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Henry James: Vanilla Ice Cream with Brandied Peaches

Nicole Villeneuve | Posted 11.06.2012 | Books
Nicole Villeneuve

For the James family, canning peaches was one way to keep that taste of summer all year round. Add a little brandy to the syrup before canning them, and you have an extra-special treat; spooned over ice cream, they were James' favorite dessert.

Book Trails: Reacquainting Children With Reading (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 11.04.2012 | Books
Bus 52

Before there were video games and the internet, there were books. Ask a baby boomer what it was like growing up and you'll hear about all of the wonderful outdoors and the magic that a good book has on the imagination.

WATCH: Jon Stewart vs. Literature

Posted 08.24.2012 | Comedy

Continuing with The Daily Show's week of back-to-school-related supercuts, Jon Stewart and The Best F#@$king News Team explain literature to us all. ...

Dear Sue Grafton, You're Hopelessly Out of Touch

Jane Devin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Books
Jane Devin

The truth is, Sue Grafton never had to compete in a market driven by celebrity, pop culture, and social media connections. I doubt that, if submitted under a pseudonym, her initial works would be met with the same reception today.

Yula Beeri and the Hive NYC

Anthony Papa | Posted 10.17.2012 | New York
Anthony Papa

Angels do live in Brooklyn. And one of them is Yula Beeri, an Israeli composer, musician and performer. With her community of artists called the Extended Family, Beeri has opened the HIVE NYC a converted loft performance space in Brooklyn.

PHOTOS: Cigarettes In Literature

Peter Ashley | Posted 10.15.2012 | Books
Peter Ashley

Oscar Wilde was in good company as a smoker. In fact, amongst the great writers of the last 150 years it's well-nigh impossible to find anyone who didn't rely on tobacco to see them through long hours scratching away with a pen or tapping at a typewriter.

How Do You Stay in a Story?

Rachael Berkey | Posted 10.14.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Next time you're feeling yourself pulled out of a novel for whatever reason, give another medium a shot. You may find a new way to read in the process.

A Teacher's Reach: A Vietnamese-American Writer Remembers His First Teacher

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.13.2012 | Education
Andrew Lam

The man who stood at the entrance to my New World was my first English teacher, Ernie Kaeselau. He passed away recently, and though I hadn't seen him in decades, the news of his demise left me unexpectedly bereft.

The Title Dilemma

Warren Adler | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

A great title is an art form unto itself. Indeed, a great title does not necessarily signify a great book and vice versa.

Why Humanities?

Daniel Little | Posted 10.12.2012 | College
Daniel Little

Parents and siblings are sometimes a bit baffled when their student declares a passionate interest in the humanities. Why can't she pursue a practical degree like accounting or computer science? What is the use of a dozen courses in the humanities?

Hey Writer! What's Your Brand?

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

When did writers start being brands? This question led me through a maze of other squirrely musings. If you write a memoir, are you forever a memoirist? What happens if a thriller writer dares to try his hand at romance?

It's Our Responsibility

William E. White | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

Who's responsible for instilling in our young people an appreciation for history and citizenship? Many of us -- teachers, educators, and members of the public alike -- are very concerned about the demise of social studies.

Readers' Choice: 20 Books That Every African-American Must Read

The Huffington Post | Patrice Peck | Posted 07.31.2012 | Black Voices

Earlier this month, we brought you 50 Books That Every African American Should Read, a comprehensive list of novels spanning across multiple genres, a...

In Praise of the Alphas

Elizabeth Blackney | Posted 09.28.2012 | Books
Elizabeth Blackney

Gimme a genius, righteous, hot, alpha male hero and all will be right with the world. So sayeth the ladies who are tired of geek culture, video games, and soft hands.

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.

Collisioni 2012, Barolo Italy

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Jasmina Tesanovic

Eating Raw Meat with Subsonica There three days and two nights, eating handmade ravioli, privately bottled Barolo and fermented goat cheese: two d...

Are the Rules of Engagement for Serious Novels Changing?

Warren Adler | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

The one great hope for future generations of writers and readers of serious novels is the success of a category that is showing remarkable buoyancy, the young adult novel.

When Was the Last Time You Received a Post Card?

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.16.2012 | Home
Andrew Lam

The first few post cards I ever saw were scenes of Paris in winter. I recall a sun-drenched afternoon in my grammar school courtyard in Sadec, deep in the Mekong Delta where school children lined up to see real post cards from Paris mounted inside a glass box.

Improving Children's Literature in Digital Spaces

Daniel Donahoo | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Daniel Donahoo

How do we know if a digital book is of a quality to support children's literacy development? An answer to this question must be constructed by all who contribute to a child's growth as a literate person.

Want to Know How Cassandra Clare's Widely Anticipated Clockwork Princess Begins?

William Henderson | Posted 09.16.2012 | Books
William Henderson

Two hours and about 30,000 tweets later, the full cover was revealed, #ClockworkPrincess was a worldwide Twitter trending topic, and fans of the series were already critiquing what the cover does -- and doesn't -- show.

The Most Important Summer Read for Women: 'How A Person Should Be'

Toni Nagy | Posted 09.12.2012 | Books
Toni Nagy

How a Person Should Be is centered around Sheila Heti's quest to uncover this philosophical riddle: who am I really? And is that the person I should be? It is one of these rare gems that every woman should read.

Tucson's Great Book Revival: "Freedom Summer" Celebrates Chicano Literary Godfather Mario Suarez

Jeff Biggers | Posted 09.11.2012 | Books
Jeff Biggers

Literary scholar Francisco A. Lomelí singled out Suarez for his "groundbreaking, even daring" stories, which captured the complexity of life in Tucson's historic barrios.

Opinion: Engineers Aren't Smarter Than English Majors

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Meredith Wade There are a million different types of intelligence, most of which are pretty difficult to quantify. Shocking, I know. But it’s ...

Oxford: Literary Legend

Fern Siegel | Posted 09.08.2012 | Travel
Fern Siegel

Oxford is sui generis, literally "of its own kind." Poet Matthew Arnold described it as "that sweet city with her dreaming spires." It is home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world. To pop culture fans, Oxford is something more.

Gold, Guns and Books Part II: The Meyomesse Affair

Deji Olukotun | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Deji Olukotun

In January, I wrote about the bizarre case of the imprisonment of writer Enoh Meyomesse in Cameroon, a country with a terrible record on free expression. Why is Mr. Meyomesse still in prison?