Classics are Alive and Well

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Classics are Back! yea! I love the classics -- Austen, Dickens, Tolstoy, Twain, Shakespeare, Sinclair, Melville, Steinbeck, Bronte's sisters, Stegner, Dostoyevsky, Stoker, Wilkes. I could go on -- so many are my faves. Many reading groups read only classics or pick a classic once a year to discuss.

Now, there is a great way to enhance your reading and discussion of the classics. Penguin Classics on Air, a half-hour radio series devoted to some of the more than 1,500 classics titles, makes its debut this week on Sirius XM Book Radio (Sirius #117, XM #163). The series airs twice a week, on Mondays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. The shows include in-depth conversations with scholars and experts.

The first show, called "Why We Love Jane Austen," explores what it means to be a Janeite, how etiquette was different in Austen's time and why spoofs like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are so popular right now.

What a great idea! Bone up on the classics and be an expert at your next classic book discussion!

What is your favorite classic?

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