Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Borders to offer $15 gift cards for public schools!

The much discussed documentary "Waiting for Superman," which offers a harsh portrait of the country's public schools, has inspired a promotional collaboration among the Borders Group superstore chain, an education fundraiser and the publisher of the movie's companion book.

On Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, any Borders customer making an in-store purchase, whether of a book or a bagel or a latte, will receive a $15 gift card to donate to a public school of choice through DonorsChoose.org, an Internet-based charity. Anyone purchasing the book "Waiting for 'Superman': How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools" will receive a second $15 card.



















The companion text was published by PublicAffairs, part of the Perseus Books Group, which along with Borders and DonorsChoose.org announced the campaign Sunday.


(AP)

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Hip Hop Music-is a musical genre that developed as part of hip hop culture, and is defined by four key stylistic elements: rapping, DJ-ing/scratching, sampling (or synthesis), and beatboxing. Rapping, also is referred to as MC-ing or emceeing-which is a vocal style in which the artist speaks lyrically, in rhyme and verse, generally to an instrumental or synthesized beat.



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Monday, November 29, 2010

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Franz Kafka-was a one of the most influential German Language Novelist of the 20th century, whose works are now regarded existential classics; and among the highest achievements of world literature. His work is now considered among the most original in Western Literature.



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Sunday, November 28, 2010

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK! It's all about "Bookworm and Literary Diva" fashion!

What eye catching cute "literary trends!" That's right for all of my bookworms and literary diva's who love fashion; we are counting these as fashion forward pieces that bookworms and literary diva's would wear at any given moment. These are pieces that can stand on their own or mixed with pieces that you already have in your closet.  As you make your way to the latest poetry reading, book signing, or literary party consider these pieces to wear and be a fabulous fashion forward literary scene stealer.

DONNA KARAN CHUNKY KNIT CASHMERE SWEATER!
So cute and so chic for any and all bookwarms and Literay Diva's to use to keep warm or make a statement. Pair this with anything and you have a fabulous look that any Bookworm or Literary Diva can appreciate.













DONNA KARAN SEQUINED CARDIGAN!
A must have staple this season for any fashion forward Bookwarm or Literary Diva. Pair this with a pair of jeans or a nice pair of boot-leg tailored pants and you have a fabulous look!  Wearing this, you are set for any literary event as the sequins do the talking. Shine on and Shine bright!













TORY BURCH FERMION COMBO TURTLE NECK!
OMG! Can we say adorable! Wear this with any jeans and you're set for any day of the week. To my Bookworms and my Literary Diva's; this is a must-have "STAPLE" for the fall and winter!













COLE HAAN AIR LAURIE LACE UP SNEAKER!
Likable, adorable, and down right pairable with anything a bookworm or literary diva owns. These fabulous  sneakers can be dressed down casual or dressed up casual. They are python embossed and are just a great sneaker to wear for comfort and for style. Walk it out and one two step with these sneaks any day of the week!













*Remember Bookworms and Literary Diva's alike can be fashion forward with any of these pieces. Fashion has no limits even in the literary world. Show your fashionable literary side with these fabulous staple pieces that make a statement and that look chic.*



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Kingsley Amis-was an English novelist, poet, critic and teacher. He wrote more than 20 novels, six volumes of poetry, a memoir, and various short stories, radio and television scripts, along with works of social and literary criticism. Amis’s first novel, Lucky Jim (1954), is perhaps his most famous. The novel satirizes the high-brow academic set of a Redbrick university, seen through the eyes of its protagonist, Jim Dixon, as he tries to make his way as a young lecturer of history. The novel was perceived by many as part of the Angry Young Men movement of the 1950s which reacted against the stultifications of conventional British life, though Amis never encouraged this interpretation.




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Saturday, November 27, 2010

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Coronis (textual symbol)-In ancient Greek papyri, coronis or koronis (Ancient Greek: κορωνίς) was used to mark sub-sections in poetic texts, in conjunction with a paragraphos. The meaning of the Greek word is curved or bent; in writing it denotes flourish with the pen at the end of a book or chapter.




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Friday, November 26, 2010

Faulkner photos by giant Cartier-Bresson come home!

Two photographs pairing artistic giants of the 20th century_ author William Faulkner and photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson — are coming back home to Mississippi.

The portraits of Faulkner were shot by the French photojournalist in 1947. They were recently bought by the University of Mississippi from a Los Angeles art consultant, whose colleague acquired them in France.

University museum director William Pittman Andrews declined to say what they cost.

The photos of Faulkner were taken at Rowan Oak, his Greek Revival house in Oxford that now functions as a Faulkner museum run by the university.

Copies of the photos will be displayed at Rowan Oak, while the originals will be displayed, at some point, in the university museum about a mile away.



(AP)

First Wills and Kate book published; more in store!
















First came the royal engagement. Now — 10 days later — the first book.

