Must-Subscribe-To Podcasts for Readers & Writers

Readers and writers, connect with your tribe! These podcasts are either on the subjects of reading and writing or hosted by writers!  Continue reading “Must-Subscribe-To Podcasts for Readers & Writers”

Obama Appoints James Patterson ‘Book Czar’ (Originally published on Shelf Awareness)

Ladies and Gentlemen! THE USA HAS A BOOK CZAR!!!

This information was originally published on Shelf Awareness, yesterday, April 1st. I do not own any rights to this information. I am simply sharing because this is enormous news to publishers and indie bookstores everywhere. Continue reading “Obama Appoints James Patterson ‘Book Czar’ (Originally published on Shelf Awareness)”

10 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month 2015

National Poetry Month is upon us! How are you going to celebrate your favorite poets, pieces, or your own work? Endless possibilities abound!  Continue reading “10 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month 2015”

Why I Read One Short Story, One Poem, and One News Article or Essay Everyday

Okay, okay I might not actually read  all of these things everyday, but I do listen to some and read the others. Usually, my poem is listened to as part of my morning ritual. While putting on my makeup to get ready for work, I put on the Writer’s Almanac podcast. I mean really, what’s better than Garrison Keillor’s soothing voice giving you the important historical/literary happenings of the day? At the end of each podcast, he closes by reading a poem. So, this is how I get my poetry in everyday.  Continue reading “Why I Read One Short Story, One Poem, and One News Article or Essay Everyday”

Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!

Oh, this one is exciting. Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning author, turns 84 today! Morrison didn’t start seriously writing until her 30’s, and thank goodness she did.  Continue reading “Happy Birthday Toni Morrison!”

This is Not a Drill: Harper Lee to Publish 2nd Novel

As reported by the AP, publisher, Harper, has announced that the author of To Kill a Mockingbird will be releasing a second novel this summer (July, specifically). This new novel will be Lee’s first since the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird, making it her second novel in over 50 years!  Continue reading “This is Not a Drill: Harper Lee to Publish 2nd Novel”

That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat

If you aren’t familiar with the incredibly talented Haitian-American writer, well then let me just take a moment to introduce you to Edwidge Danticat.

She was born near Port-Au-Prince, Haiti in 1969 and was raised by her uncle until age 12 when she joined her parents in Brooklyn, New York. There, she learned English and continued her education. She had begun writing at the age of 9 while still in Haiti. Continue reading “That Time I Met Edwidge Danticat”

Happy (Belated) Birthday J.D. Salinger!

Just a special little birthday shout-out to one of my favorite authors, J.D. Salinger! His birthday was actually yesterday, January 1st, but  I thought he deserved a little late recognition anyway. I could read from the perspective of the beloved Holden Caulfield any day. While listening to my The Writer’s Almanac podcast, I learned that Catcher in the Rye is still the 2nd most taught book in American high schools, and also remains the most challenged novel. Continue reading “Happy (Belated) Birthday J.D. Salinger!”