As part of their 5 Vital Approaches to Poetry for Life, Tweetspeak Poetry sponsors four public days each year that are celebrated worldwide: Poetry at Work Day, Random Acts of Poetry Day, Take Your Poet to Work Day, and Poem on Your Pillow Day.
Across these four public days for poetry, which are designed to invite the poetry-shy to dip into poetry, they’ve seen participation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and elsewhere—from Microsoft Lumia, Subway, the Scottish Parliament, NASA, Stephen Colbert, Kimberly Clark, Urban Outfitters, Haribo in Italy (maker of gummi bears), Marmite in South Africa, Subway, Cisco, Playstation, and many others. Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Elaine” from Seinfeld) have played their part, along with major museums like the Smithsonian and the Whitney, bookstores, libraries, and even the London railways.
Full Story along with resources to help you participate at: Take Your Poet to Work Day Makes Poetry Fun | HuffPost
Wow. Now it’s “Pippi Longstocking”. To make matters even worse, they replaced the “burned books” with “scrubbed” copies that omit what they determined to be “offensive” or “racist”. The author died several years ago so of course this was done without her consent.
Why can’t we leave them alone & teach our children how far we have come from the days people thought this way? Erasing our “bad thoughts” from history does not make the impact those thoughts had magically “go away”.
Is destroying our history, even what we now deem to be “bad” any better than some of the so-called “terrorist” organizations who burn down or demolish historical buildings or monuments just because they disagree with the motivation behind their construction? Have we really come to this – this protectionist from ourselves, our history? Have we know fortitude, courage and willingness to teach from our history instead of pretending it never happened. What on earth has happened to us?
In 2017, however, it’s not conservatives who are criticizing Lindgren. The other day came the news that the library in Botkyrka municipality, on the outskirts of Stockholm, had burned older editions of one of the Pippi books, Pippi in the South Seas (1948), because local officials have decided that they “contain racism.”
After this action came to light, the municipality issued a press release acknowledging that the books had indeed been destroyed because they con
Full story: Swedes Burn Astrid Lindgren Books for “Racism”
And it only gets better. Because for every sale of this book, Scholastic will donate 10% of the suggested retail price to two charities selected by the author J.K. Rowling: Comic Relief, a UK-based charity that strives to create a just world, free from poverty, and Lumos, a charity founded by J.K. Rowling that works to end the institutionalization of children. Getting a new edition of one of our favorite HP books while supporting two incredible charities? It definitely feels like we’ve thrown back some Feli
Full story: An llustrated Edition Of “Fantastic Beasts” Is Coming Soon, And The Cover Is Pure Magic
Writing fiction can serve as an outlet, a way for a writer to let off some of the steam building up within and without. And, perhaps not coincidentally, “a situation under pressure” is exactly what would please the guest judge of the seventh-annual Texas Observer short story contest, which is now open for entries.
More info: Announcing the Seventh Annual Observer Short Story Contest
I can’t wait to read this.
J.R.R. Tolkien is, arguably, the most prolific posthumous author of the 20th and 21st centuries. His body of work, most notably The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, cemented his legacy as the father of the modern fantasy genre. But it’s his son, Christopher, who is to thank for the ongoing publications of Tolkien’s writing.
Source: Legacy lives on in Tolkien book – Winnipeg Free Press
Bibliophiles in Iran, clear your weekend: The huge Book Garden center just opened in Tehran.Officials unveiled the Book Garden, a giant academic complex being called “the world’s largest bookstore,” on Wednesday. At roughly 65,000 square meters (about 700,000 square feet), the center has several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms, a restaurant, a prayer room and whole a lot of literature. On its roof is a green park area for reading.
Source: World’s Largest Bookstore, Tehran’s Book Garden, Opens in Iran Despite Government Censorship
Not the first time I’ve heard of this type of thing happening.
At the end of last year, the family- which consists of a couple and their child- developed symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning, according to a report from Jiangsu Television.
Source: Book-loving family in China slowly poisoned by their home library , China News – AsiaOne
According to literacy statistics, 61 percent of low-income families do not have a single book suitable for a child. This is why the foundation’s goal is to have all children on grade level by the third grade, Rowston said.
Full Story: Ferst Foundation seeks partners to put books in children’s hands | Local News | northwestgeorgianews.com
There’s no question about it: Amazon has walloped brick-and-mortar bookstores across the country. But in the Washington region, mom-and-pop booksellers say they’re not going anywhere.At least five small, independent bookstores have opened locally in the last two years, with more on the way. Solid State Books is a new shop heading to H Street NE. Big indie players Politics and Prose, Kramerbooks and Busboys and Poets have either expanded or are planning expansions, and innovative ventures such as mobile shop Duende District are remaking what it means to be a bookstore.
Source: Amazon Was Supposed To Have Crushed Bookstores. So Why Are Indie Bookshops Booming In D.C.? | WAMU
BUT SLAM hasn’t caught on as much in the suburbs, Jackson said. While the Fort Bend ISD Digital Learning Department started an annual slam competition a couple years ago — where Jackson performed for the first time — only a handful of students from each school would participate.
Full article: How slam poetry created a safe place in the suburbs – Houston Chronicle