Sunday, October 23, 2011

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.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY!

The Garden of Forking Paths-original Spanish title: "El Jardín de senderos que se bifurcan") is a 1941 short story by Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges. It is the title story in the collection El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (1941), which was republished in its entirety in Ficciones (Fictions) in 1944. It was the first of Borges's works to be translated into English when it appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine in August 1948.



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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Finalists unveiled for 2011 National Book Awards

(Reuters) - Organizers for the National Book Awards on Wednesday announced the 20 finalists for 2011's honors, which are among the most prestigious in U.S. publishing.

Winners in four categories -- fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature -- will be announced at a gala event held in New York on November 16 and hosted by actor John Lithgow. Finalists in their respective categories follow:

FICTION:
Andrew Krivak, "The Sojourn"
Tea Obreht, "The Tiger's Wife"
Julie Otsuka, "The Buddha in the Attic"
Edith Pearlman, "Binocular Vision"
Jesmyn Ward, "Salvage the Bones"

NONFICTION:
Deborah Baker, "The Convert: A Tale of Exile and Extremism"
Mary Gabriel, "Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution"
Stephen Greenblatt, "Swerve: How the World Became Modern"
Manning Marable, "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention"
Lauren Redniss, "Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout"

POETRY:
Nikky Finney, "Head Off & Split"
Yusef Komunyakaa, "The Chameleon Couch"
Carl Phillips, "Double Shadow"
Adrienne Rich, "Tonight No Poetry Will Serve: Poems 2007-2010"
Bruce Smith, "Devotions"

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE:
Franny Billingsley, "Chime"
Debby Dahl Edwardson, "My Name Is Not Easy"
Thanhha Lai, "Inside Out and Back Again"
Albert Marrin, "Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy"
Lauren Myracle, "Shine"
Gary D. Schmidt, "Okay for Now"

Taylor Swift donates 6,000 books to US library

(AP) — Taylor Swift wants children in the Pennsylvania city of Reading to hit the books — and she's made that easier by giving 6,000 volumes to the local library.



Librarians unveiled the donation from the Grammy-winning country singer Thursday. Swift grew up in nearby Wyomissing and wasn't able to attend the event.

Swift partnered with publisher Scholastic Inc. to donate the books for children and young adults. The titles were chosen by local librarians.

Reading is a struggling city about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Philadelphia. Swift's representatives told library officials she wanted to help economically troubled libraries.

Librarians say Swift's books will be marked with a white star on the spine and a sticker inside. They say they hope Swift's popularity will motivate more children and teens to read.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

New e-book club includes works by Alice Walker

(AP) — A digital publisher of Pat Conroy, Alice Walker and other writers has formed an online book club with a website that has for years served as a hub for reading groups.

Open Road Integrated Media announced Friday that it was partnering with BookMovement.com, which includes reading guides and lists of the most popular book club choices. The new club will be called DigiReaders and among the books to be discussed are Conroy's "The Prince of Tides" and Walker's "The Temple of My Familiar." Free e-releases will be offered each month through BookMovement's site.

The book club was scheduled to go live Friday.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

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.

QUICK LIT BITE OF THE DAY!

Victor Appleton [pseudonym] for Howard R. Garis- American author best known for his Uncle Wiggly series featuring the gentleman rabbit with floppy ears in top coat and hat. He also penned the majority of the Tom Swift stories under his pseudonym "Victor Appleton".

His first published novel's failure was not encouraging, With Force and Arms: A Tale of Love and Salem Witchcraft (1902). It was followed by Isle of Black Fire and The White Crystals in 1904, which were successful in reaching a younger audience hungry for adventurous tales and received favourable reviews.




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