Monday’s Link Roundup.

This Monday’s Link Roundup has something of a literary bent. You can listen to  Saul Bellow  read from Humbolt’s Gift. And fans of Agatha Christie are in for a treat with her BBC Interview How to write a best-selling novel.

  • First Drafts of History. “Rag Linen is an educational archive of rare and historic newspapers, which serve as the first drafts of history and the critical primary source material for historians, authors and educators.”
  • David Kiehn, Bay Area historian, traces old films. “avid Kiehn has spent most of his life working in film-related jobs. But it wasn’t until he made a remarkable discovery – and was featured on “60 Minutes” – that anyone outside the film community took notice.” [Thanks to Wendy Ledger of  VoType for alerting me to this item.]
  • Saul Bellow Reads from Humboldt’s Gift (1988). “The 92nd Street Y, a cultural pillar of New York City, has released from its audio archive another little gem – Saul Bellow reading from his 1975 novel Humboldt’s Gift, which won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and contributed to Bellow’s Nobel Prize in Literature.”
  • Do You Make These 7 Mistakes When You Write? “It’s time once again to review those nasty errors that damage our credibility when we write. Not normally a fun task, but absolutely necessary. I promise to keep you amused to diminish the pain (or at least I’ll give it a shot).”
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards. “Entries are now being accepted for the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide who have a book written in English with a 2010 or 2011 copyright date.” [Thanks to Pat McNees of Writers and Editors for alerting me to this item]
  • Agatha Christie BBC Interview: How to write a best-selling novel.” In this interview, recorded for inclusion in another programme, Agatha Christie talks about her lack of formal education and how boredom during childhood led her to write ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’, which was completed when she was still in her twenties. She outlines her working methods and discusses why it is much easier to write plays than novels.”

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