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Meg Waite Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, including The Wednesday Sisters and the just-released The Wednesday Daughters, which is set in the English Lakes. She’s written for The Los Angeles Times, Writer's Digest, Runner's World and public radio, and for The New York Times and Forbes online.

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A Bit About Elizabeth Strout

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 7:01 PM

Elizabeth Strout's new novel, My Name is Lucy Barton, returns to the mother-daughter turf of her debut, Amy and Isabelle, published a decade and a half ago.  

Is it a stunning exploration of a tormented mother-daughter relationship? Well, yes it is.

Is the quality of the writing amazing? Well, yes. Simple and...

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The Highest Grossing Film Last Weekend May Surprise You

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 5:24 PM

By far the highest grossing film on a per-theater basis last weekend was not Tom Hank's latest Cold War thriller, or the new boy-book-based Halloween horror flick, or more-mature-guy-book-based alien exploration -- all of which were written and directed by men, with males in the lead roles. Indeed, the highest-grossing...

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15 Liberating Ways to Experience Paris: A Walking Tour for the August 25 Anniversary of its Liberation

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2015 | 9:37 PM

Few guests checking into the charming Scribe Hotel in Paris realize that during WWII it was the press camp for the Allied invasion forces, that the last person to check out before the Allies walked in was Joachim Hugo Klapper, Gestapo, and the German broadcasting studios there remained intact for...

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5 Fabulous Literary Fathers, in Their Own Words

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 5:54 PM

You may think you have the best real dad in the world (I certainly do!), but I've pulled together some fictional contenders to rival anyone, along with the quotes that, to me, give an idea why we love them:

5. Hans Hubermann, in Markus Zusak's The Book Thief:

"You know,...

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The Emmys by the Numbers ... for Women's Equality Day

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:55 PM


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Run Like a Girl

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 6:04 PM

It's not just about the running.

I've been a runner since the days when women were prohibited from running marathons on the excuse that too much exercise might hurt us. I attended the first women's Olympic marathon and, in one of the highlights of my career as a writer,...

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11 Bits of Wisdom From Doris Lessing, On Reading, Writing, and Life

(20) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:05 PM

After I read in the New York Times that The Golden Notebook author Doris Lessing, who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, passed away this morning, I turned to rereading some of her writings and interviews. I hope you'll enjoy these little wisdoms I've collected:

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Didn't We Almost Have It All

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 4:49 PM

Two Emmys.

Six Grammys.

Over four hundred career awards, a record eight American Music Awards in a single year.

Whitney Houston was the first of any musical act -- male or female, solo or group -- to sell more a million copies of an album in a...

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Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter: 14 Fun Facts About the Savvy Sheepkeeper

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2013 | 9:47 AM

Famous puddle-duck painter Beatrix Potter wrote her way to wealth when women just didn't, but The Tale of Peter Rabbit author was no suffragette. She felt voting should be left to men. Nor was she always a great businesswoman. She paid the owner of Hill Top Farm twice the price...

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6 Weeks in the English Lakes #5: At Opposite Ends of the Coffin Route

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Sign marking the Coffin Route in the English Lake District

Wordsworth and his brother were walking in the English Lakes in late 1799 with fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge when they came upon the modest Dove...

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6 Weeks in the English Lakes #4: Beatrix Potter on England's Fells

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 6:06 PM

"The fells are never twice alike." - Beatrix Potter, from a February 28, 1938 letter to Josephine Banner

The English Lake District Fells in Autumn

One of the loveliest ways to spend a day -- or many days -- in the...

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6 Weeks in the English Lakes #3: Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:54 PM

"Some of the walls were four feet thick, and there used to be queer noises inside them, as if there might be a little secret staircase. Certainly there were odd little jagged doorways in the wainscot, and things disappeared at night -- especially cheese and bacon." - from The Tale...

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6 Weeks in the English Lakes #2: A Literary Map

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 3:58 PM

If you don't know where the English Lakes are, pull out your trusty map of England and look as far north and west as you can. (Go too far, and you'll end up in Scotland.) To give you an idea of just how beautiful the Lakes are, when Elizabeth Bennett...

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6 Weeks in the English Lakes: Photos and Literary Quotes

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 12:31 PM

Blue sky over Rydal Water, where poet William Wordsworth walked

Mac and I spent several weeks in the English Lake District -- home of poet William Wordsworth...

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Caroline Leavitt Throws Stones at Her Own Characters: An Interview

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 9:29 AM

The New York Times "Modern Love" column had already turned her down twenty times, but no matter: She lobbed in another submission -- about her pet tortoise. And when her ninth novel was turned down by her publisher, she picked up her manuscript and accepted an original issue paperback offer...

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At the Intersection of Earth Day and National Poetry Month

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Rydal Water, where Wordsworth walked and wrote

Can I resist the excuse of the intersection of Earth Day and National Poetry Month to share two favorite poems that explore the earth and nature?

The first, from Elizabeth Bishop's The...

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Goodbye, Mr. Ebert

(10) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 7:04 PM

I just heard the news on the Internet, of course, that there will be no more raising thumbs for films. Gene Siskel died fourteen years ago, and his colleague died today.

I moved to Chicago in 1967, the year Roger Ebert began his film critiquing career, writing for the Chicago...

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A Short History Of Washington's Cherry Trees

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 8:00 AM

Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. in 1912, to honor the friendship between the United States and Japan. First Lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first trees on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West...

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Twitterature Quiz: A Literary Match Game With Hashtags

(5) Comments | Posted January 10, 2013 | 3:09 PM

The Twitter Fiction Festival this year opened eyes to some of the literary laughs and spats and sheer innovation we might be missing on Twitter. In that spirit, enjoy this literary Twitter game: just match the 2012 tweet to its author and post your answer in the comments....

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Chaucer (and Others) on Friday the 13th

(10) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 3:59 PM

In a search for the source of the bad luck reputation of Friday the 13th, I came across numerous references to a line in Chaucer's Cantebury Tales -- "And on a Friday fell all this mischance" -- as the beginning of its literary reputation, unless one counts the crucifixion in...

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