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Ntozake gifts left for the world… and Brooklyn – Our Time Press


(Based on a conversation with Donald Sutton, Trustee, Ntozake Shange Literary Trust)

By Bernice Elizabeth Green
Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf is back on Broadway at the Booth Theater, since last night’s revival premiere.
The writer’s masterpiece has garnered tremendous critical acclaim with its current cast under the direction of Tony-nominated choreographer-director Camille A. Brown…just as it did on its debut. 46 years ago under the legendary Oz Scott.

One Shange celebrant who saw the original production in its successful second year, 1977, was Donald Sutton, who some 20 years later would become Shange’s literary administrator.
Mr. Sutton is an internationally acclaimed arts administrator, fundraiser and strategic guide for many creative artists and performers (imagine having a clientele that understands The Voice of Mr. Ossie Davis). Her work is out of the spotlight, offstage, behind the scenes and that’s why we can see Ms. Shange’s work on Broadway for the next 20 weeks. And I hope for longer. As Literary Trustee, Mr. Sutton is responsible for directing our attention to Shange’s treasure, including 13 plays; 7 novels; six children’s books; and 19 collections of poetry… “plus essays, correspondence and letters to editors,” Mr. Sutton informed us in a recent interview.

Friends accompanied Mr. Sutton the first time he attended the play. “We had a heated discussion afterwards about the great controversy over the negative reactions of black men to For Colored Girls.

Sutton elaborated. “Not all of Shange’s dramas, novels, and poems chronicle the experiences of being a black woman living in American society and the divisive racial, political, and feminist issues constantly confronted, including gender oppression, misogyny, sexism, but most of his work does.

“Ms. Shange focuses on pain, but many of her characters also find joy or possibility through self-discovery. Today, men are more understanding or tolerant of Ntozake’s works. was not so the case 40 years ago.

Mr. Sutton recalled that he and his friends saw “For Colored Girls…” as a “landmark” and “the next step in American drama. “Only a handful of American playwrights had accomplished a play, a play written almost entirely as poetry. Eugene O’Neill? Maybe Arthur Miller? Only a few were able to write entirely in verse.

Timeless most closely strikes Mr. Sutton’s chord when it comes to describing Ntozake’s gifts, skills and talents. “Its vivid imagery and the pace of its work place it among literary classics.”

Mr. Sutton immediately affirmed his statement by recalling a passage from Colored Girls from memory:

sing a black girl song
get him to know himself
know you but
sing its rhythms” (followed by a line from another section)
“let her be born / let her be born / & handle her warmly.”

He then compared Ntozake’s lines to the best one can find in one of the oldest works of Western literature. “The whole thing (for colored girls),” he said, “is like the Illiad. Consider that line in the Greek epic, ‘Sing a song of the bravery of kings and the face that launched a thousand ships.’ It’s Homer…and Ntozake’s work is straight out of that tradition, but entirely focused on the experience of African American women.

“I had heard from a very close friend of hers and mine,” he revealed, returning to responses from black men to For Colored Girls, “that Ntozake reacted very emotionally to criticism of his work by some , and even had regrets about (creating it.) But there was nothing to regret about such a masterpiece.

Sutton asked the male writers he knew a simple question: “Are you critical of ‘For Colored Girls…’?” “I asked them if they could honestly say that in their love life, their sex life, they had never been the actor in any of the situations depicted on ‘For Colored Girls’.

“No one could say, ‘No, that never happened to me, I never did anything like that. I never said that!’ I felt the reactions to the question underpinned the truthfulness and honesty of what Ntozake wrote. She was talking about life, the lives of black women, and the lives of women in general. The truth does evil.”

There was another truth that may have hurt Shange in a different way: Sutton informs that when the show opened on Broadway and sold out, it was playing to 6,000 people a week within months. “For Colored Girls was the highest-grossing play of Broadway’s 1975–76 season and was nominated for a Tony for Best Play.

“When Equus won, I really felt Ntozake was robbed. For Colored Girls was the season’s box office leader, it didn’t seem fair. That was in 1977. Since then, the play holds the record for the longest running play by an African-American writer in Broadway history.A lot has changed.

Ntozake Shange attended Barnard College in New York and graduated with honors in 1970. She received a master’s degree in American Studies in 1973 from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In college, she went through a period of depression. But through words, she found inner strength to carry on, becoming a writer, performer and director.

As a college and university faculty member, she has taught courses in women’s studies, creative writing, poetry, and drama across the country. She has received numerous awards, including the 1992 Paul Robeson Achievement Award, the 1993 Living Legend Award from the National Black Theater Festival, and the Pushcart Prize. for colored girls was nominated for Tony, Emmy and Grammy Awards in 1977. It won the Outer Circle Critics Award as well as several Obie Awards.

In 2004 Shange suffered a stroke, which affected his ability to write. She passed away in 2018.

Note to readers: An interview, announced for this week, with Ntozake Shange’s brother, Paul Williams, Jr., will be featured at Our Time Press’s June celebration for men.

“Binge Times” review: carried away by the current


When reading about business these days in the media, there are things you know without being told. You can be pretty sure that when a bunch of conglomerates come together to create something they call TV Everywhere, it will end up getting TV nowhere. Or that when the head of a powerful company says, of a small digital competitor, “It’s kind of like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world?” – the answer will surprise him.

It was Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO of Time Warner, who dismissed the threat from Netflix in 2010. Ten years prior, Time Warner was the biggest media conglomerate of them all. But after selling himself to AOL in 2000 in a near-disastrous attempt to gain digital proficiency, he then ditched his cable system subsidiary, his music colossus, his magazine empire and AOL himself before Mr. Bewkes, in 2018, only sold what was left to AT&T for $85.4 billion. This month, AT&T transferred WarnerMedia to Discovery Inc. for just half that amount.

The men who ran these conglomerates were a prideful lot, chasing dominance in an analog industry while remaining utterly unaware of the coming digital tsunami. It was just a matter of file size: music labels were already drained by the early years, but movie studios and TV networks, whose production requires a lot more bandwidth, had another decade to contemplate the inevitable, not that it did them much good.

What happened when they encountered the Albanian military is the subject of Dade Hayes and Dawn Chmielewski of “Binge Time: Furious Battle Billions Inside Hollywood for Netflix’s Take Down.” Mr. Hayes is the business editor at Deadline; Ms. Chmielewski is a business entertainment correspondent for Reuters.

Binge Times: Inside Hollywood’s furious billion-dollar battle to bring down Netflix

By Dade Hayes and Dawn Chmielewski

William Morrow

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The story begins in 1997, when a Silicon Valley computer scientist named Reed Hastings and a marketing manager named Marc Randolph started a movie theater rental company. Initially, customers make their selection online and receive DVDs in the mail. But when the dot-com bubble burst in 2000, Netflix was in trouble. As Mr. Randolph reported in his 2019 memoir “It Won’t Work,” he and Mr. Hastings were prepared to sell Netflix Blockbuster—the Viacom subsidiary that dominated the U.S. movie-rental business at the time—for $50 million. This agreement did not take place. Ten years later, Blockbuster went bankrupt.

At first, media executives saw Netflix as another revenue stream, a distribution outlet along the in-flight and pay-per-view movie lines. But after Netflix started offering a streaming option in 2007, and especially after they started commissioning original programming in 2013, they started looking at it as a competitor. What they didn’t see as streaming was changed the game completely: Suddenly “rendezvous TV” was a relic.

“Binge Times” has its moments, such as when the writers portray John Stankey, the AT&T lifer who engineered the Time Warner purchase and is now AT&T’s chief executive. Stiff as a board of directors in a company defined by schmooze, Mr. Stankey, the authors note, “didn’t endear himself to the creative community by casually referring to the movies and TV shows they made. as “tonnage”. “

Then there was film director Jeffrey Katzenberg’s failed attempt to capitalize on millennials’ perceived appetite for super-short entertainment. Known as Quibi (short for “quick bites”) and funded to the tune of $1.75 billion, Mr Katzenberg’s startup offered “nibble content” in the form of high production value videos. Viewable only on cellphones, lacking the spontaneity and free-spiritedness of TikTok, and clearly created by people with no feelings for the target audience, Quibi has become what the authors describe as “the equivalent of the New Coke app: a vigorously marketed product that no one wanted.” But at least Mr. Katzenberg tried something new. Until declining cable and satellite subscriptions and competition from Netflix imposed their hand on them, most of the media executives you meet here were too busy trying to protect expiring business models to think about the coming.

The story of Netflix’s burst into Hollywood’s china shop is one that cries out for a big, sweeping treatment that takes advantage of the clash of plus-size personalities. Unfortunately, “Binge Times” lurches from one company to another and from one time period to another in a way that is confusing, disjointed and strangely inert. When we see people interacting with each other, it’s often to stare them down scarf at some of the couches.

And while the book may be good at pointing out less-than-obvious motivations — the role of executive bonuses in driving poor business decisions, for example — the authors show particular errors of judgment. Yes, media moguls have been wrong to create executive fiefdoms that pit one branch of business against another, and Time Warner is a classic example. But what are we to conclude when the example offered is a lukewarm review of a Warner Bros. “Harry Potter” movie. which was published in Time Inc.’s Entertainment Weekly magazine? That a magazine’s job is to tout the films of its corporate siblings? Even at worst, people who ran Time Warner knew better than that.

Yet earlier this week, when Netflix stock plummeted 35% in a single day on news that the service was losing subscribers, the schadenfreude was on full display in parts of Hollywood. Celebrants, many of whom had recently launched their own streaming operations, could have done better wondering what a stumble by the market leader portends for their own services, most of them sluggish by comparison. Maybe people won’t want to pay for a host of me too offers from conglomerates they can’t even keep track of? It’s a scary thought, almost as scary as having to fend off a Silicon Valley outfit that isn’t doing business like you’ve come to expect.

Mr. Rose is a senior fellow at Columbia University School of the Arts and the author, most recently, of “The Sea We Swim In: How Stories Work in a Data-Driven World.”

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Tony-winning mischievous comedy star Robert Morse dies at 90


Robert Morse, whose mischievous smile and gaped teeth and expert comedic timing made him a Tony-winning Broadway star as the charming business schemer in the 1961 musical ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’ , who went on to win another Tony for his eerily realistic portrayal of writer Truman Capote in “Tru,” and who capped his long career with a triumphant return to the corporate world in the acclaimed television series “Mad Men “, is dead. He was 90 years old.

His death was announced on Twitter by writer and producer Larry Karaszewski, who worked with Mr. Morse on the television series “The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story”. He did not say where or when Mr. Morse died.

Small in stature but larger than life as a performer, Mr. Morse was still a relative newcomer to the scene when he took Broadway by storm in ‘How to Succeed’. Directed (and partly written) by Abe Burrows, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, and based on a book by Shepherd Mead, the show, a broad business satire, was set at World Wide Wicket headquarters. Company, led by its brooding president, JB Biggley (Rudy Vallée). The plot revolved around the determined efforts of an ambitious young window cleaner named J. Pierrepont Finch, played with sly humor by Mr. Morse, to climb to the top of the corporate ladder. Among the many highlights of the show was the restroom scene in which Mr. Morse delivered a heartfelt rendition of the song “I Believe in You” while looking rapturously at himself in a mirror.

“How to Succeed” ran for more than 1,400 performances and won seven Tony Awards, including one for Mr. Morse for Best Actor in a Musical, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The 1967 film adaptation, with Mr. Morse and Mr. Vallée repeating their roles, was also a success, and the show was revived twice on Broadway.

Mr. Morse has always seemed more comfortable on stage than on screen. Five years before “How to Succeed” opened, he made an uncredited and virtually unseen (his face was wrapped in bandages) Hollywood debut in the World War II drama “The Proud and Profane.” With no other screen roles in sight, he returned to New York, where he had previously studied acting with Lee Strasberg, and where he auditioned for director Tyrone Guthrie and landed his first Broadway role in “The Matchmaker.” “, the comedy of Thornton Wilder. on the search for a new wife by a widowed merchant. Ruth Gordon played the title role, and Mr. Morse and Arthur Hill played the clerks in the merchant’s shop. Mr. Morse would reprise his role in the 1958 film adaptation.

Mr. Morse’s Broadway career continued with the comedy “Say, Darling” (1958), in which he played an avid young producer, and “Take Me Along” (1959), a musical based on the play. Eugene O’Neill’s “Ah, Wilderness!”, in which Mr. Morse was an uncertain teenager, Walter Pidgeon his sympathetic father and Jackie Gleason his alcoholic uncle. Then came his turn to star in “How to Succeed”.

His success on this show led to movie offers, but not movie stardom; he rarely had a screen vehicle that fit him comfortably. “The roles I might play”, he observed to the Sunday News of New York in 1965, “they give to Jack Lemmon”.

When he co-starred with Robert Goulet in the sex farce “Honeymoon Hotel” in 1964, Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote, “It’s hard to imagine good actors being given worse material to work with.” He fared better, but only marginally, in “The Loved One” (1965), a freewheeling adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s scathing novel about America’s lucrative funeral industry in which he was improbably cast as a British poet who finds work in a pet graveyard, and “A Guide for the Married Man” (1967), in which Mr. Morse gives another husband (Walter Matthau) advice on how to cheat his wife.

Television was more hospitable. In addition to appearances on various shows in the 1960s and 1970s, he co-starred with actress EJ Peaker in the 1968 series “That’s Life,” an unusual hybrid of sitcom and variety show that chronicled the courtship story of a young couple. and marriage through sketches, monologues, songs and dances. Perhaps too ambitious for its own good – “We produce what amounts to a new musical every week,” Mr. Morse told an interviewer – it only lasted one season.

Mr. Morse returned to Broadway in 1972 in “Sugar,” a musical based on Billy Wilder’s film “Some Like It Hot” about two Chicago musicians – Tony Roberts in the role originally played by Tony Curtis and Mr. Morse, fittingly, as Jack Lemmon – who runs away from local gangsters by dressing up as women and joining a group of girls en route to Miami. It earned Mr. Morse another Tony nomination and was a modest success, lasting over a year.

But his next show, the 1976 musical ‘So Long, 174th Street’, based on the play ‘Enter Laughing’ – with Mr. Morse, still looking for a barely 45-year-old boy, as a budding actor about half his age – received harsh reviews and shut down within weeks. It was Mr. Morse’s last Broadway appearance in over a decade.

He kept busy in the years that followed, but choice roles were few and he struggled with depression. He also had drug and alcohol problems, although he maintained that these problems did not interfere with his work; looking back to 1989, he told The Times, “It was the other 22 hours I had a problem with.”

He performed in a number of out-of-town revivals, including a production of “How to Succeed” in Los Angeles. He was a familiar face on TV on shows like “Love, American Style” and “Murder, She Wrote” — and a familiar voice, too, on cartoon shows like “Pound Puppies.” But he longed to escape a casting locker he knew he had helped create.

“I’m the short, funny guy,” he said sadly in a 1972 Times interview. “It’s very hard to get by.” Eight years earlier, he had told another interviewer: “I consider myself an actor. I happen to have comedic flair, but that doesn’t mean I plan to spend my life as a comedian.

It took him a while to find the perfect dramatic showcase, but he found it in 1989 on “Tru,” Jay Presson Allen’s one-man show about Truman Capote. Almost unrecognizable in his heavy make-up and utterly convincing in his voice and mannerisms, he was Capote incarnate, alone in his apartment in 1975 and brooding over the friendships he had lost after excerpts from his gossip novel were published in course, “Answered Prayers”. Mr. Morse’s performance earned him his second Tony Award. A television adaptation of “Tru” for the PBS series “American Playhouse” in 1992 also won him an Emmy.

Robert Alan Morse was born on May 18, 1931 in Newton, Mass. His father, Charles, ran a chain of cinemas. His mother, May (Silver) Morse, was a pianist.

In high school, Mr. Morse earned a reputation as a class clown; a sympathetic music teacher helped transfer his energy from the classroom to the theatre. He spent a summer with the Peterborough Players in New Hampshire, came to New York and, after trying and failing to get an acting job, joined the Navy in 1950. After his discharge four years later, he returned to New York and enrolled in the American Theater Wing.

Mr. Morse’s first marriage, to Carole Ann D’Andrea, a dancer, ended in divorce. They had three daughters, Robin, Andrea and Hilary. He and his second wife, Elizabeth Roberts, an advertising executive, had a daughter, Allyn, and a son, Charles.

Complete information about the survivors was not immediately available.

Mr. Morse’s success in “Tru” ensured that he would no longer be considered, in his own words, “an aging pixie”. A wider variety of roles followed, including, in 2016, a return to Broadway in a star-studded revival of “The Front Page.”

“In the small but crucial role of a messenger from the Governor’s office,” Ben Brantley wrote in The Times, “Mr. Morse, who made his Broadway debut more than 60 years ago, proves he can still steal a scene without breaking a sweat.

But for the last three decades of his life, he was mostly seen on television. He appeared in more than a dozen episodes of the 2000 CBS series “City of Angels” as the unpredictable president of an urban hospital. He continued to make occasional television appearances and do cartoon dubbing until last year.

In 2007, he came full circle when he was cast as the eccentric head of an advertising agency in the hit AMC series “Mad Men,” which is set around the same time as “How to Succeed.” The role earned him five Emmy nominations.

“I was thrilled when Matt called me and said, ‘We’d love for you to do this show,'” Morse told The Times in 2014, referring to show creator Matthew Weiner. “I said I’d be happy to be Bertram Cooper, chairman of the board, and sit behind a desk. It looked like the road company from “How to Succeed”.

Although Bertram Cooper had a dramatic role, Mr. Morse was able to return to his musical comedy roots in its final episode, which aired in the spring of 2014, when the character died – and then reappeared, to fantastic song and dance. sequence, to sing the old standard “The best things in life are free”.

“What a send!” said Mr. Morse. “The opportunity to shine in the spotlight that Matt Weiner gave me – it was an absolute love letter. Christmas and New Years, all rolled into one.

Peter Keepnews contributed reporting.

Author and Howard County groups to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day with virtual presentation – Baltimore Sun


The Howard County Board of Rabbis, the Council on Jewish Community Relations and the Jewish Federation of Howard County have partnered to present the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.

The event, titled “Keeping Memory Alive: Local Children and Grandchildren of Survivors Share Their Families’ Stories,” will be held virtually and feature an online gallery of Holocaust artifacts from community members, video testimonials from Holocaust survivors, a gallery of books by local authors, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibit, “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda,” and essay winners from county school students.

Additionally, the event will include a memorial service that will include a lit candle and stories told by the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Columbia author Morey Kogul, 46, and his daughter, Hannah, and Temple Rabbi Isaiah Axler will have a conversation about the importance of keeping their family’s memory alive.

Kogul, who wrote “Running Breathless,” a memoir telling the story of his father’s Holocaust survival, Van Wolf Kogul, said the memoir fulfills a promise he made to his father to keep his life alive. living memory. He said it meant a lot to him and his daughter to share their family’s story at the event.

“The reason we’re doing this is to keep that promise made to my father, to honor those who have been lost, and to find a way to live positively and see the connections to our heritage in a positive light,” a- he declared.

Kogul said he hopes the event will bring a sense of community and honor those who perished and survived the Holocaust.

“We want to be able to make time for remembrance and come together as a community and not forget,” he said.

Attendees can register for the free event at jewishhowardcounty.org.

UCR faculty, staff and alumni will be at the LA Times Festival of Books


This year, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books includes star-studded programming from UC Riverside.

