A Year in Review: Top Literary Moments of 2017

Literarily speaking, 2017 was packed with as much drama as a bestselling novel. We saw dire dystopian books fly off the shelves, a piece of short fiction break the internet, and a trollish alt-right personality battle it out with an ex-publisher. There was scandalous “bestseller” manipulation—caught red-handed in real time—and gloves torn off for the…

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Happy Birthday, Cormac McCarthy!

On this day in 1933, Cormac McCarthy was born. The great American novelist moved around a lot, and served in the Air Force for four years. After returning to the University of Tennessee in 1957, he was awarded an Ingram-Merrill Award for creative writing. He has published ten novels and has an eleventh on the way.

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eNotes + Crosswords: Enter to win a Lesson Plan!

eNotes gets a lot of thank-you notes from teachers and fan mail from students daily. Okay – more like Tweets from the students. We haven’t received an actual letter since 2003. And while we love being recognized for all our hard work, what gets out of bed in the morning is making the lives of our teachers and students…

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Sanitizing “The Giver”

On August 11, 2014, thousands of teens and their parents eagerly purchased tickets for the long-awaited film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Award-winning novel The Giver.  My teenaged son read it in junior high and loved it. I loved it too. Like Madelyn L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, Lowry’s The Giver has a subterranean…

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And the Oxford Word of the Year is… Selfie

Must. Remind. Self..  The OED is not an arbiter of, but a chronicler of,  English language use. Every year, the Powers-That-Be lean over the windowsills located high atop their Ivory Towers and cock an ear towards the milling crowds below. When they hear a word they do not recognize being shouted often enough, they dip…

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