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Nerd of the Month Eve Houghton

Nerd of the Month Eve Houghton

Eve taught a class on rare books and manuscripts for Great Books in the summer of 2015. They looked at some medieval manuscripts and early printed books at Amherst College Special Collections, and had a “traveling scriptorium” day where they practiced writing with a quill pen and parchment.

A Literary Tour of Oxford

A Literary Tour of Oxford

It seems that everywhere you turn in Oxford, you’ve stumbled upon another piece of literary history. As we get excited for summer number 4 at Oxford’s Somerville College, here is a list of some of our favorite literary sites (and accompanying literature).

GBSP Bookshelf: National Book Award Nominees, 2015

GBSP Bookshelf: National Book Award Nominees, 2015

The Verdict: A Little Life ought to win for its beautiful scope and intimacy with its characters. The Turner House will win for telling the story of a place as much as a family, especially because Detroit stands out among a pool of novels that take place in New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. Fortune Smiles will win for its creative diversity of perspectives. All are absolutely worth reading, no matter which one the judges pick tonight.

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