L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

Clare Barnett I can feel one coming on. My thoughts fog. My mood darkens. I ducked reality for a few nights and now it’s caught up with me again. I can’t deny it—I’m nursing a book hangover. A “book hangover” is the slangy shortcut for the feeling when a reader finishes a book—usually fiction—and they …

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Jeanette Solomon When I started thinking about this piece, I thought about it as just a list of my (many!) seemingly arbitrary rules for reading. Once I got started, though, I discovered that those rules actually tell you so much about me that they double as personality traits. In fact, they say so much about …

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Why Stanislaw Lem’s futurism deserves attention. By Lee Billings I remember well the first time my certainty of a bright future evaporated, when my confidence in the panacea of technological progress was shaken. It was in 2007, on a warm September evening in San Francisco, where I was relaxing in a cheap motel room after …

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By: Guest Column Marie Unanue Debut author Marie Unanue, whose book and message are about being “kind all the time,” has a unique writing process story: After writing two very different manuscripts, Marie Unanue sent them out to kids and their parents, who acted as beta readers, along with a survey. The process resulted in …

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Posted by JJ Wong Why Reading is So Important? Everyone knows that reading is important, but have you ever asked yourself why that is so? In this post, I will list out 8 reasons why reading is important. I hope you can really find out the reason why reading is so important for you, so you can …

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Abraham Rinquist Libraries captivate the imagination. These storehouses of knowledge contain countless secrets and mysteries. Unfortunately, many of these treasure troves of wisdom have been lost over the centuries. Those that remain are preciously guarded. Knowledge is power. 10. Vatican Secret Archives Photo credit: tukro.org The Vatican’s Archivum Secretum is one of the world’s most …

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Will writing still be important in tomorrow’s creative landscape? Emily Warna Aside from speech, writing is the framework of our communication. Back in the day, we’d physically write to finish our homework. We’d write to our friends and family via a postcard. We’d write a shopping list and attach it to our trolley. Now, we …

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Feminist scholars have done the hard work of recovering women writers, but we’re not there yet. Far from it. Anne Boyd Rioux Two of the books on many of the best-of-2015 lists were written by women who died in virtual obscurity, Clarice Lispector in 1977 and Lucia Berlin in 2004. The republication of their stories …

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By Jim Milliot Authors who were wary of releasing new titles into a market wracked by the temporary closure of retail stores appear to have had a point. Overall, only six new titles were among BookScan’s top 50 print adult fiction bestsellers in the week ended March 28. The top selling new novel in the …

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Via The Guardian Annual list of the most challenged books includes Alex Gino’s George, about a transgender girl, and John Oliver’s picture book about a gay rabbit, A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ‘Dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different’ … John Oliver holds the book A Day in the Life …

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