Nineteen UCR faculty, staff and alumni will participate in this annual literary event held at the University of Southern California. More than 550 authors, poets, artists, chefs, celebrities and musicians will gather on April 23 and 24. See full details: LA Times Book Festival.

For tickets: events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks

Representation of mountaineers at LATFOB:
Saturday April 23

Amir Zaki
Amir Zaki ’96, is a practicing artist living in Southern California. He received his MFA from UCLA in 1999 and has since exhibited nationally and internationally. Zaki has had over 30 solo exhibitions at institutions and galleries including Mak Center Schindler House, Doyle Arts Pavilion, Dalian Modern Museum (China) and ACME Gallery. His most recent book is a monograph, “Building+Becoming,” which goes on sale April 26. He is a professor of photography in the Department of Art.
Details: 2:00 p.m. Official release of “Building+Becoming” and book signing. Booth #183. Learn more about “Build + Become”.

David L. Ulin
David L. Ulin is the former literary critic of the Los Angeles Times. Guggenheim Fellow 2015, he is the author or editor of nine books, including “Sidewalking: Coming to Terms with Los Angeles”, the short story “Labyrinth” and “The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time” . He teaches at the UCR Palm Desert low-residency MFA program.
Details: Noon – 1 p.m. Untold Stories: Building a Release Pipeline – Panel 1052 – TICKET REQUIRED. Ronald Tutor Campus Center. And from 3 to 4 p.m. Writing the Present: Christos Ikonomou, Maggie Nelson and Christopher Merrill – Panel 1144 – TICKET REQUIRED. Albert and Dana Broccoli Theater.

Heather Scott Partington
Heather Scott Partington is a writer, teacher and literary critic. His reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, Star Tribune, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. Heather was the 2019-2020 reviewer in residence for the UCR Palm Desert low-residency MFA program.
Details: Noon – 1 p.m. Fiction: things are not what they seem – Panel 1022 – TICKET REQUIRED. city ​​and dress

Keenan Norris
Keenan Norris is a novelist, essayist and scholar. His latest novel is “The Confession of Copeland Cane”. His next book, “Chi Boy: Native Sons and Chicago Reckonings,” will be published in November. Norris’ essay “One Coyote” won a 2021 Folio: Eddie Award for Best General/Special Interest Article and was a finalist for a National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Award. He holds an MFA from UCR’s MFA program.
Details: Noon – 1 p.m. Fiction: growing up and finding your way – Panel 1142 – TICKET REQUIRED. Albert and Dana Broccoli Theater

Mark HaskellSmith
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of six novels. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Vulture, Alta, and Literary Hub. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Program.
Details: Noon – 1 p.m. Arts and culture: comedy through the ages – Panel 1072 – TICKET REQUIRED. Seeley G. Mudd 123. Also 1:30-2:30 p.m. Fiction: Find the Funny – Panel 2073 – TICKET REQUIRED. Seeley G. Mudd 123

Natashia Deon
Natashia Deón is an NAACP Image Award nominee, practicing criminal attorney and author of the critically acclaimed novels, “Grace,” which was named Best Book by The New York Times and awarded Best First Novel by the Black Caucus of the United States. American Library Association in 2016. and “The Perishing” (Counterpoint Press 2021). She holds an MFA from the low residency MFA program at UCR Palm Desert.
Details: Noon – 1 p.m. Things are not what they seem – Panel 1022 – TICKET REQUIRED
city ​​and dress

Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones is the New York Times bestselling author of nearly thirty novels and collections. He is a recipient of the NEA, won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction, the LA Times Ray Bradbury Prize, the Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award, the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction, among others. He holds an MFA from the low residency MFA program at UCR Palm Desert.
Details: 11 a.m. – noon. Science fiction: the dark heart of history – Panel 1101 – TICKET REQUIRED. Hall 101 cone

Straight Susan
Susan Straight is the author of several novels, including the national bestseller “Highwire Moon”, a National Book Award finalist, and “A Million Nightingales”, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist, as well as the memoir “In the Country Her new novel, “Mecca,” published in March, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Creative Writing.
Details: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Michael Connelly, author of “The Dark Hours”, and Susan Straight, author of “Mecca”, in Conversation – Panel 1055 – TICKET REQUIRED. Ronald Tutor University Center

Tod Goldberg
Tod Goldberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Hammett Prize finalist “Gangsterland”; “Nation of gangsters;” “The House of Secrets,” co-written with Brad Meltzer; and “Living Dead Girl”, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Las Vegas Weekly, and The Best American Essays, among other publications. He directs the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts.
Details: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Once Upon a Crime: Families, Victims, and the Ties That Bind – Panel 1121 – TICKET REQUIRED. Norris Theatre, programming presented by Audible. And 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cops and Crooks: The Good Guys Gone Bad, the Bad Guys Gone Good – Sign 1104 – TICKET REQUIRED. Hall 101 cone.

sunday april 24

Alex Espinoza
Alex Espinoza holds an MFA from UC-Irvine’s writing program. He is the author of “Still Water Saints” and “The Five Acts of Diego León”. Her awards include a 2009 Margaret Bridgeman Fellowship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a 2014 Prose Fellowship from the NEA, and a 2014 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. His latest book is “Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime” (Unnamed Press 2019). Espinoza is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing and holds the position of Tomás Rivera Chair in Creative Writing.
Details: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Fiction: queer identity and the stories that define us – Panel 2102 – TICKET REQUIRED. Hall 101 cone

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, California Arts Council Legacy Artist Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar, first recipient of the Jade Nurtured SiHui Female International Poetry Award, recent Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals, and US Library of Congress member Witter Bynner, wrote seven poetry books, one non-fiction book and one play. she recently directed UCR’s Writers’ Week, the Along the Chaparral/Pūowaina project, and the Sandhill Crane Migration Retreat and Festival. Her most recent book is a collection of poetry, “Look at This Blue”.
Details: 1.40 p.m. – 2 p.m. Reading of “Look at this blue”. poetry scene

Elisabeth Crane
Elizabeth Crane is the author of two novels and four collections of short stories, the most recent of which is the novel “The History of Great Things” and the collection of stories “Turf”. His first novel, “We Only Know Telling”, was adapted for the cinema. She teaches in the UCR Palm Desert low residency MFA program.
Details: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Stories: the next chapter – Panel 2084 – TICKET REQUIRED. Selley G. Mudd 124

Edgar Gomez
Edgar Gomez is a Florida-born writer with roots in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. A graduate of UCR’s MFA program, his lyrics have appeared in Poets & Writers, Catapult, Lithub, The Rumpus, Electric Lit, and elsewhere online and in print. His memoir, “High-Risk Homosexual,” has been called a “breath of fresh air” by The New York Times. He lives in New York.
Details: 3-4 p.m. Dissertation: An Exploration of Queer Identity – Panel 2094 – TICKET REQUIRED. Computer Science

Emily Rapp Black
Emily Rapp Black is the author of “Poster Child: A Memoir”; “The Still Point of the Turning World,” which was a New York Times bestseller; “Sanctuary;” and “Frida Kahlo and my left leg”. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Writing.
Details: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dissertation: The Art of Losing – Panel 2082 – TICKET REQUIRED. Selley G. Mudd 124

Laila Lalami
Laila Lalami is the author of five books, including The Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, Arab-American Book Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. It was on the Booker Prize long list and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. Her most recent novel, “The Other Americans,” was a national bestseller and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and the National Book Award in Fiction. She is a professor in the Department of Creative Writing.
Details: Noon-1 p.m. Fiction: California as a character – Panel 2022 – TICKET REQUIRED. city ​​and dress

Lisa Jacobs
Liska Jacobs is the author of the novels “Catalina”, “The Worst Kind of Want” and “The Pink Hotel”. She holds an MFA from the low residency MFA program at UCR Palm Desert.
Details: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Fiction: At the crossroads of life – Panel 2113 – TICKET REQUIRED. Hall 201 cone

Mark HaskellSmith
Mark Haskell Smith is the author of six novels. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Vulture, Alta, and Literary Hub. He is an Associate Professor in the MFA Program for Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts at the UCR Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Program.
Details: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Fiction: Finding the Funny – Panel 2073 – TICKET REQUIRED. Seeley G. Mudd 123

Maggie Downs
Maggie Downs is an award-winning writer based in Palm Springs, California. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Palm Springs Life and McSweeney’s and has been anthologized in “The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories from the World’s Best Writers and Best Women’s Travel Writing” . “Brave Than You Think” is his first book. She holds an MFA from the low residency MFA program at UCR Palm Desert and is also a staff member there.
Details: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Memory: Start Over – Panel 2093 – TICKET REQUIRED. Computer Science

Vanessa Hua
Vanessa Hua is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of “A River of Stars”, “Deceit and Other Possibilities” and “Forbidden City”. Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature, she has received the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, a Steinbeck Fellowship, and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Asian American Journalists’ Association. . His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from UCR’s MFA program
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‘Invisible Child’ wins $50,000 Gotham Book Prize


Andrea Elliott’s “Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City”, a detailed portrait of New York City and the struggles and achievements of a black girl from Brooklyn, won the Gotham Book Prize for her outstanding work on the city.

NEW YORK – Andrea Elliott’s ‘Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City’, an in-depth portrait of New York City and the struggles and achievements of a black girl from Brooklyn, has won the Gotham Book Prize for her outstanding works About the city.

Elliott, whose book expands on his investigative series published in The New York Times in 2013, will receive $50,000.

“I often felt, over the years of reporting on this book, that New York City was a central character in the story,” she said in a recent interview. “Any New Yorker knows there are many cities in one city. But I think ‘Invisible Child’ also shows that this is one city.”

Earlier this week, “Invisible Child” received the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, a $15,000 honor presented by the New York Public Library.

The Gotham Prize was established in 2020 by businessman and philanthropist Bradley Tusk and political strategist Howard Wolfson, who fund the prize themselves and have been committed to it for at least 10 years. James McBride’s novel ‘Deacon King Kong’, set in Brooklyn in the late 1960s, won the award in 2021.

“Last year, the jury chose a novel that was outstanding but could have come out at any time,” Tusk and Wolfson said in a statement Wednesday. “By choosing ‘Invisible Child’, the jury not only showed their willingness to embrace non-fiction, but they also clearly wanted to shine a light on the extremely difficult problem of homelessness, which has become even more serious over the years. We hope Andrea’s success here inspires other writers to delve into the public policy issues that matter so much to our city.

After publisher pulls white professor’s book on ‘trap feminism’, founder speaks out


Last week, the publisher of “Bad and Boujee: Toward a Trap Feminist Theology” pulled it from distribution after critics raised concerns about the white author’s qualifications to write about the book’s stated topics. black experience, hip-hop music, ethics, and feminism.

Among those critics was author Sesali Bowen, who coined the concept of trap feminism years ago. At the root was the way people try to celebrate black women without talking about their lived experiences. Things like copying the aesthetics of musicians like Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion without giving them attribution or tying it to their lives.

Bowen says she wanted to showcase these women because we often talk about it without ever talking about it.

So she was surprised when earlier this year, white scholar Jennifer Buck published a theology book on trap feminism. While Bowen first introduced the concept of trap feminism nearly a decade ago, she said Buck didn’t approach her while researching “Bad and Boujee.” The idea of ​​talking about black women, but not directly engaging with them about their lived experiences, goes to the heart of why Bowen first felt the need to label this era and concept. of trap feminism.

Bowen coined the term in 2014, taking his name from a hip-hop genre that originated in the South. “Trap” is slang for a house that sells drugs, and the music references life on the streets, violence, poverty, and many of the experiences black people face in the South.

Buck is an associate professor of practical theology at Azusa Pacific University of Southern California, a private evangelical Christian college. Her book features a black woman on the cover and throughout with references to the lived experiences of black women, according to the book’s online description. She did not respond to The Times’ requests for comment on the fallout.

Bowen’s 2021 book “Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes from a Trap Feminist” sums up the niche topic: “Trap feminism says that black girls who have ever worn bamboo earrings, dookie braids, baby phat, lace fronts, or those who have worked as hoes, crooks, center reps calls, in child care centers, in retail, and those selling sneaker sizes and mink lashes on Instagram are all worth the same dignity and respect we give to Michelle Obama and Beyoncé.

Bowen shared a recent exchange she had with Buck on Instagram.

After a few messages, Bowen wrote to Buck: “I think more than anything, I would like to know what brought you to this research, why you thought you were the best person to do it, and why it is not in conversation with people who have been doing trap feminism for years?

She says she hasn’t heard from her.

“I think I was just shocked at the lack of awareness, if you will. I think it was just disheartening,” Bowen told The Times of the whole ordeal.

Bowen holds a master’s degree in gender studies from Georgia State University; she understand the process of academic research. She says if Buck had googled “trapping feminism”, his work would have come. Instead, Buck cited Bowen’s work in a footnote to his book.

“I think the fact that Jennifer Buck doesn’t have the lived experience that makes her the person to write about trap feminism or black feminism is honestly just salt in the wound,” Bowen said. “Now we’re also dealing with issues of cultural appropriation, cultural popularization and a kind of cultural voyeurism that’s just gross, you know. It’s just cringe and I hate that we’re still doing this in 2022. »

In a separate Instagram exchange with Christian writer Jo Luehmann, Buck explained his research process.

“I did this research by directly interviewing female trappers with a research team of mostly black women. Everyone was well paid – those who helped me conduct the research and those who were interviewed” Buck wrote, “I will also add: I believe anti-racism work is white people’s work to do, which includes hiring and elevating black voices and all historically marginalized voices in theology.”

Author Chanequa Walker-Barnes joined a voice-over choir Twitter decrying Buck’s approach about it within black culture. One of Walker-Barnes’ first books was published by Wipf and Stock Publishers, a Christian publishing house, which also published “Bad and Boujee” in February.

“It’s not that white scholars can’t write about black women, but it has to be done with extreme care, a lot of cultural sensitivity and humility, and in responsible relationships with black women,” wrote Walker-Barnes on Twitter. “And it probably needs a black editor.”

Wipf and Stock announced on Friday that it would be pulling “Bad and Boujee” from distribution.

“We humbly acknowledge that we have failed Black women in particular, and we take full responsibility for the many lapses in judgment that led to this moment,” the publisher said in a statement. “Our critics are right: we should have seen many red flags, including but not limited to the inappropriateness of a white theologian writing about the experience of black women (the issue of cultural appropriation is ubiquitous, from cover to content), the lack of black endorsers, and the apparent lack of connections with black scholars, especially those who are driving the trap feminist discourse.

Bowen said Buck’s silence is the least trapping feminist approach to this controversy.

“I want to call it a kind of emotional abuse, if you will. Professor Buck starts it s—storm and then just walk away from it,” Bowen said. “She has so far refused to engage in this conversation that she started. This is not the goal of trap feminism. Because a trap feminist can fight her battles, be responsible, and hold people accountable.

| McBride Fire Update: April 19, 7:37 AMNM Fire Info


McBride Fire – Daily Update Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Acres: 6,159
Reason: Under investigation
Containment: 84%
Start date: April 12, 2022
Location: Gavilan Canyon in the village of Ruidoso
Fuels: wood, brush, grasses
Burned structures: 207 primary structures, several
Personnel: 438 Deaths: 2 citizens

Highlights: Several pieces of firefighter equipment located in and around the fire area were vandalized. Law enforcement is involved and an investigation is underway.
With objectives continuing to be met, the South West Area Incident Management Team 2 (SWAIMT2) will begin escalating the fire to a Type 4 command structure Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. SWAIMT2 will provide a final written update on Wednesday, April 20. Schools resumed classes today. Expect increased traffic and congestion along Gavilan Canyon Road, in addition to fire and utility vehicles working in the area.

Operations: Yesterday there was no need for aircraft to assist with the bucket drop, but a fixed wing aircraft was used for a reconnaissance flight. This flight found minimal heat in the fire area, including Moon Mountain. Piles of debris at the north end of the fire, created during suppression efforts, are producing smoke visible to nearby residents. This fire activity does not pose a threat to the line of fire at this time and crews will remain on site to monitor. With fire activity decreasing, no fire growth for several days, and targets being met, resources are being freed up to help fight other fires located in New Mexico and Arizona.

Crews began implementing the suppression repair plan for the fire area. Fire suppression repair is a series of immediate post-fire actions taken to repair damage and minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. This work usually begins before the fire is brought under control and before the demobilization of an incident management team. This work repairs hand and bulldozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used during fire suppression efforts.

Evacuations: All evacuations were lifted at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 17.

Safety: While the majority of communities have been repopulated for the past few days, we ask people to remain vigilant when driving in and around the fire area. There remains a strong presence of firefighters and utility company workers in the area. Reduce your speed, allow extra time to get to and from your home, and turn on your headlights to increase your visibility to other drivers. We want everyone to arrive at their destination safely and limit the impact on the teams completing the work. Avoid the fire area if you do not live in the communities to reduce disruption to fire operations.

Weather: Dry southwesterly winds are expected between 15 and 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. A fire weather watch has been issued for Wednesday.

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is in place: Wildfires are a Drone-FREE zone. Flying recreational and media drones in a TFR is illegal and hinders fire suppression efforts. Report drones to local law enforcement. If you steal, we can’t!

Fire Inquiries: Public 505-356-2636 Media 505-445-8278 InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8061/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/McBrideFire2022/
NM Fire Information: https://nmfireinfo.com/
Email: [email protected]


Miriam Margolyes becomes first Harry Potter star to speak for author JK Rowling in trans row


‘The vituperation JK Rowling received is misplaced’: Miriam Margolyes becomes the first Harry Potter star to publicly defend the author after Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint condemn her in trans row

  • Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes defended JK Rowling for her trans views
  • The author was strongly criticized, even by the stars of Harry Potter on the subject
  • Miss Margolyes, 80, said the sentencing Rowling received was ‘misplaced’

Actress Miriam Margolyes has defended JK Rowling for the “misguided” vitriol she has faced for her views on the trans debate.

The Harry Potter author has faced repeated accusations of transphobia for his advocacy of women’s rights.

Miss Margolyes, 80, who played Professor Pomona Sprout in the wizarding franchise, told Radio Times: “There’s no one answer to all these trans questions. We all know people who are slightly pansy or kinda butch or whatever you call it.

“But I think the vituperation that JK Rowling received is out of place. I don’t know her at all. I admire her as a human being.

Miss Margolyes is one of the few Potter stars to have defended the author, with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson publicly condemning her.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has come under fire and been accused of transphobia for sharing her views on the trans debate

Miriam Margolyes (pictured as Professor Pomona Sprout) admitted she didn't know JK Rowling personally but she

Miriam Margolyes (pictured as Professor Pomona Sprout) admitted she didn’t know JK Rowling personally but ‘admired’ the author as a human being

Asked if she would referee between Miss Watson and Miss Rowling, Miss Margolyes added: ‘I would if someone asked me to.

Miss Watson slammed Miss Rowling following her initial comments.

She tweeted: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they are not who they say they are.”

“I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.”

Miss Rowling has given her support to the ‘Respect My Sex If You Want My X’ campaign for women’s rights and recently invited campaign leaders and other women concerned about the trans rights agenda to a luncheon well watered.

As well as defending Miss Rowling, Miss Margolyes also criticized Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries for her treatment of the BBC and Channel 4.

Miss Dorries faced a backlash earlier this month when she announced plans to privatize Channel 4.

Ministers have agreed that the broadcaster, launched in 1982, will go on sale next year.

Miss Margolyes said: ‘It is inconceivable to me that a woman of limited intelligence could be given such a vital role. She doesn’t know anything.

His words echo those of Nick Hewer, who lambasted Miss Dorries on Times Radio this month.

