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Arts and Culture (Books)

19th-century ne’er-do-well fathered Australian cricket legend

      With its roots as a British penal colony, Australia might be less scandalized than conservative Annapolis by the carryings on of Gilbert Murdock, whose shenanigans played in both locales as he hopped continents and countries. Murdock was born in Annapolis in 1826, but he’s left less trace here than in Australia....

Retired professor follows Maryland hero from Port Tobacco to Canada

        Uncle Tom lived many lives.  

         To the thousands of mid-19th-century readers of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he was a heroic slave, his cabin home was heralded as a symbol of self-sacrifice. Yet to 20th century black Americans, his name lived as a symbol of subservience.

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Local children’s writer Simons Acquah publishes stories that reflect positivity
      Forget the tortoise and the hare. There’s a new turtle in town. Simons Acquah, a writer originally from West Africa, is introducing a new turtle. 
      Fourteen years ago, the Ghanaian storyteller went to Jefferson City, Missouri, on an academic scholarship to Lincoln University. After graduation, he and his family settled in our neck of the woods. 
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Calvert Library writes local history

       In Calvert County, the public library has gone beyond collecting books to creating them. For Women’s History Month last March, the library sponsored Inspiring Black Women of Calvert County. This year men take the stage as subjects of a new local history book, Inspiring African American Men of Calvert County.

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This year’s Big Read introduces a chapter of black history relevant today for its social commentary

      Jack Johnson shocked the world by rising from the culture of Jim Crow to become boxing’s first African American world heavyweight cham­pion. A century later, Adrian Matejka chronicled his life and rise to fame in The Big Smoke. In 2013 it was considered for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award — for poetry.
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Join in a multi-media celebration starting with a book of poetry about a boxer

      “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 

–Dr. Seuss 

 

         Imagine a book club with 500,000 members.

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More libraries and more to do at them
      Three revamped libraries are underway to enrich Chesapeake Country. Today’s libraries look very different than those of yesterday.
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Ornithologist Bruce Beehler delves into his northward journey with spring’s songbirds

     Traveling via car, canoe, bicycle and on foot, Bruce Beehler, a Smithsonian ornithologist, wildlife researcher and lifelong adventurer, followed migrating birds for four months. Starting in late March 2015, he watched birds as they crossed into the U.S. at the southern border and as they traveled through the American heartland to their nesting grounds in the north woods of Ontario. 
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It took a neighborhood to make this book

      After years of swapping stories and researching their shared history, a group of Arundel-on-the-Bay residents have finally published their collected neighborhood history in a fully illustrated book.

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Give a book; make a tradition

      Books warm and nourish the soul, teaching us things and bringing us closer together. What better time than Christmas to give the gift of reading — and understanding?
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