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Poll Shows Majority Oppose Banning Books About History, Race

“According to a recent CBS News/YouGov poll, a large majority of Americans don’t think books that discuss race, criticize America’s history of slavery, or share different political views should be banned from school libraries or classrooms.”

Categories: Censorship

Feminist Phantasms: Recent Haunted House Novels by Women Writers

Anne Mai Yee Jansen examines various ways in which haunted house stories have provided a means of exploring women’s roles in culture.

Categories: Literature & Psychology, Literary Criticism

As A Woman, I Never Feel Safe Traveling Alone

Writer Alexa Abdalla says, “As a woman, I never feel safe traveling alone.” In this piece she considers Jami Attenberg’s recently published memoir I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home within the context of travel writing. This book, Abdalla writes, “instructs us on writing about navigating our own, particular worlds through the lens of our own experiences. If travel writing is to persist, writers must turn their gaze equally inward, and outward.”

Categories: Writing, Literary Criticism

Examining Antiheroes with Karen Joy Fowler

Victoria Scanlan Stefanakos profiles writer Karen Joy Fowler, with a focus on Fowler’s most recent novel:

Fowler’s new novel may be her most ambitious yet. Booth, coming from Putnam in March, tells the story of the Booth family, focusing on a handful of John Wilkes Booth’s siblings, to paint a picture of the time, place, and people that produced the man who assassinated Abraham Lincoln.

Categories: Author News, Book News, Literature & Psychology, Literary Criticism

How a Book Is Made

Elizabeth A. Harris and the New York Times takes us on a tour of how a book gets made, from the writing of the manuscript through the entire process of the printing and production of the physical specimen itself.

The book under consideration here is Marlon James’s Moon Witch, Spider King.

Categories: Publishing, Writing

Robin Kirman on having her book go to film

Author Robin Kirman, whose recent novel The End of Gerting Lost is being made into a movie by Amazon, “discusses why books have become an essential and frequent pipeline for stories told on the screen; she also outlines how the process of adapting stories to page or screen can be different.”

Also see the linked interview with Robin Kirman about the novel.

Categories: Book News, Film, Writing

How Much Does Annotating Help You Remember What You Read?

River H. Kero provides a primer on how to use annotation to learn and retain more information from the books you read, both fiction and nonfiction. He explains the differences between annotation and note taking.

Kero says that he uses a program called Notion for annotating his books. I looked briefly at the link he includes, from which I see that Notion is an app that can be downloaded for Mac. I have not heard of this app and don’t have time right now to delve into it, but if you know about it and use it, I’d be interested in hearing how you like it and what you use it for. 

Category: Reading

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