10 Women Authors Who Started After Age 40: Today in Critical Linking

Thankfully, these 10 women — and countless other authors — didn’t listen to that judgy inner voice and embarked on their literary careers later in life (in most cases, after many years of first drafts, ditched ideas and killed darlings). Aside from holding some darn good writing, each book is a comforting reminder that there’s always time to see your name on the page.  

So much space is dedicated to literary wunderkind, it’s nice to see a list of those writers — women! — who didn’t get their start until after 40.


From 7 September, every baby registered in the Glasgow area will be given a library card by the registrar.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Our libraries are often the hub of a local community – providing vital access to information and resources that people would otherwise not have.

“Now, thanks to £80,000 Scottish government funding, every local authority in Scotland will trial methods to give children automatic membership to their local library.

This pilot project to get library cards into the hands of all children in Scotland is smart. I’ll be keeping an eye on this to see how it pans out.


With so many amazing books being published every year, some don’t get the attention they deserve. Here are 12 great Canadian novels we think deserve another look.

Bone up on your Can Lit (the cover for Lemon is killing me).


The reasoning, per psychologist and study author Dr. David Lewis is that a book is “more than merely a distraction, but an active engaging of the imagination,” one that “causes you to enter an altered state of consciousness.”

It doesn’t matter if your book of choice is by James Patterson or James Joyce, fiction or fact, so long as it you find it fully absorbing.

Because when the mind is engaged in a world constructed by words, tension evaporates and the body relaxes, paving the way for sleep.

Keeping reading before bedtime. It’s good for you, says science.

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