“I don’t know if Nadine Dorries knows anything to be completely honest,” he said.

I’m not sure she knows how to get home at night. A friend just sent me two clips of her being interviewed.

‘It’s absolutely amazing. A secretary of state who stumbles without knowing what is going on.

Miss Margolyes recently starred alongside actor Alan Cumming on Channel 4’s Lost in Scotland, which followed the couple on a motorhome trip through Scotland.


It’s time for Albanese to show fight, policies


In my opinion, the campaign so far is made up of four fairly simple words. Petty, pedantic and arrogant politics. Election day can’t come soon enough. Rose Panidis, Graceville (Qld)

We don’t have presidential elections, so why do we only hear from the two leaders and not from each team in their respective portfolios? Can we find out more about the competing teams? Peter Wotton, Pyrmont

I hang around for the “draw moment” when the “top fund managers” ask these greedy corporations to return our $20 billion in JobKeeper funds or face the consequences. Kathleen Hollins, Northmead

A few letter writers have asked over the past few weeks how gullible politicians think we are. A little apparently. Margaret Grove, Abbotsford

The unemployment rate hides inequalities

So Anthony Albanese wasn’t too far off the mark when he quoted the unemployment rate at 5.4%, which roughly matches the Parramatta LHD rate (″⁣Unemployment rate in town 1% in one district, 9% elsewhere″⁣, April 18). What Morrison fails to acknowledge when quoting the unemployment rate is that it is driving up the average rate in Greater Sydney. While a 4% unemployment rate sounds encouraging, it doesn’t take into account the kind of work desperate people take, for example, in the gig economy. Similarly, talking about the unemployment rate hides the lack of career opportunities that exists due to a reduction in TAFE and university places. The next time Morrison quotes ″⁣4 percent″⁣, be brave enough to ask him which part of Australia he is referring to.
Patricia Farrar, Concorde

Week of work

Many people misunderstand why working a minimum of one hour qualifies someone as an employee. The ABS collects data on people who worked at least one hour during the survey week. This does not mean that they only work one hour per week. (There are several reasons why they may have only worked an hour during the week of the survey.) The second question is where does the line lie between employment and unemployment? Some people can work between one and 10 hours a week because that’s all they want. Are they counted as unemployed? The ABS collects data on underemployment – those who have a job but want more hours – but this figure is not given as much prominence as the unemployment rate. Carolyn Skinner, Peddler (ACT)

The substance, not the sport

Margaret Simons (“Reporting politics is not like calling football”, April 18) captures what I shouted at my television, my radio and my computer. Election coverage reads like sports pages, focusing on moments, not substance. “The Gaffe” (now with a life of its own) only seems important because the reporters weren’t talking about anything else. Politics, the real record of the coalition government and other big questions are all seemingly irrelevant. Michael Berg, Randwick

I fear Margaret Simons’ advice to journalists to steer clear of “sports-type” political reporting will fall on deaf ears. Most voters seem to follow a political party just like their favorite football team, coming to terms with their underachievement, lack of creative play and “stubborn” behavior out of blind loyalty. Our vote should be above that type of loyalty. The team in place has failed to solve the current major problems of our society, but still seem popular enough to be able to return to power. It’s not a game. Michael Traynor, Bellambi

Money in the trash

The article revealing that the Coalition was spending more on ad recycling than on climate and skills combined (“The government has spent more on recycling ads than on climate and skills combinedApril 18) indicates the government’s distorted and misleading approach to the truth. Whether this was done for partisan political purposes is a question worth asking. As far as I can tell the ads suck. Geoff Nilon, mascot

Payne-ful to watch

Katherine Deves’ apology is truly inconsequential, Marisa Payne (“Payne on a fence above Deves in Warringah”, April 18) because it does not change her opinion on trans women in sport and how it will determine any fair parliamentary response to these issues in the future. Elizabeth Kroon, Randwick

It was painful to watch Minister Payne perched inelegantly on the fence as she tried to defend the indefensible. The Liberals’ misguided “captain’s choice” in Deves’ selection has no place in our politics, and the minister should have had the guts to say it loud and clear. Bill Young, Killcare Heights

Blue safe and ignored

I can assure your correspondent that the inhabitants of the beaches in the upper north do indeed feel neglected (Letters, April 18). Feeling overlooked and ignored goes with the territory in a blue color-coded safe seat. However, the voters in my constituency have had enough. Make no mistake, there is a solid and viable independent alternative here. Voters who want their voices heard in Canberra will make their feelings known at the polls. Joy Nason, Mona Vale

Simplified sample

David Crowe (“More tire kicks: the number indicates how much is left in play”, April 18) is right to point out the 2.6% margin of error in the latest Resolve Policy Monitor. The recognized sample of 1,404 eligible voters represents less than one in 10,000 people qualified to vote. Brian Kidd, Mount Waverley (Vic)

The art of writing

The process of writing, like reading, is for many an arduous journey that is rarely recognized for its breadth and depth of complications (“Even in selective schools, writing is the hardest school», April 18). Learning to write encompasses many forms, from responding to other texts and writers, creative writing to assigned stimulation material, scientific analysis, argumentative essays, even social media submissions . Classroom tasks are often defined and marked, but the art of teaching writing in all its forms is often obscured or simply set aside as an adjunct in the classroom. Writing can (and should be) taught in all its forms and practices, but like music, while most can play and improve, that doesn’t always make them “musicians”. A writer can train and perfect himself, but not all of us can be “writers”. We shouldn’t expect more. Janice Creenaune, Austinmer

Epicenter of attention

My most boring word is “epicenter” (Letters, April 18). It has a specific and useful meaning – the point on the Earth’s surface directly above an earthquake. People started using it to mean “center”, probably because it seemed more important. Chris Baker, Normanhurst

Want to crater

Potholes upon potholes (Letters, April 18)? You were lucky. We have no roads and no pothole picture on the wall (apologies to Monty Python). Robert Hickey, Green Dot

O my dear

How curious that the names of the candidates for Prime Minister are ″⁣ScoMo″⁣ and, wait for it, ″⁣Albo″⁣. Embarrassingly left, one might say. Mind you, I can assure readers that a name of only four letters ending in ″⁣o″⁣ can indicate a quiet but deep intellect. Kent Mayo, Uralla

Christian in name only

God may have entered the election campaign, but not in the company of the Australian Christian lobby (Letters, April 18). Neither Australian (in the sense of national) nor Christian, it is a single-issue lobby group seemingly bent on defaming LGBTQ people in any way and form possible. Rev. Meredith Williams, Northmead

digital vision
Online comment of one of the stories that attracted the most comments from readers yesterday on smh.com.au
Albanese pays the price for a bad week as voters return to government
Since Alain Arthur: For what seems like decades, people have been calling for more honesty and decency in politicians. As soon as we get, this is called as a weakness.

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Former doctoral student TJ Schoonover wins the humanist thesis prize


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TJ Schoonover and Kristi Perryman, associate professor and director of the U of A Office of Play Therapy.

The Association for Humanistic Counseling recently presented TJ Schoonover, a former doctoral student at the University of Arkansas, with the Outstanding Humanistic Dissertation Award.

Schoonover, who successfully defended his thesis on June 15, 2021, will receive the award at the association’s annual conference on May 27 and 28. It honors a graduate student in counseling whose thesis is considered important and “with a central and salient humanistic content”.

“TJ’s thesis has important implications for the field of counseling and specifically for those who work with children who have experienced trauma,” said Kristi Perryman, associate professor of counselor education in the College of Education and Health Professions and director of U of A Play Therapy Office.

She said her research provides evidence that counselors can use child-centered play therapy to effectively address the symptoms of children exposed to ACEs, short for “negative childhood experiences.”

“The study is also the first to reveal that the process of change for children who participated began between 8 and 11 sessions,” she said. “This knowledge can impact advisor expectations.”

Schoonover’s research reveals that children who experience ACEs frequently exhibit maladaptive and even violent behaviors that are difficult for a counselor. This can lead to burnout. Understanding the typical progression can lead to confidence for both counselor and caregiver rather than frustration and a sense of hopelessness, Perryman noted.

Perryman said Schoonover’s findings could even lead to policy change. For example, managed care can extend the number of therapy sessions for a child who has experienced trauma. Additional sessions would be essential to help children who live in Arkansas as they experience ACE more frequently than those in other states, she noted.

Schoonover was inspired to focus his thesis on ACEs after reading The boy who was raised like a doga book by Dr. Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz.

“The book tells stories of their experience working with children who have experienced trauma. It sparked my interest. Then I came to college or Arkansas, and Dr. Perryman encouraged me to explore my interest working with children who have been exposed to ACEs,” he said. “As I explored the subject, I learned of the prevalence of children who have been exposed to ACEs, particularly in Arkansas.”

He found that there were not many evidence-based practices on how to help children heal from their trauma. “I wanted to do a study that would help fill the research gap,” he said.

Schoonover said it was amazing to receive this consultancy award. “We knew this research was important, and I’m grateful that others recognize that. I’m really grateful,” he said.

‘Desert Getaway’ Novel Brings Mystery and Intrigue to the Coachella Valley


A desperate gay concierge, overwhelmed by the emotional baggage of vacationers. A straight black private investigator desperate to save himself from personal and professional disaster.

Sounds like the stuff of a binge-worthy streaming series.

Hold that thought; “Desert Getaway: A Dante & Jazz Mystery” (Brash Books) must first be devoured by book lovers.

Whichever way you turn it, Rancho Mirage author Michael Craft is sure to receive accolades for his new novel, a tale worthy of our investment that marries the dark mystique of noir with sunny beauty. of the desert for winning purposes.

“Most of the people in the valley were from elsewhere, so the desert lends itself to great stories just because of the natural beauty,” Craft said of the history of the Coachella Valley. “The desert can also be described in a poetic sense through the eyes of an outsider who experiences it as something wondrous and enchanting. This makes it an ideal place for mysteries.”

The centerpiece of the novel is the misadventures of two unlikely allies.

Dante nurtured a herd of dreams — and love interests — that never caught on. (Insert a deep sigh.) When he finds a corpse floating in his rental pool, his tarnished past comes back to haunt him.

Enter: Jazz. Clever, tough and determined to put her life in order, the private detective – she nearly arrested Dante for the murder of her husband a long time ago – teams up to solve this baffling crime.

And maybe save yourself in the process.

“I wanted there to be an instantly recognizable conflict, or at least superficial differences between these two characters,” Craft explains. “They start out as antagonists.”

Michael Craft is the author of 18 novels, four of which were Lambda Literary Award finalists.

As the story unfolds, Dante and Jazz get to know each other better and forge a “very tentative working relationship”.

“By the end of the novel, they became friends in a way,” Craft explains. “The important thing is that they have each earned respect and affection for the other.”

He didn’t elaborate on whether this element — finding common ground — might be an appropriate message for today’s lingering cultural clashes, but readers will no doubt appreciate the inclusion. And it wouldn’t be the first time Craft had delivered a thought-provoking read.

A prolific author of 18 novels – four of which became finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards – Craft grew up in Illinois and eventually became a graphic designer at the Chicago Tribune. He rubbed shoulders with a variety of creative journalists who encouraged him to consider writing. An avalanche of writing manuals later, he decided to give it a try, and within months he was writing his first manuscript – on a typewriter no less – and “blindly” sending his work to various agents and editors.

“It never came to fruition, but I was getting some nice, helpful rejection letters,” he says. “And I took it all to heart.”

Twelve years later, he found a publisher for his novel. In time, an enlightened agent came into the fold, and Craft suddenly found himself submitting his work to publishers who needed gay themes.

“I was in the right place at the right time with the right agent,” he says. “I was actually living that dream.”

Eventually, seven installments of the Mark Manning series, which revolved around a determined investigative journalist, followed. Other works were also born, and in 2017 Craft’s professional archive was acquired by the Special Collections Department of the Rivera Library at the University of California, Riverside, a notable honor for sure.

Just like the accolades for another of his mysteries, “ChoirMaster” (a Mister Puss mystery). He became an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award gold winner.

The genesis of “Desert Getaway” began before the pandemic. Local author/editor Barbara Demarco-Barrett reached out to local writers in hopes of collecting compelling stories to fill her anthology, “Palm Springs Noir.”

“I really hadn’t written much in the noir genre,” Craft says. “But I immediately thought, ‘You know what? Here’s an opportunity to spread your wings a bit, get out of your comfort zone and try something completely different.’ I said yes as I walked in.”

Initially, he wrote “Desert Getaway” as a short story. Somewhere between that and the release of “Palm Springs Noir”, another spark was ignited: why not expand the original short story into an entire novel and revolve it around two main characters – one a gay white man, the other a straight black woman?

“I pulled it entirely out of my imagination – it was all new characters from a new fabric,” says Craft. “The fact that Jazz is Black only came to me when I was good in the process, and I was like, ‘What to do? I’m not always comfortable with straight people writing gay characters. ‘ But any writer – any writer of fiction – can’t limit each character in a book to their own experience or identity. Sometimes that’s just stretching. So, I tried to write this black female character, not just in an unimportant background role.”

Jazz became the second most important character in the book, in fact.

“It was risky,” Craft thinks. “But I knew my heart was in the right place. And I knew how I wanted it. I just fell in love with the characters.”

For most, fiction should be more than just entertainment. It should also inspire.

“I’ve always tried to do that in my stories,” Craft says. “The reason most people choose a mystery novel in the first place is that they’re willing to enjoy a puzzle. But it’s not just a puzzle. I try never to overlook the aspect of character development in my books. Writing is a wonderful creative outlet, and, on some level, writing should provide the reader with a broader view of the world.”

A book launch event celebrating Michael Craft’s new series will be held May 1 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Artists Center at Galen, 72567 Highway 111 in Palm Desert. Free entry. The seats are limited. To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/310013688287.

To learn more about Michael Craft, visit michaelcraft.com.

Greg Archer writes about agents of change, chance, and the entertainment industry. Her work has appeared in USA Today Network, Palm Springs Life, Huffington Post, The Advocate and other outlets. Her memoir, “Grace Revealed”, chronicles her Polish family’s odyssey during World War II. gregarcher.com.

Aberdeen poet and spoken word artist on topical issues


Mae Diansangu: Aberdeen poet and spoken word artist on topical issues

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Zenith Bookstore to Host Meet & Giveaways with Duluth Authors on April 30 – Duluth News Tribune


The bookstore at Fitger’s600 E. Superior St., Duluth, offers virtual event with children’s author Tui T. Sutherland and illustrator Brianna C. Walsh, 6-8 p.m. April 28. Sutherland is the author of the favorite children’s book series “Wings of Fire” and Walsh is the illustrator of the coloring book “Wings of Fire”. The Bookstore at Fitger’s will be hosting a party at Fitger’s. Tickets are $25 and include a book or coloring book. Call 218-727-9077 or visit bookshop.org/shop/fitgerbooks.

Independent Bookstore Day, April 30 at Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., Duluth, offers giveaways and meet-and-greets with Emily Vikre, author of “The Family Camp Cookbook,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Linda LeGarde Grover, author of “Gichigami Hearts”, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Story Hours, Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Duluth Main Library and West Duluth branch and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Mount Royal branch. Go to duluthlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

the Friends of the Saint-Paul Public Library, as Minnesota Center for the Book, announces the seventh chapter of A book, a Minnesota, a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss.

The seventh title on the program is “The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse” by Minnesota author Brian Farrey. Through May 15, Minnesotans will be invited to read the featured book selection and will have access to reading guides and virtual book club discussions. Readers can access the eBook and audiobook for free on Ebooks Minnesota for eight weeks.

All Minnesotans are invited to participate in a free statewide chat with Brian Farrey at 1 p.m. May 11. Registration required. Links to resources and more information can be found at thefriends.org/onebook.

The Arrowhead Library System Bookmobile is scheduled for the following stops:

  • Hermantown at the Marcus Lakes Cinema on Mondays, May 2, May 23, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Fredenberg at the Community Center on Mondays May 2, May 23, June 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Duluth at the Pequaywan Lake Inn on Mondays, May 2, May 23 and June 13, from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • North Shore at Clearwater Grille (November-April) and McQuade Small Craft Harbor (May-October) Mondays, May 2, May 23, June 13, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
  • Proctor at St. Rose Church on Thursdays, May 5, May 26, June 16, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
  • Supervisor at the Community Center on Thursdays, May 5 and 26, June 16, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Solway Town Hall at Munger Shaw Road on Thursdays May 5, May 26 and June 16, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • Hermantown at the YMCA Thursdays, May 5, May 26, June 16, 5:15-7 p.m.

The Bookmobile offers print books, cookbooks, large print books, DVDs, audio books and video games. Go to alslib.info.

Lake Superior Writers hosts a virtual writers cafe, 9:30-11 a.m. May 7. The virtual meeting is organized by Gail Trowbridge. Subject: “Submit your work.” They will explore submission to contests, print and online journals, and zines. Create a list of places to submit, both regional and beyond, and learn how to handle rejection and not get discouraged. This event is free for LSW members and the public, but registration is required. Email [email protected] by May 5; you will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event.

Lake Superior Writers present Superior Actionsa free virtual open mic for writers to read their work and anyone else who wants to listen, from 6-7 p.m. on May 11. It’s free; membership is not compulsory. Graphic content is prohibited. There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrants will be notified in advance if they have been selected to read. To register, email [email protected] before May 9. Please indicate if you wish to read. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.

“The ABC Bunny” by Wanda Gag

Title: “The ABC Bunny”
Author: Wanda’s Gag
An unfortunate accident with an Apple leads Bunny from Bunnyland to Elsewhere. Each letter of the alphabet is represented in Bunny’s journey, through what he eats (Greens), who he meets (Insects, Jay, Kitten, Lizard), and then some sleep (Nap).
Cost: $9.95
Editor: University of Minnesota Press


“The Daughter of Duluth” by Sigrid Brown

Title: “Duluth’s Daughter”
Author: Sigrid Brown
Synopsis: June Bergeron is 18 when her mother disappears. She fears the disappearance is linked to the unsolved cases of several women found murdered in the woods. As she begins to ask questions, she discovers that everyone around her has been keeping secrets. The book tells the story not only of a family’s troubled history, but also of a declining rural community struggling with issues of gender, class, and race. Set in both Duluth and a remote county on the Canadian border, the book tells the story of several characters drawn into the ugly and dangerous world of sex trafficking.
Cost: $15.99, eBook $3.88
Editor: lulu.com

PSU Altoona cutting six programs | News, Sports, Jobs


Penn State Altoona is ending at least six college programs for which enrollment has been declining lately, a move that is part of college-wide cost-cutting, according to a memo sent to local college staff Thursday. .

Programs to drop include Integrative Arts, Math, Science, and Political Science; the associate of science degree program and minors in math and dance, Penn State Altoona Chancellor Lori Bechtel-Wherry wrote.

In keeping with the hiatuses, the college is not renewing the contracts of eight faculty members for the 2022-23 academic year, Bechtel-Wherry wrote. Additionally, searches have been canceled or postponed for eight faculty positions that had become vacant and left vacant due to COVID-19 – although searches may be reactivated and vacancies should not be awarded to the “current budgetary situation” University spokeswoman Lisa Powers wrote in an email.

The college will “to teach” curricula halted for students already there, Bechtel-Wherry wrote.

No other student can enter these programs “without authorization” and the only students who will receive clearance are those whose remaining classes align with the remaining classes of students already enrolled in the programs, according to the memo.

“The formal academic consultation process to close these programs will begin in the near future,” Bechtel-Wherry wrote.