"William and Kate: A Royal Love Story," by The Sun newspaper's royal reporter James Clench was published in Britain Friday, the first in a slew of new titles about the relationship between Prince William and Kate Middleton that publishers hope will set cash registers chirping in the months before their April 29 wedding at Westminster Abbey.

Published by Harper Collins and The Sun — both owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. — the book is scattered with photos by Arthur Edwards, the paper's long-serving royal photographer.

It is one of several books on the royal romance in the works. They include one by celebrity journalist Andrew Morton, whose 1992 book "Diana: Her True Story" rocked the royal family and punctured the image of Princess Diana's and Prince Charles' fairy-tale romance with its details of bulimia, depression and infidelity.

"William and Kate: A Royal Love Story" — due to be published in the U.S. on Dec. 17 — is a more reverent affair. It charts the romance between "the boy who would one day be king" and "the middle-class girl who had harbored a crush on him since her school days."

The book traces "the greatest love story of the century" from the couple's first meeting at a university in Scotland. It claims that William's nickname for Kate was Babykins, while she called him Big Willie.

Publication comes just days after the Nov. 16 engagement announcement — and at the start of the lucrative Christmas book-buying season. Clench had written most of the text in advance and turned out the final 4,000 words in 48 hours.

"The engagement was announced on Tuesday and the book was at the printer on Friday," said Anna Valentine, senior nonfiction editor at Harper Collins.

It's an increasingly common phenomenon, speeded by technology — "insta-books" appearing within days of the event they commemorate.

"Publishers have books that are ready to go," said Cathy Rentzenbrink of U.K. book store chain Waterstone's. "If Andy Murray won Wimbledon I imagine there would be a book very soon off the press called 'My Wimbledon' by Andy Murray."

Valentine said it's increasingly important for publishers to be able to move quickly with books about current events.

"Newspapers and magazines have been doing it for centuries — but if book publishers are going to remain relevant we have to be able to respond in the same way, and give consumers what they want when they want it."



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(AP)

"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 11/25/2010

CONGRATS TO THIS WEEKS "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY WINNERS!

Sit Down-Shut Up-Don't Puff (Letoya S, Kansas)

Work Me, Roll Me, Climax Me (Stanley S, Alaska)

My Rights-Totally Violated-Racist Arkansas (Doug H, Arkansas)

*No Job-No Money-No Christmas (Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio)*

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Orthography-specifies a standardized way of using a specific writing system (script) to write the language.Where more than one writing system is used for a language, there can be more than one orthography.


 
 
 
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Thursday, November 25, 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM DIVA'S HOUSE OF LITERARY COFFEE!













Have a safe and wonderful "turkey" day from our house to yours. Eat up lots and enjoy the day with family and friends.












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Scriptorium- literally "a place for writing", is commonly used to refer to a room in medieval European monosteraries devoted to the copying of manuscripts by monastic scribes.

A scriptorium was a necessary adjunct to a library; wherever there was a library it can ordinarily be assumed that there was a scriptorium. Scriptoria in the conventional sense of a room set aside for the purpose probably only existed for limited periods of time, when an institution or individual wanted a large number of texts copied to stock a library; once the library was stocked, there was no further need for a designated room.




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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Snobby Mommy Author Sahara Hill Gearing Up For Book Signing!

For all of you "Snobby Mommy" fans who love the book and the character, author Sahara Hill will be coming to a city or town near you.  Check back later for updates of where she will be headed to sign her book "Snobby Mommy" and her other book "The Secret Life Of Girls And Their Sugar Daddies."  She will also debut a new book! Again, check back for dates and places for the book tour.  Until then visit and get the book "Snobby Mommy" and "The Secret Life of Girls and Their Sugar Daddies" right here or at http://www.amazon.com/ today!  To host author Sahara Hill in your town send a message to: literarydiva29@yahoo.com today!

Palin book lauds 'Juno,' snubs JFK religion speech!




















In her new book, Sarah Palin takes on everything from "American Idol" to "American Beauty," revives talk of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and finds fault in JFK's famous religion speech, saying he "seemed to want to run away" from his faith.

Who gets praise? Simon Cowell, for one. And the movies "Juno," "Knocked Up" and "40-Year-Old Virgin."

Barack Obama? Unsurprisingly, not so much. She accuses him of reflecting "a stark lack of faith in the American people," among many other things — without tipping her hand on whether she will challenge him in 2012.

"America By Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag," which has been billed as a tribute to American values, comes out Nov. 23. The Associated Press purchased a copy. Palin's first book, the memoir "Going Rogue," has sold more than 2 million copies.

In a chapter on faith and public life, Palin addresses at length John F. Kennedy's noted speech on religion during the 1960 campaign — a speech many saw as crucial to counter sentiment that his faith would hold undue sway over him if he became the nation's first Catholic president.

"I am not the Catholic candidate for president," Kennedy said at the time. "I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic."

Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that JFK's speech reconciled religion and public service without compromising either. But since she's revisited the speech as an adult, she says, she's realized that Kennedy "essentially declared religion to be such a private matter that it was irrelevant to the kind of country we are."

She praises Mitt Romney, a Mormon, for not "doing a JFK" during his campaign for the 2008 GOP nomination. "Where Kennedy seemed to want to run away from religion, Mitt Romney forthrightly embraced it," she writes. She attributes the gulf not just to the difference between the men, but to the distance the country has come since 1960. Now, she says, America is "reawakening to the gift of our religious heritage."

Palin is not the first conservative to challenge Kennedy's speech. Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania made similar remarks in September, saying he had admired Kennedy's speech as a youth but later realized that "on that day, Kennedy chose not just to dispel fear, he chose to expel faith."

Historian Ted Widmer, who included the JFK speech in a Library of America anthology of the country's oratory, said he was surprised by Palin's comments.

"It's putting a negative spin on what was interpreted at the time as a sensible and uplifting message," said Widmer, himself a former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton. "JFK was trying to protect his own right to be a Catholic and to run for president."

Palin's potential presidential ambitions have been the subject of increasing chatter recently, with her every remark parsed for clues as to her 2012 plans. The former Alaska governor doesn't detail her plans, but speaks of a need for new leaders.

"We're worried that our leaders don't believe what we believe, that America is an exceptional nation, the shining city on a hill that Ronald Reagan believed it is," she writes. "We want leaders who share this fundamental belief. We deserve such leaders."

Palin makes it clear she believes Obama is not such a leader. She accuses him of dismissing American "exceptionalism" as "a kind of irrational prejudice in favor of our way of life."

In one of her more provocative passages, she returns to the subject of Wright, Obama's controversial former pastor. And she revisits first lady Michelle Obama's comment during the presidential race that "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."

"I guess this shouldn't surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church listening to his rants against America and white people," Palin writes. Candidate Obama ultimately repudiated Wright in April 2008.

Michelle Obama later clarified her remark, saying she meant she was proud of how Americans were engaging in the political process and that she had always been proud of her country.

Also on the subject of race, Palin defends the tea party against accusations of racism, and charges the left with using that accusation in an attempt to shut down debate.

Palin, whose daughter Bristol is in the thick of a much-scrutinized run on "Dancing with the Stars," takes aim at another competitive reality show, "American Idol." She says the show's "talent-deprived" contestants suffer from "the cult of self-esteem" to the extent that they grew up convinced they could be stars like Michael Jackson.

But Cowell, the acerbic judge who left the show at the end of last season? He is "almost alone in his willingness to tell hard truths," Palin writes.

Her cultural critique is not limited to "Idol." Palin praises the uplifting "It's a Wonderful Life," starring Jimmy Stewart, which teaches, she says, that "working hard and doing the right thing pays off in the end." But look, she writes, at Kevin Spacey's character in "American Beauty," who comes home and tells his wife he quit his job, blackmailed his boss and asks her to please pass the asparagus. "Message: Hard work is for suckers and brainwashed, brain-dead drones," Palin writes.

Palin praises "Juno," the movie where a pregnant teen chooses to carry her baby. "Most Americans, I think, are a lot like Juno," she writes — they may not be actively religious, "but they still want to do the right thing." She also likes "Knocked Up," in which a baby results from a one-night stand, and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."

In her book Palin also:

Criticizes Hollywood for putting out movies about Iraq that portray troops as "mindless pawns."

Says she admires Hillary Clinton, but that her "baking cookies" remarks sounded like "someone frozen in an attitude of 1960s-era, bra-burning militancy."

Says she helped deliver Bristol's son, Tripp, and cut the cord, since the baby's father, Levi Johnston, was not there until the end. Of her daughter's unplanned teenage pregnancy, she says, "I assumed that Bristol was making only wise decisions while staying with my sister in Anchorage. I kick myself to this day for my selfish assumption. It was a mistake." But she praises Bristol for the responsibility she has taken in raising Tripp, and in campaigning against teen pregnancy.

In fact, she says that if she had to pick a role model between Bristol and Murphy Brown, the 1990s sitcom character who chose single motherhood as a lifestyle, she'd choose Bristol. As for Brown, she laments that former Vice President Dan Quayle's criticism of the character essentially cost him the chance to be president. Quayle, she says, turned out to be right.

Says Todd Palin is the love of her life — a partner in life, love, and doing battle with The New York Times. Also adds: "If you want to get anything done in this life, it's helpful to have a First Dude."

Palin will start a promotional tour next week for "America by Heart," which is being published by HarperCollins. As with "Going Rogue," she will not make appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco or other cities usually included on book tours. She will spend little time on either coast, sticking mostly to the South, Southwest and Midwest.


