Quote of the Week | Stephen Hawking

The world lost one of its greatest minds last Wednesday. Stephen Hawking – physicist, best-selling author, and a “Living Metaphor for the Scientific Endeavor” – was renowned for his work on gravity and the origins of the universe, themes most famously explored in his book A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes. (“One of history’s least likely best-sellers,” said Published in 1988 by Bantam Books, the “landmark volume in science” sold more than 10 million copies and worked through a series of mind-boggling questions like How did the universe come to be? Does time only move in one direction? Is the universe unending or is it contained? Are there other dimensions in space? What will happen when it ends? But Hawking captivated audiences long before 1988. His adviser at Cambridge, cosmologist Dennis W. Sciama, called Hawking’s 1974 thesis (published in Nature) “the most beautiful paper in the history of physics.”

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Link of the Week | Harry Potter: A History of Magic at The British Library


To the great sorrow of many Potterheads, The British Library’s sold-out show, Harry Potter: A History of Magic, closed last Wednesday. The display, which marked the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, featured rare books, manuscripts, and “magical objects” from the library’s collection – mementos featuring the “traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories.” Original drafts by J.K. Rowling and illustrations from Jim Kay were also placed alongside a large, 16th-century Ripley Scroll that explains how to create the Philosopher’s Stone. Good news, however, for those people who were unable to fly to London. The British Library just uploaded the exhibition to Google Arts & Culture! Continue reading “Link of the Week | Harry Potter: A History of Magic at The British Library”

Quote of the Week | Charlotte Brontë

A letter from Charlotte Brontë to Ellen Nussey.

On this day in 1839, Charlotte Brontë – the famed author of Jane Eyre – wrote an amazing rejection letter – a “bold defiance of oppressive gender ideals, packaged as the ultimate it’s-not-you-it’s-me gentle letdown.” The suitor in question, Henry Nussey, was a Reverend in Sussex. His sister, Ellen Nussey, was one of Charlotte’s closest friends, and had been since they met as teenagers at Roe Head School in January 1831. Ellen would later be instrumental in preserving the legacies of the Brontë sisters. Her letters to Charlotte, for example, lay the foundation for the first biography ever written about the author. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Charlotte Brontë”

Publishing Graduate Assistant a new youth rep to the United Nations for the WNBA

Rachael Kelly is a second-semester student in the M.S. in Publishing program. In January, she became the WNBA’s second youth representative to the United Nations (Department of Public Information). The Women’s National Book Association has been a 503c NGO at the United Nations since 1959, when author Pearl S. Buck secured the NGO status for the organization. For almost 60 years, the WNBA has been instrumental in distributing information about the UN through its publications and programs, and has participated in activities at the UN’s main campus in New York City.

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Link of the Week | Signature


Signature, founded in 2015 by Penguin Random House, is a reading and culture website for people interested in making “well-read sense of the world.” Paying close attention to trends and current events, Signature recommends books that delve into newsworthy topics like blockbuster movies, scientific breakthroughs, and elections. “We believe that books remain at the core of what educates and inspires us,” says the site, “and can be used to help us better grasp the world in which we live.” Continue reading “Link of the Week | Signature”