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Kindness Every Day

Genevieve Piturro | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Genevieve Piturro

Every day all of us have opportunities to be kind, to offer a small gesture of comfort or a word of hope or encouragement to those we know well, and those we are meeting for the first time.

Interview: Writer/Illustrator Rowboat Watkins on Rude Cakes

Nell Minow | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
Nell Minow

Rude Cakes is witty, charming, and pure delight for children and their families. The title characters are cakes with delicious-looking pink frosting who are indeed very rude. A hilarious and very surprising twist leads to a happy -- and less rude -- ending.

Eight Books Every Woman Should Give Her Best Friend

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 06.09.2015 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

Giving a friend amazing books can be like handing her the wisdom and comic relief of brilliant women she may never actually meet. I've compiled a list of eight books (all published within the last three years) that every woman should give her best friend and the reasons why.

Harper Lee Among Inaugural Inductees Into Alabama Writers Hall of Fame

AP | By JAY REEVES | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee missed her induction as an inaugural member of the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame on...

Must Love Words: Entanglement Author, Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is the author of the Velvet Morning Press release, Entanglement. Katie spoke to me about the many roles she assumes in her life and how they all lead back to her "love of the written word."

Reading Through the Night for NYC Libraries

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 06.05.2015 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

The 24 Hour Read-In is a perfect metaphor for libraries in New York City. There is always someone using our materials and services, day or night, 365 days a year.

Getting Excited for a Book You'll Never Read

Paige Ballard | Posted 06.04.2015 | Books
Paige Ballard

We're all going to be eternally disappointed that we'll never read Margaret Atwood or David Mitchell's newest story. But this project is as close to a guarantee as we can get that someone, maybe our own children and grandchildren, will read a little piece of our present.

The Best June Books for Kids of All Ages

Common Sense Media | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Grab a book for the road, tuck one in your kid's backpack for camp or pop a beach read in with the sunscreen. Wherever you go, bring one of these great summer reads for kids. Check out our picks for June.

The Hay Festival: What's It All About?

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 06.03.2015 | Books
Trisha de Borchgrave

The sun was shining, for the first time in six years, on the Hay Festival's final weekend, and Wales was spectacularly beautiful.

Jake Biondi Releases Third Installment of Popular BOYSTOWN Series

Jake Biondi | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Jake Biondi

"The wait is finally over," Biondi told fans of his 'BOYSTOWN' book series. The third book in the popular 'BOYSTOWN' series was released on May 1, 2015.

What Was It Like to Be a Part of the MIT Blackjack Team?

Quora | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Well, the whole thing was completely secret, for years and years and years. So it was something you were doing where you couldn't tell anyone. We were totally paranoid about security--it was an all-cash business-- and the casinos could throw you out at any time - so it was all hush hush. From the beginning in 1979, I never talked about it publicly until after the movie came out in 2008.

The Museum and Library of the Hispanic Society of America: A Hidden Gem in New York City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Museum and Library of The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps the least known of New York City museums, yet it has an extraordinary collection. I recently spent a delightful afternoon at the museum, which reflects the vision of Archer Milton Huntington to establish an institution dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic culture.

Indie Author James Mellis Talks About Truth in Fiction

Loren Kleinman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Until They Are Home is based on a true story. Can you talk about that story and why it inspired you to write the book? What was so compelling about the person in real life and how did you translate that to fiction?

On the Holiness of Plastic: Interviewing Dorothea Lasky

Max Ritvo | Posted 06.02.2015 | Arts
Max Ritvo

knew I was getting a teacher of ferocious passion and penetrating psychological insight from her poetry, which I had in read in The New Yorker, the Paris Review and in her four poetry collections.

Writing Contests: A Cautionary Tale

Warren Adler | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The rise of self-published fiction authors has been spectacular. Unfortunately the glut has made it difficult for them to stand out from the crowd however excellent their writing is.

Coming Soon: Brian Selznick's The Marvels

Monica Edinger | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Monica Edinger

Brian Selznick is one of the great artists of our time. In what is now a trilogy (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck, and the soon-to-be-out The Marvels) he has created a unique storytelling style, one that blends illustration and text in an engrossingly original way.

What Happened When I Took Mindy Kaling's Advice

Anjali Joshi | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Anjali Joshi

I took Mindy Kaling's advice (she gives the best advice) and I 'wrote my own part.' I wrote a children's book -- one that shared the strong morals and values that my parents shared with me, while being relatable to today's children with universal themes that were meaningful and relevant.

Best Start to Summer Reading: 'Skies of Ash' Over Los Angeles

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Rachel Howzell has written another riveting thriller starring her favorite (and mine!) female sleuth, the fabulous when furious and even better when behaving Lou Norton, LA Homicide detective extraordinaire.

It's All About the Books, About the Books, About the Books

Helen Young | Posted 05.31.2015 | Education
Helen Young

Like a lot of teachers Amanda Lodermeier frequently dips into her own pocket to buy materials for the fifth grade class she teaches at the Andersen U...

7 New Badass YA Heroines for You to Love

Lisa Parkin | Posted 05.29.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

There's nothing I love more than a strong YA heroine. Seeing young women in literature portrayed as confident and capable, not to mention fierce, is empowering in so many ways. Lucky for you, I've listed the newest and best 2015 YA book heroines.

10 Questions for Meryl Moss, Entrepreneur and Media Expert

Lynda Bekore | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Lynda Bekore

Meryl Moss is the founder and president of Meryl Moss Media, which just celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Meryl and her dedicated staff of publicists work with authors, both new and established, to advance exposure of their books to a wider audience in traditional and unique ways.

Looking for Familiar Faces: Books to Explore During Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

As a librarian at NYPL, I'm thrilled I get the opportunity to talk with my patrons and share the books that explore the diversity of Asian influence. As a society, we seem to be growing beyond broad cultural strokes, and have started to really listen to the unique experiences Asians have in America.

Summer Reading List: Romance for Real Girls

Katie Li | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Katie Li

The summer after I graduated college, I went through my first big break-up. Summer started, and I was single for the first time since high school.

Masters of Habit: Rituals, Lessons and Quotes From Marcus Aurelius

James Clear | Posted 05.28.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

Some of Aurelius' most famous passages were written from outposts and battlefields as he sought to expand the Roman Empire. It was through these essays that he shared his thoughts on how to balance the conflict of real life with the values of philosophy. Here, you'll find a range of quotes from Marcus Aurelius on philosophy, habits, and life.

HelloGiggles Founder and BookCon Panelist Sophia Rossi Talks About the Love Affair Between Books and the Internet

Laura M. Bell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Laura M. Bell

You've got to feel sorry for books: they have a lot to contend with. TV and computer games were bad enough, what with that deadly combination of moving images and sounds, but now there's the Internet, and all the things that come with 24-7 interconnectivity on a global scale.