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An Almanac entry for Magicians Day

An Almanac entry for Magicians Day

Jul 16 2009

This summer marks the 70th anniversary of the California WPA guide, the only Book-of-the-Month selection among the guidebooks. We also pause to…

Jul 10 2009

You can now see the Soul of a People talk filmed for CSPAN’s BookTV online. Good questions! Good discussion! Check it out.…

Public Enemies and the WPA Writers

Public Enemies and the WPA Writers

Jul 01 2009

Today the film Public Enemies hits screens across the country, with Johnny Depp playing John Dillinger. Reviewers note how Dillinger and other…

More Soul of a People events this summer

More Soul of a People events this summer

Jun 24 2009

Fun events exploring the Writers’ Project and its discoveries of American life continue at libraries across the country this summer and into…

Seeing the Shadow City: Anniversary for the WPA Guide to New York City

Seeing the Shadow City: Anniversary for the WPA Guide to New York City

Jun 22 2009

Seventy years ago this week, the WPA Guide to New York City came out amid a campaign blitz of jingles and quiz…

Traveling to Carolina with the WPA Guide

Traveling to Carolina with the WPA Guide

Jun 11 2009

For my trip to Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill last week I checked out the WPA guide to North Carolina from the…

Grassroots history

Grassroots history

Jun 03 2009

Not long ago I was in Richmond, VA to tape an interview with Liz Humes at WRIR and a talk about the…

Soul of a People events and resources in the states

Soul of a People events and resources in the states

May 08 2009

Libraries are putting on a lively range of events nationwide, raising issues about the Writers’ Project, its contributions and what it means…

Soul of a People at the Library of Congress

Soul of a People at the Library of Congress

Apr 29 2009

Yesterday there was a good crowd at the Library of Congress despite the midafternoon timing for a panel about Soul of a…

Q&A on Mark Athitakis blog

Q&A on Mark Athitakis blog

Apr 20 2009

Mark Athitakis, whose book reviews have appeared Washington City Paper and elsewhere and whose blog has ranked on various lists of top…