Imperial Russian Literature on Tour

Beginning Monday, June 21, 2010, we’ll be celebrating White Nights on the Neva as Imperial Russian Literature goes on a virtual tour of the blogosphere. Check out these participating blogs where you’ll find reviews.

The button for this tour is a picture of St. Petersburg and the Neva River on a “white  night.” It was taken by Incandenzafied of Flickr and used under a Creative Common License. The caption for this image on Flickr? “Yep, real pretty there.” Feel free to use the button to promote your participation in the blog tour. Please download it to your computer first.

Monday, June 21        Only Words To Play With Thoughts on Pushkin, Gogol, Dostoevsky, and/or Tolstoy
Monday, June 21        So Many Books Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov

Tuesday, June 22       Sasha & The Silverfish The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy
Tuesday, June 22       The Researcher’s Tale A Hero of Our Time Tale by Mikhail Lermontov

Wednesday, June 23 Time Enough At Last Dead Souls by Gogol
Wednesday, June 23 Notes from the North Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Thursday, June 24     A Literary Odyssey Fathers and Sons by Turgenev
Thursday, June 24     Pining for the West Virgin Soil or Liza by Turgenev

Friday, June 25           Inside Books undecided
Friday, June 25           A Few of My Favourite Books First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Saturday, June 26      Books and Chocolate The Shooting Party or short story collection by Anton Chekhov

Sunday, June 27         The Reading Life Diary of A Superflous Man by Turgenev
Sunday, June 27         November’s Autumn Rudin by Turgenev

Monday, June 28        Shelf Love The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov

Tuesday, June 29        Becky’s Book Reviews War and Peace or Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
Tuesday, June 29        Tell Me A Story The Steppe and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Wednesday, June 30 Wuthering Expectations A Russian Gentleman and A Russian Childhood by Sergei Aksakov
Wednesday, June 30 Reading Through Life Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky

Thursday, July 1         Readthisbook.us Dream of a Ridiculous Man by Dostoevsky
Thursday, July 1         Life is a Patchwork Quilt The Russian poets of the Imperial Age (i.e. Pushkin, Lermertov

Friday, July 2               Rundpinne The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy and Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
Friday, July 2               Radiant Light The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Saturday, July 3          Stiletto Storytime The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Sunday, July 4             things mean a lot Short stories by Anton Chekhov

Monday, July 5           BookNAround Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
Monday, July 5           Lizzy’s Literary Life The Eternal Husband by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Tuesday, July 6           The Blog Jar Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevksy
Tuesday, July 6           A Common Reader Hadji Murad by Leo Tolstoy

Wednesday, July 7    Fleur Fisher Reads Fathers and Sons by Turgenev

Thursday, July 8        First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice Ward No. 6 and Other Stories by Anton Checkhov
Thursday, July 8        Sparks’ Notes Anna Karenina by Tolstoy

Friday, July 9              eclectic / eccentric House of the Dead by Dostoyevsky
Friday, July 9              Review, Rewrite, and Rewind Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Saturday, July 10      my books. my life. The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

Sunday, July 11          Ardent Reader Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Sunday, July 11          Rob Around Books Chekhov’s characters

Monday, July 12        Bibliolatry Eugene Onegin by Pushkin
Monday, July 12        Reading, Writing, Working, Playing Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Tuesday, July 13        Bookie Mee Short story or stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky or LeoTolstoy
Tuesday, July 13        In Spring it is the Dawn Short stories from The Collected Tales of Nikolai Gogol

Wednesday, July 14        Sophisticated Dorkiness Short stories by Anton Chekhov
Wednesday, July 14        Paperback Reader A Russian Affair by Anton Chekhov

Thursday, July 15  Adventures of an Intrepid Reader War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Thursday, July 15  Bluestalking Diary of a Superfluous Man by Ivan Turgenev

Friday, July 16        Rebecca Reads Selections from the Portable Nineteenth-Century Russian Reader
Friday, July 16        The Zen Leaf Dead Souls by Gogol
Friday, July 16        A Book Lover The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

Please note: If you are participating in this tour and the information above is incorrect or you need to make a change to your tour day, please let us know by leaving a comment or emailing classicscircuit [at] googlegroups [dot] com. Someone from the Committee will update the schedule.

