Author Archives: arwenbicknell

About arwenbicknell

Editor by day, author by night.

Bread and Circuses

Well, actually just the latter. In early May of 1872, the circus came to Washington, D.C.—and not just the usual political circus. This one was P.T. Barnum’s, and it featured the “famous horse-riding goat ‘Alexis,’ the wonderful snake-charmer,” and “four wild … Continue reading

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Hot Lava

Everyone  has heard of Pompeii, I think. (At least, you should have.)  Wiped out by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, it’s one of the more famous natural-disaster tourist attractions. But did you know that Mount Vesuvius wasn’t content with that … Continue reading

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It’s Official!

It only took a year or so, but I can officially say that my book will see the light of day! I am now the proud signer of a contract with Open Books, which produces a whole swath of interesting material. … Continue reading

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Today in 1872: Dry Milk Day

If you love Doritos, Kraft Mac and Cheese, or powdered cheese popcorn, you can thank Samuel Percy. On this date in 1872, Dr. Percy patented the process to create dried (or powdered) milk, which eventually gave rise to all that … Continue reading

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A Murder of Crows, a Desire of Suitors…

What do you call a gathering of writers? A neurosis? A penury? An ego? This weekend, for me, it was called the Virginia Festival of the Book. We went last year when my husband talked about his book, and we … Continue reading

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New Ideas

It is funny how things fall into my path and I think they’d be great ideas for books. (After so many completed projects turning out to be apparent nonstarters, I’m starting to question my judgment, but we’ll set that aside.) … Continue reading

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History Stuff

I just finished listening to Astoria by Peter Stark, and this book is incredible.  I’m tempted to try to make my 13-year-old read it; it’s that engaging and interesting. (And there’s a really great description of scalping and scalping victims in … Continue reading

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