FYI July 17, 2021

On This Day

180 – Twelve inhabitants of Scillium (near Kasserine, modern-day Tunisia) in North Africa are executed for being Christians. This is the earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.
The Scillitan Martyrs were a company of twelve North African Christians who were executed for their beliefs on 17 July 180 AD. The martyrs take their name from Scilla (or Scillium), a town in Numidia. The Acts of the Scillitan Martyrs are considered to be the earliest documents of the church of Africa and also the earliest specimen of Christian Latin.[1]

It was the last of the persecutions during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, which is best known from the sufferings of the churches of Vienne and Lyon in South Gaul. Marcus Aurelius died on 17 March of the year in question, and persecution ceased sometime after the accession of his son Commodus. A group of sufferers called the Madaurian martyrs seems to belong to the same period: for in the correspondence of St Augustine, Namphamo, one of their number, is spoken of as “archimartyr,” which appears to mean protomartyr of Africa.



Born On This Day

1898 – Berenice Abbott, American photographer (d. 1991)[7]
Berenice Alice Abbott (July 17, 1898 – December 9, 1991)[2] was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, New York City photographs of architecture and urban design of the 1930s, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s.




Brain Pickings by Maria Popova: Midweek pick-me-up: Mathematician Lillian Lieber on infinity, creativity, the meaning of freedom, and how to be a finite but complete human being
The Anchorage Press: Alaska’s musical prodigy, Ava Earl and more ->
Alaska’s musical prodigy, Ava Earl, releases her fourth album between high school and college. The momentum behind the young artist has been building with every release, and while this album was recently recorded in Nashville, Earl says it has roots all the way back to 2017.
By Ayun Halliday, Open Culture: A Dancer Pays a Gravity-Defying Tribute to Claude Debussy



One Good Thing by Jillee: The 3-Ingredient Spray You Need If You Hate Ironing and more ->


By Cara Strickland, Cubby: 20+ Easy On-the-Go Snacks for Kids That Involve Zero Cooking
By Julie Blanner: Oven Grilled Cheese
By Sheela Prakash, The Kitchn: Everything Bagel Salmon with Broccoli and Capers
By Ubish Yaren, The Spruce Eats: Birria Tacos and more ->
By Betty Crocker Kitchens: A Dozen Egg Bakes to Make for a Crowd
By Reina Gattuso, Atlas Obscura: Celebrate the Heyday of Sweet American ‘Salads’ With These 7 Dishes Highlights from an era of convenience, creativity, and Cool Whip.
By Perry Santanachote, The Kitchn: Red Velvet Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze





E-book Deals:



The Book Blogger List


The Book Junction: Where Readers Go To Discover Great New Fiction!

Books A Million

Digital Book Spot


eBooks Habit


Indie Bound

Love Swept & The Smitten Word

Mystery & Thriller Most Wanted

Pixel of Ink

The Rock Stars of Romance

Book Blogs & Websites:

Alaskan Book Cafe

Stacy, Carol RT Book Reviews

Welcome to the Stump the Bookseller blog!

Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course. It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee. Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.

Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder. Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?