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Kimber Simpkins

4 Life-Changing Things I Learned By Asking Strangers If I Looked Fat

Kimber Simpkins | April 17, 2015 | Women
We live with these voices and expectations all the time, but often feel like we're the only ones who hear them and feel them. It's a relief to bring them out into the light and air and see that we're not the only ones.
Leslie Kendall Dye

The Vampire That Hollywood Missed

Leslie Kendall Dye | April 17, 2015 | Books
Fevre Dream is about friendship as much as it is about ghouls in the night. It is about the violence in us all and the choices that determine our character. It is also suspense at its finest, paced to maximize dread.
Josh Lefkowitz

How to Read Like a (21st Century) Poet

Josh Lefkowitz | April 17, 2015 | Books
What works for one person may not work for another; you alone know what kind of reading experiences will excite and/or move you. But I do think you have to read, to become a (better) poet; and I do think the internet can provide some remarkable avenues to do said reading.
Mitch Ditkoff

Choosing the Poetry of Life

Mitch Ditkoff | April 17, 2015 | Books
There is a moment in everyone's life when all the cards are on the table, all the chips, too -- the moment of truth when the entire universe, it seems, is conspiring to call one's attention to the choice we have every single day to let go of the past and move towards what is truly calling us.
Steven Newton

End Times: Oreskes and Conway's Collapse of Western Civilization

Steven Newton | April 17, 2015 | Books
The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future is told from the perspective of a Chinese historian several centuries in the future, looking back at our current time and attempting to explain to readers the irrationality of our behavior.
Kristen Houghton

Spotlight On Children's Books and Author Karen T. Bartlett

Kristen Houghton | April 17, 2015 | Books
As an author, parent and educator, I am a huge proponent of getting kids to read real books. Ebooks are fine, of course. But holding a real book in your hands and turning the pages is a precious experience that all children should have.
Holly Austin Smith

Sex Trafficking: Should All Perpetrators Be Sentenced As Sex Offenders?

Holly Austin Smith | April 16, 2015 | Impact
When I first began anti-trafficking advocacy in 2009, I believed any person convicted of human trafficking should face mandatory sentences, including registration as a sex offender if the offense involved sex trafficking minors.
Janice Sands

Self-Publishing Platforms: Women's Playground or Last Resort?

Janice Sands | April 16, 2015 | Books
Literary publishing is a notoriously cutthroat business. The industry is alarmingly subjective and there are an increasing number of books published each year. But if you look more closely at the numbers, the challenge of having a literary work published is particularly difficult for women.
Annie L. Scholl

Beth Kephart On Why Living a 'Small Life' Is Big

Annie L. Scholl | April 16, 2015 | Books
Beth Kephart is the award-winning, multi-genre author of 19 published books. Her latest, One Thing Stolen (Chronicle Books, $17.99), was released April 14.
Thomas A. Foster

Was George Washington Gay? Consider the Evidence

Thomas A. Foster | April 16, 2015 | Gay Voices
Historians of the LGBTQ past have noted that there is double-standard, a default setting for the sexual orientations of historical figures. Larry Kramer seeks to tackle it head-on with his book. His provocative statements will convince some and irk others.
Digital Book World

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks--Week of April 11

Digital Book World | April 16, 2015 | Books
The slight rise in the average price of a best-seller on this week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List isn't attributable to HarperCollins going back to setting its own ebook prices, upon signing a new Amazon deal this week. The effects of the switch won't register...
Anna Freeman

Stereotype-Busting Women In Historical Fiction

Anna Freeman | April 16, 2015 | Books
The Fair Fight was inspired by the real-life bare-knuckle boxer, Elizabeth Stokes, who lived and fought in London in the early 1700s. When I found out that she'd existed I knew I wanted to write about the low, blood-spattered world she lived in. I had a very vivid...
Ann Imig

The Only Stress-Free 100% Parenting Win Is Reading to Your Kids

Ann Imig | April 15, 2015 | Parents
After weeks, months and years of parent sleep-deprivation accumulate, an educational experience that merely requires snuggling up on the couch or in bed, reading words from a page with a kid or two tucked in each armpit, feels like a revelation.
Margret Aldrich

5 Reasons To Love Little Free Libraries

Margret Aldrich | April 15, 2015 | Books
When my husband and I planted a Little Free Library -- a community book exchange -- in front of our Minneapolis bungalow, the response from the neighborhood was immediate, and immediately positive. The miniature library started getting visitors within the first five minutes it was open for business. Neighbors...
Seth Abramson

Metamodern Literature and the Metaverse

Seth Abramson | April 15, 2015 | Books
The term "metamodernism" first appeared in 1975, in a scholarly article by Mas'ud Zavarzadeh that focused its attention on 1970s domestic politics, a small subset of 1970s metafiction, and the burgeoning "technetronic culture" the author considered certain to emerge in the 1980s and 1990s.
Shaghayegh Farsijani

A Journey from Brooklyn to Tehran

Shaghayegh Farsijani | April 15, 2015 | Books
My recent semi-memoir "The Burden of My Red Lips in Tehran" is an eye-opener to what life really entails for female teens in the most heated years of Iran's modern history and it also serves as a weapon and shield to help teenagers move through the limitations and roadblocks.
Yoshiomi Tamai

A 100-Year-Old Novel Inspires an Educational Movement to Improve the Lives of Children Who Have Lost Parents

Yoshiomi Tamai | April 15, 2015 | Impact
Growing up in Nansana, Uganda, Ritah Nabukenya was sometimes unable to study at night because she could not afford to buy a candle. She was only 7 years old when she lost her father to the HIV/AIDS epidemic that was devastating an entire generation in her country.
Leora Tanenbaum

The Truth About Slut-Shaming

Leora Tanenbaum | April 15, 2015 | Women
If you are a girl or young woman, you are damned if you don't and damned if you do. If you refrain from any expression of sexiness, you may be written off as irrelevant and unfeminine. But if you follow the guidelines, you run the risk of being judged, shamed and policed.
Larry Paros

Word Origin Comics: The Rise and Fall of the Word 'Pretty'

Larry Paros | April 15, 2015 | Books
How pretty you look? Really? "Pretty," when you come down to it, is pretty relative, as in "pretty awful." Even Einstein's theory of social relativity bordered on such.
Michael Giltz

BookFilter: JK Rowling's Words of Advice, The Best Tales Since 'The Twilight Zone' and More Great New Books

Michael Giltz | April 15, 2015 | Books
A great gift for grads, a brilliant collection of short stories by Pulitzer Prize-winner Steven Millhauser, a taut Western for those already missing the TV show Justified and more are among this week's top picks. Check 'em out!
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