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A peek at Flavorwire Literary Editor Emily Temple's "books-to-consider" shelf at her New York City office. Image courtesy of Flavorwire A little direction in the vast world of literature is always helpful. Different readers find direction from different sources: professors, relatives, colleges,...
Tonight at 7:30 p.m., the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert will be webcast live from Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. While we hope you'll tune in, the event also seemed like a good time for the Big Read to explore how jazz has been approached in children's...
Jac Mullen, The American Reader executive editor, reviewing submissions at the publication's Harlem-based offices. Photo by Alyssa Loh Sure, the news about journalism and publishing have been all doom and gloom lately. It seems most are resigned to fit these relics comfortably among the ‘dying’...
http://youtu.be/DSlY74J6iH8 Browsing through Small Demons is like playing a literary version of Six Degrees of Separation. The site, which launched last autumn, compiles the details mentioned in some 10,000 books---the people, places, songs, products, etc.---and shows how those details connect the...
Browsing Books 1 by nick12 via stock_xchng Since I'm always looking to add to my "To Read" pile, and I love those ubiquitous, year-end "Best of" lists, I decided to ask NEA staff which book they read in the past year ended up as their favorite. Here's what they had to say: Wendy Clark: Just Kids by...
The original program logo courtesy of RR Kidz The reading world has changed a good deal since I was a kid. The Dewey Decimal System is a relic of the past, books have gone from paper to screen, and public libraries are closing. So what remains of our literary childhood? If you are an '80s kid, like...
Book in the Snow by flickr user SPDP At this point, beach reading has become its own literary genre: light, uplifting, and not heavy enough to cloud over a day in the sun. But what about winter reading? What do we reach for when the days are short, the nights are long, and our main objective is to...
Reading in Bed by flickr user Artotem Last week, as part of The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society's Big Read , Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley gave a lecture on the "art of reading." While we weren't there to hear his talk, we thought we'd share a few insights on reading from some of our...
J. Patrick Lewis. Photo by Robert Donaldson After years of working as an economics professor at Ohio’s Otterbein College, J. Patrick Lewis picked up a passion that made little economic sense: children’s poetry. In 1998, he turned to writing full-time, and has since published some 80 books and...
Rashawnda Williams and Dr. Jill Biden at Do the Write Thing, a benefit organized by 826DC. Photo courtesy of Ms. Williams At the tender age of 16, Rashawnda Williams has already had quite the literary career. A senior at Washington’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Williams doubles as the Young...

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