(AP)
 
*Sarah Palin has clearly bumped her "no governor" head all the way out the door!  She has some nerve to criticize pop culture when she's knee deep in it.  First of all she's all about social networking, and then more recently her ridiculous reality show aired and her non dancing daughter participated in dancing with the stars, which she didn't win.  If she truly wants to be President she has to learn not to be a hypocrite and come back to reality about what America truly is about.*

EBook Licensing Deals Now Available For Publishers, Self-Publishers, and Authors!

Ebook licensing deals are now available for publishers, self-publishers and authors via Amber Communications Group, Inc. (ACGI). The company, found online at www.AmberBooks.com, has been in the book publishing business for twelve years, and has sold and licensed over one million books worldwide.

As the first African American book publisher to have an imprint/co-publishing contract with John Wiley & Sons, Inc, they are also the first to do television commercials, the first to have a literary television show ("Literary Living" on the Black Family Channel), and the first to use television commercials to promote ebooks for downloading.

Authors and publishers who have entertainment books (biographies about major music & film celebrities) that they wish to license as ebook downloads can contact Amber Communications and their book(s) can be made available for purchase and promoted on television internationally. All titles will be distributed with over 100 major international download stores and advances are available.

In other ACGI news, Carol Mackey, best selling author of Sistergirl Devotions - Keeping Jesus in the Mix & on the Job and Editor-In-Chief of Black Expressions Book Club, has recently acquired and licensed book club rights for the following Amber Books titles: Tom Joyner Presents How To Prepare For College and The African American Family's Guide to Tracing Our Roots - Healing, Understanding & Restoring Our Families.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY! FAB LIT THINGS TO KNOW!

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Cuneiform Script-is one of the earliest known forms of written expression. Emerging in Sumer around the 30th century BC,   with predecessors reaching into the late 4th millennium, cuneiform writing began as a system of pictographs. In the course of the 3rd millennium BC the pictorial representations became simplified and more abstract. The number of characters in use also grew gradually smaller, from about 1,000 unique characters in the Early Bronze Age to about 400 unique characters in Late Bronze Age.





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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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Decipherment-is the analysis of documents written in ancient languages, where the language is unknown, or knowledge of the language has been lost.



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"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 11/19/10

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

Be Thankful-Cherish Moments-Love Life (Rhonda M, VA)

Seeing It-Ghetto Flusies-Pure Laughter ( Margie L, PA)

She's Bad-Very Bad-Huge Mistake (Lawrence S, SC)

*The Holidays-Good Times-Such Fabulosity (Literary Diva of BTR)*


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Monday, November 22, 2010

Author Eleanor "Cookie" Burke" Coming To Philly!
























Everyone come out and support author Eleanor "Cookie" Burke in the great city of Philly as she comes out to sign her book "Reflections66" on Saturday December 18 2010 at the "Wynnefield Public Library."

This event starts at 12pm and runs through to 1:30 pm and is open to the public. So be there on time and support Philly's homegirl as she signs her new book "Reflections66."

Event Adress: Wynnefield Public Library 5325 Overbrook Ave Philadelphia PA 19131
Phone: 215-685-0298

For more information contact: diamondgirl0404@gmail.com


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Reflections66 is available on http://www.amazon.com/ today!

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Generative Grammar-refers to a particular approach to the study of syntax. A generative grammar of a language attempts to give a set of rules that will correctly predict which combinations of words will form grammatical sentences. In most approaches to generative grammar, the rules will also predict the morphology of a sentence.

Generative grammar originates in the work of Noam Chomsky, beginning in the late 1950s. Early versions of Chomsky's theory were called transformational grammar, and this term is still used as a collective term that includes his subsequent theories. Chomsky's current theory is known as the Minimalist Program; which is to seeks to be a mode of inquiry, characterized also by the flexibility of the multiple directions that its minimalism enables. The MP provides the conceptual framework guiding the development of grammatical theory.




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Sunday, November 21, 2010

QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK!

What an eye catching cute "literary trend!" These Kartell Bookworm Bookshelves are perfect to spice up any reading room!  These one of kind bookshelves are able to assume any shape without a compromise in strength or functionality. Available in three lengths, each bookworm comes with a set of flexible bookends that move along the curves of the shelf to provide support for any shape. They are made in italy but are accessible through http://www.allmodern.com/ today! 





















Demesions:
Short Bookshelf:
7.5" H x 126" W x 7.88" D
Weight: 13.6 lbs
Medium Bookshelf:
7.5" H x 204.75" W x 7.88" D
Weight: 21.56 lbs
Large Bookshelf:
7.5" H x 322.88" W x 7.88" D
Weight: 33 lbs

Bookshelf Features:
Made of batch-dyed, fire retardent PVC
Bookshelf assumes any desired shape
Each bookend supports of 20 lbs
Available in two opaque and four translucent colors
Available in three sizes

Mounting Note:
Kartell recomends that users of the bookworm bookshelf wall-mount it in a curved shape to keep materials in tension and to increase resistance when loaded.





















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Robert Hayden-was an American poet, essayist, and educator. He was appointed Consultant of poetry to the Library of Congress in 1976.




