Ernest Hemingway was once just a school kid with hopes and aspirations like every other kid. Yet he grew up to be a definitive American author with a distinctive style; and he lived a life that could have been torn from the pages of one of his own books. Author Nancy Sindelar, who once worked as a teacher in Hemingway's high school, has written a fascinating book about the people and places that made Hemingway into the author and man who culturally dominated the last century.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is Thursday, September 19. Which means you have less than a month to become fluent in Pirate Talk before then. We're celebrating Talk Like Pirate Day at the Park Hill Branch on Saturday September 21st at 3:00PM with a Pirate celebration and we've all been brushing up on our Pirate Talk. Here's some key vocabulary to catch you up to speed:
Addled-- Mad, insane, or just stupid. An "addlepate" is a fool.
Avast!-- Hey! Could also be used as "Stop that!" or "Who goes there?"
Belay-- Stop that. "Belay that talk!" would mean "Shut up!"
Bilge!-- Nonsense, or foolish talk. The bilges of a ship are the lowest parts, inside the hull along the keel. They fill with stinking bilgewater—or just "bilge."