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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Bristol author promised homeless man a holiday if her book was published – now he’s off to the seaside – Bristol Post

A Bristol author made a promise to her friend, a homeless man, that if her book ever got published she would send him on a holiday. Now she is making good on her promise and he is leaving the streets of St George for a week at the seaside.

Read the full, sweet story at:  Bristol author promised homeless man a holiday if her book was published – now he’s off to the seaside – Bristol Post

How printed books entered a new chapter of fortune

Earlier this year, Simon Key rummaged around the tills at his bookshop in North London and came up worryingly short. “Basically, we had six days to raise £10,000,” he says. “That is quite a lot when you are taking about £300 a day through the till.”

Instead of panicking, he sent a tweet. “I’m off to bed,” it read. “From 9am tomorrow you really need to start buying some books off us. We’re seriously skint. Six days to pay bills.

”When he woke the next morning, Key had hundreds of emails from people looking to buy his books, and the Big Green Bookshop was trending in London. “It was phenomenal,” he says. “It felt like everywhere in the world was buying books from us.”

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Take Your Poet to Work Day Makes Poetry Fun | HuffPost

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

An llustrated Edition Of “Fantastic Beasts” Is Coming Soon, And The Cover Is Pure Magic

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

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