If you missed sign up and you would like to be added to the schedule at this late point, we still have a few free slots and we can fit you in. Just e-mail us at classicscircuit [at] googlegroups [dot] com.

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This Week in the Circuit

This is the second week of our Golden Age of Detective Fiction tour. Check out these blogs during the week to learn about the great mysteries of the 20s and 30s.

May 24, 2010 BookLust A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh

May 24, 2010 piningforthewest Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes

May 25, 2010 The Blog Jar Black Plumes by Margery Allingham

May 26, 2010 Review, Rewrite, and Rewind Lament for a Maker by Michael Innes

May 26, 2010 Fleur Fisher Reads The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley

May 27, 2010 Brown Paper The Case of William Smith by Patricia Wentworth

May 28, 2010 A Work in Progress The Mystery of Hunting’s End by Mignon Eberhart

May 29, 2010 Life is a Patchwork Quilt Come Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie (autobiography)

May 30, 2010 book-a-rama Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie

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This Week in the Circuit

Today marks the beginning of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction tour. Here are the tour stops for the week:

May 17, 2010  Rebecca Reads Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie and/or Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

May 18, 2010  Reviews by Lola Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

May 18, 2010  Joyfully Retired Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

May 20, 2010 Staircase Wit The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham

May 20, 2010 Tales of a Capricious Reader Review of an Agatha Christie novel

May 21, 2010 Tell Me A Story Ngaio Marsh – Her Life in Crime by Joanne Drayton and/or Vintage Murder by Ngaio Marsh

May 22, 2010 Bibliosue The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

May 22, 2010 Brimful Bookshelves The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

May 23, 2010 A Few More Pages The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

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Alexandre Dumas Tour in Retrospect

Here’s a list of what you might have missed these three weeks of Dumas’ touring the blogosphere:

April 19, 2010
Reading Through Life: a post about Dumas’ relevance to young readers today

April 20, 2010
Rebecca Reads: review of The Three Musketeers

April 21, 2010
book-a-rama: review of The Wolf Leader
First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice: review of The Companions of Jehu

April 22, 2010
Semicolon: review of La Reine Margot
Bibliolatry: review of The Black Tulip

April 23, 2010
A Literary Odyssey: review of The Count of Monte Cristo

April 24, 2010
Stiletto Storytime: review of The Queen’s Necklace

April 25, 2010
Tales of a Capricious Reader: review of The Three Musketeers

April 26, 2010
Badgerish.net: review of The Companions of Jehu
Sparks’ Notes: review of The Three Musketeers

April 27, 2010
One Librarian’s Book Reviews: review of The Man in the Iron Mask

April 28, 2010
Good Books & Good Wine: review of The Black Tulip
Kay’s Bookshelf: review of La Reine Margot

April 29, 2010
Wuthering Expectations: review of A Gossip on a Novel of Dumas’s by Robert Louis Stevenson

April 30, 2010
A Striped Armchair: review of Castle Eppstein

May 1, 2010
Maxine Reads: review of The Count of Monte Cristo

May 3, 2010
FLY HIGH!: review of The Black Tulip

May 4, 2010
Shelf Love: review of The Count of Monte Cristo
Fleur Fisher Reads: review of 1001 Ghosts

May 5, 2010
The Reading Life: review of Georges
Daily Words and Acts: review of The Count of Monte Cristo

May 6, 2010
A Book Lover: review of The Three Musketeers

May 8, 2010
The Blog Jar: review of The Count of Monte Cristo

May 9, 2010
It’s All About Books: not-review of Twenty Years After

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Sign Up Open for White Nights on the Neva: Imperial Russia Tour

Sign up is now open for the White Nights on the Neva: Imperial Russian Literature Classics Circuit! Whether you’ve been looking for an excuse to read a Russian classic novel by Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy or you’d like to give some short stories by Chekhov a try, we hope you’ll consider joining the tour. The introduction page lists a few authors you may want to try, and you can consider any 19th century “golden age” Russian author that you’d like.

Sign ups will be open until Friday, May 21 (Chicago time). The tour will begin June 21 and will run for three or four weeks.

NOTE: If you want to sign up for the tour, please visit the sign up page and fill out the form.  Comments have been disabled on this post so there won’t be confusion.