The college is making cuts to comply with the university’s requirement to cut the overall budget here by $4.7 million over two years, Bechtel-Wherry wrote. The plan is to make two-thirds of the cut this year and the rest next year – with “efficiency check” ongoing thereafter, she wrote.

The cuts reflect a much bigger problem, according to Bechtel-Wherry.

“Public (P) colleges and universities across the country are under severe financial strain due to years of declining enrollment,” Bechtel-Wherry wrote. “The overall downward demographic trend has severely affected Northeastern institutions and is evident at Penn State Altoona, where we have experienced a 23% (-811) reduction in student numbers over the past five years. »

“(The) sharp decline in enrollment has negatively impacted revenue, undermined our long-term financial stability and threatens our ability” to meet the needs of students, she writes.

Integrative arts, mathematics, science and political science emerged as problematic, “even in the context of the overall decline in enrollment at Altoona College”, according to Bechtel-Wherry: “(They) have the lowest enrollments of all of our programs and have consistently remained the lowest enrolled programs for years.”

Three of the four have been targeted for more than a decade.

A 2011 university-wide review of academic programs recommended phasing out math and science degrees, and also recommended “assess viability” of the political science degree, suggesting it should be phased out by 2013, Bechtel-Wherry wrote.

The university is “Facing unprecedented times”, Bechtel-Wherry wrote. These times require “painful and difficult decisions” she stated.

“The closure of programs is unfortunate and represents a loss for our university community,” she wrote. “(But the closures are) in the best long-term interest of our college.”

No further faculty layoffs are planned for this fiscal year, which ends June 31, according to Bechtel-Wherry.

Frustrated students

The shutdown of the political science program will not disrupt the education of political science major Adam Fogle, as it is already declared.

But students who might have considered the program now have their options restricted, according to Fogle, who spoke to the Mirror on Wednesday.

Students who have not declared themselves but have shown an interest in political science might be able to join, he said.

They are in a “grey” area, he added.

The budget cuts go beyond the courses and programs that will be available, according to a member of a student body focused on preparing members for a post-graduate profession.

The association had to cancel social activities, said the student, who asked that her name not be used.

The professors whose jobs are being cut are those with the least seniority, said Mike Fleury, a freshman at State College.

It’s a stressful time for at least some of them, Fleury said Wednesday.

But in class they were “very positive,” he said.

“(They) are quite good at separating their personal feelings from teaching,” he said.

The shutdown of Integrative Arts is forcing an unwanted change in the plans of a college student who posted about it on Facebook earlier this week.

“I’m forcing an English major with a concentration in creative writing,” writes the poster. “I don’t want to major in English. I chose Integrative Aarts for a reason. I’m frustrated that my choice now doesn’t matter.

The only campus program the poster has loved is the one she has to leave, she wrote.

Likewise, the plans of a friend who hoped his studies on campus would allow him to teach music come to fruition. “ruin,” writes the poster.

The cuts to the program look particularly glaring against the high salaries of the university’s president and head football coach, the poster added.

Plans for budget cuts are “continuous and fluid” Bechtel-Wherry said in a note sent to staff last week and later shared with the Mirror.

“Everything is going fast” said Fogle.

Until wednesday, “It’s been very quiet, hush,” Fogle said before telling a Mirror reporter: “I’m glad someone asked questions.”

The Mirror’s staff writer, William Kibler, is at 814-949-7038.

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Cather Project, Release Celebration is April 28 | Nebraska today


A celebration of recent publications related to Willa Cather, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s 20th anniversary [Cather Project](https://www.unl.edu/english/cather-project), and Kari Ronning’s retreat is from 4-6 p.m. April 28 at the Nebraska Union, Heritage Room.

The event will include recognition of authors and editors who contributed to the publications, including Nebraska U’s Melissa Homestead, Guy Reynolds and Ronning.

Ronning, an associate research professor of English, served as editor of the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition. She also contributed to the Willa Cather Archives by writing annotations for “The Complete Letters of Willa Cather”. In addition to textual work, she served as historical co-editor, with Susan J. Rosowski, of “A Lost Lady”; historical editor of “Obscure Destinies”; and co-editor of “Cather’s University Days”.

Timothy Schaffert, professor of English, will also speak about the 50th anniversary of LGBTQ studies offered by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The event, which will include a signing session and snacks, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Cather Project Specialist Beth Burke at [email protected] or 402-580-1967.

Author Torrey Peters GR’13 talks about gender and relationships at Visibility:2022 event


Peters, author of the novel “Detransition, Baby,” strikes up a conversation about her best-selling novel and her own experiences as a trans woman in Dartmouth.

by Gianna Totani | 5 minutes ago

Source: Courtesy of Torrey Peters

Visibility: 2022 Hosted acclaimed novelist Torrey Peters GR ’13 for a conversation on gender and creative writing on April 5. This is the third year that the Office of Pluralism and Leadership has organized Visibility:2022, the annual student-led campaign to promote gender equity and end gender and power-based violence. After the conversation, moderator and professor Mingwei Huang led a question and answer session with the audience. The event ended with a signing session.

Huang, who is an assistant professor of women’s, gender and sexuality studies, said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to moderate a conversation with Peters because she came across “Detransition, Baby” just following its January 2021 release, the novel is shortlisted for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award for the John Leonard Prize, shortlisted for the Women’s Prize, and shortlisted for Roxane Gay’s Audacious Book Club.

Both Huang and Peters called the book “T for T,” meaning written by a trans author for a primarily trans audience. However, as a cis woman, Huang said she was able to fully appreciate the powerful and thought-provoking novel.

“Engaging in Peters’ work isn’t just about cis women or people trying to learn more about trans issues or how to become better allies,” Huang said. “I think engaging in trans stories and trans lives also helps cis women think more about their own gender and sexuality.”

Prof Huang kicked off the conversation by asking Peters about his time in Dartmouth in the 2010s – a very different time for trans visibility, politics, cultural production and writing. Peters described her year at Dartmouth as “educational”.

Prior to Dartmouth, Peters lived in Chicago where she came out as transgender but did not start using hormones. She explained how the lingo was different back then, as she used terms like “crossdresser” and “genderqueer” to define herself.

Peters said she had two life-changing experiences during her time at Dartmouth. First, she had an amazing advisor. Second, in search of a queer community, Peters found a “transvestite” bar in Massachusetts. Peters explained that she met two 50-year-old transgender women there – she didn’t get along well with them, but Peters said she couldn’t stop thinking about them.

“I thought they did, and I don’t,” Peters said. “I was a bit obsessed with them. In my head, I was like, why am I thinking about those two? And I realized I was jealous.

Shortly after this experience, Peters decided she wanted to start hormones. Peters met with an endocrinologist at Dick’s House and was able to get a prescription.

“And then I was transitioning,” Peters said. “I am really grateful to Dartmouth that this happened. I [didn’t] even know they did it intentionally – I just don’t think they had a protocol about it. And as a result, it worked wonders for me.

The moderated conversation continued with questions written by members of the Visibility:2022 committee about Peters’ journey to becoming a self-published author. To conclude, Huang asked Peters if she had any advice for herself of college age.

“There are a lot of things that I wanted [I had known], but I think a lot of it was because I was just scared,” Peters said. “I would have liked to recognize how much what I had done [to myself during that time] was unfair.

The Visibility:2022 student planning committee includes Kendra Elk Looks Back ’24, Beatriz Hidalgo ’25, Anne Johnakin ’23, Eliza Mahoney ’22, Irina Sandoval ’23, and Ann Tran ’25. The committee is chaired by Jimena Perez ’23, who started the conversation by giving an overview of this year’s visibility campaign.

Perez said she hopes the Visibility: 2022 conversation isn’t a one-time interaction for students attending OPAL, as she would like students to continue to be more involved in office programming.

“Visibility is the mission,” Perez said. “I hope people took away from this event the importance of making space for these conversations. I think a lot of students benefit from it [these conversations]especially those who might have similar interests as the speakers. »

The library program adds spice to life


Dukkah is April’s Featured Spice of the Month, as the Escalon Library continues its fun and unique ‘Spice of the Month’ program. Offered free of charge, the monthly spice is available from the second Friday of each month, take-out kits are available during business hours while supplies last.

library assistant Jodi Crawford coordinates the program and take home kits include a sample bag of spices Featured of the month, as well as information on it, as the historical context and nutritional information, plus some recipes to try .

For April, Dukkah is in the spotlight and is described as a “traditional Egyptian blend of nut seeds and warm spices”.

Introduced in ancient Egypt, it is also popular across the Middle East and around the world. It has recently gained popularity in New Zealand and Australia, which are used there as mutton of the season.

Dukkah can be used as a coating for meat, chicken or fish, sprinkled on salads and soups, eaten as a snack or mixed with roasted vegetables.

Library officials are asking spice club attendees to let them know what they think of the spice, share a photo of the food they made with the featured spice, and share suggestions on how to use the spice, as well as what worked. in the recipes they tried.

The Spice of the Month “Spice Club” is one of the take-home family activities offered by the library. They also have several interactive activities set up periodically in the Second Street Library branch, now that it is fully open for regular hours. These include the Poetry Creation Station, where all ages can enjoy writing poetry and creative writing; interactive movie experience, weekly gadget clinics on Thursdays, and the popular preschool storytime at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.

Ucross Announces Spring 2022 Fellows – Sheridan Media


Ucross Art Gallery

Spring has arrived at the Ucross Foundation. From February 7 to June 3, 56 artists from various disciplines will be in residence at the historic 20,000-acre ranch at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming.

“We are always energized when artists arrive on campus,” Ucross President William Belcher said. “It is an honor to support these accomplished individuals in their creative work and to introduce many of them to our vast Wyoming landscape.”

Victoria Chang

Notable Ucross scholars this session include award-winning poet Victoria Chang of Torrance, California; Kawai Strong Washburn, PEN/Hemingway Award winner, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis of Berkeley, California; famed experimental choreographer Sam Kim from Brooklyn, New York; and animator and filmmaker Kelly Sears of Denver, Colorado, whose films have screened at Sundance, South by Southwest, American Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Festival and MoMA.

Residencies range from two to six weeks, with 10 artists in residence at a time. Ucross Scholars receive uninterrupted time, studio space, housing, meals by a professional chef, and the unparalleled experience of the majestic high plains. To increase access to the program, Ucross is offering scholarship recipients a $1,000 stipend to cover travel and other expenses.

“My time at Ucross has nourished me deeply – the land, the well-appointed spaces, the delicious food, the brilliant community of artists, and the long days with nothing to do but write,” said the author Amy Hassinger. “Totally transformative.”

Artists in this session will travel to Wyoming from across the United States, as well as Toronto, Canada, and London, England. The list includes Ucross General Residents who applied through the open call for artists; recipients of the Ucross Fellowships for Native American Visual Artists and Writers; and residents joining the program through partnerships with Yale University’s David Geffen School of Drama, PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Rice University Shepherd School of Music, the Sundance Institute and the University of Houston MFA in the creative writing program.

The Spring 2022 Ucross Scholars are:


Liz Appel, playwriting, New York, NY, Melissa Beneche, fiction, Lauderhill, FL, Victoria Chang, poetry, Torrance, CA. Shayok Misha Chowdhury, playwriting, Brooklyn, NY, Melody Cooper, screenwriting, Los Angeles, CA , Alena Graedon, Fiction, Brooklyn, NY, Amy Hassinger, Nonfiction, Urbana, IL, Majkin Holmquist, Playwriting, Brooklyn, NY, Jaime Jarrett, Playwriting, Brooklyn, NY May Jeong, Nonfiction, Brooklyn, NY, Porochista Khakpour, Fiction. Forest Hills, NY Jamil Kochai, Fiction, West Sacramento, CA, Kate McQuade, Fiction, Andover, MA, Daniela Naomi Molnar, Poetry, Portland, OR, James Harrison Monaco, Theater/Drama, Brooklyn, NY, Tomas Moniz, Fiction, Oakland, CA, Genne Murphy, playwriting, Philadelphia, PA, Delaney Nolan, fiction, New Orleans, LA., Danny Thanh Nguyen, nonfiction, San Francisco, CA., Mandy Smoker, poetry, Helena, MT, Reggie Ugwu, Non-Fiction, Brooklyn, NY, Kawai Strong Washburn, Fiction, Minneapolis, MN, Dāshaun Washington, Poetry, Northampton, MA, Adele Williams, Poetry/Prose, Houston, TX

Matty Davis


Anahita Abbasi, music composition, San Diego, CA, Robert Reid Allan, music composition, London, UK, Matty Davis, dance, Berkeley, CA, Alex Dowling, music composition, Brooklyn, NY, Randall Eng, music composition, New York, NY, Sultana Isham, music composition, New Orleans, LA, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, music composition, Toronto, Canada, Sam Kim, dance, Brooklyn, NY. Nandi Rose Levine, music composition, Chatham, NY, Laurie Lewis, music composition, Berkeley, CA, Peter V. Loewen, musicology, Pearland, TX, Emma O’Halloran, music composition, Brooklyn, NY, Dale Trumbore, music composition, Azusa, California


Sadie Barnette, Multimedia, Oakland, CA, Peter de Lory, Photography, Seattle, WA, Owen Gump, Photography, Fairfax, CA, Ro Haber, Interdiscipline/Film, Los Angeles, CA, Elizabeth Hohimer, Painting/Sculpture, Marfa, TX , Justin Kim, Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media, New York, NY, Michael Kolster, Photography, Brunswick, ME, Laia, Theatre/Multimedia, Brooklyn, NY, Savannah LeCornu, Painting/Drawing/Mixed Media, Bellingham, WA, Kandy Lopez-Moreno, Mixed Media, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jenene Nagy, Painting/Drawing, Riverside, CA, Richard Pasquarelli, Painting, Bronx, NY, Morgan Price, Printmaking, Bloomington, IL, Tom Rozum, Drawing, Berkeley, CA, Kelly Sears, Film/Video/Animation, Denver, CO., Chris Sollars, Installation/Performance, San Francisco, CA, Sue Sommers, Painting/Drawing/Printmaking, Pinedale, WY, Anne Stagg, Painting, Tallahassee, FL, Stacey Steers , Film/Video, Boulder, CO

Since Ucross’s first residencies were awarded in 1983, more than 2,500 artists have received the gift of time and space. Distinguished members include Annie Proulx, Terry Tempest Williams, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ann Patchett, Ricky Ian Gordon, Bill Morrison, Theaster Gates, Anthony Hernandez and Tayari Jones. Recent National Book Award winners Susan Choi, Sigrid Nunez and Sarah M. Broom have been residents, as have Oscar and Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Emmy Award winner Billy Porter, recent Pulitzer Prize winners Michael R. Jackson and Colson Whitehead and current American Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.

More information on the artist residency program is available at ucross.org.

The Bookseller – News – Gail McConnell wins €10,000 Pollard International Poetry Prize


Gail McConnell has won the 2022 John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize for her debut book The sun is open (Written in the margins).

The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at Trinity College Dublin on April 12.

The sun is open focuses on the life and death of the poet’s father, who was murdered by the IRA outside their Belfast home in 1984. Moving from a child’s to an adult’s perspective, the collection of poems brings together his story and his life.

Now in its fourth year, the prize is awarded annually for an outstanding debut collection of poetry in the English language. Worth €10,000 (£8,340), the prize is sponsored by the John Pollard Foundation and administered by the Trinity Oscar Wilde Center at Trinity College’s School of English.

“I am deeply honored to be the fourth recipient of the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize for The sun is open“, said McConnell. “This book revolves around an autobiographical event: the murder of my father by the IRA outside our house in Belfast in 1984. Using newspaper articles, Hansard, fragments of the psalms, the my father’s student diaries and other public and private documents archived in a ‘daddy’s box’, she oscillates between the voices of children and adults in an attempt to piece together a story and a life.”

She added: “I was 3 1/2 years old when my father was murdered. My wife, Beth, and I now have a 3 1/2 year old child. Part of this award will be an investment in his future, and I hope that it will help create space and time for more poems. I am grateful to my editor at Penned in the Margins, Tom Chivers, for intimately understanding this book. I would also like to thank the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the School of Arts, English and Languages ​​at Queen’s University Belfast, whose support made its production possible.Finally, I would like to pay tribute to Ciaran Carson who was the first reader of this book. and whose work and friendship have been one of the greatest gifts of my life.

Chairman of the Jury and Director of the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre, Professor Eoin McNamee, said: “From a very strong shortlist, the Jury recognized the authority and lyrical mastery of The sun is open. Working at the limit of what can be said, The sun is open is both a work of adamantine testimony and a patient bringing to light what is rare and beautiful. It is a work of gravity and importance and we are delighted to have the opportunity to recognize it.

Who is MacKenzie Scott? – The New York Times


But as Ms Scott’s fame for giving money grew, so too did the deluge of calls for gifts from strangers and old friends. That clamor may have driven Ms Scott’s already low-key operation further underground, with recent philanthropic announcements like sudden lightning bolts for unsuspecting recipients.

Attempts to reach Ms. Scott and her husband, Dan Jewett, a chemistry professor, for this article by phone, email and letter, directly and through intermediaries, were met with silence.

Instead, The New York Times relied on interviews with more than two dozen friends, teachers, former colleagues and acquaintances from every chapter of his life, as well as public records and the few interviews Ms. Scott has given, usually in conjunction with the publication. from one of his novels. This article is also based on previously unpublished letters between Ms Scott and Ms Morrison, housed in the Nobel Laureate Archive at Princeton University Library.

“I guess the only way to know what do not working for me in life is trying,’ she wrote to Ms Morrison in September 1992, months after graduating and at a pivotal time for her future. Being a waitress in New York had proven more grueling than serving tables at Princeton in college, leaving her too tired to write.

“I found myself with small, unpredictable slices of time during which I collapsed in exhaustion and frustration, or ruminated on the excruciating monotony of making and selling sandwiches,” she said. wrote, “and worried about how I could pay my rent with the nickels they gave me in exchange for my boredom.

The previous week, she had started working in an investment company, with her future husband, Mr. Bezos.

Three decades after worrying about making rent, and even following her recent gifts, Ms Scott, 52, has a net worth that hovers around $50 billion, according to Forbes magazine. She set about pouring her massive fortune with unprecedented speed and candor to frontline charities and nonprofits with a focus on promoting social justice and addressing inequality, while trying to stay out of the spotlight.

“Putting big donors at the center of social progress stories is a distortion of their role,” she wrote in an essay last year, one of a series of deliberate public statements about her giving.

New Renaissance of Art for Peace: “The Golden Gates of Time”


SOLVANG, Calif., April 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — “Time Gates, The Intuitive Art of Santo Cervello” the complete series in five volumes available.

Here is the finished series of “Time Gates, The Intuitive Art of Santo Cervello”. All 5 volumes are now on sale, May 1, 2022. More than 650 art images were produced during the period, between 2007 and 2022.

The five volumes of Time Gates reflect the author’s diverse career path: from actor/director/producer/chef to intuitive painter/writer/philosopher and entrepreneur.
For more information, please visit: https://www.actorscornercafe.com/.

Distribution of art books by Ingram Sparks. Thanks to our worldwide distribution network “Time Gates, The Intuitive Art of Santo Cervello”, volumes: I, II, III, IV and V are now available for 40,000 retailers. You can buy them on Amazon in paperback, hardcover and via Kindle eBooks.

Forward by Grace Lebecka

I have been asked to write some comments on Santo Cervello’s “Time Gates” series. I was on the plane from Poland to California a few days ago when I got another glimpse of Santo’s work and art.

