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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.

Mother's Day Reads: Eight Great Mother Characters in Literature

Allison Pataki | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Allison Pataki

In honor of those real-life female figures in your own lives, why don't you consider picking up a book featuring a rich and inspiring mother figure?

Make Like A Sponge!

Lillian Sims | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Lillian Sims

I always had the feeling that she might have easily been a great writer or leader in any field, but somehow decided to stay in the same classroom for as many years as I have known her, patiently prying young brains with a methodical, calm, questioning style.

Postmodern Magic

Dan Truong | Posted 06.30.2015 | College
Dan Truong

This past summer, I read the novel Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. It details the story of one man, whose name happens to be Jonath...

5 Books to Get You Out of Your Literary Comfort Zone

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

While many of you likely don't have the time to read right now with finals and papers and all that fun stuff, you should remember this list for the summer time. Here is a list of books I've read and enjoyed that'll help you step outside your literary comfort zone!

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With John Ashbery

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

John Ashbery is the author of nearly 30 books of poetry. He has won nearly every major American poetry award, starting with the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1956.

Lars Norén: Advice to the Young

Louisiana Channel | Posted 06.22.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Lars Norén is widely regarded as the greatest contemporary Swedish playwright. We paid him an exclusive visit at his apartment in Stockholm to hear...

Remembering the Marvelous Uruguayan Writer Eduardo Galeano

Danny Postel | Posted 06.21.2015 | Books
Danny Postel

My heart has been heavy since learning over the weekend of the death of the radical and marvelously lyrical Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, whom I had the enormous pleasure of meeting some 20 years ago.

I Salute Thee, Poets!

Daniel Handler | Posted 06.20.2015 | Books
Daniel Handler

This April, as I've done on a bunch of other Aprils, I'm only reading poetry. It's good for the soul and it's a nice way to celebrate National Poetry Month, which otherwise may pass unnoticed, what with Passover, the arrival of Spring and Beverly Cleary's birthday.

Grandma's Tales: On Vietnam, Memories and Transformation

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Andrew Lam

It was hard to explain then what had happened, what we had always expected as the tragic ending of things, human frailty the point of mourning and grief. And wasn't epic loss what made us tell our stories?

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2015

Michael Carosone | Posted 06.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

For National Poetry Month 2015, here is one of my poems: "My Laundromat"//I will buy a Laundromat//so that//I can take the perfectly blue and green//rounded sphere which we call planet Earth// and give it a very needed cleaning.

2015 Poetry Month: An Interview With Erin Belieu

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.14.2015 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

"I'm not sure I would call it a progression so much as a deepening of consciousness throughout the books. Hopefully we have an increasing sense of truthfulness about ourselves as we grow older, and we grow strong enough to both own and share this."

Günter Grass: Writing Against the Wall

Louisiana Channel | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"In my understanding, literature acknowledges the times and its faults. And even when it tries to omit politics, even in a love story, if you look closely, politics plays a part."

I Want to Suck Your Blood (Cordial): Dracula Heaven in Whitby, England

Paula Froelich | Posted 04.03.2015 | Travel
Paula Froelich

One of the most hauntingly beautiful and eerie places in England is on the northeastern coast of Yorkshire in a tiny town called Whitby. Long a va...

Which Character in the Harry Potter Franchise Has the Most Compelling Story Arc?

Quora | Posted 06.07.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Do you remember the Neville of Sorcerer's Stone? The kid that lost his Rememberall? He ruined cauldrons, broke his wrist, ended up going to the stupid duel and getting cursed by Malfoy. And then, Neville he ended up in detention because the Golden Trio decided that they wanted to be dragon smugglers today. The detention that landed them in the Forbidden Forest? Yeah, that one.