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Big Foot Lives

February 7th, 2018 (10:59 am)

I'm feeling like an old-style headline from the National Enquirer: "Mom Gives Birth to Bigfoot!!!!" We bought Jon Morgan new shoes over the weekend, and he's up to a size 14.

If his feet get any bigger, we'll have to start special-ordering his shoes.

(The picture shows him as a Wookie, dressed for a Halloween Parade busking session with other members of the TC Williams orchestra. But everyone knows that Wookies are the same species as Bigfoot, but with weapons and pilot licenses. Of course, in this photo his weapon is a violin.)

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February 7 Writer Birthdays

February 7 Writer Birthdays


  • 1478 - Thomas More, English Renaissance writer and humanist who coined the term "utopia."

  • 1812 - Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic, one of the major novelists of the Victorian age

  • 1837 - James Murray, Scottish lexicographer, philologist, and primary editor of the Oxford English Dictionary.

  • 1867 - Laura Ingalls Wilder, writer whose Little House book series for children was based on her childhood as a pioneer on the American frontier.

  • 1885 - Sinclair Lewis, American novelist, playwright, and magazine writer who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters"; he was offered the Pulitzer Prize for his book Arrowsmith, but he turned it down.

  • 1908 - Fred Gipson, American author best known for his 1956 novel Old Yeller.

  • 1922 - Marion Cunningham, American food writer best known for her work on editions of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

  • 1932 - Gay Talese, American author, memoirist, and literary journalist.

  • 1943 - Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian.

  • 1950 - Karen Joy Fowler, American author of science fiction, fantasy, and literary fiction, best known for The Jane Austen Book Club.

  • 1974 - Emma McLaughlin, American novelist who wrote The Nanny Diaries with Nicola Krau.

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Teaser Tuesday: The Underground Railroad


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• On your blog or other social media, share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday. Post a link at www.ThePurpleBooker.com/ as a response to the week's Teaser Tuesday.

Currently I'm reading Colson Whitehead's alternate history novel, The Underground Railroad. My teaser is from page 235, where the character is thinking about the book Gulliver's Travels.


"The white man in the book, Gulliver, roved from peril to peril, each new island a new predicament to solve before he could return home. That was the man's real trouble, not the savage and uncanny civilizations he encountered — he kept forgetting what he had."

― The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

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