A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

Originally posted on Mimi Matthews:
Bicycle Detail, Poster of the Société Parisienne, 1895. In September of 1896, British newspapers reported the remarkable use of a bicycle in a New Jersey murder case.  The case involved two men who had both emigrated to America from London in the early 1890s.  One of these men was a farmer named Mr. Haggett who settled down with his family… Continue reading A Victorian Era Criminal Leads Police on a High Speed Bicycle Chase

A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!

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‘As the supply alluded to is to be levied upon all old maids, beyond a certain age, and intitled to certain yearly or other income; I make no doubt but both Houses of Parliament will speedily manifest their hearty concurrence thereto.’ The London Magazine, 1777. A Visit to Grandmother by John Raphael Smith after Thomas James Northcote, 1785.(Five Colleges and… Continue reading A Proposed 18th Century Tax Bill Targets 27-Year-Old Spinsters…And Their Cats!

Once You’ve Flashed Your Podiatrist … You Can’t Help but Become a Writer

  Diana Belchase here: Today I’m super excited to welcome guest blogger Chris Campillo to BookSmart! Chris is the kind of person everyone loves — she’s the girl next door, a gal who always has your back, a phenomenal writer with a great sense of humor, and a stand up comic. When this Texas mom isn’t taking care of her kids, her home, and working … Continue reading Once You’ve Flashed Your Podiatrist … You Can’t Help but Become a Writer

YA’LL Fest 2016: Where All the YA Fans and Authors Meet Up!

Originally posted on Kiss and Thrill:
Last week my daughter, my mother, and I held fast to one of our favorite traditions: Going to Charleston, SC for YA’LL Fest, the largest annual Young Adult Book Festival and book signing. With over forty authors and their publishers, publicists, and book store owners running the show, the event is geared to thousands of avid YA readers. with Sarah Dessen with… Continue reading YA’LL Fest 2016: Where All the YA Fans and Authors Meet Up!