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This Week in the Circuit

All good things come to an end, so here we are, in the last week of the Dumas Tour. His last (but definitely not least) stops are as follows:

May 3, 2010 FLY HIGH! The Black Tulip

May 4, 2010 Shelf Love The Count of Monte Cristo

May 4, 2010 Fleur Fisher Reads 1001 Ghosts

May 5, 2010 The Reading Life Georges

May 5, 2010 Daily Words and Acts The Count of Monte Cristo

May 6, 2010 A Book Lover The Three Musketeers

May 8, 2010 The Blog Jar The Count of Monte Cristo

May 9, 2010 It’s All About Books Twenty Years After

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Emile Zola Tour in Retrospect

The Emile Zola tour was, I think it’s fair to say, a resounding success! Many enjoyed their first book by this author, others maybe did not. But at any rate, I think we enjoyed following Zola’s stops at the following blogs. Thanks for all who participated!

April 5, 2010        The Blog Jar: Thérèse Raquin

April 5, 2010        Heidenkind’s Hideaway: Nana

April 6, 2010        The Zen Leaf: Germinal

April 6, 2010        Rebecca Reads: The Masterpiece

April 7, 2010        Shelf Love: Thérèse Raquin

April 7, 2010        Badgerish.Net: Le Rêve [The Dream]

April 8, 2010        pages turned: Germinal

April 8, 2010        Bibliosue: Zola and the Dreyfus Affair

April 9, 2010        Bibliolatry Thérèse Raquin

April 10, 2010     Sparks’ Notes The Ladies Paradise

April 11, 2010     Reviews by Lola Nana

April 12, 2010     Pining for the West Germinal

April 14, 2010     Tales from the Reading Room Zola and Naturalism

April 14, 2010     Stiletto Storytime The Ladies’ Paradise [Au Bonheur des Dames]

April 15, 2010     Musings Thérèse Raquin

April 15, 2010     Good Books & Good Wine Germinal

April 17, 2010     Lakeside Musing The Ladies’ Paradise

April 18, 2010     Medieval Bookworm Germinal

April 19, 2010     Wuthering Expectations Thérèse Raquin

April 19, 2010     A Striped Armchair The Ladies’ Paradise

April 20, 2010     Tell Me A Story Nana

April 21, 2010     Caribousmom Thérèse Raquin

April 22, 2010     The Reading Life Nana

April 23, 2010     Evening All Afternoon Germinal (French edition)

April 23, 2010     A Few of My Favorite Books The Kill

April 24, 2010     Books and Chocolate The Belly of Paris

April 25, 2010     52annualbookreviews Lourdes

April 25, 2010     BookNAround Nana

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This Week in the Circuit

We’re right in the middle of the Dumas Tour (week 2 out of 3). So far we’ve already had a bunch of great reviews, and here’s what’s scheduled to follow:

April 26, 2010 Badgerish.Net The Companions of Jehu

April 26, 2010 Sparks’ Notes The Three Musketeers

April 27, 2010 One Librarian’s Book Reviews The Man in the Iron Mask

April 27, 2010 In Spring it is the Dawn The Count of Monte Cristo

April 28, 2010 Good Books & Good Wine The Black Tulip

April 28, 2010 Kay’s Bookshelf La Reine Margot

April 29, 2010 Wuthering Expectations “A Gossip on a Novel of Dumas’s” by Robert Louis Stevenson

April 29, 2010 Carol’s Notebook The Three Musketeers

April 30, 2010 A Striped Armchair undecided Dumas

May 1, 2010 Maxine Reads The Count of Monte Cristo

May 2, 2010 Literary Lolita Camille

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White Nights along the Neva: Vote for the June Circuit

Today’s the last day to take our Feedback Survey! We’re using this as a way to make the Classics Circuit even better, and it’s your chance to influence the future of th

e Circuit. It’s pretty brief, so please take a moment to fill it out if you haven’t yet done so.

To coincide with White Nights (the days around midsummer during which the sun never sets in St. Petersburg), we will be hosting a Russian themed tour beginning mid-June. Rather than selecting an author, this poll is to select a time period:

  • Imperial Russia: nineteenth-century authors including Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Alexander Pushkin, Anton Chekhov, and Ivan Turgenev.
  • Soviet Russia: early twentieth-century authors including Mikhail Bulgakov, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Nina Berberova, and Leon Trotsky.

The survey has now been closed.

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