Alice Munro Wins the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature

“A story is not like a road to follow…it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling where you like and discovering how the room and corridors relate to each other, how the world outside is altered by being viewed from these windows.” Canadian…

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Unpublished Novel by Pearl S. Buck Found in Texas Storage Unit

I live for stories like this. My children are regularly subjected to garage and estate sales.  They tap their feet and emit long, angsty, teenage sighs as I go through ancient, musty-smelling boxes, looking and hoping for such a gem. It happened to someone. After forty years, an unpublished manuscript by Pearl S. Buck has been discovered in…

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Top Ten Summer Readings for 2013

Ahhhh, summer! Finally, some time for a bit of pleasure reading. Got a gift certificate you’ve been hanging on to? (Ha. Mine are gone minutes after they hit my hands.) Or maybe you are just overwhelmed with choices and don’t want to waste precious free time on something that isn’t so great. Well, we at…

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Happy 87th Birthday, Harper Lee!

Last night, I found my sixteen-year-old daughter in bed  a full hour early. In her hands was Harper Lee‘s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. “I want to see what is happening with Scout. I’m worried about her,” she explained. My daughter, like millions of other readers, has become enthralled by the coming-of-age story of Scout…

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Happy Birthday, Toni Morrison

Today, February 18, marks the 82nd birthday of Toni Morrison. Morrison was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her novel Beloved.  She is the United States’ only living literary Nobel Prize winner (awarded to her in 1993). Morrison was born  ‘Chloe Wofford’ to working class parents in 1931. She grew up in Lorain, Ohio…

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