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A Watchman Sets a Mockingbird Free

Michelle Blair Wilker | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Michelle Blair Wilker

With the recent discovery and publication of Go Set a Watchman we are faced with disillusionment of our first fictional love, but we have earned clues into the writing process of a literary genius and opened up a much-needed dialogue about literature and race relations.

Beautiful Ruins: A Wildly Imaginative Work of Art

Off The Shelf | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

I don't think it is much of a stretch to say that narrative voice is the single most important element in fiction.

Black 'Harry Potter' Characters Aren't Just Beautiful -- They're Revolutionary

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices

There's an unspoken rule in literature: Characters are white unless explicitly described otherwise. Take, for example, Hermione Granger from H...

If I Were Writing the Great American Novel

Dan Truong | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Dan Truong

If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be white. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would be 10-20 years older. If I were writing the Great American Novel, I would not look at the Wikipedia page for the Great American Novel daily, as if it held some sort of great and terrible secret that would tell me exactly what to write and how to write it.

Learning to Write in Hemingway's Spain

Jane Cutler Yepez | Posted 07.27.2015 | Arts
Jane Cutler Yepez

In an attempt to heal my broken heart, I cast about for ways to fill the empty days that had once been spent with a beloved companion. I searched for activities that were meaningful, or at least distracting.

What Novels Teach Us About Life

Omer Aziz | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts
Omer Aziz

The irony of novels is that they are dressed-up lies with one crucial caveat: Unlike most lies, novels attempt to reach some fundamental truth of the kind our mostly inconsequential and barely-factual newsfeeds could never match.

13 Pretty "Shimmer-Words" to Make You Sound Cooler

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Lulu Salavegsen

The only thing that creates a similar eruption of discovery-joy and elation to my finding a book that finds me and the excitement and anticipation to read it is...

Happy Birthday, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Despite strife and money troubles, illness and depression and The Great Depression, their honeymoon went on for the next twenty years. If you don't believe that, just read Scott and Zelda's letters to each other.

Want to Fight Anti-Latino/a Prejudice?: 5 Reasons to Bring the Community into the Classroom

Marisel Moreno | Posted 07.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

One of the most powerful ways to combat racist and negative stereotypes about U.S. Latinas and Latinos, or any group for that matter, is to be armed with actual facts and data, and to use that information to engage others in learning about and interacting with that particular community.

Gandalf, Merlin, or Dumbledore: Who Was the Greatest Wizard?

Quora | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Quora

Dumbledore is the most powerful by a country mile for the simple reason that magic has changed as the world has changed, so what might have seemed like a big deal in 600 A.D., or even 1954, does not seem like a big deal now, and J.K. Rowling wanted to "wow" her audience.

What if it's not About Atticus?

Kristine Holmgren | Posted 07.23.2015 | Books
Kristine Holmgren

If you are reluctant to read Watchman because you love Atticus, get over yourself. This best-seller is not about an old, white man. It's about a strong, iconoclastic, brilliant woman -- powerful and caring.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, on Native Grounds

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

I've been to Ireland many times before, but never to Waterford. Fitzgerald brought me here -- and to the Irish sides of his family, both the McQuillans and the Fitzgeralds, I'm grateful.

World Is Inchoate Without Iran: A Plea to U.S. Congress

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

I respectfully plead that Congress debate the agreement in a balanced and historically-informed manner. Iran is a sophisticated country. The Iranians are a creative people who have lot to offer in the fields of literature, arts, religion, medicine, architecture, and commerce.

For Novelists, Success Is Not Monetary

Steven Petite | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

We live in a world where success is considered to be directly correlated to the amount of commas in a person's bank account, and to some degree, success and monetary returns are tangentially related.

I Need to Believe In (the Original) Atticus Finch

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 07.17.2015 | Books
The University of Central Florida Forum

I created Atticus Finch? I never saw the film, but whatever. Of course, I created him. We all did. Lee's character Atticus is no longer hers. He's all of ours now.

Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Today is the official release date of Sinister Wisdom 97: Out Latina Lesbians. There are many things that are unique about this issue of Sinister Wisdom.

Harper Lee's New Book: Young Atticus Finch and the Super Hot Vampire Society

Spencer Green | Posted 07.16.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Ms. Lee--or, as her family and friends call her, Ms. Lee--wanted to try her hand at a novel that would appeal more directly to younger audiences," says Colton LaFenrois, a publicist for Random Del Collins House.

The LiliLite Shelf Is a Triple Threat for Bedside Readers

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Van Winkle's

The LiliLite, which hit its fundraising goal on Kickstarter, is a triple threat for book-lovers. It stows tomes, sheds light and even bookmarks your page. Made of steamed plywood, the z-shaped shelf mounts to the wall above your bed

Go Set a Watchman: A Draft, Not a Novel

Mary Alice Franklin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Books
Mary Alice Franklin

The first manuscript remained in stasis until it was re-discovered and published as-was-found. According to Andreadis, "Harper Lee wanted to have the novel published exactly as it was written, without editorial intervention"; though, she has not re-read the novel since its re-discovery.

Atticus Finch Is Not a Racist

Galanty Miller | Posted 07.15.2015 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

It's unfair to critique an unread literary work. For all I know, Go Set a Watchman is a brilliant piece of fiction. So I won't criticize the novel itself. But nor will I read it... unless they release it in comic book form and add Batman into the story. I'm just not that interested.

Everything I Ever Learnt, I Learnt From Reading

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 07.14.2015 | Arts
Hannah Lamarque

If there's one thing I know for sure, it's what makes a good book. Sure, I haven't written any of my own any time lately but I sure have read a lot.

Innocence and Experience: Nelle Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Go Set A Watchman

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Not all succeed. Nelle Lee, publishing as Harper, has now done so twice: first, with To Kill A Mockingbird, its sales in the hundreds of millions already; and now, with Go Set A Watchman, the presale orders for which have smashed prior records to bits.

TL;DR: Marcel Proust's 'In Search Of Lost Time'

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 07.10.2015 | Arts

July 10th is the bookworm’s Day of Atonement: a holy time that honors the birth of Marcel Proust, gathering avid readers to bemoan the sins -- ...

7 Facts That Bring Order To The Madness Of 'Alice's Adventures In Wonderland'

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has, from the beginning, been rather capricious. “I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I thi...

From Hypnos to Hamlet to Zombies, a Look at Our Obsession With Sleep and Death

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Van Winkle's

Where does our cultural conjoining of sleep and death come from, and how has the entanglement of the two concepts persisted throughout time in our major artistic and historic works?