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Univ. of Minnesota Press Gets Interactive with Scholarly Books

Univ. of Minnesota Press Gets Interactive with Scholarly Books

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS ANNOUNCED earlier this week that it, with the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been awarded a $732,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch the Manifold Scholarship digital initiative. The funding will allow UMP and and CUNY’s […]

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Thoughts on Balancing a Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

Thoughts on Balancing a Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

DO YOU NEED TWENTY-SEVEN HOURS in your day to do everything? Sorry, I can’t give your day extra hours. What I can provide are some of the lessons I’ve learned and techniques I employ to make the best use of my time. Maybe like a current television commercial’s characters you are stupid rich. That is […]

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Do writers have to “write what they know?”

Do writers have to “write what they know?”

WRITERS ARE OFTEN ADVISED to “write what you know.” The thinking goes that only by experiencing something yourself can you portray it authentically. Here’s what I know: 1. A child’s need for a bathroom is inversely proportional to the distance from one. 2. If you want to discuss something really important with a man, hide […]

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The Fishermen

The Fishermen

Chigozie Obioma Little, Brown and Company, 2015 304 pp; ISBN-13: 978-0316338370 ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE LITERARY DEVELOPMENTS of the past decade has been the more or less simultaneous eruption onto the world stage, after a long fallow period, of nearly a dozen popular new novelists from Africa. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, […]

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Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started

IMPERCEPTIBLE, INVISIBLE ALMOST, but it was there at the London Book Fair this year—publishers quietly clapping each other on the back and breathing a collective sigh of relief: Phew, thank goodness that ebook thing is over. Now let’s get back to real publishing. I’m being a little facetious, of course. But this year’s trade show […]

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PAL publishes three editions of children literature

PAL publishes three editions of children literature

Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) has published three special editions of children literature namely ‘Bachon Ka Adab’ including poems and prose translated from foreign and regional languages into Urdu. An official of PAL told APP here on Sunday, it was for the first time in the history of sub-continent that such kind of literature had been published for children in Urdu.

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HarperCollins Announces BookSmash Winners

HarperCollins Announces BookSmash Winners

HarperCollins revealed the winners of its BookSmash Challenge, a contest that invited developers to create new digital products that “re-imagine the book.”

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The ‘unfilmable’ becomes filmable as slew of sweeping books leap to big screen

The ‘unfilmable’ becomes filmable as slew of sweeping books leap to big screen

It would appear that labelling a book unfilmable is a sure-fire way to get a filmmaker’s attention. How else to explain the multitude of book-inspired features currently at the multiplex, a good number of them drawn from challenging literary works chock full of the very things popular cinema generally tries to avoid?

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William Luis Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

William Luis Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Dr. William Luis, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Spanish at Vanderbilt University, was recently awarded the 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for European & Latin American Literature.

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Andrew Jackson Publishes Long-Awaited Groundbreaking Book on African American Librarians

Andrew Jackson Publishes Long-Awaited Groundbreaking Book on African American Librarians

Librarian Andrew P. Jackson (Sekou Molefi Baako) co-edits with fellow librarians, Julius C. Jefferson, Jr. and Akilah S. Nosakhere, The 21st Century Black Librarian in America, a tribute to the late Dr. E.J. Josey, activist and librarian.

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