iOS app Android app


Creating a better future through great literature

Pioneers for Change | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

When I was in college, I heard John Logan read "Poem, Slow to Come, on the Death of Cummings," an elegy that recounts Logan's grief over the death of his mentor, E. E. Cummings. In the poem, in verses of great musicality, Logan works through his sadness by remembering moments he shared with Cummings, by celebrating his mentor's profound influence as an artist and teacher.

Steve Roggenbuck: A Poet From The Internet

Louisiana Channel | Posted 11.24.2016 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Steve Roggenbuck was interviewed by Pejk Malinovski in connection to the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark August 2016.

Richard Ford & Colm Tóibín Conversation: Narrators Are Unreliable

Louisiana Channel | Posted 11.24.2016 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

The conversation between Colm Tóibín and Richard Ford was moderated by Synne Rifbjerg as part of the Louisiana Literature festival at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark, in August 2015.

New Evidence: Reading Literary Fiction Expands Your Emotional Capacities

Douglas LaBier | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

In a previous essay I argued that reading serious literature - but not popular fiction - helps your "evolve" and deepen your self-awareness and emotio...

Franz Kafka's insomnia haunted him, but it also fueled his creativity

ResearchGate | Posted 11.15.2016 | Arts

Surreal and saturated with themes of isolation and anxiety, Franz Kafka's work has a nightmare-like quality. It comes as little surprise that he suffe...

The Resurgence And Allure Of Anais Nin

Diana M. Raab | Posted 11.12.2016 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

I am a baby boomer, so Anaïs Nin has been a huge influence on my development both as a writer and as a woman.

The Dinner Party Of Dreams

Louise Verity | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Louise Verity

If I'm being completely honest, I can't believe I haven't written this post soon; it combines my two most favourite things: books and food. You can't...

Hidden Treasures Part Two - The Secret Of Old Books

Louise Verity | Posted 10.26.2016 | Home
Louise Verity

I've been rummaging for more hidden treasures! If you've not yet done so, make sure to read part one of this series. Here's the latest selection of th...

The Ecstasy of the Moon

Peter Reynosa | Posted 10.25.2016 | Arts
Peter Reynosa

Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons, photo by Smatprt, 2009 *This is a short story I wrote in 2011 that symbolizes the difficulty and horror and m...

Einstein Disguised As Robin Hood: Bob Dylan -- Finally -- Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Lauren Daley | Posted 10.20.2016 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

It may be fair to say that we Bob Dylan fans have been rooting for this moment far harder, for far longer, than Dylan himself.

Hidden Treasures Part One - The Secrets Of Old Books

Louise Verity | Posted 10.13.2016 | Home
Louise Verity

As the owner of a literary gift company, I have a lot of gorgeous old books. I'm often lucky enough to find hidden treasures, secret snippets of the past, nestled within their pages.

27 Tweets That Capture How Baffling Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize Win Is

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 10.25.2016 | Arts

Every year in the lead-up to the Nobel Prize announcements, a couple of names would circulate with particular feverishness for the prize in literature...

Linn Ullmann: At That Point it Became Possible to Write

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.11.2016 | Parents
Louisiana Channel

"Subterfuge is very liberating. It helps you be as truthful as you can." Award-winning Norwegian writer Linn Ullmann discusses memory and autobiograph...

New Voices in Vietnamese American Literature: A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Lam, and Aimee Phan

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Andrew Lam

Viet Thanh Nguyen became the first Vietnamese American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel, The Sympathizer, this year. His achieveme...

"Lords of Misrule" A New Novel By Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Joel D. Hirst

With this post I am pleased to announce the release of my third novel "Lords of Misrule." Our nation is engaged in a challenging discussion regarding ...

Karl Ove Knausgård: Literature Should be Ruthless

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Louisiana Channel

Karl Ove Knausgård has enchanted the literary world with 'My Struggle', a novel of more than 3000 pages about his own life. Watch the star author dis...

Elena Ferrante's Outing Is A Prime Example Of Toxic Masculinity

Krithika Varagur | Posted 10.04.2016 | Women
Krithika Varagur

Gatti is a coward, but he is not exceptional; Ferrante is exceptional. What he did is so boring that it's a cliché. A woman asserts something as clearly as possible. And a man tells her, no, this is what you really meant.

Do You Like Your College Students? Really?

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 09.29.2016 | College
Stephen Kuusisto

I entered a college classroom as an instructor for the first time in August, 1983. I was 28 years old, legally blind, with extremely long hair and an ...

10 Forgotten Books And Their Surprising Claims To Fame

Oliver Tearle | Posted 09.28.2016 | Home
Oliver Tearle

Here are ten of the most obscure books I discovered locked away in Western history's secret library, and the reasons we should know more about them.

Cultural Appropriation - Thank You Lionel Shriver

Sherry Bronson | Posted 09.27.2016 | Home
Sherry Bronson

I wish I could speak with ironclad certainty about the right of fiction writers to portray anyone, from any culture, in any way we wish. In her opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival, Lionel Shriver, a celebrated U.S. author, adamantly took that stance. Her argument appeared sound: the genre is fiction, therefore it's made up, imaginary, and nobody should take offense.

Destruction to Desolation: Shriver's Course of Empire

Joseph A. Domino | Posted 09.26.2016 | Home
Joseph A. Domino

It's hard to classify Lionel Shriver's latest novel, The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, as futuristic dystopian fiction if for no other reason than the present direction and momentum of the U.S. could bring us something like Shriver's vision in a decade or so.

Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Harold Lloyd

In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's ...

Taming the West with Six-Guns & Fists

Dennis Miller | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Dennis Miller

After decades of collecting vintage western paperbacks, (published 1939-1960) I decided to downsize and part with the approximately 3,000 novels I'd acquired.

Doing Well By Doing Good: An Interview with Marc Levy, International Author

Alexandre Mars | Posted 09.21.2016 | Impact
Alexandre Mars

Marc Levy is the most read French author in the world and has sold more than 40 million copies. His novels have been translated into 49 languages!

As Summer Fades We Welcome a New Season Cultural & Charitable Catch-Up, September 2016...

Jill Lynne | Posted 09.07.2016 | Arts
Jill Lynne

As Summer Fades We Welcome a New September Season Cultural & Charitable Catch-Up, 2016... Text & Photographs © Jill Lynne 2016 The hi-pitched sound...