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‘It’s not climate change, it’s everything change’: sci-fi authors take on the global crisis

“Margaret Atwood and Cormac McCarthy led the way. Now a new crop of novelists is putting the heating emergency at the forefront of their plots”

Categories: Author News, Literary History

Controversial book ‘Stamped’ added back into Pickens Co Schools libraries

PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – The Pickens County Schools Board of Trustees met last Thursday and voted to reinstate “Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” back into high school libraries after it sparked controversy last year.

Is it possible the book-ban tide could be turning?

Categories: Censorship, Reading

The English Professor Who Foresaw Modern Neuroscience

it was a Cambridge professor of literature, almost a century ago in the aftermath of World War I, who pioneered a view of cognition we can recognize as strikingly modern, and who appreciated what we are only now beginning to rediscover: the great potential of interactions between the narrative arts and brain science.

A profile of English critic I.A. Richards, whose book Principles of Literary Criticism, published in 1924, “brought neurobiological perspectives to an understanding of our literary mind in an era when historical and biographical criticism was the norm.”

Categories: Literary Criticism, Literature & Psychology, Reading

46 Books that Changed the World

Anyone who’s ever turned a page understands the potential for books to change the world in ways both large and small. Here, in no particular order, are just a few of history’s most influential tomes—and how they made humanity look at things in a new light.

From Mental Floss.

Categories: Book Recommendations, Literary History, Reading

11 Personality Masks We Wear

No matter the direct cause or motivation, masking typically helps protect your true self from further emotional harm and lower self-esteem. After all, people can’t reject you for who you truly are if they never knew you in the first place.

Categories: Life Stories in Literature, Literature & Psychology, Reading

Everything is Connected: A Reading List of Linked Stories

Short fiction is a grueling craft, demanding ruthless revision and an eye for detail that matters, characters who come alive in just a few pages, and big ideas that can be comprehended in a small amount of time. I wanted to be one of the writers who could pull off such a feat.

Shannon Bowring grew up in a small town and became fascinated by the ways people who live in small towns are interconnected. Here she offers a list of linked stories, including Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge.

Categories: Book Recommendations, Fiction, Reading, Writing

Nine crime authors on their favourite books, why we’re obsessed with thrillers and the literary tropes that need to die

Several writers of crime fiction discuss how they write “the knotty, twisty riddles that keep us feverishly flipping pages, hooked on the intrigue and adrenaline they conjure up with their words.”

Categories: Author News, Book Recommendations, Writing

10 Irresistible Premises I Can’t Stop Thinking About

Maddie Nelson lists “ten unique novels [that] launch their readers off into their imaginations with wholly unique ideas that I truly can’t stop thinking about.”

Categories: Book Recommendations, Fiction 

Overdue Book Is Returned to a Library After Nearly 120 Years

“The book was checked out in 1904 or 1905, according to the director of the New Bedford Free Public Library in Massachusetts.”

Here’s a story to warm any book lover’s heart.

Category: Libraries

The Scientific Socialism of H. G. Wells

The poverty of industrial England was the backdrop of H. G Wells’s childhood. This experience instilled in him a clear-eyed realism with which he rejected both utopianism and progressive notions that socialism could be won without class struggle.

Categories: Author News, Literary History

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