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Our Girl in Havana: Cuba Reading List

Tyler Wetherall | Posted 06.04.2014 | Books
Tyler Wetherall

Cuban and otherwise have brought its past to life with stunning and compelling narratives. There is no more immersive way to experience a country without traveling there than through their stories and sagas, their collective imagination and memory.

The Palmist: A Short Story from Birds of Paradise Lost:

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.31.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

The Palmist is a short story collected in Andrew Lam's latest book, Birds of Paradise Lost. It was published in March of 2013 and won a Pen/Josephine ...

5 Questions for Poets: Part 1

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.01.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

I have decided to celebrate National Poetry Month by submitting questions by readers of poetry to some of the top poets writing in America today.

Sisters and Brothers and Fiction

Dave Astor | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

What are your favorite works of literature with memorable sibling relationships?

11 Must-Read Books You Won't Want To Put Down This Spring

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sloane Tanen | Posted 03.28.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Ready for a some new must-reads? Our books editor has found these gems you won't want to put down. Read more from ...

11 Underappreciated Literary Masterpieces

Kim Church | Posted 05.25.2014 | Books
Kim Church

In my own small effort to change history, I have expanded on Addie's list. These masterpieces are not unheard of, by any means, but they are, at least in my estimation, under-appreciated.

Common Core, Capitalism and New York State's Social Studies Framework

Alan Singer | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Contrary to Common Core-aligned curriculum that declares "free enterprise the pillar of the United States economy," I cannot find free enterprise described in any of the "founding" documents, or imbedded in the Constitution, of the United States.

Readers Wanted: Building LGBT Literary Cultures

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Readers and sales of books to readers are vital for the survival of small presses; readers are also crucial for our literature to flourish.

India's Debt to Khushwant Singh

Pranay Gupte | Posted 05.20.2014 | Books
Pranay Gupte

Khushwant Singh chronicled much of India's extraordinary story, and I think it would be fair to say that India owes him a lot for that.

Re-Appreciate Classic Literature: Learn Another Language

Benny Lewis | Posted 05.14.2014 | Books
Benny Lewis

Have you ever read Dante's Inferno? Don Quixote? How about Around the World in 80 Days, or Crime and Punishment? If you've read them, you know just how memorable and touching the experience of reading a literary masterpiece can be. But have you ever read them... in the original?

Literature, Longevity and Mavis Gallant

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Fran Moreland Johns

Mavis Gallant died recently at the entirely respectable age of 91. On top of the lack of maternal love and affection, Gallant endured other unimaginable emotional assaults and upheavals, realities that underlie her fiction.

Poetry and Programming

Jasmine Tsai | Posted 05.11.2014 | Technology
Jasmine Tsai

Programming began to change my way of looking at poetry. To my surprise I found that writing code reminded me of writing poems. In the act of creation, you encounter the same tension of raw, boundless possibility against disciplined construction.

The One-Day Guide to New Orleans' Literary Landmarks

WHERE | Posted 05.07.2014 | Travel
WHERE

Each spring bibliophiles and Brando buffs flock to the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival to pay homage to the late great playwright, who penned A Streetcar Named Desire in what he called his "spiritual home."

Reading About Many a Legal Proceeding

Dave Astor | Posted 04.30.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

Indeed, literature can get very compelling when depicting crime and (sometimes) punishment, to reference the title of a certain Russian novel. And when fictional works depict that, all kinds of stuff can come up.

Erica Jong: From Fear Of Flying To Fear Of Dying

Alain Elkann | Posted 02.25.2014 | World

The following article first appeared at http://alainelkanninterviews.com/2014/01/05/interview-with-erica-jong/. "I first met Erica in Italy, her se...

5 Ways to Achieve Cheap Immortality Through Art

Simone Collins | Posted 04.26.2014 | Arts
Simone Collins

Forget developing relationships with those at the edge of anti-aging research. Perhaps you would do better by buddying up with an animator!

These 8 Female Characters In Literature Deserve Their Own Damn Books

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 02.20.2014 | Books

Books give readers the unparalleled opportunity to assume the perspective of someone other than themselves. But in assuming the perspective of one cha...

To See By Common Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a scientist, always striving to see outside the tunnel, to apply the proper blend of skepticism and open-mindedness, that I write today to recommend a work of fiction as a source of surprising light.

Polemic, Prose Writer, Poet & Chef: An In-depth Interview With Anis Shivani

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

I talked with Shivani about his latest poetry collection, the state of poetry and the demise of the literary critic.

10 Questions With Author Darcie Chan

Jason Derr | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Jason Derr

Since then Darcie has made the move from indie princess to emerging talent with a mainstream press. The Mill River Recluse has been reissued and followed by The Mill River Redemption Darcie was very gracious to participate in this first entry of the 10 Questions for Indie.writers series.

When Characters Relocate in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 04.09.2014 | Books
Dave Astor

As I prepare to move from a house to an apartment this year (what -- freelance writers don't make hedge-fund salaries?), I've become particularly aware of relocation scenarios in literature. Yes, a major plot device in fiction involves characters going to a new place.

Major Collection of Allen Ginsberg Photos Donated to University of Toronto

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
University of Toronto News

The University of Toronto is home to the world's largest collection of photographs by the late beat poet, Allen Ginsberg.

11 Questions for Poet and Essayist Elisa Gabbert

Travis Nichols | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Travis Nichols

Elisa Gabbert is a poet and essayist whose most recent book, The Self Unstable, is a vibrant humming meditation on how we make our selves out of stories, data, and suggestion.

Why You Can -- and Should -- Write Poetry

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.06.2014 | Arts
University of Toronto News

Whether it's writing a flowery sonnet, a complex ode or letting words fly through free verse, poetry can be a cathartic experience for amateur and pro...

Anna Karenina vs. Google Glass: A Conversation with Azar Nafisi

The WorldPost | Michael Skafidas | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

Azar Nafisi, the celebrated Iranian author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" talks to Michael Skafidas for The WorldPost about literature, the Internet an...