I am giving a talk tomorrow night in Washington, DC, about Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It is part of the St Columba’s Episcopal Church’s Advent Retreat; learn all about it here.

If you live in the District of Columbia or close environs, I hope to see you there! If you cannot make it, enjoy Jim Dale reading Christmas Carol here so you can join us in spirit…

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I love giving book recommendations. When people tell me they want book suggestions for friends or family members, I generally ask a few questions and see if I can’t point them in the right direction. For the past several months, the one book I have recommended to almost everyone is an enchanted snowglobe of a tale that is perfect as we head into December. The Twistrose Key is an enchanting, lyric novel, by Norwegian author Tone Almjhell, who weaves a spell of snow, song, and sensory magic to create a story unlike any other, yet still achingly, hauntingly familiar. In addition to creating an absolutely amazing novel, Almjhell is a generous, delightful person who graciously agreed to an email interview despite a looming deadline for her next book. Slip on your mittens, pull your wooly cap down tight, and hang on to the reins; after the jump, we’re off on a magical sleigh ride to get to know this warm-hearted author and her snow-dusted story.

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Welcome, Mockingjay Movie Fans! Here is a Shortcut to the Best of Hogwarts Professor on ‘The Hunger Games’ Books & Films

by John 1 December 2014

Share Do you love Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy? Well, you’ve come to the right place for serious readers’ discussion of the artistry and meaning of these best-selling books and the blockbuster movies! For the round-up of 30 posts about Mockingjay, the book, head here. The ‘Greatest Hits from that set include: The Hanging Tree, [...]

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Mockingjay Flies Higher than Earlier Installments

by Elizabeth 23 November 2014

Share On November 21, in our now-annual trip to the wonderful Yancey Theater to see the latest installment of Hunger Games film adaptations, the Mayland gang was joined by a fantastic group of high school students from Avery High School. Thanks to their teacher, the incredible Hollie Greene, I was able to speak with the [...]

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Countdown to Mockingjay Part 1

by Elizabeth 19 November 2014

Share On Friday, I will be taking a group of students and colleagues on our now-annual excursion to a local theater to see the newest film adaptation from The Hunger Games Trilogy. Though we have already speculated here a good deal on what is promised by the trailers and ads, and I will have up [...]

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Call for Papers: New Young Adult Literature Journal

by Louise Freeman 12 November 2014

Share Good news, YA scholars!  Study and Scrutiny: Research in Young Adult Literature, a new peer-reviewed journal on young adult literature is being launched!  Please consider submissions of scholarly work!

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Narrative Misdirection via Personal Appearance: J. K. Rowling, Mrs. N. M. Murray, and the Author’s Life as Metamorphmagus

by John 8 November 2014

Share I received a brief but pointed note yesterday from a friend in the UK, a correspondent I admire very much for his insights not only about Harry Potter and all things literary but also the postmodern world we live in. We had exchanged notes with attached pictures and links to videos previously about whether [...]

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Halloween Howler to JKR

by Louise Freeman 31 October 2014

Share As a special Halloween treat, J.K. Rowling provided us with a biography of everyone’s least favorite Hogwarts professor. No, not John Granger (Trick, Headmaster, trick!). Dolores Umbridge. On the one hand, I am, pun intended, tickled pink.  Recently I presented a paper at the Chestnut Hill conference on Harry Potter and Nature Deficit Disorder, [...]

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Mockingjay Part 1 Trailers Promise Plenty of Action and Maybe Even Something from the Book!

by Elizabeth 30 October 2014

Share I’ve never made any secret of the fact that I actually like movies, hence my title as unofficial faculty film fancier here at HogPro. The first Hunger Games movie, however, was mostly a tremendous letdown, despite a few useful and meaningful moments. Catching Fire was an improvement, though still with some shudder-worthy gaffes and [...]

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New Insurgent Posters released today

by Louise Freeman 28 October 2014

Share New “interactive” Insurgent posters are being released on Lionsgate today. Here is the first, of Caleb. And the second, of Tori.

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