To what purpose, April

by Lois H. To what purpose, April, do you return again? Beauty is not enough. You can no longer quiet me with the redness Of little leaves opening stickily. I know what I know. “Spring” by Edna St. Vincent Millay (lines 1-5) April seems a fitting month for National Poetry Month. There’s something about the […]

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The Thin Gray Line

by Craig B. “Creation is messy. You want genius, you get madness; two sides of the same coin.” – Steve Jobs “At the edge of madness you howl diamonds and pearls.” – Aberjhani The Ninth Symphony. The Sistine Chapel. Classical Cynicism. The human mind is a marvelous thing. We’ve gone from stone tools to quantum […]

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You Caught My Eye: Beautiful Books

by Lindsey A. I’m a sucker for a beautiful book. They say we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, and that’s true to an extent. Authors often have no say in the appearance of their books; sometimes that decision is made by the publisher. Still, some covers are just odious. On the other hand, […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: LGBTQIA+

By Kaley C. As August comes to an end, so does this month’s Beyond Bestsellers. I was pleased to see so many ebooks and eaudiobooks check out! Now, on to our lists: A popular trope in books centered around LGBTQIA+ narratives is a tragic ending. Not so on staff member Jennifer K’s list! I’ve written […]

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Awards Round-up: September 2016

by Lindsey & Ruth Welcome to the September Awards Round-up! A combination of literary and media awards were handed out this month. Here is a brief overview of these awards and their winners. The Emmys The Emmy Awards recognize excellence in various areas of television and emerging media. They are selected by the sisters organizations Television Academy, […]

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Poetry, Memory, and Visualization

by Jackie My freshman year in college, somehow, Robert Pinsky, who was, at the time the US Poet Laureate, visited my mostly unknown (unless you like Division II football) mid-western university. I squeezed into the prettiest building on campus; a building that served double duty as venue and church and was far too small to […]

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Books On Broadway

by Brian The phenomenal success of the musical Hamilton has brought the musical genre to the forefront again. Hamilton’s success, while in many ways due to the incredibly talented composer, actor, rapper and writer Lin-Manuel Miranda, can be traced back to the book it is based on, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Books transformed into musicals often lead to […]

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June is “Bathroom Reading” Month

by Ruth G. What makes a good bathroom read? Something that you can pick up, peruse, and put down, no bookmark needed.  (I suppose waterproofing would be a bonus.) There is a bathroom book for just about any mood: from trivia, world records, “believe it or not” books, to jokes & riddles, cartoon collections and […]

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Book Clubs Made Easy!

by Stacey Sno-Isle currently has 256 Book Discussion Kits. Each kit includes 10 copies of a single title. With this abundance of titles Sno-Isle offers  several options for searching and choosing a book kit. You can browse all of the kits alphabetically. You can search by new kits. Does your group prefer a literary form? You […]

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Meet the Author Next Door: Gina Marie Mammano

by Gina Marie Mammano Gina Marie Mammano hosts the public radio show, Ear Candy: a sweet piece of sound for your mind to suck on, on WhidbeyAir. It’s a themed mix of music, poetry, essays, alongside soulful storytelling. She is a spiritual director, and  a published  poet, with her work focusing on places and interior spaces and can […]

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