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Incredible Women in Science

It’s German chemist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen’s 207th birthday on March 31—aka National Bunsen Burner Day. To commemorate the birth of the man who invented that instrumental piece of laboratory equipment, we’re highlighting some of our favorite scientists from Sam Maggs’ Wonder Women – women who broke down barriers, made significant contributions to the field, and, in a couple of cases, didn’t even get credited for their work. Today is for them.

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

Five Julius Caesar Adaptations We’d Love to Read

It’s almost the Ides of March, that spooky not-quite-Spring time when everything feels off kilter and you’re constantly looking over your shoulder. (E tu, Brute?) To celebrate this off-kilter and decidedly un-celebratory holiday, we’re taking a look at some of our favorite novelists – and wondering why they haven’t written an adaptation of Julius Caesar.

We’re joking, of course. But Julius Caesar is pretty much never adapted. And in a sea of Romeos and Juliets, Violas and Sebastians, it’s fun to imagine a world where Marc Antony is getting some contemporary love. So happy Ides of March – or beware! Either way, we’ll be daydreaming about the adaptation potential.

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

Books Celebrating Strong Women and Girls: The Perfect Gift

[source: Pixabay]

With Women’s Equality Day (August 26) approaching, we recommend these five titles to inspire women of today and tomorrow! From biography collections to picture books celebrating girlhood to feminist scifi, fantasy, and poetry, there’s something for everyone on this list.

Posted by Sara Grochowski

Childhood Characters We’d Love to Revisit as Adults

Image by Klári Cseke from Pixabay

This summer’s Christopher Robin features 47-year-old Ewan McGregor in the titular role. The young boy from A. A. Milne’s classic book is long gone. In his place is that same beloved character, only with decades of life behind him and an ever-waning imagination ahead of him. It’s a fun concept, but it really got us thinking about other favorite literary characters from our childhood – characters whose adult selves we would love to meet.

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

Oddball Relationships in Literature

[It by Stephen King and Games of Thrones by Goerge R. R. Martin]

Friendships come in all shapes and sizes. This is especially true in the literature world, where the most unlikely relationships can bloom. Stephen King and George R. R. Martin are a good case in point (see here).

Posted by Sandra Woolf

Female Mystery Authors Who Lived Interesting Lives Themselves

Image from RyanMcGuire on Pixabay.

“It was murder!” she wrote. The famous mystery writers on this list have two things in common: they were all successful women writers and they each led very intriguing lives.

Posted by Sandra Woolf