Living with my family for two months in Poland, 100 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, I experienced the proximity of the war zone. We watched in horror the news of the invasion knowing that thousands of people were crossing the nearby Polish border every day. From this vantage point, I reflected on Santo’s intuitive art as documentation of real events that he uploaded, long before they happened. How was it possible that he was producing images of “war plans” years before the war?

The other spectrum of Santo’s art is his unique and visionary view that takes us through the time portals of our own soul where we recognize who we are and who will become.

Finding the note of peace is a restoration and renewal of the dignity of our lives. Santo says: “The note of peace is implanted in our Aura and the DNA of our being. Can we change the future of war by changing the script of the people who control the plans to kill us? Who gives these people the freedom to kill humanity?

“Jane Walker’s Rose” from Volume IV is an image that is closest to my heart. A beautiful blooming rose, in a small simple vase, in a weedy garden of metal constructions. Isn’t this image a metaphor for the landscape of war? This new and beautiful proud flower, dares to grow and flourish despite everything.

For me, the red rose also represents the open hearts of thousands of Polish citizens who welcome Ukrainian refugees into their homes. The Phoenix rises from its ashes with hope and dreams not of war but of peace with the right to live in harmonious coexistence.

As an intuitive art viewer, you can gaze at the images compiled in these volumes and search for those that elicit feelings within you. Please support this work; it gives a true and honest testimony of this turbulent time, which we have all lived through for more than a decade.

About the author and artist

In 2011, before opening the Actor’s Corner Café, Santo and his wife Grace, created the art museum. The five volumes of Santo Cervello’s “Time Gates” contain nearly seven hundred art images. This fascinating work of art is intertwined with fiction, drama, poetry and philosophical discourses. It is as if you were entering a very unique theater, where everything is full of rich images and dynamism.

Santo Cervello has worked as an actor-director and writer-producer in Canadian theater presenting innovative and transformative dramas that have reached millions of people in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. He has written plays for CBC and BBC Radio and a television series for Singapore Television and has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York.

In 1972, Mr. Cervello founded the Erewhon Theater which sparked passions and created vibrant trends in Canadian theater until 2011. Together with his wife Grace, they now live in California. All five volumes of Santo Cervello’s “Time Gates” are now complete and available for purchase worldwide.

St. Cervello
Telephone: 805 868-2409
Email: [email protected]

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/d94ebd51-8c59-4838-90fd-9adcb361d3c5

Founder’s Day Awards showcase past and present


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater held its Founder’s Day Awards presentation in Hamilton Room at the University Center for the first time in 3 years. During the ceremony, they first celebrated 5 students in attendance by awarding them scholarships and celebrating their academic achievements at their respective colleges. Additionally, the past was honored as five former students received the Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards.

Jeffrey Angileri ’06, Executive Director, University Marketing and Communications, begins the Founder’s Day event with introductory remarks. (Caryana Dominguez)

The five students who received scholarships at this event were McClane Noffke, who attends the College of Arts and Communication, Jackie Carper at the College of Business and Economics, Samantha Adler at the College of Education and Professional Studies, Natalie Shortreed at the College of Integrated Studies, and Abigail Lammers, who is in the College of Arts and Sciences.

This event was also one of the first events where new Acting Chancellor John Chenoweth gave a lecture after former Acting Chancellor Jim Hendrickson resigned, unexpectedly placing Chenoweth in the position.

“This is a special time when we can recognize outstanding alumni and students,” Chenoweth said. “If you want to be inspired, you’ve come to the right place. We all know how special UW-Whitewater is, and it’s special because of its people; people like our laureates today, whose drive for excellence is remarkable. Our reputation as an institution is one of enduring integrity, and it rests on the words and deeds of our faculty, alumni, staff and students, people who truly embody the values ​​that are at the heart of our university.

Dr. John Chenoweth, Acting Chancellor, welcomes all honorees, alumni and guests to the Founder’s Day event. (Caryana Dominguez)

The Outstanding Recent Alumni Awards are given to alumni who graduated within the last 15 years. The five were Dr Christopher Maniece, Frederick Arndt, Amy Herbst, Howard Marklein and William Lowell. Each had different backgrounds and stories from their time in college, and it showed when they had the opportunity to discuss those circumstances at the ceremony.

Maniece already has four college degrees, including three from UW-Whitewater, and is on track to graduate with his fifth in May 2024. He is currently serving as a school counselor at Jefferson Middle School in Madison with the goal of becoming a principal and possibly a superintendent.

“I cherish relationships,” Maniece said. “My best friend, my parents, my fraternity brothers who are here with me today, my friends and my girlfriend. I believe in fairness and that every student should be ready for college, career and life. community.

Arndt had a path that led him to the Vietnam War after graduation. He was originally unsure if he would make it to UW-Whitewater and struggled to find a specific role, but eventually found that by taking all the English classes he could find, including the creative writing. After the war, Arndt worked in human resources before retiring and established a consulting practice dedicated to leadership and human resources.

An alumni award was given to Dr. Christopher Maniece BA ’13, MS, MSE ’17. The award he received was Outstanding Recent Alumnus. (Caryana Dominguez)

“My high school counselor said that, given my test scores, I wasn’t really college material,” Arndt said. “Work hard, think beyond the norm, challenge the status quo, learn continuously, have fun, don’t take yourself too seriously, and do it all with integrity.”

Herbst was the first in her immediate family to attend college, after some of her friends from high school. Originally, she was indecisive, but started taking social work classes and found her calling. Since graduating, she has held several leadership positions, including as recently as 2018, where she served as Vice President, Mental and Behavioral Health at Children’s Wisconsin.

After earning a degree in accounting, Marklein held positions at the Chamber of Commerce in Whitewater and Fort Atkinson. He was elected to the State Assembly in 2010 before being elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018.

“I was able to take the opportunities that presented themselves, whether in public service or in business, and make the most of them,” Marklein said.

Lowell originally started at UW-Madison before transferring to UW-Whitewater for the small-school vibe. Since graduating, he has received the UW-Whitewater Excellence Award for Teaching Staff in 2008 and 2017.

The Founder’s Day celebration was just that, but it was for a combination of alumni, current students, and the future of campus. There were many memories shared between those who had attended UW-Whitewater and those who were current students, and the pride of being a Warhawk.

Outstanding Student Awards were presented to five different students on campus: McClane Noffke, from the College of Arts and Communication; Samantha Adler, College of Education and Career Studies; Jackie Carper, College of Business and Economics; Natalie Shortreed, College for Integrated Studies; and Abigail Lammers, College of Letters and Science. (Caryana Dominguez)

Judd Apatow Invites Comedians to Open Up in ‘Sicker’ and 4 More Books to Add to Your Reading List


“Hollywood is waiting to see if this was a fluke or if Apatow can officially write his own post,” I said in my piece for “Nightline” when I worked for ABC News.

It wasn’t a fluke.

One of the fun biographical details Apatow shared at the time was that as a student, he used his high school radio show to score interviews with hit comedians such as Garry Shandling and Jerry Seinfeld. In 2016, Apatow took those tapes, transcribed the interviews, and turned them into his first book, “Sick in the Head.”

Apatow took advantage of so many people having so much free time to score interviews with legends such as David Letterman, Whoopi Goldberg and Will Ferrell as well as young talents such as Bowen Yang and Amber Ruffin.

In “Sicker,” they discuss everything from mental health to performance pressures to Hollywood’s relentless reshuffling. This book allows readers to step into the shoes of their favorite comedians as they reveal that they may not be as comfortable in their own skin as fans imagine.

The interview was fun of course, but Apatow was also thoughtful, frank and even profound. I hope you like.

What else Jake is reading

“The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead

Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Nickel Boys” follows the story of two boys sent to a nightmarish correctional school in Florida during the Jim Crow era. Caught in an unfair and cruel system, Elwood and Turner’s friendship ultimately leads to a fateful decision.

Buy ‘The Nickel Boys’ via Bookshop.org here

“The Sheriff of Babylon” by Tom King and Mitch Gerads

King and Gerads reunite to create a 12-issue comedy thriller centered around Chris Henry, a Florida cop turned military consultant, who is tasked with training cadets in Baghdad after 9/11. But after his intern is found dead, he and his allies, Nassir and Sophia, must find out who killed him despite unforeseen strings being pulled in the background.

Purchase ‘The Sheriff of Babylon’ via Bookshop.org here

Recommended by the ‘Jake Tapper Book Club’

“Write for Your Life” by Anna Quindlen

Quindlen, journalist and novelist, draws on her personal experience to highlight the power of writing and recording our lives. Using authors like Anne Frank and Toni Morrison, in addition to love letters and journal musings, she argues that writing is essential to connecting with ourselves and with others.

Buy ‘Write For Your Life’ via Bookshop.org here

‘The Impossible City: A Hong Kong Memoir’ by Karen Cheung

Born in Hong Kong on the eve of its handover to China in 1997, Cheung writes about it with the insight and insights of an insider and journalist. In a city on the fringes of China’s spectacular global rise – among artists, students, protesters and Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan residents – Cheung offers us vivid portraits of the characters and daily events that make up life in a rapidly changing metropolis.

Buy ‘The Impossible City’ via Bookshop.org here

Spotlight on an independent bookstore

In our continued efforts to showcase independent bookstores across the country, we salute Orca Book Cooperative in Olympia, Washington. Located in the heart of downtown, the decades-old store became a member-owned co-op in 2020. “Orca Books Co-op is dedicated to providing a safer and more welcoming space for all,” the store writes on its website. It sells new and used books and organizes events.
Do you have a favorite bookstore? Tweet @JakeTapper with your choice and we may feature it in a future newsletter.

What’s Happening on ‘Jake Tapper’s Book Club’ on CNN+

  • April 17 – Jake chats with Elizabeth Alexander, the author of a poignant new book, ‘The Trayvon Generation’, in which she examines the impact of the past decade of racial justice uprisings on black youth through art .
  • April 24 — Jake interviews Andrea Yaryura Clark, whose book “On a Night of a Thousand Stars” creates a beautiful but heartbreaking story of life during Argentina’s Dirty War and a girl’s quest to uncover the truth about his family.
  • 1st May — Jake talks to Danyel Smith, the former editor of Vibe magazine, about the major contributions of black women to pop music, from Billie Holiday to Whitney and Beyoncé and more.

Covid has shown that flexible working is only a benefit for a select few | Sonia Soda


IIt is strange now to remember that two years ago we had just entered a three month period of government imposed hermitage as the battle against Covid came together. I lived alone, forbidden to hang out with anyone else, so my social life consisted of Saturday nights in front of my laptop doing a virtual pub quiz. It quickly became the new normal, but now I wonder how I was able to adapt.

One aspect of life in lockdown that I would like to reintroduce, however, is the reduction in my work week. As a freelancer, for a while there was just less work available. And so, after writing about the theory of the four-day week, I found myself living it in practice. Lucky enough to allow myself to take the hit, I found that I liked having more time to myself – even if there wasn’t much to do.

It made me a more enthusiastic supporter of shorter working hours. I will therefore follow with interest the results of the world’s largest four-day week pilot launched last week. The trial will involve 3,000 workers from 60 UK companies, who will receive the same pay for a shorter working week.

The case for a four-day week begins with the idea that human progress should not only be measured by the accumulation of “things”, but rather by time. One hundred and fifty years ago, Britons worked an average of 62 hours a week, a dreadful thought. Who says our current idea of ​​full-time work, the five-day week, is the right one? As wheel-to-widget technology means that societies can produce more and more with the same human input, it seems obvious to think that we should reap some of the gains by enriching our lives with more time spent with people than we like on the things we value, rather than more consumer goods.

There are other advantages. Substituting more time for increases in collective wealth will also be better for the environment. And by embedding a more flexible work culture for both men and women, a shorter working week would help reduce the gender pay gap (much of which is due to part-time work that prevents mothers from progress in workplaces where full-time work is the norm).

The concern, however, is that only some will benefit from these changes. Our labor market is not only torn apart by wage inequalities, but also by working conditions, such as the degree of flexibility and autonomy granted to employees. This has been notable during the pandemic. While some of us have been able to work more flexibly from home, at times, admittedly, in less than ideal conditions, many others, especially those in lower-paying jobs, have experienced little changes in the way they work, having to put their health at risk to continue the daily grind. And now, as many white-collar companies embrace hybrid working, allowing their employees to reduce commuting, others are forced to pay more for less frequent public transport or face the rising cost of fuel to get to and from work.

The technology experience was also different. Zoom might not be quite the same as sitting in a room with co-workers, but for me it cut down on time spent in unnecessary meetings. By contrast, some workers say they have experienced greater use of surveillance technology since the pandemic, which was already being deployed by companies like Amazon, which uses it to track workers’ movements around the workplace. warehouse. Tools such as keystrokes and phone call monitoring erode autonomy, privacy, and trust between employer and employee.

While 80% of us say they want to reduce their working hours, few are actually able to negotiate this with their employer without losing pay. Historic massive reductions in working time have been achieved through collective bargaining. But today, a fraction of employees are covered by collective agreements and the typical member of a union is a middle-income professional public sector employee, with low-wage private sector workers in the cold. It is also easy to see how the productivity argument, the idea that people working shorter weeks are more efficient and can therefore do almost as much work in less time, appeals more to white-collar employers than to labor-intensive service sectors. interaction, such as childcare and social assistance.

The danger is therefore that better-off workers, who are in a position to demand more of their employees, benefit from working time innovations, while less well-off workers feel little of the advantages. This has happened in France, where, despite higher levels of unionisation, managers have benefited disproportionately from working time reduction measures.

The government also appears to be backtracking on its overt commitment to making flexible working the default. He chose cheap fights over flexible working as tabloid fodder, with ministers accusing civil servants working from home of laziness and appearing to support a culture of ‘it’s not work if you’re not at your desk’ .

The difficulty is that improvements in working time are not different from those in remuneration. They cost employers money and involve a redistribution of profits from owners to workers. The share of GDP that goes to workers in the form of wages is lower than it was at its peak in the 1970s and average working time has not changed much since then either.

The risk of this new trial is therefore to demonstrate that a switch to a shorter working week is not free and is therefore ignored by most employers, except those who see it as a way to more competitive when it comes to recruitment and retention. The economic reality is that a shorter workweek will never be achieved through the goodwill of employers. Just as it took the labor movement to negotiate the deep cuts in working hours that meant people no longer had to work on Saturdays, it will only happen in an economy where workers have more power to bargain for what is good for them.

Sonia Sodha is a columnist at Observer

Author Ron Baxley Jr. Named Palmetto Scribe Awards Finalist | Hobbies


Special for T&D

Ron Baxley Jr., YBR Publishing’s fantasy and “Oz universe” author, has just been named one of five finalists in the Best Novel/Short Story category for the 2022 Palmetto Scribe Awards at Atomacon, taking place from May 13-15 at the Hilton Garden Inn. in North Charleston.

Baxley was one of about 10 nominees in the novel/short story category, which has now been cut in half via an online reader poll. The ballots to designate the winner of each category will be distributed during the congress. Baxley will have an authors table at the convention and participate in panels there.

Baxley said, “I am humbled and honored to be a finalist for this award and thank Atomacon for this. I look forward to being a guest author at the convention and participating in panels as well. Additionally, I praise God for the blessings He has sent me and I also affirm the 30+ years of hard work I have put into being a fantasy, sci-fi, and Oz writer.

“I would like to announce our Palmetto Scribe finalists,” said Atomacon President Janet Iannantuono. “We will have ballots at the convention, and you can vote for your favorite. The winners will be announced at the Film Festival Awards Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Please read the stories of these people before the convention.

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According to his announcement, here are the finalists in the Best Novel/Short Story category:

  • True Death by Faith Hunter
  • Shedding the Past by Alex Rath
  • A Theft Most Fowl: A Kingdom of Aves Mystery by Nicole Givens Kurtz
  • The Watcher at War by Barbara V. Evers
  • OZ Don’t Diggs GCC in Emerald City by Ron Baxley Jr.

“I thank Atomacon again and thank YBR Publishing for their support. Finally, I cannot thank my fans, friends and family enough for your continued support. God bless you all,” Baxley said.

Baxley, the multi-award-winning fantasy novelist and graphic novelist, was recently a special guest author at the grand opening of the Wizard of Oz Museum in Cape Canaveral, Florida in February and the Deland Comics and Collectibles Show in DeLand, Florida. Florida. , in January.

He has been a guest and special guest author at festivals and cons of Oz for over a decade. Additionally, he will be invited to other Vs. and Oz festivals this year, which will be announced in the coming weeks. His pre-signed books can be found in bookstores, comic shops and gift shops across SC, Georgia and central New York and can be ordered wherever the books are sold.

During his first decade of publishing, Baxley wrote and published an Oz book, “The Talking City of Oz”, through March Laumer’s The Vanitas Press. A little over a decade later, when he was in his thirties, the book was discovered by the Oz-Stravaganza Festival and the L. Frank Baum International Foundation and All Things Oz as a PDF file that Ron had uploaded after his breakup. to print.

A decade after his first Oz book was printed, he received a formal invitation to attend Authors and Artists Alley at Oz-Stravaganza in Chittenango, New York in 2010. He was invited back there, the birthplace home of L. Frank Baum for over a decade, held a special event at their All Things Oz museum there a year and brought new Oz or Oz-related books there almost every year – some of which remain pre-signed in Baum’s Bazaar, the All Things Gift Shop in the Museum of Oz. In fact, Ron just found out this month that he’s been invited back as an author to Oz-Stravaganza 2022 in Chittenango, New York from June 3-5 – just weeks after appearing at Atomacon and as finalist and potential big winner there.

“I’m thrilled to be part of Oz-Stravaganza again and can’t say enough good things about or thank the Foundation, Chittenango, New York, All Things Oz Museum and volunteers enough,” Baxley said.

Baxley is a former educator and was a correspondent for The Times and Democrat for more than seven years, as well as concurrent correspondent for The Augusta Press in Augusta, Georgia for the past six months, and travel specialist for Mad Hatter Adventures Travel. Company.

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More information about Baxley’s books, including synopses, editorial reviews and direct ordering, can be found at ybrpub.com/shop. For more information about his books, visit his webpage at rbaxley37.wixsite.com/ronbaxleyjrofoz or his Facebook Author Group page at facebook.com/groups/196187527438597.

“Sensitive subjects must be addressed”


Educator Alan Maley discusses the role of teachers and educators during a global crisis

Educator Alan Maley discusses the role of teachers and educators during a global crisis

Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many educators raised these questions: What should be the role of educators in times of war? Should teachers educate students about wars in general and the Russian-Ukrainian war in particular? Should students be taught to process war information from a variety of sources?

In response to the conflict in Ukraine, a number of English Language Teaching (ELT) professionals and practitioners in the UK and other countries have contributed a collection of poems and short texts, which are thoughts on the Russian-Ukrainian war and the war in general. It was edited by Alan Maley, an ELT expert who worked as the British Council’s Regional Director for South India (Madras) between 1984 and 1988. Together with Nik Peachey he also co-edited the book Integrating Global Issues into the Creative English Classroom.

Browsing through the poems in the collection, I was intrigued by Maley’s poem “Song of the Refugee”: I am homeless. I am unemployed. I am helpless./ I am landless. I am stateless. I am penniless./ I am without a wife. I am childless. I am joyless./ My destiny is endless…/ Unless…

Intrigued by the word “unless”, I asked Maley a few questions. Edited excerpts from the interview:

Alan Maley

Alan Maley | Photo credit: special arrangement

How important is it to educate learners about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

I think the current crisis is critical for everyone, not just those directly affected. It is customary to separate learning from life. Yet education should be about preparing learners for the world in which they will have to live. We live in a connected world. As John Donne reminded us in the 17th century “No man is an island…” Unless we can create a society where war is eliminated, we are doomed to self-destruction.

