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RIP Martin Luther

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Religion, Theology | 0 comments

“I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.” Martin Luther, the German monk and reformer, died on this day in 1546. By questioning Catholic dogma via his Ninety-Five Theses–which were nailed to the door of the chapel at Wittenberg in October 1517–Luther began a movement that quickly grew out of control. Today, we know the unintentional result of the excommunicated priest’s stand as the Protestant...

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The Taming: An Update

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Atticus, Children and the Arts, Huntly House, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Taming: An Update

It’s hard to believe, but after many delays and postponements, the time is finally upon us.  The Taming, written by Atticus Krum and illustrated by Patrizia Donaera, will be released on 4.1.14.  More to come very soon…

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The Secret’s Out

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Happy Birthday, Literary News | 0 comments

J.K. Rowling turned another year older this week. (It’s not nice to talk about ladies’ ages, so I don’t believe I’ll mention hers. I’ll just point out that she is still on the “good side’ of 50.) Born Joanne Rowling, J.K. Rowling is, of course, her adopted pen name. Concerned that young boys might not go for a book written by a woman, her publisher suggested she come up with a pseudonym. So, upon combining her first initial with the initial of her paternal grandmother, Kathleen, the moniker J.K....

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Express Book Machines

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Express Book Machines

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could walk up to a machine and order up any piece of literature, including your own self-published material, well before your cup of coffee ran cold?   Well, guess what? You can!  It’s called Express Book Machines (EBM). It produces “bookstore quality paperbacks” of anything you wish. From already published books to just about any user-generated content ( i.e. self-published novel, recipe book, photo book, etc,) most any piece of literature can be printed and in your hands within...

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Happy Birthday, Beatrix!

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Birthday, Beatrix!

On this day in 1866, Beatrix Potter was born in London, England. Best known for her classic children’s story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which she not only wrote but illustrated, Potter was an accomplished artist, a skilled farmer, a knowledgeable scientist, and a passion conservationist. B. Potter died on December 22 at Castle Cottage. Interesting fact about Mrs. Potter: The Tale of Peter Rabbit was self-published. After failing to find a buyer/publisher for her writing and illustrations, she funded the project herself. Eventually,...

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On This Day

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in On This Day | 0 comments

 On this day in 1954,  J.R.R. Tolkien publishes The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book of The Lord of the Rings  trilogy. It would go on to become the second best-selling single-volume novel of all time.

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500 New Fairy Tales

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Literary News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

500 New Fairy Tales

Ever tire of reading the same old fairy tales? If you’re anything like me, then probably not. I’m a sucker for a good children’s story with a strong, moral message. But if you do, then get ready.  Apparently, in recent years, a collection of over 500 new fairy tales have been discovered. Gathered back in the middle of the 19th c. by a German historian named Franz Xaver von Schönwerth (1810-1886), the stories collected dust for over 150 years. Eventually, the collection was discovered by a cultural curator in Bavaria,...

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On This Day

Posted by on Jul 21, 2013 in On This Day, Uncategorized | 0 comments

On This Day

  On this day in 2007 JK Rowling releases the final book in the Harry Potter series. It becomes the fastest-selling book of all time, selling 15 million copies in 24 hours.  

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Featured Artist: Patrizia Donaera

Posted by on Jul 16, 2013 in Featured Artist, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Featured Artist: Patrizia Donaera

Huntly House is glad to recognize our first featured artist. Her name is Patrizia Donaera, and her beautiful artwork is featured on the cover of Huntly House’s first publication, The Taming, a middle grade novel written by Atticus Krum. The Taming is due for release 12.12.12. Having spent twenty years as an illustrator, Patrizia specializes in children’s publishing and natural history illustration. She uses mostly traditional techniques (watercolor and colored pencils) although as of late she is also entering the world of digital...

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Great Expectations

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Great Expectations

Wealth cannot bring happiness. Ambition can be a dangerous thing. People are not always what they seem. Social status says little about the likes of one’s character or intelligence. Truisms for today? I should think so. And yet, each of these is a key theme from the great 19th c. novel, Great Expectations. I was an English major in college, but I never read C. Dickens’ classic novel until recently. What a shame. Not only is it (arguably) Dickens’ finest work, it is chock full of enduring truth—truth that speaks to the 21st c. human...

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