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Lev Raphael

Tis the Season to Be Grateful--to Cynthia Ozick?

Lev Raphael | November 25, 2015 | Books
If you look for a quote on gratitude to spice up an email, tweet, or Facebook post this Thanksgiving season, one of the top ones you'll find is by American novelist and essayist Cynthia Ozick: "We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." It's everywhere:...
Marie Marley

New Book Offers Hope for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | November 25, 2015 | Books
The majority of books on dementia are filled with information about the painful problems Alzheimer's caregivers face, but this one focuses on the joy one can have when interacting with loved ones living with dementia. And hope is exactly what if offers.
Paola K Amaras

Bruce Cook's Trumbo: A Brilliant Light Shining Into Dark Times

Paola K Amaras | November 25, 2015 | Books
Bruce Cook's Trumbo, reissued as a tie-in to a major motion picture starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren, delves into the life, jail-time and, most importantly, the "blacklisting" of James Dalton Trumbo.
The National Book Review

Essay: Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt -- The Lesbian Novel That's Now a Major Motion Picture

The National Book Review | November 24, 2015 | Books
The movie Carol, starring Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara, opened in New York and Los Angeles last weekend. Carol, which has gotten rave reviews and is generating Oscar talk, is based on The Price of Salt, a novel by Patricia Highsmith.
M. Shannon Hernandez

30 Ways Authors Can Prepare for the New Year

M. Shannon Hernandez | November 24, 2015 | Books
As writers, we are getting ready to close out another year of ferocious writing. Like all other aspects of our lives, there are plenty of ways that we can get ourselves prepared for the New Year.

Best Picture Books of 2015 Featuring Minority Characters

Kirkus | November 24, 2015 | Books
Originally published on Kirkus. For the full list of the Best Picture Books of 2015, click here.
Anis Shivani

Video Reading Series Thanksgiving Edition: Five Emerging Houston Poets You Should Know About

Anis Shivani | November 24, 2015 | Books
In the time that I have lived here, since the late 1990s, Houston has become quite the poetry town. There is so much poetry of so much diversity from so many different kinds of poets coming out pretty much every day that one can hardly keep up.
Elinor Griffith

Virtues Cooking: An Unconventional Recipe from Julia Child's Kitchen

Elinor Griffith | November 24, 2015 | Taste
It's really quite fun and simple. You can see results right away: you just focus on a virtue (like courage, resourcefulness, friendliness or wonder), cook up an appropriate recipe that reinforces that virtue and make the idea sizzle and stick.
Sonia Halbach

Breaking Up With the First Manuscript

Sonia Halbach | November 24, 2015 | Books
Like any relationship, it's not easy breaking up with a manuscript, especially when you put so much time and effort into it, and at the end of the day there are still strong feelings involved. And it's even harder when it was your first.
Devin E. Haqq

Black Characters Matter

Devin E. Haqq | November 24, 2015 | Black Voices
If a young person of color is fed a steady diet of movies, television shows, and plays in which characters that look like her exist only on the margins, how can we expect her to dream of taking center stage in school or work?
David Henry Sterry

Roy Scranton on Terror, Climate, Anthropocene and What They're Terrified of You Knowing

David Henry Sterry | November 24, 2015 | Books
Like many angry teenage idiots, I read "Howl" and it turned me into a poet. When I saw it was published by City Lights, I made it my mission to someday get there. When I first walked into the bookstore in North Beach, I felt like a pilgrim...
Jesse Kornbluth

When Greg Pardlo Won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, He Was a Graduate Student In... Non-Fiction

Jesse Kornbluth | November 24, 2015 | Books
Greg Pardlo submitted "Digest," his slim book of poems, to the major publishers. All rejected it. He sent it to Four Way Books, which is, like the poet, literary and decidedly non-profit. In 2014, Four Way published his 75-page book.
Lara Lillibridge

Book Review: The Daily Hazards of a Middle Eastern Wife by Soad Nasr

Lara Lillibridge | November 24, 2015 | Books
Her conversational tone pulls the reader in, so that I felt like a new friend she was explaining her customs to, and not an unwelcome voyeur peeking through a window. Humorous, lighthearted, respectful but not unduly submissive, Soad Nasr's book gives a glimpse into one woman's life in the Middle East that will break down stereotypes and create space for real understanding.
Larry Paros

Word Origin Comics: Making Waves

Larry Paros | November 24, 2015 | Books
Feeling washed up lately? You obviously need to catch the flow of success. "In the lobby of every business incubator there needs to be a bathtub, to get the ideas flowing. But to make it funktional, it needs to be used as a fish tank." ― Jarod Kintz,...
Thomas McMillen-Oakley

Over the River With Two Dads: An Interview With Author Linda Ashman

Thomas McMillen-Oakley | November 23, 2015 | Gay Voices
"We wanted the characters to be diverse in multiple ways so that lots of kids (and adults) would recognize themselves and their families in the illustrations."
Michael Nirenberg

Rock n Roll Watergate

Michael Nirenberg | November 24, 2015 | Books
After feverishly reading Robert Rosen's updated 15th anniversary eBook edition of Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon, you feel like you are inside The Dakota with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This isn't quite your average rock n roll...
William Kenower

The Day I Stopped Reading Reviews

William Kenower | November 23, 2015 | Books
Either way, I was letting what someone else thought of what I'd written determine how I should feel about what I'd written, and this is an untenable position for a writer.
Janis Cooke Newman

We've Seen This European Refugee Crisis Before

Janis Cooke Newman | November 23, 2015 | Politics
The images are indelible. A body washed up on a beach like sea glass, flotsam from an overcrowded boat. It is said that history has a way of repeating itself. And for me, these images -- this vocabulary -- recall a story that is more than 70 years old. That of the refugee ship, the St. Louis.
Off The Shelf

A Novel With No Easy Answers Probes Complex, Emotional Questions

Off The Shelf | November 23, 2015 | Books
Ahmed and the misguided uproar over his clock immediately reminded me of a novel that I love, Amy Waldman's The Submission. Typically, I turn to fiction to escape my day-to-day life, but sometimes we need to read stories that force us to reflect on and question the strangeness that is our reality, and this emotionally gripping and thought-provoking novel has stayed with me for that very reason.
Nathan Gauer

Visiting Uncle Bardakçı (Part 3)

Nathan Gauer | November 24, 2015 | Books
(The following is the second part of a three-part fictitious short story. Read part one here and read part two here.) "Mr. Bardakçı, I've been meaning to tell you something since I arrived tonight," Kiera began....
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