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Universities Make 'Cli-fi' Dreams Come True

J. L. Morin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Education
J. L. Morin

Universities are getting tough on environmental protection as they tackle challenges, through architecture, literature, hard science, and finance, bringing the new genre of climate-change fiction to life.

How This 'Chicana' Writer Is Breaking The Mold When It Comes To Strong Women

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 07.04.2014 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

In college, Ana Castillo's plan had been to teach art in high school, but she veered from that more conventional path to become a self-taught poet and then a self-taught everything else literary, now with two New York Times Notable Books of the Year to her credit. Today, she is called one of the most powerful voices in contemporary Chicana literature.

Screen Literacy for the Next Generation: How the Arts and Humanities Matter

Christine Henseler | Posted 07.04.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

In my college classroom I often ask students about their technology habits and, to my surprise, I repeatedly find that this "tech generation" is not as active as we have come to believe.

Conversations on Writing: Interview with Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon, Part 2

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels "Do not be afraid to write. Do not be afraid to explore. Do not be afraid to make mistakes." In Part 2 of our interview with YA f...

7 Beach Reads by International Authors (PHOTOS)

Departures Magazine | Posted 07.01.2014 | Books
Departures Magazine

New releases out of Japan, Hungary, China and more are anything but predictable, adding an international flair to a summer reading list.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: How I Found Myself at UC Berkeley

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.03.2014 | College
Andrew Lam

Pelaud had always been an outsider. Born in 1965 to a French father and a Vietnamese mother who didn't speak much French, she grew up in rural France feeling isolated, both geographically and culturally. She had trouble making friends and didn't do well in school. No one believed that she would amount to much.

SHORTLISTED: The 2014 PEN Literary Awards

PEN American Center | Posted 06.20.2014 | Books
PEN American Center

Spanning fiction, essays, science writing, biography, sports writing, translation and children's books, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards celebrate the best of literature from around the world.

Does Reading 'Moral' Stories to Children Promote Honesty?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

All over the world, young children are exposed to classic fairy tales, myths and other stories. Most kids love hearing stories, but in addition to being a fun activity, storytelling is also thought of as an educational tool that can promote moral reasoning and honesty.

Fighting in Baghdad

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

The people of Baghdad never found their peace. They did not learn anything from their predecessors. With all those wars they will never reach the greatness of the bygone era.

Top 10 Father Figures in Literature: Great Reads for Father's Day

Allison Pataki | Posted 06.12.2014 | Books
Allison Pataki

This weekend we will celebrate our fathers and the important men in our lives. In their honor I've come up with my list of top ten great reads about great father figures in literature.

We Can't Forget About Gay Literature

James McDonald | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
James McDonald

Young people, gay and otherwise, need to see gay people as no different from anyone else, to see them in scenarios that characterize the lives of human beings as a whole. Unfortunately, for those like me, who looked to literature for a guiding light, the terrain was too often depressingly barren.

How Do I Understand And Appreciate Books Better?

Quora | Posted 06.06.2014 | Books
Quora

It is far nobler to have too meager and too humble an opinion to offer about the books you read, than being the kind of deluded blowhard who shouts from rooftops and Twitter accounts that Khaled Hosseini is the best living writer in the world.

Fathering Minds: 7 Books for Dad's Shelf

James M. Chesbro | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
James M. Chesbro

My favorite fatherhood books are a compass at the end of a frenzied day. These seven works of literary nonfiction situate me in the fellowship of other dads pursuing understandings.

Laura Powell's 'Goddess' Is an Enchanting Read

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Britain is crumbling and a young soon-to-be Priestess named Aura from the Cult of Artemis is blind to it all. But everything changes when Aura meets a rebellious boy named Aiden.

Maya Angelou Dies, Inspiring New Scientists

Olympia LePoint | Posted 05.29.2014 | Entertainment
Olympia LePoint

From "Roots" to "Sesame Street", she was a leader who taught me how to be a "Phenomenal Woman." She won three Grammys, spoke six languages, and ushered a U.S. President into office through a poem. She inspired me to master the English language, so I could help humanity embrace science.

Early Gay Literature Rediscovered

Trebor Healey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Trebor Healey

Specializing in gay titles, gothic and horror novels, as well as literary fiction, they founded Valancourt Books in 2005 to restore many of these works to a new generations of readers. It's an impressive and fascinating list. I got so lost in it, and had so much fun looking around at all the great books I've never even heard of, I just had to interview these guys.

To Maya: A Phenomenal Woman

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

They were beacons of light in our darkness, those teachers. And they offered us the words of Black authors to take with us on our journeys.

Literary Relatives

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Claudia Zelevansky

Unlike Nora Ephron, Maya Angelou and I have nothing in common. When I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, it did not offer me identification as Heartburn had, it offered me access -- vivid, scary, and profound access -- to a place I had never been before.

'Animal Farm' Lessons

Pauline Hawkins | Posted 06.17.2014 | Education
Pauline Hawkins

Every year, I get rebellious while teaching Animal Farm; I can't help it. I see the similarities between the corruption of power and our present educational system, and I feel the intense desire to shout "Rebellion!" from the roof tops.

9 Muses Who Inspired Incredible Literature

Sally O'Reilly | Posted 05.27.2014 | Books
Sally O'Reilly

Love, passion, poetry, pain, suffering and drug-crazed self-destruction, although not necessarily in that order. Being a muse -- or channelling one -- is clearly a high risk occupation.

The Last Words of Mass Murderer Elliot Rodger Remixed Into Poetry

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.26.2014 | Books
Seth Abramson

Can hateful words be turned against themselves and become, instead, a vehicle for amity and compassion? The metamodern poem linked to above, and transcribed below, seeks to answer that question.

Puzzling Book Titles

Dave Astor | Posted 05.22.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

There are novels with titles that are puzzling, at least at first. What exactly do they mean? What are they referring to in the book? It can be frustrating to figure that out, but also fun. Many people like to read mysteries, and an obscure novel title is sort of a mystery in microcosm.

Daughter of Chaos Full of Magic, Mythology and More

Valerie Tejeda | Posted 05.21.2014 | Books
Valerie Tejeda

Daughter of Chaos is honestly a must for anyone whose a fan of young adult fantasy. I was fortunate enough to chat with author Jen McConnel to get the inside scoop on her magical novel.

Philip Roth Reads One Last Time

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

Roth's reading brought tears to anyone who has buried someone beloved. Yet what flowed from it was nowise morbid or even poetically elegiac. Nostalgic, yes, for the eighty years just past, but realistic about them too -- and above all historic.

Does Literary Fiction Challenge Racial Stereotypes?

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

Reading literary fiction can be highly pleasurable, but does it also make you a better person? Conventional wisdom and intuition lead us to believe that reading can indeed improve us. However, we may overestimate the capacity of literary fiction to foster moral improvement