A Little Whatnot: November 18, 2015

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Use your words, er…

tears-of-joy-emojiOxford Dictionaries announced their Word of the Year, and it’s not a word at all. It’s a pictograph, officially called the ‘Face with Tears of Joy’ emoji.

According to their blog: “There were other strong contenders from a range of fields, outlined below, but ? was chosen as the ‘word’ that best reflected the ethos, mood, and preoccupations of 2015.”

Ever wonder what happens to you physically as you read a book? The University of Virginia Library put together this infographic explaining the lasting effects, from moments after you begin reading to years later.


Pauls Toutonghi, author of Red Weather and Evel Knievel Days, spent some time last spring at the Hawthornden International Writers’ Retreat. It’s where he wrote most of his next book–his first book of narrative nonfiction. Dog Gone: A Lost Pet’s Extraordinary Journey and the Family Who Brought Him Home, will be published by Knopf in June.

Pauls wrote an essay about his time at Hawthornden Castle, which is also an essay about the poetry of Sir William Drummond. “Inside the Ultimate Writers’ Retreat on the Grounds of Hawthornden, William Drummond’s Castle of Poets” appeared recently on Lit Hub and can be found here.

Earlier this week, Emily St. John Mandel posted to her Tumblr:

There was this one time when New York Magazine emailed to ask if I wanted to take part in a photo shoot where writers dress up as characters from literature, which sounded like a fun thing to do on Halloween. “Is there a fictional character you’ve fantasized about being?” they asked.

Yes. Just one.

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Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay