April 9, 2010 • 7 Comments

I’m really excited that it’s National Poetry Month, I just want to make sure that everyone understands why:
1. Reworked Words. Not sure you have the words to write your own poetry? No big deal.…


April 8, 2010

Spring Salute to Earthworms

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Earthworms:
1. There are about 2,700 varieties of earthworm
2. Worms are hermaphroditic: they have both sets of sexual organs and line up head-to-tail to mate.
3. The largest…


April 7, 2010

What Rhymes With Wednesday?

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The Emperor of Ice Cream
by Wallace Stevens
Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they…


April 7, 2010

Heidi Durrow on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

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Tune in to NPR’s “All Things Considered” later today to hear Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky,  with her “You Must Read This” segment.
On a related note: Nella Larsen…


April 2, 2010

Short Story Pick-of-the-Month

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I admit it: I love a great villain. A knowledgeable writer goes beyond the sometimes bombastic, destructive wake of a villain, provides opportunities for the character to change – or adamantly refuse to change –…


April 1, 2010

National Poetry Month Kick-Off!

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April is National Poetry Month! Begun in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month was set up to promote the continued reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry. On their website, you can…


March 31, 2010

March’s Why-I-Love-Books Roundup

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I was inspired this month by all the great books with “March” in the title: Middlemarch, The Ides of March, The March… There’s a wealth of month-centric literature out there, just waiting to be discovered!…


March 30, 2010

The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes

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We are excited to celebrate the publication of Randi Davenport’s memoir The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes, on sale now!
Despite her son Chase’s diagnosis of autism, he attended school, loved to go boogie boarding, had…


March 25, 2010

A Story from Lee Smith

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Today we have an excerpt from Lee Smith‘s collection of short stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stanger. Smith is the author of fifteen previous books of fiction—three collections of short stories and a dozen…


March 24, 2010

And The Winner Is…

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Algonquin authors have been getting some attention lately, snatching up awards and nominations.
The International Network Of Golf is a 20-year-old, non-profit, media-based networking organization whose mission is to enhance and promote communication and education…