Do you think educators should discuss the Ukrainian crisis in the classroom?

I think it is best discussed in the larger context of life as a human being in this most perilous century. The most important issue of our time is how climate change is already impacting ecosystems. Everything else is subordinate to it, even war. And everything is linked to it in a mutual relationship. I certainly think such sensitive topics should be discussed. Teachers are not just technicians paid to deliver a set of facts. They are very influential role models for their students and their influence is often lifelong.

What should be the role of creative writers in these times?

As Ben Okri said in the Guardian, “Artists should write as if it were our last days on earth.” In a sense, climate change is the only thing worth writing about, given that our very existence as a species is at stake. Yet humans have a disturbing habit of choosing to ignore bad news. even when reality stares them in the face. What difference will writing about it, especially in poetry, make to someone? Maybe none. But I take some comfort from William Carlos Williams. ‘ It is difficult to get news of the poems and yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is there.

What is the importance ofThe pity of war: poetry is in pity?

This is a collection of original poems triggered by the Ukrainian disaster, which will soon appear as an electronic publication, the proceeds of which will be used to support refugees from Ukraine. “No one is too small to make a difference,” Greta Thunberg reminds us.

Do you think academia is quick to respond to human rights abuses around the world?

There are always scholars who bravely speak out against injustice, corruption, violent repression, slavery, and a host of other evils. But academics are also part of the system, and they sometimes tend to intellectualize pressing practical issues. Like the creation of a new branch of linguistics – eco-linguistics. What practical difference will it make?

“Teachers cease to be educators when they are silent spectators of the injustices happening around them.” Your reaction.

To do nothing is to do something! We should not enter gently – nor silently – into this good night. Either we all win or we all lose.

The author is an ELT resource person and education columnist. [email protected]

Win free access to 100 exciting literary conversations featuring today’s best authors!


Members can enter to win a wristband that grants free access to all paid indoor programming during the Bay Area Book Festival weekend May 7-8!

Bay Area Book Festival 2022

Provided by Bay Area Book Festival

The Bay Area Book Festival is finally back in person, with 70 indoor programs and 30 programs on outdoor stages in addition to activating more outdoor spaces in new and creative ways. Meet some of today’s most insightful and spellbinding authors and thinkers and celebrate bringing our inner lives into conversation with the outer world.


– Mega author Kim Stanley Robinson on the wonders of the High Sierras, one of the most spectacular natural places on earth…plus other wilderness-focused conversations with Obi Kaufmann, Greg Sarris, Suzanne Roberts, etc

– Renowned novelists: Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart and finalists Karen Joy Fowler and Nadifa Mohamed; National Book Award finalist Susan Straight, Man Booker International Prize winner Jokha Alharthi, and many more

– Revolution and community spirit: Rebecca Solnit on George Orwell; David and Margaret Talbot and Judy Gumbo on activist dynamos; Sam Quinones on the methamphetamine and fentanyl crisis in the United States; Majora Carter, Mitchell Schwarzer and more on progressive urbanism in Oakland

– Poets of Heart and Mind: National Book Award finalist Douglas Kearney, Victoria Chang, and more

– A special Mother’s Day title: Frances Moore Lappé (“Diet for a Small Planet”) and her daughter Anna; Chloe Cooper Jones and Jazmina Barrera; Collective Book Studio writer moms, and more

– Romance and suspense: Jasmine Guillory, Tod Goldberg, Paul Holes, Laurie R. King

To see www.baybookfest.org for the full range. Outside programs are free; indoor programs are chargeable.

May 7 & 8, 2022
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Note: Program start times vary

Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park in downtown Berkeley
Check in at the festival box office in Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza for indoor venues.

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Letter to the Editor: Book Sale Features Milestones at This Year’s Event – Austin Daily Herald


The results are in ! Friends of the Austin Public Library hit several milestones with their March used book sale.

First, Friends raised over $9,000 in the three-day sale – a new record by far and above all previous sales. Second, they made their record sales at a new venue – the sale took place at the Ruby Rupner Auditorium at the Hormel Nature Center. Third, the sale was a “comeback” event after more than two years where the pandemic prevented this once biannual event from happening.

A tremendous amount of work is required to organize and prepare items for sale. Friends of the Library volunteers work tirelessly and spend hundreds of hours collecting, organizing and sorting donated books and materials in preparation for the sale – in addition to months of advance planning.

Their efforts were supported by the many generous members of the community who donated their lightly used books and by the throngs of avid readers who came out to purchase the books. The Friends also received a helping hand from the city’s Parks and Recreation Department – Randy Hofner and his team hauled carts of books, extra tables and other items to the nature center; and Luke Reese, director of the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, and staff provided additional volunteer support.

Each year, the library receives financial support, as well as services and advocacy from the Friends of the Library. An independent, non-profit organization, the Friends group strives to raise funds and its volunteers devote hundreds of hours to support library programs and services to the Austin community.

Funding from Friends supports the library’s summer reading programs, helps purchase special equipment, and funds artists and programs throughout the year.

On behalf of the Austin Public Library, Director Julie Clinefelter and library staff wish to express their sincere gratitude to our wonderful and hardworking friends at the Austin Public Library.

Additionally, we would like to thank the Austin community for their continued support of book sales and the library itself. Book sales would not be possible without the books and materials generously donated by so many people. Many thanks to those who donated items for the sale and to those who attended.

We are fortunate to live in a place where people appreciate the public library and show their support in such tangible ways. The library’s goal is to connect people with resources that promote literacy, equity, and community in a safe and comfortable space. The Friends of the Library help us achieve this.

Julie Clinefelter

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Public library staff

How off-piste ski guides are written

Photo courtesy of Matt Gunn, author of the Hinterland Atlas: a comprehensive photographic guide to ski and splitboard terrain in the backcountry of Whistler, one of Canada’s most popular and accessible tourist destinations.

Lou Dawson, the first person in history to descend Colorado’s 54 14,000-foot peaks, published his first cross-country ski guide in 1985 while recovering from an injury sustained in an avalanche. It was called “Colorado High Routes” and covered off-trail skiing in the Vail, Aspen, and Crested Butte areas. It was well received. The guide was the first of its kind, detailing the mountain huts of the 10th Mountain Division extended across the state and was the first guide in Colorado to cover “real” ski mountaineering and “European” style ski touring. “modern, rather than Nordic style skiing at lower altitudes. – sloping ground. But that was only the beginning.

Dawson has never stopped writing guides since his first was published over three decades ago. He’s authored several guides over the years, releasing his latest “Light Tours of Colorado” guide with publisher Beacon Guidebooks earlier this year. He is the so-called godfather of off-piste ski guides.

“It’s important to have your end result in mind and start with something you know,” Dawson told me. The guides are a long ordeal and more like a marathon than a sprint, sometimes taking years to arrive in the library as a carefully polished and published book or brochure. A lot of skiing has to happen. Planning (maps, routes, hazards, works) is essential. According to Dawson, a ridiculous amount of time has to be spent on the terrain you plan to write on before you can even start writing. And don’t forget the pictures.

One thing that sets self-published author Matt Gunn’s latest guide to BC’s Spearhead Traverse apart is the quality of his photography. It’s the third guide he’s written and it’s extremely visual, filled with high-quality footage taken from the side of a small plane, which Gunn orchestrated by engaging a pilot and swinging out of the side of the plane. ‘airplane. Aerial images with annotated ascent and descent paths paired with notes fill his tactile book.

“I really try to get great photos,” Gunn told me. Having solid, annotated photos saves readers the process of interpreting written information and applying it to the field at hand. Photo courtesy of spearheadbackcountry.com

Gunn did it all himself and the project took him over a decade. Writing a guide in addition to work, having a life, having children and skiing always turns out to be a long and time-consuming undertaking. “I really try to get great photos,” he told me. Having solid, annotated photos saves readers the process of interpreting written information and applying it to the field at hand. Readers these days can get a visual picture of how to approach and ski a line with GPS maps on their smartphones, but back in the days when Dawson started creating guides, line-making resources online GPS maps like Gaia, Caltopo and GIS did not. do not exist, which makes the process much longer – years longer – than it takes today. But what separates a guide from a GPS “follow the dots” approach is that a guide will actually help make decisions in avalanche terrain where a map alone is not enough.

The main difference between Dawson’s process and Gunn’s was that Gunn made the entire book himself in PDF format and sent the ready version to a printer, while Dawson worked with publisher Beacon Guidebooks who organized his information. , hired a publisher to modify it, publish it, and then market it. However, Gunn and Dawson had similarities in their guide writing processes that can be boiled down to several key points that serve to make a solid guide. In a nutshell, they include:

  1. Know what exactly you want to write – the mountain range, the terrain, the ski runs, etc.
  2. Search the areas and study maps, maps, maps. GIS is a great resource but takes time to learn, according to Gunn.
  3. Getting out and skiing on the slopes, the fun part.
  4. Document the areas with numerous notes and photographs, both of the ground and of the sky.
  5. Organizing notes and photographs in writing – the hardest part.
  6. Thorough fact-checking.
  7. Chatting with other skiers or professionals who know the area you’re writing about and getting feedback (sometimes authors even give samples of their guides to ski tourers, who they know frequent the area, as a form product testing).
  8. Adjust your work accordingly with these comments.
  9. Production of a PDF draft of the guide.
  10. Refine and re-edit all information, as thoroughly as possible, as many times as possible.
  11. More fact-checking.
  12. Send the draft to an editor (or edit it yourself).
  13. Print it.
  14. Sell ​​it.
Olympic freeskier Travis Ganong skis through an ice tunnel in backcountry Alaska with SnowBrains and Pulseline Adventures on April 4, 2022. | Photo courtesy of Travis Ganong’s Instagram

Unlike Gunn, most guide authors use an editor. Andy Sovick is owner and CEO of Beacon Guidebooks, a Gunnison, Colorado-based publishing company specializing in guidebooks. His company has published guides to popular Colorado and western backcountry recreation areas, such as Buffalo Pass in Colorado, Snoqualmie Pass in Washington, Loveland and Berthoud Passes in the Front Range, and more.

“Organization is the key to freedom,” Sovick told me. His business basically works by getting information from an author, then organizing it into an easy-to-read, accurate guide with topographic maps and lots of photos. He must ensure that all maps provided by the author are up-to-date and accurate, and that their information is true and easily understood. Fact-checking is the most time-consuming part of the whole guide-making process and requires maximum patience, according to Sovick.

Once all the facts are checked and double-checked, and the photos and maps are organized and annotated, it’s time to organize the book into a finished product and print it.. Printing is the most expensive aspect of making a guide. Once Sovick has a finished product, he sends a final PDF to a printer, they print it and send the product back to him, and then Sovick is responsible for putting the book on the shelves and making a profit – the author getting a share of said profit. This is often easier said than done. But most of the guides published by Sovick have garnered positive reactions from stores, libraries, cafes and other small businesses in the mountain towns where they are sold, in addition to the online market. Beacon Guidebooks also makes its products available for sale in a digital PDF format that can be accessed and read through the Rakkup app, which Sovick says is gaining popularity these days.

At the time of this writing, Beacon Guidebooks recently published Colorado Light Towers by Lou Dawson, who offers gentle cross-country routes with minimal avalanche exposure for beginners or those not looking to get “steep and thorny,” as Sovick puts it. He went on to tell me that light circuit guides are the most popular thing in the guiding world right now – much more so than guides dealing with difficult and technical avalanche terrain. Sovick said he was looking to publish a light hiking guide for every ski region in the United States and called on any authors interested in publishing such guides to contact his company.

So it all starts with an idea, a vision. From there, it takes time, skiing and work, a lot. The two main resources you can have when trying to write a backcountry guide are “time and good touring partners,” says Gunn. It also takes skilled photography, analytical thinking, detailed note-taking, discussions with experts, careful fact-checking, attention to detail, patience and, above all, a love for the mountains.

Light Tours of Colorado, written by Lou Dawson and published by Beacon Guidebooks

The author and the academic facing transphobia


“I really think my tour is going to make a difference in the UK. I’m very arrogant,” said transgender scholar and writer Grace Lavery, with a bold smile. Lavery is an English teacher in Berkeley, California, but is best known for commenting on trans issues on Twitter, frequently engaging her critics in practice matches. Until recently, she was the most followed transgender researcher on the social network.

As an outspoken trans woman, she has faced false accusations of abuse, misogyny and even pedophilia from anonymous accounts. She’s unusually shy when describing how she first dealt with being called a misogynist in 2018. “At first it hurt me,” she admits. “I asked ten women I really admire to design me little knuckle tattoos so that I always felt like my hands were in service of sisterhood.” She raises her hands, showing the handful of hearts, runes, and squiggles inked on her knuckles.

When we first spoke, she was at home in California, rushing to give a talk at Stanford. Lavery was just weeks away from the UK leg of a promotional tour for his memoir, Please Miss: Stunning Penis Ripping Job. She planned to use it to change the toxic discourse about trans people in Britain, where she grew up. I told her that I hoped she would succeed, but she sensed my downcast tone. “Everyone is so pessimistic!” she exclaimed in frustration.

A former University of Oxford debater and regular Twitter provocateur, Lavery’s speech is brainy with a digital inflection, with both esoteric language – “archimedean” – and internetisms – “break that button like” – cropping up. in an informal conversation. He’s a hybrid of his academic background and internet personality, as his accent reflects both his British roots and his time living in the United States.

It’s no surprise that she’s championing the debate, both online and in traditional media. “I think we have a much better case than them,” she said. “Trans people should grab every camera pointed in our direction and exploit every opportunity.”

In February, Lavery lost access to its largest public platform. In a tussle with another Twitter user, who tagged the Home Office and claimed Lavery should not be allowed to enter the UK because she intends ‘to incite offenses to public order,” Lavery casually replied, “oh I hope the queen dies too,” earning him a lifetime ban.

She bristles at the suggestion that the ban is unrelated to her trans advocacy. “It’s sort of unrelated,” she concedes, “except I highly doubt this tweet would have been mass reported if I hadn’t been who I am.” Still, she’s able to joke about her “loss to the House of Windsor.”

With Grace removed from Twitter, the ire of her critics turned to her mother, Jane Lavery, who was bombarded with images of Lavery and her husband, Daniel Lavery. Jane told me she “was shocked that people thought I would be interested in pictures of Grace and Danny having consensual sex, and generally thought the level of argument that was leveled off was inane and nonsensical.”

One image shows Grace’s fist in Danny’s mouth and the other shows a bite on his cheek. They were pulled from a now-deleted private Instagram account for sexy queer pandemic photos led by Grace and her friend, author Yelena Moskovich. Twitter users who spam Jane have cited the images as evidence that Grace, whom they call male, is abusing Danny, a trans man, whom they view as a female victim.

“I don’t think biting is evidence of sexual abuse in a relationship,” Lavery argues. “I think people often bite themselves during sex. I feel like it’s pretty normcore. Seems super provincial to even refer to it as a kink. She laughs in frustration as she explains this, annoyed that those who call her an abuser seem to have little understanding of the violence she and Danny have personally experienced.

Her mother being targeted led Lavery to put more emphasis on safety, backing out of a planned debate with gender-critical feminist Julie Bindel over public concerns that might come forward. “I’m scared of people sending my mom pornography because I don’t think those people are acting within the usual confines of political advocacy, and I think those people are likely to cross other lines,” he said. she declared.

One of the most publicized engagements of his tour was an interview with Emma Barnett on the Radio 4 show woman’s hour, April 7. The BBC has been widely criticized for its reporting on trans people and its treatment of trans contributors. Lavery didn’t expect an easy ride. “I don’t see the BBC as a neutral organisation. I’m treating the BBC like a captured organization that we’re going to have to challenge, so that’s what I’m doing,” she said.

We caught up the day after her woman’s hour interview was recorded, in an Edinburgh pub, the city being one of the last stops of his tour. She was in a good mood. “I liked Emma Barnett,” she says, calling her a “thoughtful and diligent interviewer,” before describing some aspects of the interview that she found revealing.

“I was really struck by how what she has to say is the same question over and over again,” Lavery says, with this question having been posed to many politicians in recent weeks: “Can a woman have a penis?

“The question is designed to be grim rather than clarifying,” says Lavery. “We’re supposed to answer that question by saying, ‘Oh, you know, nowadays even women can have penises. What a crazy world we live in.

She was also surprised by some of Barnett’s assumptions in the interview, particularly that critique of gender is the mainstream feminist position, an idea Lavery says is “not true in the UK and laughable anywhere else in the world. world”. In fact, says Lavery, “the position that [Barnett] believed to be the normal, that is, a class of women found in nature and defined by their ability to reproduce, until about 2014 when Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the front of vanity loungehas been the definite position against which feminism has defined itself.

Her goals for the book tour are lofty, perhaps rooted in her need to be “the transexual who saves the world” as she wryly puts it, but she thinks trans people deserve more than many of them. don’t feel comfortable demanding. “The civil rights that we stand for – we are actually entitled to them,” she says. “They are not a gift.”

As the government backtracks on promises to ban transgender conversion therapy and end the marital veto for people trying to get a gender recognition certificate, it looks like trans people will have to fight harder than ever for their rights.

But although the media and government have intensified their transphobic rhetoric while Grace has been in the UK, she remains optimistic about the future of the LGBTQ+ community in Britain. His discussions weren’t interrupted by gender-critical protesters on the rare occasions they showed up, and the community isn’t as divided as they feared. She was particularly driven by the united front presented by LGBTQ+ organizations against the government, which continues to authorize conversion therapy for trans children.

“TERF and conservatives thought that by working together they could alienate trans people from our LGB brothers and sisters, and that just wasn’t possible,” she says. Having feared that Britain’s LGBT+ communities were as divided as they sometimes appear on Twitter, Grace is relieved to discover that “it looks much better in 3D”.

Please Miss: Stunning Penis Ripping Job is now available on Daunt Books.


Harryette Mullen Named 2022 Humanities Division Distinguished Alumnus


Each year, UC Santa Cruz’s five academic divisions—Arts, Baskin School of Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical and Biological Sciences—select one former graduate student/a/i as a distinguished graduate student. The awards ceremony for the 2022 cohort will take place on April 23 during the graduate weekend.

Harryette Mullen (MA Literature ’86, Ph.D. Literature ’90)— Poet, writer, and established scholar — was named a Distinguished Alumnus of UC Santa Cruz’s Humanities Division in 2022.

She said UCSC faculty, as well as the Santa Cruz poetic community, both influenced and encouraged her work. Late UCSC professors and poets Al Young, Lucille Clifton, and Norman O. Brown profoundly influenced her at the university. She also befriended professor emeritus Roz Spafford, Cowell Provost John Lynch, and Ph.D. alumna bell hooks. Michael Cowan, Nathaniel Mackey and Priscilla Shaw supervised her thesis.

“I was already a published poet when I came to Santa Cruz,” Mullen said. “But I didn’t lose my connection to this poet myself because UC Santa Cruz gave me the space to grow intellectually as a poet and a scholar.”

Mullen published his first book of poetry Tree Big Women in 1981, written while attending the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her undergraduate degree. Since then she has published dozens of poems, stories, books and essays worldwide. His work has been reprinted in over a hundred anthologies. She is the recipient of dozens of scholarships and has received many prestigious awards, such as the PEN Beyond Margins Prize, the Elizabeth Agee Prize, the US Artist Fellowship, the Jackson Poetry Prize and the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. His book, Sleep with the dictionary, was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

When Mullen arrived in Santa Cruz as a college student, she had less than $100 to her name and found herself navigating a rocky real estate market. bell hooks introduced Mullen to Roz Spafford, who rented a garage from Mullen.

