Nearly 200 theaters around the country will screen “1984”tonight in protest of the Trump administration. “Orwell’s portrait of a government that manufactures [its] own facts, demands total obedience and demonizes foreign enemies has never been timelier,” say organizers for the event, adding that the screenings encourage theaters “to […]
When my mother received her Alzheimer’s diagnosis in the spring of 2013, my sisters and I thought only of the potential horrors that lay ahead, and the slow withering away of the person we loved. What we couldn’t have foreseen were the moments of beauty, the moments of […]
National Poetry Month, Chance the Rapper, Roxane Gay & More! Your Weekly Lit News Roundup by Laurel Dowswell
April is National Poetry month in the US and there are many ways to celebrate! From Twitter poetry to National Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 27th, and attending local poetry gatherings, language, poems, and poets are in the spotlight.
A movie’s title matters a great deal. I’ve heard it said very few times but watched it in action several. Back in the old, old days when you had to visit a video store to rent a movie if you didn’t feel like handing out twenty bucks […]
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Announced Henry Louis Gates Jr announced the recipients of the 82nd annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards on March 23. In this announcement, he named Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures as the winner of the nonfiction Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. Others who will receive awards include Tyehimba Jess and […]
In the bathrooms of a new building at my school, everything is “touchless.” You dispense soap, make water flow, and get a towel by moving your hands in the air. It’s an odd experience, akin to playing a theremin, and sometimes I suspect that I’m being pranked, particularly […]
Such an isolated place. Where they lived. To give directions to a stranger would be impossible. Off the main arterial road everything round here dissolves into narrow capillaries known only by the name of someone’s house, field, or barn. Their place was set on the edge of a […]
REVIEWED BY A. E. WEISGERBER The Expanse Between by Lee L. Krecklow| Winter Goose Publishing, 2017 | ISBN: 978-1941058619 | 239 pages This impressive debut novel from Wisconsinite Lee L. Krecklow raises interesting questions about storytelling and privacy rights. The Expanse Between is also a nifty bit of […]
On March 16, the NBCC celebrated the finalists for the 2016 publishing year. The winners include Louise Erdrich for her novel, LaRose, and Ishion Hutchinson for poetry with House of Lords and Commons.
When you think of Texas, there are a few iconic images that come to mind: big cattle ranches, oil derricks, and of course, cowboys. On a quiet street in Houston, Texas, two aging bootmakers, with over a century of bootmaking experience between them, are working to keep this […]