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Literary translator Johanna Warren talks about the relationship between the translator and the author whose work is being translated.
Edwidge Danticat muses on writing and knowing the self.
At 45 years old, Earl Mills was married with five children, owned his own home, and had worked steadily through the years. Yet he had a secret that few others knew: he could not read. This is unfortunately not an unusual circumstance: according to the U.S. Department of Education, 32 million U.S...
“And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It...
“We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree. But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re...
A few weeks ago, we posted a new audio gem to our Shortcuts section , of actor Charles Keating reading Edgar Allan Poe 's poem "The Bells." His recitation was so perfectly eerie that it seemed only appropriate to have you take a listen on Halloween, that Poe-iest day of the year...
We know you have your Halloween playlist handled--really there's no such thing as too many times to listen to "Monster Mash" or "Thriller"--but what about your Halloween reading list? Don't worry, we took care of that for you. Below is expert advice from NEA Literary...
On Tuesday, we announced a new addition to our Big Read library : Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat. This memoir—our first nonfiction Big Read title—tells the story of Danticat’s family, and their long and winding journey from Haiti to the United States. Although...
Author Ellen Hopkins once said that, “Nonfiction speaks to the head. Fiction speaks to the heart. Poetry speaks to the soul.” But Edwidge Danticat’s memoir, Brother I’m Dying, simultaneously does all three. Today, Brother, I’m Dying became the first nonfiction book to...
For as long as humans have roamed this planet, there has been war. And for as long as there’s been war, there has been art that portrays it, from dramatic paintings of epic battles to sculptures of famous moments from mythology. “Before modernism, portrayals of war and conflict were...

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