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Saturday, November 20, 2010

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Ancient Egyptian literature- was written in the Egyptian language from ancient Egypt's pharonic period until the end of Roman domination. It represents the oldest corpus of Egyptian literature. Along with Sumerian literature, it is considered the world's earliest literature. 

The creation of literature was thus an elite exercise, monopolized by a scribal class attached to government offices and the royal court of the ruling pharaoh. However, there is no full consensus among modern scholars concerning the dependence of ancient Egyptian literature on the sociopolitical order of the royal court.






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Kishōtenketsu-describes the structure and development of Chinese and Japanese narratives.  
The first Chinese character refers to the introduction or 'kiku' (起句?), the next: development, 'shōku' (承句?), the third: twist, 'tenku' (転句?), and the last character indicates conclusion or 'kekku' (結句?). 句 is the phrase (句, ku?), and 合 (gō?) means "meeting point of 起 and 転" for conclusion. It was originally used in Chinese poetry as a four-line composition.





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Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Italian literature-is literature written in the Italian language, particularly within Italy. It may also refer to literature written by Italians or in Italy in other languages spoken in Italy, often languages that are closely related to modern Italian.

Giuseppe Giusti-was an Italian poet.





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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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Baba Kanshi Ram-was an Indian poet and independence activist from the Indian State of Himachal Padesh. Some of his famous poems are: "Smaj nee roya - Society, do not shed tears", "Mera suneha bhukhyan nangiyan yo - My call to hungry and poor", and "Nikke, nikke mahnua jo dukh bara bhari - Great sorrows of small people."




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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Octavia E. Butler-was an American science fiction writer, one of the best-known among the few African American women in the field. She won both Hugo and Nebula awards. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacAuthur Foundation Grant. She remained, throughout her career, a self-identified science fiction fan, an insider who rose from within the ranks of the field.




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Monday, November 15, 2010

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Mary Prince-was a Bermudian woman, born into slavery in Brackish Pond, which is now known as Devonshire Marsh, in Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. The published story of her slavery was the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom and the book had a galvanizing effect on the anti-slavery movement.

Prince arranged for her narrative to be copied down by Susanna Strickland and it was published in 1831 as The History of Mary Prince, the first account of the life of a black woman to be published in the United Kingdom. The book had a galvanizing effect on the anti-slavery movement. Scandalised by its account, John Wood sued the publishers for libel, but his case failed. Subsequent attempts were made to tarnish Mary Prince's reputation, particularly by James MacQueen and James Curtin, both supporters of slavery. In turn, she and her publisher sued for libel, which suit they won.





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Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Louis Sachar-is an American author of children's books who is best known for the Sideways Stories From Wayside School book series and the 1998 novel Holes, for which Sachar won a National Book Award and the Newbery Medal. He also wrote the follow-up called Small Steps.





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QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK!

What an eye catching cute "literary trend!" These exquisite jeweled bookmarks by Kimberly Wilcot are not only great to look at but also great to hold your place in favorite book. Get yourself one your bookworm one today at: http://www.niemanmarcus.com/


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

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Richard Ellmann-was a prominent American literary critic and biographer of the Irish writers James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats. Ellmann's James Joyce (1959), for which he won the National Book Award in 1960, is one of the most acclaimed literary biographies of the 20th century and the 1982 revised edition of the work was similarly recognised with the award of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. A liberal humanist, Ellmann's academic work generally focused on the major modernist writers of the twentieth century.





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Friday, November 12, 2010

"SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS! 11/12/10!

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

Fall Back-He's Mine-Step Off (Lynn H, CA)

Freak Me-Tease Me-Please Now (Chiquita F, DE)

Drop It-Pop It-Lock It (Evelyn C, FL)

*Insane Americans-Celebrity Obsessed-Wasted Time (Literary Diva of Blogtalk Radio)*

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Authors to discuss Haiti at Miami Book Fair!

In the shadow of the devastation, homelessness and disease that remain in Haiti after January's devastating earthquake, there is beauty and art.

Haitian writers offer stories of their country, some of which will highlight the Miami Book Fair International from Nov. 14 to 21. More than 300 writers from throughout the world will attend and former President George W. Bush will launch the fair with his new book, "Decision Points."

"They are going to discuss Haiti as an inspiration for people to write their work, but more so since the earthquake," said book fair director Alina Interian of the Haiti panel. "What does that mean for the folks that are still there who are coping with life as it is day in and day out?"

Something surprising has arisen from the rubble, they say. People who have never written before are now writing down the stories of life in Haiti, sometimes for therapy. They are also writing because they want to put it to paper now, before it's too late and they never do it.

"Probably after an event like this, it must seem like fiction doesn't match the reality," said Edwidge Danticat, a Haitian-American author who was given a genius grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The National Book Award nominee has won other literary prizes — including the Pushcart Short Story Prize and the American Book Award — for her depiction of Haitian migrants.

