This page allows the many authors of the 2013 Community Novel Project so share, trade and recommend online resources for research and inspiration while writing their chapters. Post your suggestions in the comments or email to Lissa at firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion.
We initially shared some discussion about using Speakeasy or Speak Easy or Speak-Easy surrounding the spelling and punctuation of the novel’s title to best convey the double meaning of a unlicensed saloon and the act of sharing a story with someone.
“According to an 1889 newspaper, “Unlicensed saloons in Pennsylvania are known as ‘speak-easies.’” They were so called because of the practice of speaking quietly about such a place in public, or when inside it, so as not to alert the police or neighbors. ” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speakeasy#Etymology
SpeakEasy is the current preferred title spelling.
From George: For history background, check the DVD Boardwalk Empire. The last disc special features are all about prohibition & speak easies, includes a tour of several of these hidden places still in existence today.
From Miranda: I did a little digging and found a really nice source on skyways, written by a librarian at the
Kansas State Historical Society “PROHIBITION IN KANSAS By CLARA FRANCIS, LIBRARIAN, KANSAS STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY” http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1918ks/v2/ch54p1.html
Librarian Jeanne Mithen in the Topeka Room on the second floor of the library shares: We have had authors and would be authors come in before to research a period, area of town, institutions, etc.- finding resources is what we do. We have the vertical (subject) files, directories, yearbooks, local histories about neighborhoods, events like floods and tornadoes, schools, buildings, biographies, and institutions, etc. We have copying facilities and of course the local papers on microfilm, so we should be able to help them capture the aura of an era to ground their stories. And, we are open the same hours as the rest of the library.