Yaa Gyasi: 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature

– Homegoing is the novel that follows eight generations of a single family starting with two matriarchs Effia and Esi who were living in Ghana in the 18th century. Effia is the wife of the British governor of the Cape Coast Castle which is a slave fort and Esi is kept in that same castle […]

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin – Literature Summary and Review

The Awakening by Kate Chopin – Literature Summary and Review

Hello Everyone! It’s Patrick and today I’m giving a summary and review of the story “The Awakening” By Kate Chopin. She was an american author who wrote the majority of her stories in the 1890’s and as a whole they were generally critically well received. The outlier however was “The Awakening” which was panned for […]

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Valeria Luiselli: 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature

Valeria Luiselli: 2020 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Literature

– I definitely don’t think that writing stems from a kind of inspiration. Just as I don’t believe that there are ‘aha’ moments in life really, you know that, there’s an accumulation of frustrations, of insights, of urgency. I was born in Mexico City, and I arrived in the US when I was 25. As […]

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Best Families in Literature | #BookBreak

Best Families in Literature | #BookBreak

Welcome back to Book Break! And Happy Boxing Day. Boxing Day’s always been kind of my favourite day of the Christmas period. It’s just an excuse to eat loads of leftovers, play with all my new presents, which in my case usually just means reading all my new books, and of course hanging out with […]

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List-Making as Spiritual Practice | Marilyn McEntyre

List-Making as Spiritual Practice | Marilyn McEntyre

I think there’s a, uh . . . . A lot of people are speaking these days about spiritual practices. I think it’s a word that Protestants have retrieved from the Catholic world, or maybe Christians have retrieved from the Buddhist world. Many of my friends in Berkeley talk about their Buddhist Practices. But I […]

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ART AND SPIRITUALITY explained by Hans Wilhelm

ART AND SPIRITUALITY explained by Hans Wilhelm

Hi Im Hans Wilhelm. As a mystic and artist, I will share a few personal thoughts on art and its relationship to spirituality. My hope is to inspire us to look at art a little differently and use our artistic talents with greater focus. Is there anything that can transform our senses faster than art […]

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Letters About Literature Featuring Texas Author Nikki Loftin ( Texas Center for the Book)

Letters About Literature Featuring Texas Author Nikki Loftin ( Texas Center for the Book)

So one of the most fun parts about being an author is receiving letters from young readers when they come in email or in the mail. It’s so exciting for me. The letters about literature campaign is a perfect way for young readers who found a book that changed their life to reach out to […]

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Julia Middleton on why she wrote Cultural Intelligence

Julia Middleton on why she wrote Cultural Intelligence

I wrote the book cultural intelligence CQ the calls I believe passionately that the dollar versus leaders want to crack the big problems and produce real change the trouble about big problems is that that they have no respect for boundaries the splurge across boundaries whether that’s between the public and the private and the […]

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Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot

Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot

We speak student! Power in Literature: Plot a la Shmoop. We’ve thought through symbols, settings, and themes. so one of the words that we’ve used a couple times is plot What is plot? Plot is, plain and simple the narrative arc of the story it’s what happens there’s a very famous way to map the […]

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LITERATURE – Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet was born in Paris in 1694 His father, a well-established lawyer, sent him to the best school in the capital, and by all accounts, he was a brilliant student. The young Arouet, decided at an early age to make his name as a writer, or rather to remake his name, as the first […]

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