Danticat will discuss the book "Haiti Noir," featuring 18 Haitian authors and edited by her, at the fair, as well as her book, "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work." "Haiti Noir" comes out in January.

"The current story is harder to tell. It's not as dramatic as pulling people from rubble," Danticat said.

She says she is inspired by people who are not waiting for the billions of dollars in aid to come, but those who were helping before the earthquake. "I think those are the people who will rebuild Haiti," she said.

Interian feels that the adversity may have inspired creativity.

"In an odd way it has brought about some good writing," Interian said.

Before the quake, many writers self-published because it was a sure way to get work out, but at about $7,000 per 1,000 copies, it was also very expensive. The irony is that people who have compelling stories to tell never have the opportunity to get the stories to the masses, said South Florida-based Haitian-American author M.J. Fievre, who was raised in Haiti in a middle-class family.

Fievre — whose short story "The Rainbow's End" is part of "Haiti Noir" — says many books, some self-published, about the earthquake and its aftermath are being published in Haiti.

"We are not in the spotlight anymore. People don't really care anymore," said Fievre, who imagines that the first wave of writing will be nonfiction, but eventually Haitian writers will go back to their roots.

"They have a very close relationship to fiction. Very soon, once all the real stories have been told ... people are going to go back to fiction," she said.

But Danticat feels that writing and art can touch the heart more than the news.

"You get more nuance," she said. "It takes away the voyeur element to it."

Kent Annan, co-director of Haiti Partners, a nonprofit working in Haiti, wrote a memoir "Aftershock," a book about searching for faith after the quake. It will be published in January as well.

This year's fair will celebrate Mexico as the featured country, offering food, theater, music and dance events.

Expected authors include Jonathan Franzen, Salman Rushdie, Michael Cunningham and Gay Talese.


(AP)

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Writing Process-is both a key concept in the teaching of writing and an important research concept in the field of composition of studies. 

Research on the writing process (sometime called the composing process) focuses on how writers draft, revise, and edit texts. Composing process research was pioneered by scholars such as Janet Emig in The Composing Processes of Twelfth Graders (1971), Sondra Perl in “The Composing Processes of Unskilled College Writers (1979), and Linda Flower and John R. Hayes in “A Cognitive Process Theory of Writing” (1981).




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Thursday, November 11, 2010

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Front Matter-is the first section of a book, and is usually the smallest section in terms of the number of pages. The pages are numbered in lowercase roman numerals. Each page is counted; but no folio or page number is expressed, or printed, on either display pages, or blank pages.
Front matter generally only appears in the first volume in a series, although some elements (such as a table of contents or index) may appear in each volume.
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

JANET JACKSON'S NEW BOOK "TRUE YOU: A JOURNEY TO FINDING AND LOVING YOURSELF."


Janet Jackson’s new book True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, co-written with David Ritz, will be released on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.  She is currently promoting her new book as she promotes her new movie "for colored girls."

phati'tude Literary Magazine Seeks African American Writers!

phati'tude Literary Magazine (PLM), a multicultural literary publication, is seeking submissions for their upcoming African American Winter 2010-11 Issue, "Celebrating Black History Through Literature: From the Harlem Renaissance Movement to Today." The African American Issue will celebrate the literary achievements of the Contemporary Poetry and Literature; Harlem Renaissance; Black Arts Movement; Children's Literature; Urban Fiction; Hip Hop; Scholarship & Writing (Writing in the Academy); and African American LGBT Literature.

Our call for submissions invites African American writers to submit poetry, short stories, Interviews, essays, position papers and book reviews to the magazine. Writers should visit the phati'tude.org website and review submission guidelines at http://tinyurl.com/submit-to-phatitude. Additional inquiries can be made to editor@phatitude.org. The deadline is December 15, 2010.

Gabrielle David, Managing Editor and Jennifer Bacon, Associate Editor, will be selecting and compiling the issue. Says David, "These are exciting times for African American literature; never before have there been so many titles available, in so many different genres. Our challenge will be to explore the very definition of African American Literature and to create an issue that has crossover appeal to various segments of the black reading public within an historical context."

Bacon, who recently completed her Ph.D. at University of Maryland College Park, and has been associated with phati'tude Literary Magazine since its inception, is coordinating the African American Issue's premiere at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Queens, New York on February 26, 2011 during Black History Month. A day-long event filled with workshops, a panel discussion, poetry readings, musical performances, films and book signings, the premiere will feature guest speakers Haki R. Madhubiti and Tara Betts.

phati'tude Literary Magazine, established in 1997, is a internationally-acclaimed magazine is published by The Intercultural Alliance of Artists & Scholars, Inc. (IAAS), a NY-based nonprofit organization. A themed, quarterly publication, phati'tude Literary Magazine is an 8" x 10" perfect-bound book that ranges from 130-160 pages. It is a collection of the best poetry, prose, short stories, articles and interviews along with literary criticism, book reviews and biographical profiles by established and emerging poets, writers and artists with a focus on writers of Native American, African, Hispanic/Latino and Asian descent, whose works exhibit social, political and cultural awareness.

