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Carpe Librum

Bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.


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Historical Novel Society

Trying to stay in touch....

Hey everyone! I've been trying to at least add blog posts over here at Booklikes, but the site does not work well for me. (I know this has sadly been an ongoing problem.) I haven't been posting reviews here, but I do sometimes write them on Goodreads. If you enjoy my posts, please follow my blog HERE. I hate to have to do this, but I'm not sure that I will continue here at BL.


I have made some great friends and connections through Booklikes, and I hope to continue some of those on other platforms. Thanks!


Historic Places: Benjamin Harrison House

During a recent weekend in Indianapolis, I was thrilled to stumble upon this gem on the north side of downtown. I'll be honest, I didn't even realize that President Benjamin Harrison was from Indiana, so this was a fascinating visit! 


Historic Places: The Landmark for Peace

I had the opportunity last weekend to visit a poignantly relevant historic place close to home. The Landmark for Peace in Indianapolis remembers Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy, two leaders remembered for tirelessly striving for peace and justice.

Read more here.


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2020/08/historic-places-landmark-for-peace.html

Historic Places: Venice

I am supposed to be on my way to Venice with my family today. Instead, it is just one more COVID cancellation. Don't even get me started on cancelling travel & dealing with vouchers & nonrefundable fees.... Let's just enjoy a little virtual taste of Italy.


Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2020/07/historic-places-venice.html

Daughters of the Greatest Knight


I'm happy to welcome historian Sharon Bennett Connolly to my blog today with a fantastic post on the daughters of William Marshal as part of her Ladies of Magna Carta blog tour!

An Interview

For the last day of my blog tour, Pam Lecky has invited me over for an interview where she tries to stump me with challenges like selecting only 5 favorite books!


Source: http://pamlecky.com/2020/06/13/luminous-blog-tour-with-samantha-wilcoxson

The Society of the Living Dead


On Judith Arnopp's blog, we are talking about the Society of the Living Dead, an organization started by women who were dying of radium poisoning.

Author Interview at The Writing Desk


The next stop on my blog tour is an interview with author Tony Riches. 

Luminous: an excerpt!



Today, I am visiting with author Paula Lofting and have shared an excerpt from Luminous: The Story of a Radium Girl.


The Forgotten History of the Radium Girls



Author Suzy Henderson has kindly invited me to her blog to discuss the forgotten history of the radium girls.


Remembering Bobby Kennedy


The final post in my Remembering RFK series.

Source: http://samanthawilcoxson.blogspot.com/2020/06/remembering-robert-f-kennedy.html

Available Now!

Today is the day! Luminous is available now on Kindle or in paperback.


Source: http://mybook.to/luminous

Worker Exploitation at Radium Dial


It's DAY 4 of my blog tour, and I am thrilled to be a guest at History, the Interesting Bits discussing exploitation of workers at Radium Dial. You won't believe just how long it went on!


Why wasn't the law on the Radium Girls' side?


Day 3 of my blog tour takes me to the blog of author Regina Jeffers, where we look at the worker compensation laws of the 1920s & 30s that failed to protect dial painters working with radium paint.


The First Review!


It's DAY 2 of my Luminous Blog Tour, and I am excited to share this first touching book review from author Stephanie Churchill.



Life in the Times of the Radium Girls


My Luminous Blog Tour starts today! It is a little bit surreal to be sending this book out into the world in just a couple of days. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Coffee Pot Book Club to learn about life of the young women who would become known as Radium Girls.