Chinese Zodiac, NeSpoon's Art, Doughnuts, Lit Live Conference & More: Endnotes 12 February

Chinese Zodiac, NeSpoon's Art, Doughnuts, Lit Live Conference & More: Endnotes 12 February

Friday, 12 February, 2021

Every Friday, we celebrate the weekend — and all the reading and relaxing and daydreaming time ahead — with Melissa's favorite book- and travel-related links of the week. Why work when you can read fun stuff?!

This post is part of our Endnotes series.

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According to the Chinese zodiac, today marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox. As the story goes, the Jade Emporer celebrated his birthday with a race among the animals to choose his royal guard and determine the order of the Chinese zodiac. The clever rat hitched a ride on the back of the ox, then jumped off at the finish line to claim first place. The hardworking, reliable ox came in second in the race and is the second animal in the zodiac cycle. Here are 5 things you should know about the Year of the Ox.

  • Bookish podcast of the week: On the Smart Podcast, Trashy Books show, Sarah Wendell interviews authors, readers, reviewers, bloggers, publishing professionals, editors, and librarians about romance novels. In this episode, she talks to author Rose Lerner about her book The Wife in the Attic and the appeal of Gothic romance.

  • Travel podcast of the week: The Plum Forest podcast shares modernized versions of classical Chinese fables and short stories. In this special Chinese New Year episode, you’ll learn all about the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.

 

From us to you, Happy Lunar New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day.

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