BOOK MARKETING: 5 THINGS AUTHORS CAN DO TO HELP PUBLICIST!

Authors hire publicists to promote their books, and often pay them well. So why should an author help a book publicist do his job? The simple answer is: Because book marketing and book publicity is a very personal business; one in which emotions matter and meaningful communication can make the difference between a successful book promotion campaign and a mediocre or poor one. The expertise of a book publicist is best utilized when augmented with a balance of patience and input by the author, and much more.

Here are 5 ways an author can increase the likelihood of a successful book marketing and book publicity campaign, one which produces a wide array of media coverage and sets the stage for book sales:

1) Patience -- Book publicity is more marathon than sprint, and authors who are naturally eager to see quick results need to educate themselves on the tradecraft of book marketing to understand this. An impatient author begets a rushed publicist, which in turn typically results in rushed pitching rather than carefully planned and implemented media outreach. In short, impatience can cause mistakes and shoddy publicity work. As difficult as it may be, authors should give a campaign time. Regular, thorough weekly updates from a publicist should demonstrate the book marketing plan is being rolled out in a strategic, carefully designed manner, with a sense of natural urgency every good publicist has.

2) Don't micro-manage -- One of the most destructive things an author can do to a publicist is micro-manage. A publicist who feels an author is looking over her shoulder 24/7 will not be a good publicist. An author hires a publicist for the expertise and media savvy which comes experience. Micro-management will take a publicist off-task. A client who controls the professional they've hired will end up getting unprofessional results.

3) Be available -- Many publicity opportunities come quickly, with short notice. An author should be as available and flexible as possible, making their campaign as much of a priority in their life as possible. A book is only launched once, and missing opportunities can kill a book publicity campaign.

4) Let a publicist push the limits -- In most book marketing campaigns, a publicist isn't doing his job if he doesn't come up with at least a few pitching ideas that make the author uncomfortable. It's a publicist's job to be creative, to push the envelope and think of unique ways to break through the competition. It's ok to say "no" to an idea, but authors shouldn't be offended if what's presented makes them uncomfortable. In many cases, it's a publicist's job to push an author outside their comfort zone. Book publicists -- at least good ones -- expect some of their ideas to be shot down.

5) Reasonable expectations -- Perhaps the hardest part of a publicist's job is to manage the expectations of an author. Having reasonable expectations in a business in which it's impossible to know what will happen is crucial. Book publicity and book marketing is a tough, tough business. The competition is fierce, and success in terms of huge book sales numbers is often elusive. A balanced, reasoned understanding of the challenges and opportunities of a book promotion campaign will inevitably improve the odds of an author being satisfied with the work of a publicist.
 
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Purple Prose-is a term of literary criticism used to describe passages, or sometimes entire literary works, written in prose so overly extravagant, ornate or flowery as to break the flow and draw attention to itself.
Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. It also refers to writing that employs certain rhetorical effects such as exaggerated sentiment or pathos in an attempt to manipulate a reader's response.






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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Half Title or Bastard Title- is a page carrying nothing but the title of a book, as opposed to the title page, which also lists subtitle, author, publisher and similar data.





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Monday, November 8, 2010

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Fabulous, fantastic, and interesting are what literature truly represents! Here are some "quick lit bites" to get you motivated and inspired to read, write, and immerse yourself in literature.

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Preface-is an introduction to a book or other literary work written by the work's author. A preface generally covers the story of how the book came into being, or how the idea for the book was developed; this is often followed by thanks and acknowledgments to people who were helpful to the author during the time of writing.





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BOOK REVIEW IN PROCESS: MURDEROUS INTELLECTUALS-German Elites and The Nazi SS
















I am in the process of reviewing Johnathan Maxwell's new book titled: "Murderous Intellectuals: German Elites and The Nazi SS."

So far very interesting, as many of the leaders during that time were very intellegent and calculating.  It's an eye opener so far. 

Check back later for the full book review. Until then visit http://www.amazon.com/ to get yourself a copy.



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Sunday, November 7, 2010

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Foreword-is a (usually short) piece of writing often found at the beginning of a book or other piece of literature, before the introduction; this may or may not be written by the primary author of the work. Often, a foreword will tell of some interaction between the writer of the foreword and the story or the writer of the story.




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QUICK LIT TREND OF THE WEEK!


















What an eye catching cute "literary"trend! The "Dwell Elephant Bookshelf" for kids is a must to display their books! These bookshelves come as a fun funky "elephant", playful "paper dolls petal", and a big orange "bus." So visit "Dwell Studio today to hook your special little ones up with a cool, fun, and hip bookshelf to display their favorite books.
http://www.dwellstudio.com/




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Fable-is a succinct story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects, or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities), and that illustrates a moral lesson (a "moral"), which may at the end be expressed explicitly in a pithy maxim.

