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Why Diversity in Children's Literature Really Matters

Jacob Hood | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Jacob Hood

Where were the black kids going on thrilling adventures, solving crimes and saving the day that I could identify with? Why couldn't the black kids also just be kids?

Music, Literature and Expansion

Tajci Cameron | Posted 07.06.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

My 12-year-old son installed a star-gazing app on our phones and arranged a 21st century star-gazing family experience. The night wasn't particularly ...

Dylann Roof Went to School

T. Elijah Hawkes | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
T. Elijah Hawkes

Whether it's literature or some other key that opens the door, it's important that school communities explicitly reflect on our readiness to offer these children, and all children, the opportunities for moral development and moral leadership that our nation needs.

The Highly Intelligent, Creative, Self-Destructive White Male in Literature and Film

Steven Petite | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Petite

While it is a blatant distortion of how the world really operates, when trying to assess why these characters, who quite obviously resemble real life counterparts as well, say the things they do and live the lives they live when they have so much potential, the answer becomes complicated.

Prominent South Korean Novelist Admits To Plagiarizing Japanese Author

AP | KIM TONG-HYUNG | Posted 06.26.2015 | World

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — One of South Korea's most influential writers admitted Tuesday to plagiarizing a well-known Japanese author in a short sto...

Part and Parcel: Nin Andrews

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Beauty leads to vulnerability, and beauty is most often seen as a feminine quality. These concepts are thoroughly, almost obviously embedded in our culture.

5 Fabulous Literary Fathers, in Their Own Words

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 06.20.2015 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

You may think you have the best real dad in the world (I certainly do!), but I've pulled together some fictional contenders to rival anyone, along with the quotes that, to me, give an idea why we love them:

17 Timeless Books Our Dads Read To Us When We Were Young

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts

Reading to a squirming child can be a bit of a chore, especially the kind of child who demands to hear Goodnight Moon five times every night for a yea...

W. G. Sebald's "The Emigrants"; Stories of Their Time With Relevance Today

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Trisha de Borchgrave

There are voices who encapsulate in their writing the angst of being alive in Europe's war-torn 20th century.

My One Exception To The 'I Don't Like Shakespeare' Rule

Reilly Wieland | Posted 06.16.2015 | Teen
Reilly Wieland

I have to admit the cardinal sin of all book lovers: I don't really love Shakespeare.

Reading Jane Austen on the Eve of the Singularity

Rick Rosner | Posted 06.12.2015 | Books
Rick Rosner

Right now, we're in a Jane Austen golden age - a brief window of history in which we have the time and resources to form good marriages (or marriage-like arrangements) and before the science fiction future makes relationships fantastically baroque.

Harold Bloom: Preposterous 'Isms' Are Destroying Literature

Michael Skafidas | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Michael Skafidas

Bloom: In my view, all these ideologies have destroyed literary study in the graduate schools and in the academies.

Not Your Mother's James Baldwin

Chase Quinn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Chase Quinn

A collage of song, multi-media and narrative poetry, Notes of a Native Song is as much an ode to the prolific artist and author of the essay Notes of a Native Son, as it is a critique of the canonization of Baldwin's work and the sterilization of his public image.

...And Waiting And...

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.09.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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'Big Voices' Helped Stacey D'Erasmo Find Her Own

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Annie L. Scholl

I think it was (author) Francine Prose who said publication is like the calm before the calm--that you think so much will happen and it doesn't. But when my first book came out (Tea, Algonquin Books, 2000), what I wasn't prepared for was the magnitude of what it felt like internally.

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.

Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.03.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The "see-Ma, no-hands" automated reporting movement has been used by AP, Bloomberg and Thomson-Reuters in crunching numbers -- business figures and sports scores -- as well as turning out formulaic stories.

Defining Popular -- Not What You Think It Means

Maria Rodale | Posted 05.29.2015 | Books
Maria Rodale

Stepping away from my typical brooding and introspection--such as it is--about my own life, I find myself incrankulous (incredulous + cranky) about the latest news to sweep the publishing industry.

Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

Cindy Lovell | Posted 05.28.2015 | Books
Cindy Lovell

Mark Twain was honored during his lifetime by receiving an honorary master's degree from Yale University (1888) and three honorary doctorates. The conferring institutions were Yale University (1901), University of Missouri-Columbia (1902), and University of Oxford (1907).

Post-Postmodernism: Where Does it End?

Dan Truong | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Dan Truong

Let's operate under the assumption that postmodernism and modernism are real movements and not a load of Dickensian word-filler. There's a lot of debate of what postmodernism actually is.

Birth of a Lion and the Great American Bildungsroman

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

I was in Philadelphia all day on Saturday. I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in the morning, the Italian Markets, Reading Terminal, the Barnes Foundation, and Chinatown in the afternoon, and saw The Lion King at the Academy of Music in the evening. It was, in short, an absolutely incredible day.

A Land Where Writers Are Revered

Jeanine Barone | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

In the beginning, there existed an island -- uninhabited but for the Arctic fox -- sculpted by snow and ice, wind, water, and fire. This wild, windswept land had no name, until settlers arrived in the 10th century, and made this place their home.

Here's Why Famous Authors Chose Their Fake Names

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Arts

Writers have chosen pen names over the centuries for reasons almost as varied as the names themselves. (We're looking at you, "Dr. Seuss.") While s...

'Youth Is A Lost Utopia'

The European | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

France’s literary enfant terrible, Frédéric Beigbeder, blames J.D. Salinger for his fear of old age. As therapy, he wrote a bold novel about...

Banning Books in the 21st Century

Steven Petite | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Literature is a wonderful and integral part of the human experience. Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. They can open up doors to new ideas, new outlooks, and fresh experiences.