• Remembering Toni Morrison.

Remembering Toni Morrison.

Prolific American author Toni Morrison published 11 novels, 9 works of non-fiction, 5 children’s novels and received over 30 awards throughout the course of her career including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by Barack Obama, in 2012.

Born on February 18, […]

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  • Celebrating the Life and Work of James Baldwin.

Celebrating the Life and Work of James Baldwin.

American novelist and social activist James Baldwin was born today, August 2nd, in Manhattan in 1924.
The literary master’s deeply personal and provocative stories examined both the African American and homosexual experience when neither identity was accepted by American culture. His works would come to galvanize the nation and give a passionate voice to the emerging […]

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  • The 50th Anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

The 50th Anniversary of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five.

March 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Vonnegut’s most powerful novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade, A Duty-Dance With Death.

Published 50 years ago this month, on March 31st 1969, Vonnegut’s science fiction-infused anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five became his first bestseller and made the 47-year old writer a celebrity.

First edition of Vonnegut’s masterpiece Slaughterhouse-Five; […]

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  • Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

Sunday, March 10th marks the 50th anniversary of Puzo’s definitive masterwork.

A searing narrative of the Mafia underworld, Mario Puzo’s epic novel The Godfather made its debut on March 10th, 1969. Appearing at a time when America’s interest in organized crime was growing, the book was applauded for its authenticity and swiftly became publisher G.P. Putnam’s […]

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  • Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse.

Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse.

Raptis Rare Books is pleased to welcome experienced journalist and acclaimed author Andrea di Robilant as he discusses his new book: Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse.

In this illuminating work, Andrea recounts the remarkable story of Ernest Hemingway’s love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there […]

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  • Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literature.

Celebrating Black History Month and African American Literature.

Black History Month was officially recognized by President Gerald Ford as a month of national observance in 1970 during the United States Bicentennial where he urged American citizens to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.

Many of the most celebrated and influential […]

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  • Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Lecture and Book Signing with Margaret Wilesmith

Raptis Rare Books Lecture Series: Lecture and Book Signing with Margaret Wilesmith

We are pleased to welcome award-winning copywriter and creative director Margaret Wilesmith for a discussion on her new book Too Good To Eat: Beautiful Food Packaging From Around the World.

Margaret Wilesmith has been published in the PR News Guide to Best Practices in Nonprofit Communication and is a Founding Director of the Palm Beach Book Festival.

Whether you are a […]

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  • The Epic Influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

The Epic Influence of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey.

Attributed to the singular ancient Greek poet Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey are considered to be, not only, the most important works of ancient Greek literature but the oldest extant works of Western literature. The epic poems were likely composed near the end of the 8th century B.C.E. in the Greek coastal region of Anatolia […]

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  • Celebrating the Life and Work of  V. S. Naipaul

Celebrating the Life and Work of V. S. Naipaul

This week we are celebrating the life and work of prolific Nobel Prize-winning author, V. S. Naipaul who recently passed away at the age of 85 in London, England. The author of over thirty works of both fiction and non-fiction, Naipaul was born in Trinidad to a family with Indian roots. Many of Naipaul’s early […]

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  • Joan Didion: Master of Narrative Storytelling

Joan Didion: Master of Narrative Storytelling

Born in Sacramento, California on December 5th 1934, American journalist, novelist, and screenwriter Joan Didion created some of the most poignant portraits of American culture throughout the 1960s and 70s. Didion graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1956 and immediately began her career as a copywriter for Vogue, her work later appearing in […]

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