Tag: Author


Sofie's Choice

How groovy is it that author Darlene Ryan has chosen two different pen names for the two different New York Times bestselling cat mystery series she pens? She writes as...

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It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.

bell hooks' Essay: Love as the Practice of Freedom

It would be so easy to quote the entire darned thing, so go read the entire darned thing! Here's a bit to get you going...

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Often, then, the longing is not for a collective transformation of society, an end to politics of dominations, but rather simply for an end to what we feel is hurting us. This is why we desperately need an ethic of love to intervene in our selfcentered longing for change.

Debbie Reese Interview with MinnPost

And I think about the United States, its actions on a global scale, and they have repeated mistakes. And maybe if they had had more honest histories, earlier, it may have made a difference. Of course, we can’t know that, but we should have those kinds of histories be part of everybody’s education...

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Unicorn Cake

AmazingAwesomeness has bequeathed unto me some very tasty unicorn cakes to eat while I read Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson. Aren't I the luckiest librarian in all the land?...

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Trial of Ulysses

The U.S. government tried denying James Joyce's Ulysses "admittance into the United States." The government's motion was for a decree of forfeiture and destruction. The judge read the book to determine what was what. Here's some of what he said about it.

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James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78

Write. Find a way to keep alive and write. There is nothing else to say. If you are going to be a writer there is nothing I can say to stop you; if you’re not going to be a writer nothing I can say will help you. What you really need at the beginning is somebody to let you know that the effort is real...

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Talent is insignificant. I know a lot of talented ruins. Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck, but, most of all, endurance..

Nanea Woods

She set up shelves inside her locker, filled them with books, posted a signup sheet and opened the whole thing to her schoolmates. “It got to be so big that I started a newsletter over the summer so girls could keep up with what I was reading,” Woods says, recalling that she used pink paper to distribute her book reviews...

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Curiosity. Tenacity. Empathy. Love.

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