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Cover Art from RAY BRADBURY’S FAHRENHEIT 451: THE AUTHORIZED ADAPTATION, artwork by Tim Hamilton. Text copyright © 1953, renewed 1981 by Ray Bradbury. Artwork copyright © 2009 by Tim Hamilton. Reprinted by permission of Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC. CAUTION: Users are...
Stamp of Robert Frost from 1974. Image in the public domain. Part of the appeal of Tobias Wolff’s insider take on the cutthroat competitive life of a prestigious prep school in Old School is the suspense of a writing contest---a contest that gives the winning student a private meeting with a famous...
The official 2012 Children's Book Week poster, designed by David Wiesner. Image courtesy of the Children's Book Council Since 1919, Children's Book Week (CBW) has celebrated the illustrated, alliterative, silly, fantastical, rhyming joys of children's books. Run by the Children's Book Council since...
Joyce Wilson-Young. Photo courtesy of Wilson-Young On April 4 and 5, residents of Cochran, Georgia, gathered for a two-night writing workshop based on the community's Big Read selection of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. More than a dozen participants, from high school sophomores to...
Poet John Keats by William Hilton. Image is in the public domain courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery As National Poetry Month slowly comes to a close, I'd like to play a recording of the 2009 Poetry Out Loud State Champ from Missouri. Here's Pete Winfrey reciting Keats' "La Belle Dame Sans...
misc 12 by flickr user fontplaydotcom When Emily Oliver transferred to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, she was faced with the problem that all new transfers face: finding friends. "I was doing independent study in audio poetry with Professor Monica Berlin," Oliver remembers. "I had just...
Jay McShann at the keyboard. Image courtesy of Chiaroscuro Records Today, and for most of this month, I'll be celebrating jazz and literature. From the NEA Jazz Master's 30th Anniversary publication : "Known in jazz circles as 'Hootie,' Jay McShann is for the most part a self-taught artist, though...
The PoetTree at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Emily Dickinson's poems hang from the tree, and visitors can also share verses of their own. Photo by Laura Jamieson Emily Dickinson may be one of the world’s most celebrated poetesses, but during her own lifetime, she was known for something a bit more...
Dedé Mirabal (l) with author Julia Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Dedé Mirabal This week, we celebrate the birthday of author Julia Alvarez. Alvarez is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist, whose second novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, is a Big Read selection . Set in the Dominican Republic...
Southbank book fair by flickr user gluemoon “What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.” ---Neil Gaiman, American Gods I don’t think I’m alone in searching out a bookstore in every new town I...

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