Transforming literature into a video game: enter the world of a famous Henry David Thoreau book – Home | q | CBC Radio

American writer Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago this month, and if you know anything about the author of Walden, it’s that he was a real advocate for that simple life, always staying close to nature.

But fast forward to 2017 and people are following in his footsteps — wandering in the woods, fishing at Walden pond in Massachusetts, farming beans and building a cabin. Except the difference is: these people are all doing it via a video game.

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Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.

“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”

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Keanu Reeves is a publisher of the new L.A. press X Artists’ Books – LA Times

“What are books to you?” read a slide projected at the launch for X Artists’ Books as three of its founders — Alexandra Grant, Jessica Fleischmann and, yes, that Keanu Reeves — took the stage at NeueHouse Hollywood last week to discuss their new independent press, which publishes unconventional, interdisciplinary and collaborative artists’ books.

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Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

When Barry Plamondon was released from the hospital in 2013 his left side was paralyzed.

His second stroke also left him in a wheelchair.

The 25-year Maple Ridge resident sat at home for a couple of months acclimatizing to his new reality.

But after the second month he realized that he needed to do something to come to terms with his new disabilities.Plamondon picked up a pen and started writing.

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Harry Potter: two new books to be published in October – Business Insider

Publisher Bloomsbury has announced two new Harry Potter books will come out this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first book in the series.

To celebrate 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published, two new books will come out in October to accompany a Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library.

Source: Harry Potter: two new books to be published in October – Business Insider