Read, White, and Bleu 2016: Huck Finn and Jim

In January, we announced Bas Bleu would be hosting our own 2016 presidential election, with your favorite literary characters as the candidates. We’ve narrowed your nominees down to six teams, and in the months leading up to Election Day in November, we’ll be presenting you with the candidates’ biographies, platform issues, and a schedule of campaign events.

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The Books that Shape Us: A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle In TimeFrom time to time, Bas Bleu’s editors will share with you some of the books that have had a profound impact on our lives. They won’t necessarily be grand literary classics or hard-hitting political tomes. They will be books that have stayed with us over the years and shaped who we are. If you’d like to share a significant title from your own life, feel free to do so in the comments section below.

This week, Bas Bleu’s summer intern, Sarah, tells us about an important reading experience from her school days: Continue reading

Dating Profiles of the Literary Lovelorn: Chapter 3

lady with lettersSummer has arrived, and we think these hot days and sultry nights are the perfect backdrop for a little romance. So we’re cueing up another round of Bas Bleu’s popular series, “Dating Profiles of the Literary Lovelorn,” in which we imagine some of our favorite literary characters navigating the hazardous waters of online dating sites! (Missed earlier installments of the series? Check out chapter 1 and chapter 2.) This time around, we’re profiling several of your suggestions, dear readers!

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And Then Came Paulette Discussion Questions

And Then Came PauletteAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2016 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus material about our Bluestocking BAM selection to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

In life we have two families: the one we’re born into and the one we build through friendships. This month’s Book a Month selection—And Then Came Paulette by Barbara Constantine—is a novel about that second kind of family, one that grows around a widower battling loneliness and old age in a small French village. The tale is funny and tender and sometimes sad, but most of all it’s about the importance of human connection, of those we choose to love in spite of (or in some instances, because of) their foibles and eccentricities. We’re warning you now: This novel will make your heart warm along with the June weather!

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