LGBT History Month 2019

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her) October is LGBT History Month! Started in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson, this monthly observance is a time to celebrate the diverse and longstanding history of the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration also coincides with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

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Stars! They’re (Kinda) Just Like Us!

By Julie T. Less tabloid, more tell-all! Celebrity memoirs are a dish best devoured audiobook-style. Up close and personal with your speakers or headphones, you’ll often feel connected with these performers in a way that transcends print. It’s like they’re sharing their childhood foibles and adulting struggles with you over a cup of coffee. Jane […]

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Harvey Awards

By Kaley Nominees for the Harvey Awards have been announced, and it looks like a solid selection to choose from. The Harvey Awards started in 1988 as a way for peers in the comics industry to celebrate exceptional work. This year they’ll award creators for Book of the Year, Digital Book of the Year, Best […]

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Infernal Adaptations

by Lois H. Every summer, I look forward to packing a perfect picnic and settling in to enjoy some Shakespeare in the park. Recently, I attended performances of the three plays in the Island Shakespeare Festival’s tenth anniversary season. I cried through The Winter’s Tale. Cried with laughter through A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On the […]

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Eating Weeds

by Karen A. Sometimes I miss the big, beautiful views when I am out hiking because I am looking down at the ground.  Why, you ask?  Because even when I am hiking I am thinking about food, and I don’t want to walk right over something tasty!  There is something deeply rewarding in the process […]

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Working (and Volunteering) Like a Dog

by Marina M. Somebody recently told me I don’t write nearly enough posts about dogs. I think they were being sarcastic but since it was in an email I chose to take it seriously. Because I can. If you don’t know by now, I have a couple of dogs. A poodle mix and a pitbull […]

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To Infinity and Beyond: Female Astronauts

By Julie T. As the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the    Apollo 11 moon landing, ask yourself what first comes to mind when you think of the NASA space program (aside from the “Eagle” touching down in the Sea of Tranquility). “The sky’s the limit”, an expression invoked to convey limitless possibilities, […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Bye, Bye Biographies!

by Lois H. It’s the end of the month already and it’s time for us to say goodbye to biographies and memoirs. This doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye, of course, but we’ll be moving on to something a little different. Starting in July, Beyond Bestsellers is going to start focusing less on […]

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The Endless Summers

By Isaac H. I’m going to go out on a limb here and presume that a majority of people would choose Summer as their favorite season. Warm days perfect for hiking, hitting the waters or firing up the grill. Warm nights great for camping or gazing at the stars. Who couldn’t love that? Well, a […]

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Walk it Out

By Kristi S. It’s (almost) officially summer and the weather is inching its way towards the mid-70s. That means Washingtonians are pulling out their shorts and hitting the trails to enjoy our beautiful state.     I love walking and hiking, especially with my dog Huffle. Some of my fondest childhood memories come from day […]

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