a week to remember


Central Library tower on a mosaic collage of Keith Chaffee's blog posts
Tina Lernø, March 05, 2021

One of our most prolific writers for the LAPL Blog will be retiring soon. We thought it might be a fun and fitting send-off, to turn the tables and ask Keith some questions before he rides off into the sunset.

Neil Gaiman at South by Southwest 2019 event
Keith Chaffee, November 09, 2020

On November 10, 1960, Neil Gaiman was born. Gaiman is an author of comics and fantasy novels whose work draws on a wide range of historical styles, literary eras, and mythologies.

Graphic illustration with words vote in a map of United States
Keith Chaffee, November 02, 2020

November 3 is Election Day, and today we take a look at books about presidential elections.

Author John le Carré
Keith Chaffee, October 19, 2020

On October 19, 1931, John le Carré was born. Le Carré is a master of the spy novel, writing stories rooted in his own years as a British intelligence agent.

National Dessert Day above a photo-illustration of a plate of desserts
Keith Chaffee, October 11, 2020

October 14 is National Dessert Day, an opportunity to celebrate the wide array of sweets with which we traditionally end a meal. To mark the date, we’re going to take a rapid-fire look at just a few of the dessert cookbooks available for download at OverDrive.

Author Nora Roberts
Keith Chaffee, October 05, 2020

On October 10, 1950, Nora Roberts was born. Roberts is one of the most popular authors of romance novels, with more than 200 novels to her credit.

Portrait of Graham Greene on Dangerous Edge and a collage of his books.
Keith Chaffee, September 28, 2020

On October 2, 1904, Graham Greene was born. For fifty years, Greene was one of England’s most highly regarded novelists, writing both literary examinations of moral issues and lighter tales of espionage and political intrigue.

Interior of Palais Garnier Opera House with words The Phantom of the Opera on the curtain.
Keith Chaffee, September 21, 2020

On September 23, 1909, the first installment of Gaston Leroux’s novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra (The Phantom of the Opera) was published in the Paris newspaper Le Gaulois.

Dark pirate ship on the sea with words Talk Like a Pirate Day
Keith Chaffee, September 14, 2020

Ahoy, mateys! September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so hoist the mainsail and shiver me timbers! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Arrrr!

Stephen Jay Gould on the book cover, Stephen Jay Gould: Reflections on His View of Life
Keith Chaffee, September 06, 2020

On September 10, 1941, Stephen Jay Gould was born. Gould was a paleontologist, biologist, and historian of science. He had the talent of writing about complicated scientific questions in a way that the non-scientist could understand.