Monday, September 19, 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Banned Books Week 2022

Banned Books Week is an annual awareness campaign promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International celebrating the freedom to read.  Prominent First Amendment and library activist Judith Krug founded the event 1982.  The late Ann LaPietra (1933-2007) - owner and operator of the kids' place book store in Marshall, Michigan, and the creator of the John Bellairs Walk - was also a supporter of First Amendment rights and was known to create visual displays within her bookstore in support of Banned Books Week.

The 2022 celebration is September 18 to 24.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Book Alert: The Stone, the Cipher, and the Shadows

The Johnny Dixon series continues - nearly 40 years after it began - as a flu epidemic ushers in a plague of dark magic:

Monday, August 22, 2022

Notre Dame: Sorin Hall's New West Wing Opens



Renovations to John Bellairs's one-time Notre Dame dorm, Sorin Hall - which he once lovingly referred to as "South Bend's answer to the House of Usher" - are complete, as Margaret Fosmoe discussed in the Notre Dame Magazine:

Monday, July 18, 2022

Something About Bellairsian Influences

John Bellairs continues to influence today's readers and writers in various ways:

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Memoriam: Mark Shields

Mark Shields (1937–2022) was an American political columnist and commentator.  Shields was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1959, alongside John Bellairs, Alfred Myers, and Charles Bowen, the latter using Sheilds' name in one of his Scholastic humor columns during the 1958-59 school year.

After college, Shield went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps. Afterwards, he worked for several local and presidential races before beginning a carrer with PBS as a commentator and columnist for several other news outlets.