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Alexander McCall Smith and the World of Mma Precious Ramotswe

Posted by: Peter Armenti

On October 24, 2019, the Library of Congress welcomed the fifth author in its yearlong National Book Festival Presents series, the inimitable fiction writer Alexander McCall Smith. As part of the programming surrounding Mr. McCall Smith's visit, staff from four Library divisions were asked to develop a display of items related to Mr. McCall Smith and his works.

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Walt Whitman in Popular Culture: When Can We Buy a Bobblehead?

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following guest post is by Abby Yochelson, Reference Specialist in the Main Reading Room, Researcher & Reference Services Division. The Library of Congress will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birthday in spring 2019 with a series of exhibits, public programs, and a digital crowdsourcing campaign to showcase the Library’s unparalleled collections of Whitman’s writings …

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May 30 webinar explores the Library’s digitized Walt Whitman collections

Posted by: Peter Armenti

As From the Catbird Seat readers are no doubt aware from the recent string of Walt Whitman posts we’ve featured, the Library is in the middle of a season-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birthday. As part of this celebration, the Library has launched several new online Whitman-related initiatives and resources, including: …

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Celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday

Posted by: Peter Armenti

The following cross-post is by Paul Sommerfeld, a Reference Specialist in the Music Division of the Library of Congress. It also appears on In The Muse: Performing Arts Blog. Since publishing Leaves of Grass in June 1855, Walt Whitman and his poetry have captured the American imagination. Not until the early twentieth century, however, did …