While pursuing her doctorate, Mullen worked in writing programs run by Spafford; as a teaching assistant for Emeritus Professor Michelle Cliff and as a reader for bells in women’s studies classes. When Bell Hooks published his first book, Am I not a woman, in 1981, Mullen wrote a book review for a local newspaper of the time, The Santa Cruz Express. In addition to her temporary assistant roles, Mullen has also worked in graduate admissions, the EOP Summer Bridge Program, and the Women’s Reintegration Writing Program to support herself financially. John Lynch hired her as a graduate resident at Cowell.

“I was working for a living and I wanted something related to what I was trying to become – a teacher, an academic – and I wanted to stay close to the university community,” Mullen said. “All these jobs showed me different sides of college.”

His doctorate. The dissertation examined stories of runaway slaves as literary texts focusing on the writings of Frederick Douglass and Harriett Jacobs.

“It was all very exciting; it wasn’t always clear in a literature department or an English department at the time that these texts could count as literature,” Mullen said. “So I was very excited to write about them not only as historical texts, but also as literary texts.”

After obtaining his master’s degree in literature in 1986 and while writing a doctoral thesis. in literature in 1990, Mullen pursued a fellowship with the Center for Black Studies at UC Santa Barbara. From there, she was hired to teach at Cornell University. She spent a year on leave as a Rockefeller Fellow at the University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Center.

Currently, Mullen is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has taught many creative writing classes and American and African American literature classes. While a professor at UCLA, Mullen continued to work as a creative artist. She recently published a short story in Indiana Review and a series of collages in Air/Light Magazine. Edinburgh University Press will publish a critical edition of his poetry in the fall of 2022.

“At UCLA, I’m fortunate to have brilliant colleagues in a department that encourages interdisciplinary study and innovation,” Mullen said.

Lifelong learning—a family tradition

Harryette Mullen can’t remember a time when she didn’t write poetry. When she was younger, however, her writing took many different forms – short songs, humorous verses and comic strips, stories for friends, greeting cards for the holidays.

His mother was a teacher and had taught Mullen and his sister to read and write before they started attending school in Fort Worth, Texas. When Mullen was between the ages of 8 and 12, his mother was working toward her BA and MA in Education at the University of North Texas. Mullen and her sister often accompanied their mother to the university library while their mother studied.

“College felt like a utopian space,” Mullen said. “It wasn’t like the community where we lived; it was different. There were valuable resources that we didn’t have in our community, so i think i was drawn to college as an accessible paradise where books on all subjects were available all the time.

Later, Mullen, her sister, and their mother all enrolled at the University of Texas, Austin⁠—their mother was pursuing her doctorate. while Mullen and her sister were students.

Santa Cruz Connections

Mullen published his first book of poetry Tree Big Women in 1981 and embarked on a book tour that took her from Texas to New Mexico to California. She read in Berkeley at an event hosted by Ishmael Reed, LA Watts Towers and the Santa Cruz Bookstore. It was only when she was enrolled in a doctorate. student at UC Santa Cruz that she recognized Santa Cruz as a stop on her book tour.

“Pacific Avenue was like a hippie museum,” Mullen recalled. “I suddenly remembered that I had been here before, on this poetry tour from Texas to California for my first book. Apparently one of the places I read about was Santa Cruz because I definitely had deja vu when I saw those hippies in the mall.

A prestigious French literary prize selects for the first time Indian student members of a jury


The fourth novel by Senegalese writer Mohamed Mbougar Sarr The most secret memory of men (The most secret memory of men) talks about literature and writing, Africa and the West. “The book literally contains everything it contains. It’s like reading one more book in a book,” exults Vrinda Vaz, a master’s student in French at the University of Goa.

“The book is about an African writer who disappears after writing one of France’s most fascinating books, his first and his last, a literary masterpiece. The reading public then absolutely could not accept that such an amazing work could be written by an African writer. The most secret memory of menanother African writer discovers the book and unfolds the story of this missing man in the most fascinating way,” Vaz says of the intriguingly titled book that won the Prix Goncourt last year, France’s own Booker. The Goncourt Prize is awarded to the “best and most imaginative prose work of the year.”

But Vaz was unaware of the Goncourt Prize or Sarr’s novel until she was chosen as a jury member for the Goncourt Choice of India Award. Her college professor chose her with three other students to participate in an international literary exercise that aims to democratize the process of rewarding authors in the French-speaking world. Last year, India joined the international Goncourt Choice family where students from 27 countries select their Goncourt choice after reading the four shortlisted titles in two intense months. After finishing these books, they meet, interact and discuss to choose their favorite title.

Mohamed Mbougar Sarr wins India’s first Prix Goncourt Choix for his book The most secret memory of men.

The first edition of the award in India, as part of the ongoing Bonjour India festival, was supported by 10 institutes comprising the Alliances Françaises network and nine universities across India, including University of Delhi, University of Rajasthan, University of Mumbai, Savitribai Phule University of Pune. , University of Goa, University of Pondicherry and Hyderabad University of English and Foreign Languages. Forty-seven students from these 10 establishments formed 10 local juries of the Choix Goncourt de l’Inde. Vaz is one such student.

For Vaz, who loves immersing himself in French literary texts, this was one of the best opportunities to apply his analytical skills and come to the capital to present his point of view. “It was a very healthy discussion. I mean, at first we thought we were going to pounce on each other. But it was nothing like that. It was a really mature, healthy conversation. Everyone had the chance to speak. And, of course, it will certainly add a feather to my hat”, declares Vaz who was one of the presidents of the 10 juries gathered in a room of the Résidence de France to designate the winner of the Goncourt Choice of India.

The suitors included The Journey to the East by Christine Angot Milwaukee Blues by Louis-Philippe Dalembert, The most secret memory of men by Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, and Child of a bastard by journalist Sorj Chalandon.

Vaz will now participate in an International Literary Criticism Competition launched by the Académie Goncourt. The 47 Indian jury members will have two months to write a 3,000-word review of the winner in French. The competition jury will be made up of a French publisher, a French literary critic and an academic. The winner will win a trip to Paris to attend the prestigious Prix Goncourt ceremony in November 2022. Vaz hopes to be able to travel to Paris in November.

Speaking about the award, Dr Christine Cornet, Attaché for Books, Debates and Ideas, French Embassy, ​​said, “College and university students in India have access to many quality books in English. Indeed, many of these books were originally written in French before being translated into English. What makes the Goncourt Choice of India award so exciting is that it gives bright young Indian minds new literary genres to explore in their native language. Thoughts written in French are distinct from those written in English. By reading the works of contemporary French writers, readers find a new view of the world and discover unique answers to some of life’s most relevant questions.”

The Bookseller – Rights – HQ falls in love with Love’s ‘uplifting’ debut in two-book deal


HQ has purchased two books from first author Ryan Love.

Cicely Aspinall, Senior Editor, acquired worldwide rights in all languages ​​in an exclusive submission from Anne Perry of KI Agency. The first book, Arthur and Teddy go outwill be released in April 2023.

The publisher described it as “a charming and heartwarming story about the bond between a grandfather and a grandson”. The synopsis read, “Arthur Edwards, seventy-nine, has spent his life in the closet, but now he is finally ready to live the life he never thought he could. Twenty-one-year-old Teddy has friends who know he’s gay, but he’s not quite ready to tell his family. The pair have always been close, and now they’ll have to rely on each other as they navigate their way through old heartbreak and new love while learning to accept who they are.

Aspinall said, “There’s a wonderfully warm, warm quality to Ryan’s writing and his characters that I was so completely drawn to. It’s a hopeful and uplifting story that will melt even the coldest hearts and make you laugh in the process. I know this will inspire people and show that it’s never late to be true to yourself. Ryan is a genre star in the making and I can’t wait for readers to meet Arthur and Teddy!

Love added: “I am completely thrilled to be working with Cicely and the incredible team at HQ. I was blown away by Cicely’s love of the characters and her understanding of the story. The family has been a huge source inspiration for writing Arthur and Teddy go out. I was very lucky to come out to a loving and welcoming family, which I never take for granted. Writing gave me the opportunity to weave together two unique coming-out experiences for a united family, who need each other more than ever.

“I never knew any of my grandfathers, but in Arthur I have created the grandparent I think we would all like to know we could turn to and confide in. I hope readers will love sharing Arthur and Teddy’s adventure as much as I wrote it.”

Ivor Novello Awards 2022: Adele, Ed Sheeran, Dave and Raye among the nominees for writing gongs | Ents & Arts News


The nominees for this year’s Ivor Novello Songwriting Awards have been announced, with Adele, Dave, Ed Sheeran, Raye and Coldplay among the stars who were recognized.

Other artists in the running include Laura MvulaLittle Simz, Sam Fender, Holly HumberstoneFKA Twigs, James Blake and Rag’n’Bone Man.

Producer and writer Inflo, real name Dean Josiah Cover, tops the nominations with four – including three in the Best Album category for his work with Cleo Sol on Mother, SAULT on Nine and Little Simz on Sometimes I Might Be introverted.

Other artists vying for the award include Mvula for Pink Noise and Sleaford Mods for Spare Ribs.

Coldplay is up for Songwriter of the Year. Photo: Ivor Novello Prize
FKA twigs.  Photo: Aidan Zamiri/ Ivor Novello Awards
FKA Twigs is nominated in the Best Contemporary Song category. Photo: Aidan Zamiri/ Ivor Novello Awards

the Ivor Novello Award recognizing creative musical achievement in songwriting and composing, and also celebrating a number of singer-songwriters and bands for their wider contribution to British music.

The artists nominated for the ceremony’s grand prize, Songwriter of the Year – which organizers say honors “outstanding song ensembles” released in 2021 – are Adele, Sheeran, Dave, Coldplay and Raye. For Sheeran, the nod comes just a day after his Shape Of You Copyright Lawsuit Victory.

Individual songs up for grabs include Rag’n’Bone Man’s All You Ever Wanted, Adele’s Easy On Me, Humberstone’s Haunted House, Fender’s Seventeen Going Under and Let’s Go Home Together, performed by Ella Henderson and Tom Grennan .

The Ivors also recognize writing and composing songs for television, film and computer games, with the scores for the game Marvel’s Guardian Of The Galaxy and the Biographical film about Princess Diana Spencer both among the nominees.

Former Ivors winner and judge Shaznay Lewis, of All Saints, said it had been “a remarkable year” for music.

“I am full of admiration for the 77 talented songwriters and composers we are celebrating this year,” she said. “Their work and their lyrics touch a dizzying range of emotions, and I count myself lucky to have heard their stories.”

Read more: Interview with Laura Mvula
Read more: Interview with Rag’n’Bone Man

Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover topped the nominations for his work with artists such as Little Simz. Photo: Ivor Novello Prize
Tom Grennan.  Photo: Ivor Novello Prize
Tom Grennan’s songs Let’s Go Home Together and Little Bit Of Love were both shortlisted. Photo: Ivor Novello Prize

This year’s ceremony will be the 67th Ivors presentation, which will take place in London on May 19.

Shortlisted artists, writers and songs are judged by award-winning songwriters and composers from the Ivors Academy, with recent winners including Harry Styles, Lianne La Havas, Celeste, Calvin Harris and Goldfrapp.

Now in its third year, the event’s Rising Star Award features a list of all-female nominees this time around: Ashaine White, Luz, Matilda Mann, Naomi Kimpenu and PinkPantheress.

Scroll down for the full list of nominees.

Holly Humberstone.  Photo: Louis Brown Prize/Ivor Novello
Former Ivors rising star Holly Humberstone is nominated in the song categories this year. Photo: Louis Brown Prize/Ivor Novello
Little Simz.  Photo: Ivor Novello Prize
Little Simz is up for Best Album and Best Contemporary Song. Photo: Ivor Novello Prize


Mother – written by Cleo Sol and Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover, performed by Cleo Sol
Nine – written by Cleo Sol, Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Jack Peñate, performed by SAULT
Pink Noise – written by Dann Hume and Laura Mvula, performed by Laura Mvula
Sometimes I Might Be Introverted – written by Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Little Simz, performed by Little Simz
Spare Ribs – written by Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson, performed by Sleaford Mods


Body – written by Gotcha, Russ Millions and Tion Wayne, performed by Russ Millions & Tion Wayne
Coming Back – written by James Blake, Dominic Maker, Starrah and SZA, performed by James Blake ft SZA
Don’t Judge Me – written by FKA twigs, Fred again.. and Headie One, performed by FKA twigs, Headie One, Fred again..
I Love You, I Hate You, written by Dean ‘Inflo’ Josiah Cover and Little Simz, performed by Little Simz
Just For Me – written by Mura Masa, PinkPantheress, Mike Kinsella, Steve Holmes and Steve Lamos, performed by PinkPantheress


After Love – composed by Chris Roe
Censor – composed by Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch
Last Night in Soho – composed by Steven Price
Spencer – composed by Jonny Greenwood
The World to Come – composed by Daniel Blumberg

Sleaford mods.  Photo: Ivor Novello Prize
Sleaford Mods is up for best album for Spare Ribs. Photo: Ivor Novello Prize


Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy – composed by Richard Jacques
Omno – composed by Benedict Nichols
Returnal – composed by Bobby Krlic


All You Ever Wanted – written by Mike Elizondo, Natalie Hemby, Ben Jackson-Cook and Rag’n’Bone Man, performed by Rag’n’Bone Man
Easy On Me – written by Adele and Greg Kurstin, performed by Adele
Haunted House – written by Sarah Aarons, Holly Humberstone and Rob Milton, performed by Holly Humberstone
Let’s Go Home Together – written by James Arthur, Tom Barnes, Ella Henderson, Pete Kelleher & Ben Kohn, starring Ella Henderson & Tom Grennan
Seventeen Going Under – written and performed by Sam Fender


Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley – composed by Jessica Dannheisser
Landscapers – composed by Arthur Sharpe
Robin Robin – composed by Ben Please and Beth Porter
The Outlaws – composed by Stew Jackson and Dan Jones
The Serpent – composed by Dominic Scherrer

Rag'n'Bone Man.  Photo: Fiona Garden/Ivor Novello Awards
Rag’n’Bone Man was nominated for his hit All You Ever Wanted. Photo: Fiona Garden/Ivor Novello Awards


Bad Habits – written again by Fred.., Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran, performed by Ed Sheeran
Bed – written by David Guetta, Jin Jin, Raye and Giorgio Tuinfort, performed by Joel Corry, Raye and David Guetta
Cold Heart (Pnau Remix) – written by Elton John, Bernie Taupin, Andrew Meecham & Dean Meredith, performed by Elton John & Dua Lipa
Little Bit Of Love – written by Daniel Bryer, Tom Grennan and Mike Needle, performed by Tom Grennan
Shivers – written by Kal Lavelle, Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid and Ed Sheeran, portrayed by Ed Sheeran


Ashaine White
Mathilde Mann
Naomi Kimpenu


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Ed Sheeran

Who is the author of Russia’s “Genocide Master Plan” essay?


The Russian author of a recent item it was double a “genocide project” in Ukraine is a long-time Russian political operator with ideological ties to one of the most influential figures in the Kremlin.

Timofei Sergeitsev explained how to ‘denazify’ Ukraine in his Sunday essay ‘What Russia Should Do in Ukraine’, calling for ‘ideological repression’ of civilians and saying Ukraine should lose sovereignty for at least a year. generation. The article was published on Sunday, the same day evidence emerged in the Ukrainian town of Bucha that Russian troops had carried out summary executions of civilians.

Obscure columnist, political consultant and spin doctor, Sergeitsev has never aroused such media interest. While he worked for high-profile clients, including former pro-Russian President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, as well as Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, he remained largely in the shadows.

The ideas put forward by Sergeitsev are “phantom ideas”, Andrei Kolesnikov, a political analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Center, told the Moscow Times. Consultants like him can be used to propose strategies to the authorities, but they “have no serious influence on anything”, he added.

Segreitsev is a self-proclaimed acolyte of the late Soviet philosopher Georgy Shchedrovitsky, whose cult includes President Vladimir Putin’s powerful deputy chief of staff, Sergei Kiriyenko.

One of the participants of a philosophical club founded by Shchedrovitsky, Segreitsev was involved in discussions on the development of the idea of ​​the “Russian world”, which was widely used by Russian nationalists after the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and in the Kremlin’s support for the rebels. in eastern Ukraine.

Other arguments made in Sergeitsev’s RIA Novosti article include that the vast majority of Ukrainians are Nazis, or have ties to Nazi ideology, and that they need to be “re-educated” through “ideological repression” and political, cultural and educational censorship. He also suggests that new “people’s republics” be formed to replace the state of modern Ukraine.

Segreitsev spent time working as a political consultant for Ukrainian President Yanukovych, whose election victory in 2004 led to widespread protests dubbed the Orange Revolution. The vote was later canceled and Yanukovych lost the new race.

During the 2012 Russian presidential elections, Segreitsev found work as a consultant for Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov and his centrist Right Cause party. Widely seen as a Kremlin political project, Prokhorov won only 7% of the vote and soon left politics.

“There were a lot of strange people around Prokhorov, to put it mildly,” said former Right Cause co-chairman Leonid Gozman, who left the party shortly before the 2011 parliamentary elections. never met this bastard,” he said of Segreitsev.

Short Story Contest Launched to Celebrate Life Around the Northeast River | Latest press releases | PressGo

Press release

A creative writing competition is launched this week as part of an ambitious program celebrating life around a river in the North East

The Discover Brightwater Creative-Writing project includes a short story competition with a top prize of £1,000 and the publication of an anthology.

The project is led by Groundwork North East and Cumbria on behalf of the Discover Brightwater Landscape Partnership and supported by The Echo of the North.

Discover Brightwater is a £3.3million landscape partnership based around the River Skerne, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and made possible by people who play the National Lottery.

The creative writing project is led by publishing company Paper + Ink, founded five years ago by Mitchell Albert and Tim Moore, who have extensive experience in commissioning, editing, producing and marketing short fiction films, as well as in the management of literary and creative programs. writing workshops.

Tim said: “We are delighted to be working with Discover Brightwater who have launched such an exciting project for the North East of England. Publishing, for us, has always been about making a difference, and this series of events, nurturing local creativity through short courses, a contest and an anthology will do just that.”

Mitchell added: “Discover Brightwater’s far-reaching initiative to restore, preserve and advance the natural and cultural life of the North East, centered on the River Skerne, is singular, and we are delighted to be involved in helping to bring the voice of this region to the fore.”

Poet and award-winning writer Harry Man, who lives in Teesside, will be one of the judges in the short story writing competition. Harry’s achievements include winning the Stephen Spender Prize and a Northern Writers Prize in 2021. He has written four books and his work was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Prize for New Work in Poetry in 2016, as well as on BBC Radio 4. He teaches creative writing at Oxford University, was artist-in-residence at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and frequently runs workshops.

He said: “I am so excited to be involved in such a creative initiative and it will be fascinating to see the work that results. There is no barrier to entry, it’s open to everyone. world, so my message is come and try and see where it leads.”

Laura Waugh, Community Project Manager for Groundwork North East and Cumbria, said: “By giving people the skills to write short stories, promoting the competition and finally publishing the Anthology book, we hope to connect locals and visitors alike. to our landscape, our heritage and our communities.”

