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Firework final display!, by claudmey via sxc.hu It’s almost two weeks into the New Year! For some of us (okay, most of us), that means our resolutions have already begun to weaken. Mark Twain said, “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin...
Willa Cather's attic room in Red Cloud, Nebraska. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Archives & Special Collections, used by permission of Lucia Woods. When Cather published My Ántonia in 1918, the book was a major departure from the literary trends of the day. She not only strayed from the urban...
"A blossom" - Letter 803 from Emily Dickinson to Forrest F. Emerson, who briefly served as the pastor of the First Church at Amherst from June 12, 1879 until he was dismissed on February 21, 1883. Image (c) President and Fellows of Harvard College Does a poem read differently when it’s handwritten...
Yuquin Wang and Zhengli Xu. Photo by Tom Pich Chinese rod puppetry isn’t an art form that is easy to find in the United States. In fact, there is only one Chinese puppet theater in the nation, the Dragon Art Studio, located in Portland, Oregon. A physically-demanding art form that dates back more...
Ernest Hemingway aboard his yacht, Pilar , in 1935. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Almost from the moment he published his first major novel, The Sun Also Rises , in 1926, Hemingway arguably became the most imitated and admired American writer of the century. In 1954, his accomplishments were...
Amy Tan. Photo by Robert Foothorap Amy Tan is one of those rare writers who has achieved enormous popularity and critical acclaim. Her books include The Kitchen?s God Wife and The Bonesetter?s Daughter. But it was her first book, The Joy Luck Club , that put her on the literary map. The Joy Luck...
Ice-Cream Sandwich by Laurie Coughlin of Motormouthpress, LLC The book arts have always occupied a special place in my heart. An incurable bookworm with a love for visual art, handmade books seem like a sort of utopian overlap between visual beauty and literature. Typography, design, writing, and...
Books by Picaland The holidays are fast approaching! We decided to ask our Big Read grantees what's on their reading lists---maybe something new they've been saving for vacation, or an old favorite they like to revisit around this time of year. Are there books they're planning on giving their...
McCall Magazine, Night Before Xmas from 1939. Photo courtesy of flickr user George Eastman House Nothing is better than the holiday season as a child. Snow days mean no school and comic books, your house is transformed into a miracle of tiny lights. All you?re required to do is eat cookie dough,...
Young adult author Lauren Bjorkman. Photo by Marjorie Olsen The growing audience for young adult literature has been one of the hot topics for discussion in recent years, with articles in major newspapers from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal dissecting the current state of this art...

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