OK, since I've been depressing the hell out of you folks for a while, here's something to look forward to:
Tuesday • September 25 • 7pm
John D. Rateliff
History of the Hobbit (HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY)
Reading & Book Signing
University District Store
Join us with Seattle scholar and writer John D. Rateliff to learn a little history of the hairy-footed heroes of a beloved book. The History of the Hobbit is the definitive work on the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic work of fantasy. The little seen early version of the book—Tolkien's "fireside reads" to his young sons—appear in the boxed set, as do some unpublished maps and illustrations.
John's work, which pretty much is the working definition of magnum opus, was published in the UK in two volumes: Mr. Baggins and Return to Bag End. I can't give a proper review of this tome only because the lovely bride snagged it from me soon upon arrival.
Anyway, John's got a signing!
Lovecraft was right - So, this week I heard about the giant penguins who swam the seas fifty-five million years ago. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/12/12/570136162...
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