The word "fable" comes from the Latin "fabula" (a "story"), itself derived from "fari" ("to speak") with the -ula suffix that signifies "little": hence, a "little story".




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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Diva's House of BTR: "Six Word Story" Weekly Challenge Winners! 11/5/10

CONGRATS TO OUR "SIX WORD STORY" WEEKLY CHALLENGE WINNERS!

My Friends-Arent's Friends-Dumb Bitches (Lola H, TX)

Loser Republicans-Loser Democrats-Go Teaparty (John J, KY)

Julie Smells-Intimately Sweet-Very Tasty (Thomas S, GA)

*Troubled Love-Very Hard-Totally Unpredictable (Literary Diva BTR)*


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Interactive fiction-often abbreviated IF, describes software simulating environments in which players use text commands to control characters and influence the environment.  Works in this form can be understood as literary narratives and as video games.


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Suniti Namjoshi-an Indian writer and poet, many of whose works explore issues of gender and sexual orientation. She has written several collections of fables, poetry and fantasy fiction. She has also written some children's fiction.  One of her most interesting works of lit titled "Flesh and Paper" which is dialogue between the two women as friends, poets and lovers.
 
 
 
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Gabriele Rossetti-was an Italian poet and scholar who emigrated to England.  Rossetti's published works include literary criticism, Romantic poetry such as his long poem Il veggente in solitudine of 1846, and his Autobiography.




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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Christina Rossetti-An English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is best known for her long poem "Goblin Market". Christina also published Commonplace (1870), a book of short stories; Sing-song: A Nursery Rhyme Book (1872), beautifully illustrated by Arthur Hughes and a favorite of Victorian children; and Speaking Likenesses (1874), a book of tales for children.



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Monday, November 1, 2010

Jones reflects on doping scandal, prison in new book!

















Disgraced Olympic sprinter Marion Jones apologizes repeatedly in a new memoir over the doping scandal which ended her Olympic career, but she doesn't expect her staunchest critics to ever see the "big picture."

"I can help one million kids not make bad decisions in their lives, and those critics will still be talking about performance-enhancing drugs because that's the bubble they live in," said Jones, who is opening up in her book "On the Right Track" and a new TV documentary on U.S. sports channel, ESPN.
"I've paid the consequences for my lie, and now I want to help people not make certain choices," she told Reuters.

Jones won three gold and two bronze medals for the United States at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, where she was the golden girl of the Games with a smiling face that was perfect for television. But she was forced to return the medals after admitting she lied about using performance-enhancing drugs, though she has never admitted to knowingly doing so.

"On the Right Track," just published by Simon and Schuster imprint Howard Books, traces Jones' fall from grace -- including a six-month prison sentence and 48 days in solitary confinement stemming from a fight with a fellow inmate -- and her comeback as a professional basketball player.

Once hailed as the fastest woman in the world, Jones for years claimed she was not doping. In 2008, however, she admitted lying to investigators when denying that she knowingly took the banned substance tetrahydrogestrinone (THG) before the 2000 Olympics. She was sentenced to six months at Carswell federal prison in Fort Worth -- a women's prison that she writes could "deaden the spirit."

"I'm the type of person, I like to be in control. I like to know what's going on and I like to prepare," she said. "In terms of perks, I certainly got none."

Her husband Obadele Thompson, a former Olympic sprinter, visited her often, but Jones did not allow her two children because she didn't want them to see their mother behind bars.

VIOLENT, FILTHY PRISON

Jones describes prison as violent and filthy, but also where she bonded with some of her fellow inmates and learned how to bake. Shortly into her sentence, she writes that she was attacked by a fellow inmate in a dispute over laundry duties.
"I felt like my life was in danger. And I just lost it. I hit her in the face with my cooler and kicked her in the ribs," she writes.

While Jones says she fought in self-defense and suffered no injuries, the other woman was "bruised and bloody." Jones was given more than a month in "the hole," or special housing unit, which she writes was, "like the next stop to hell."

Since her release from prison, Jones gives inspirational talks where she advises young people to "take a break" before making a potentially bad decision, and she said she is using her book tour to advocate for prison reform.

"Because I lived it and I lived with those women, I realize that they are not being given the resources to succeed when they are released," she said.

Jones, who at 35 still has an athlete's physique, also wants to revive her sports career. In March, she signed a contract to play with the WNBA's Tulsa Shock.

"I have reached the pinnacle of my track and field career," she said. "Now I am trying to get to the pinnacle of my new sports career -- basketball."

"I don't think I've realized my potential in this sport yet," she said.

A documentary, "Marion Jones: Press Pause," will air November 2 on cable's ESPN network.

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André Breton-was a French writer, poet, and surrealist theorist, and is best known as the principal founder of Surrealism. His writings include the Surrealist Manifesto (Manifeste du surréalisme) of 1924, in which he defined surrealism as "pure psychic automatism".




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