jane Austen portrait will be auctioned off at Sotheby’s. The Guardian has posted up a photo of the portrait.

According to The Telegraph, this portrait is ”widely regarded as the most famous image of the author.” The auction will take place on December 10th.

Experts estimate that James Andrews’ watercolor painting will be able to draw as much as £150,000 to £200,000 in bids.  In the future, United Kingdom citizens will carry copies of this portrait in their wallets. Starting in 2017, the £10 note will feature Austen’s face.

War & Peace to be Adapted as Six-Part TV Series

9780143039990HThe Weinstein Company, Look Out Point, and BBC Worldwide will collaborate to produce a six-part television adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, War & Peace.

Follow this link to download a free copy of the book.

Screenwriter Andrew Davies will write the script. In the past, Davies has adapted several books including Michael Dobbs’ House Of Cards (the UK TV series), Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice (the 1995 mini-series), and Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary.

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How to Celebrate Book Lovers Day

Happy Book Lovers Day!

According to Holiday Insights, the holiday is listed on two dates, but a “vast majority of sites list it on August 9th. A smaller number of sites have it recorded on the first Saturday in November.”

How will you celebrate? Below, we’ve created a list of five suggestions. (Photo Credit: brewbooks)

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AbeBooks Puts George RR Martin on the $20 Bill

What author would you like to see printed on our money?

Inspired by Jane Austen‘s upcoming spot on the British £10 note, AbeBooks printed some imaginary money featuring great authors–including George RR Martin on the $20 bill. Here’s more from the bookseller’s blog:

He’s been writing since 1970 and yet Martin is the author of the moment thanks to the continuing success of Game of Thrones on the telly. We also liked the idea of having an author of science fiction, fantasy and horror on some money. With those glasses, hat and beard, George is more recognizable than Andrew Jackson.

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