Twenty years ago, on June 26, 1997, a small children’s press in the UK took a chance on a work of children’s fiction by a debut author — an unknown single mom who’d first gotten the idea for her story while stuck on a train seven years earlier.
That author was J.K. Rowling. And her book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone — published in the US a year later as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — would go on to change the world.
Read article at Vox: How Harry Potter changed the world – Vox
Chicago’s front yards, pool halls, bungalows and back alleys were the poetic landscapes in Gwendolyn Brooks’ words. She wrote about the people she passed on the streets or in grocery stores, colloquial experiences like the elderly couples eating beans off chipped dinnerware. Through her poetry, Brooks offered a precise and compassionate look into life in the city’s South Side.
Read story at: Chicago Remembers Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer | America Magazine
Though Hogwarts is clearly a fantastic and fictional setting, the characters experience real life trials and traumas – bereavement, loneliness, persecution, jealousy, unrequited love, guilt, and bullying, to name but a few.
There are also the “stock” characters common to everyone’s school days – the class bully and his goons, the “insufferable know-it-all”, the school jokers, and the sadistic teacher.
Part of the appeal and achievement of the series, though, is the way these characters develop in complexity as Rowling’s readers grow and mature. So that assumptions made about characters upon first reading are challenged and tested by the events and revelations of the later books.
Read full article here: Twenty years on from the first book, Harry Potter continues to cast a spell on readers
It’s a replica of Greek temple the Parthenon, but instead of marble this installation is made from 100,000 banned books.
The creation, called ‘The Parthenon of Books’, is the centre piece of this year’s Documenta 14 exhibition in German city Kassel.
Created by conceptual artist Marta Minujín, its aim is to stir debate around censorship.It has also been installed at the same site where Nazis burned books by Jewish or Marxist writers in 1933. The 170 titles that form the building include the Bible, Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses and Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
This is absolutely amazing!!! I’d love to be able to see this in person.
Read full story here: Banned books used to recreate the Parthenon in Kassel | Daily Mail Online
Last week, the Library of Congress selected Tracy K. Smith as the new poet laureate. In a conversation with NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown, Smith said the position was a chance for her to “profess publicly all that I really hold true privately — that if we can listen actively enough, if we can put enough pressure on ourselves and our thought processes, language can be a real tool of revelation.”
Read the story at NPR: 4 poets you need to read, from new poet laureate Tracy K. Smith | PBS NewsHour
The actress and bookworm, 27, runs her own bookclub, Our Shared Self, and yesterday announced that she would be hiding copies of The Handmaid’s Tale at various iconic locations in the French capital.
The book hunt – which saw fans of both the actress and literature alike flood the streets of the city in search of copies – was set in order to find the classic novel, adorned with Watson’s green book club ribbon.
Read at: Emma Watson hides 100 copies of Handmaid’s Tale across Paris | Metro News
A writing contest seeks to highlight the realities of migrant Mexican and foreign migrant women and raise awareness of the conditions, problems and successes they experience.
The contest — “Migrant woman, tell me your story 2017” — also encourages participation by asking women how they would solve specific problems they have encountered.The government of Mexico is sponsoring the contest through its National Institute for Women (Inmujeres), the National Migration Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Participants must be 18 or older.
Read at: Migrant women story contest seeks to raise awareness | Literature | yakimaherald.com
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to re-read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, this might be it: Pottermore’s Wizarding World Book Club, which the site announced last month, has finally launched.
Source: Wizarding World Book Club launches on Pottermore
Writer, doctor, soldier, political campaigner, spiritualist – Arthur Conan Doyle was many things, not least a passionate and prolific photographer, who in his time authored 13 articles for the British Journal of Photography. The article below, published in British Journal of Photography in Octob
I had no idea!!
Source: Arthur Conan Doyle, the Photographer. – British Journal of Photography