The short story competition opens April 1, 2022 and closes June 30, 2022. Entries must be a maximum of 5,000 words and include a reference to the Skerne and the landscape around it. The shortlist will be revealed in September and the winner announced in October. In addition to the first prize of £1,000, four finalists will each receive £100.

The anthology, including the winning story and four finalists, will be published by the end of the year.

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PEN/Faulkner Award goes to Lebanese-American author


NEW YORK (AP) – Rabih Alameddine “The Wrong End of the Telescope” a novel written in the second person about a transgender doctor named Mina who works in a Refugees camp for Syrians, won the PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction.

“This novel explores the complexities of refugee life and the intricacies of Mina’s relationships, examines the many angles of a timely and vital subject, and probes the life-changing choices humans are forced to make,” according to a statement released Tuesday by awarding judges. “The exquisite language suspends time and investigates the intricacies of seeking refuge, both from geopolitical disruption and from one’s own ways of life.”

“She was like a beacon”:Oprah Winfrey to receive PEN/Faulkner Honorary Award

Alameddine, a Lebanese-American whose other works include National Book Award finalist “An Unnecessary Woman,” will receive $15,000. Philip Roth, EL Doctorow and Karen Joy Fowler are among the previous PEN/Faulkner winners.

“No writer can look at the list of books that have won the PEN/Faulkner Prize and not be humbled and honored to have their book among them,” Alameddine said in a statement.

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Last week, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation announced that Oprah Winfrey had been named its second annual Literary Champion, an honor for her lifetime contributions to literacy and for inspiring young readers and writers. The price was given to actor and ‘Reading Rainbow’ star LeVar Burton last year. PEN/Faulkner is also known for the annual fiction prize it has awarded since 1981.

“Oprah Winfrey is a literary force field,” PEN/Faulkner Board Vice Chair Mary Haft said in a statement last week. “She has been like a beacon, standing sentinel and illuminating literature and the lives of writers and readers.”

Winfrey received an honorary National Book Award in 1999. She will receive her PEN/Faulkner Award at a virtual ceremony on May 2.

Technology welcomes two new team members


We are thrilled to announce that Nico Grant and Tripp Mickle are joining The New York Times as technical reporters in San Francisco.

Nico, who will cover Google and its parent company, Alphabet, joins us from Bloomberg News, where he has reported on Google since early 2021. Nico broke news about allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment in the search division of Google, written on Google’s Workplace Mental Health Checkup and covered the full gamut of Alphabet’s business, from self-driving cars to YouTube drone deliveries. Prior to covering Google, he reported on enterprise technology companies such as Oracle, Dell, Salesforce and HP, becoming a quick reader of corporate financial reports and balance sheets.

Born in Trinidad and raised in New York, Nico majored in media studies at Hunter College. While earning a master’s degree in journalism at CUNY, he was trained by some of our own – including Ben Casselman – who spotted Nico’s talent early on.

“Nico was the kind of student who made life easier because he understood why corporate reporting was important and was clearly passionate about it,” said Mo Hadi, associate editor, who taught Nico a course on business coverage. “Besides, he’s a very good writer.”

Tripp, who will cover Apple, joins after eight years of writing about Apple, Google, bourbon and beer for The Wall Street Journal. During this time he wrote about the unexpected departure of Jony Ive from Apple; the rise of a corporate buying star known as Blevinator; Tim Cook’s efforts to court close ties with President Trump; and the deal that Airbnb hosts overflowed said they made “with the devil.”

In May, Tripp’s first book, “After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul,will be published. It is the inside story of the unspoken power struggle between Tim Cook and chief designer Jony Ive following the death of Steve Jobs.

Tripp has also spent some quality time on the “sin beat,” chronicling bourbon shortages, beer acquisitions, and — most recently — the inside story of heavy metal whiskeys. Prior to The Journal, Tripp spent eight years covering the Olympics for SportsBusiness Journal. He also interned as a sportswriter at Newsday, where he was assigned to the “Steinbrenner watch” alongside then-Times employee Michael S. Schmidt. Their job was to shout questions at the late Yankees owner as he left the stadium, in case Steinbrenner had any complaints about a player or coach.

Tripp is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Please welcome Tripp, who starts this month; and Nico, who starts next month.

Bismarck’s grandmother and granddaughter co-author new book, ‘Inside a Snowflake’


BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) — While we may complain about North Dakota winters, they can be gorgeous.

Big snowflakes and frosty trees can turn the world into a winter wonderland.

For a Bismarck grandmother and her granddaughter, that was enough to inspire a new children’s book, called “Inside a Snowflake.”

While that alone is good news, there’s more. “Inside a Snowflake” has an important message for children and adults.

Maria Skjerseth likes to read. She also likes to write. And then there is winter: she likes it too.

“It’s my second favorite season,” seven-year-old Skjerseth said. “I can dance and catch snowflakes on my tongue.”

It was a moment like this almost two years ago when her grandmother took a picture.

“It was like a scene from a Hallmark movie, and we stopped to take pictures by a beautiful frost-covered tree,” recalls her grandmother, Mary Tello-Pool.

It was then that Skjerseth asked his grandmother a question.

“I asked Mimi, ‘What does the inside of a snowflake look like?’ “, did she say.

Mimi told him to close his eyes and use his imagination.

“She started telling me what she saw from inside the snowflake,” Tello-Pool said.

“He looks brilliant and awesome,” Skjerseth said.

That was all it took to inspire this grandmother and granddaughter to write a book called “Inside a Snowflake.” It’s the story of a young girl, around Skjerseth’s age, who goes on a whimsical ride through a winter wonderland. Along the way, she learns an important lesson.

“Each one is unique and special,” reads Skjerseth in the book.

It’s his favorite part of the book.

“They’re all different,” she continued.

“I was excited and proud to put this in the book,” Tello-Pool said.

“He speaks of a good message. That everyone is different,” Skjerseth said.

A message guaranteed to melt hearts on even the coldest, snowiest winter day.

You can buy a copy of “Inside a Snowflake” on Amazon. The book will also soon be available at local bookstores.

This isn’t the only book this grandmother-granddaughter duo has written. They now have two more from their publisher: “Freckles, Freckles Everywhere” and “A Kiss in My Pocket” will be out soon.

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RuneScape devs want the story to be more like Dragon Age


Runescape developer Jagex said they want to incorporate a more “BioWare” style of storytelling in future updates to the game.

In an interview with VG247Product Director Matt Casey and Senior Game Designer Tim Fletcher discussed the recently concluded Elder God Wars saga and revealed that one of the team’s aspirations for the long-running MMO-RPG is to “put RuneScape up there with the big fantastic IPs” in terms of the storytelling.

In particular, Fletcher expressed interest in removing a page from Dragon Age and Mass Effect developer BioWare’s book, saying, “We want to get more involved in human politics and we’ve been looking at sort of a Bioware style of a storytelling where companions and characters play a greater role.”

In the same interview, Fletcher also explained that the Runescape team at Jagex “changed a lot the way we deliver the story last year”, he goes on to explain that previously RuneScape was divided into different areas, ” We would release a boss, then a quest would come out that had nothing to do with that boss, then 2 years later another quest would follow that quest, it was scattered.

Fletcher continues, “Last year we focused on delivering a much more paced narrative that ran through most of the content we released.”

In other Runescape news, earlier this year it was revealed that Jagex’s MMO will be getting a board game and a tabletop RPG This year. The board game is being developed by Steamforged Games (which previously adapted the Horizon Zero Dawn Board Game) and will be coming to Kickstarter later this year. As for the tabletop RPG, it will go straight to retail and be compatible with the current edition of D&D. So Runescape fans should keep an eye out for these two.

Looking for an alternative game to play now? Take a look at our list of games like Runescape for inspiration.

Amelia launches festival program aimed specifically at young readers


Tunbridge Wells’ first Literary Festival takes place at the end of April to coincide with the opening of the town’s new Amelia Scott Cultural Centre. The event takes place over four days from April 29 to May 2 and, in addition to hosting a host of well-known writers, it will also offer a program for young book fans. Richard Williams learns more…

The Tunbridge Wells Literary Festival held at the end of April features high-profile authors including TV comedian David Baddiel and former Tunbridge Wells high school student Jo Brand, but the Amelia Scott team have also come from announce an engaging program for young readers.

Aimed at early years to young adults, the festival will feature beloved authors, award-winning new writers and illustrators from across the country.

The young readers program will include readings, performances, questions and answers, activities and a chance to put on pajamas for a daytime sleepover.

Venues will include the Amelia Scott, Assembly Hall Theater and Trinity Theatre, all centrally located in Tunbridge Wells with plenty of nearby parking and a buggy park in the Amelia’s lobby.

Here is a very brief overview of the program for children…

Saturday April 30

Cate Douglas, author and illustrator, will introduce new readers poppy tail, a picture book with a fun, rhyming story about imagination and creativity. Everyone will be encouraged to join in with people who can carry and wag a tail like Poppy’s.

Simon James Green, a young adult LGBTQ+ author, offers the option of wearing pajamas in a fully immersive daytime sleepover experience. He will talk about his book, the wonderfully funny Slumber Party Takeoverwho has friendship and inclusion at heart.

Simon James Green will return later today to talk about his historical comedy novel about a group of gay teenagers, gay clubs!

Horror and fantasy author Darren Shan will bring his “reverse career retrospective” to readers old and new. His gruesome stories have turned many readers into horror fans, and he’ll begin with a discussion of his most recent Archibald Lox fantastic book and going back to the series that started it all, Darren Shan Saga.

Sunday May 1

New author Manjeet Mann will talk about her first picture book, Small’s Big Dream, which encourages children of all ages to dream big. Amanda Quartey, the original illustrator of Small’s Big Dream, whose spectacular art style brings Small and her beautiful journey to life, will discuss the book with Manjeet.

In a second event, Manjeet will talk about his young adult novel winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award 2021 The passageabout two teenagers from opposite worlds and the very real tragedies of the refugee crisis.

Skye McKenna will be there to chat Witchthe first in her five-book fantasy series introducing readers to the hidden village of Hedgely and the story of Cassie Morgan and her search for her missing mother which brings her face to face with Hedgewitch.

Monday, May 2

Playwright, poet and award-winning children’s author Kiran Millwood Hargrave will discuss Julia and the sharkwinner of the 2021 Waterstones Children’s Gift of the Year award. Kiran will be accompanied by her husband, artist and author Tom De Freston, whose beautiful illustrations accompany her story.

Author Sita Brahmachari and acclaimed multimedia artist Natalie Sirett will make their debuts Raven’s Treasure Chest experience. This is an interactive event based on the plot of When the shadows fallwritten by Sita and illustrated by Natalie – a novel that sees Kai’s friends desperate to keep him from falling into the wrong crowd.

Places are limited, so it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

Learn more about the party…

New authors and events are announced regularly. More recently Kate Humbleone of television’s most recognizable faces (On Our Farm; Springwatch) will offer a glimpse into his life through the lens of his new cookbook Home cooking. Kate will be joined by a renowned freelance writer and journalist Felicity’s Cloakwho has just published his book Eating from A to Z.

Kate joins the Sunday Times bestseller Pat Nevinwhose memoirs The Accidental Footballer was hailed as “an absolute pleasure to read”. He’ll sit down with Chelsea supporter Andy Hamilton and wow us with tales of his life in football, his love of culture and his passion for indie music – earning him the title of ‘the first post- punk”.

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Assessment of Donald Trump’s presidency: the first draft of history | Books


After thousands of articles and dozens of books on Donald Trump’s disastrous presidency, it’s hard for anyone to break new ground. But this new volume, with contributions from 18 American scholars, is broader and deeper than any of its predecessors, with essays covering everything from militant whiteness to the legacy of Trump’s policies in the Middle East, under the title Arms, Autocrats and Annexations.

The result is a wealth of information familiar to those who have read dozens of volumes already, brightened up with a few new facts and a number of original ideas.

One of the best essays on the Republican Party that Trump inherited is written by the book’s editor, Julian Zelizer. The Princeton historian reminds us that the “smashmouth partisanship” perfected by Trump actually began when Newt Gingrich ensnared the Speaker of the House nearly 30 years ago. In 1992, Pat Buchanan’s speech at the Republic convention showcased all the anti-gay bashing that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (and many other Republicans) so enthusiastically reignited in 2022.

With major contributions from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, and the rest of the right-wing media machine, most of the GOP went so far right that it didn’t become Trump’s party because he “took the control” but rather because he “fitted in so perfectly” with him. Most Republicans were “all in” for Trump, from Mitt Romney, the ex-Trumper who voted with his former nemesis more than 80% of the time, to “moderate” Chris Christie, who gave Trump a “A” four months after his four years of scorched earth governance were over.

Columbia’s Nicole Hemmer provides a great introduction to the unstoppable rise of right-wing media, reminding us that last year of George Bush’s first presidency, Limbaugh spent the night in the White House. In 2009, the shock athlete “led polls asking who was leading the Republican Party.”

By the time Trump began his run for president, in 2015, he had “become much more powerful than the political media ecosystem that had bolstered his right-wing bona fide.” This became clear after his dust with Megyn Kelly. Moderating a primary debate, the Fox anchor took issue with her long history of sexist statements. Trump said afterwards, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her everywhere.”

Fox News chief Roger Ailes “remained silent,” writes Hemmer. Another executive, Bill Shine, “told on-air presenters not to come to Kelly’s defense.”

In the spring of 2016, Fox was becoming less prominent than Breitbart, a far-right website that researchers at Harvard and MIT have declared the new anchor of a “right-wing media network.” It was Breitbart’s Steve Bannon who “armed Trump with something like a cohesive policy platform…built on anti-immigrant, anti-Black, anti-Muslim and anti-liberal policies – the same agenda as Breitbart .com was promoting”.

“Indeed,” Trump’s Twitter feed “during the Breitbart-related campaign more than any other news site.”

Eventually, almost everyone on the right became a Trump follower. Glenn Beck compared him to Hitler in 2016. In 2018, Beck wore a red Make America Great Again hat, though he blamed the media’s ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome’ for ‘forcing him into becoming a supporter. of Trump”. As a former right-wing radio host, Charlie Sykes, explained: “There really is no business model for the conservative media to be anti-Trump.”

Brown historian Bathsheba Demuth demonstrates that Trump was also an ideal candidate for a party that endorsed an American Petroleum Institute propaganda initiative that described environmental protection as “a dangerous slide into communist authoritarianism. “. Among loyal voters were evangelicals, who either saw human dominion over nature as “a doctrinal requirement” or simply thought the whole debate was irrelevant because of “the imminent resurrection of Christ.”

The most surprising fact in this chapter is that the fossil fuel industry was so sure that Trump was a loser in 2016 that it gave most of its contributions to Hillary Clinton.

Margaret O’Mara of the University of Washington describes the key role of big tech in our national collapse. She reminds us of a key, mostly forgotten moment 10 years ago when “Google and Facebook successfully petitioned the Federal Election Commission for exemptions from the disclaimer requirements” that required political ads to state who paid for them and who was responsible for their messages.

An explosion caused by police ammunition is seen as Trump supporters attack the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

The companies argued that the requirements would “undermine other much more important parts of their business”. Disastrously, the FEC accepted this pathetic argument. After that, no one ever knew exactly where the online attack ads came from.

O’Mara also recalls that Facebook provided the 2016 Trump campaign with “dedicated staff and resources” to help it buy more ads on the platform. O’Mara incorrectly reports that the Clinton campaign received the same kind of largesse. In fact, in what may have been the campaign’s worst move, he turned down Facebook’s offer to relocate employees to Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters.

Another chapter, by Daniel C Kurtzer of Princeton, analyzes what Trump supporters regard as their president’s greatest foreign policy achievement: the initiation of diplomatic relations between Israel and Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan and the Morocco.

A conservative newspaper summed up the achievement this way: “Washington is stepping up repression in Bahrain, subscribing to UAE aggression, sacrificing the Sahrawi people [of Western Sahara, to Morocco], undermine reform in Sudan and even abandon justice for Americans wronged by Sudan. The administration calls this an “American first” policy.

The final chapter focuses on the two failed attempts to convict Trump in impeachment trials. These results could be Trump’s worst legacy. Gregory Downs of the University of California, Davis, writes that failures to convict “in the face of irrefutable evidence” can convince any Trump successors “that they enjoy near total impunity as long as they retain the support from their base, it doesn’t matter”. what the constitution says.

Will Smith’s future projects are said to be in jeopardy


Will SmithThe Oscar antics continue to have ripple effects a week later. If someone is a fan of Bad Boys franchise – and who among us can pretend to be otherwise? – it got personal.

There are rumors in town regarding the next planned entry into the Jerry Bruckheimer-produces cop buddies series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.bad boys 4 was in active development and Smith received 40 pages of the script prior to the Oscars incident,” the industry outlet wrote. “[N]now there will be a…pause…in the work as things unfold.

The third entry in the series, bad boys for lifelaunched the A-level directing careers of Adil El Arbi and Bilal Fallahcurrently working on bat girl for HBO Max. It grossed $426 million at the worldwide box office in 2020 and, due to the pandemic, was the number one release in Hollywood that year. (China the eight hundred and that of Japan Demon Slayer: Mugen Train were the gold and silver medalists worldwide during this very unusual year.) It is suspected that Martin Lawrence has very strong feelings about the potential change in the future of a fourth film.

The Hollywood Reporter also wrote that Netflix, which was developing a project called Fast and loose as a Smith vehicle, “quietly put the project on the back burner”. (Netflix “did not respond to requests for comment,” they report.)

There was already a wobbly momentum on this project before the world tour Smith heard on Oscar night. Director David Leitch (Director of Deadpool 2, Atomic Blondeand the co-creator of John Wick) left the project a week before the Academy Awards. Instead, he works with Ryan Gosling on a big screen adaptation of the 1980s action series The fell guy at Universal. (Premise: Hollywood stuntmen by day, bounty hunters by night!)

Fast and loosewritten by Red and The mega scribes Eric and Jon Hoeber, is about a man who wakes up in Tijuana with no memory after being left for dead. In time, he discovers that he is both a crime boss with a lavish lifestyle. and an undercover CIA agent living like a loser. One is obviously a secret trick: but which one?! Yeah, you can kinda see the trailer in your head, can’t you?

When Leitch walked away, the streamer “issued an urgent plea for another director,” according to THR. Under normal circumstances, a big project like this, especially with the latest Oscar-winning best actor, would quickly attract top action directors. But these are, it is fair to say, not normal circumstances for Smith.

On Friday night, the winner of this year’s Best Actor trophy for King Richard resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In a statement, Smith wrote that “[m]y actions at the 94th Academy Awards were shocking, painful and inexcusable. The list of those I’ve hurt is long and includes Chris [Rock], his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, everyone in attendance and the global audience at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived the other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. My heart is broken.”

Smith’s decision to leave the Academy certainly takes advantage of the band’s next scheduled board meeting to discuss the slap case. This meeting takes place on April 18. Why does it take so long to get everyone together? I can not tell you. Maybe everyone is too busy reading articles about Will Smith.

Portland author Chris Holm uses his science background to predict a spooky future in ‘Child Zero’


Truth is often scarier than fiction.

Take Portland author Chris Holm’s new novel “Child Zero.” It takes place in a world where antibiotics no longer kill bacteria and control disease.

But it’s not a world created solely from Holm’s imagination. Before Holm became a full-time author — he’s already written five novels — he was a molecular biologist and researcher. He has been fascinated for years by warnings from scientists that antibiotic resistance is growing at an alarming rate – that at some point antibiotics may no longer protect us.

‘Child Zero’, about a time when antibiotics no longer worked, goes on sale in May. Used with permission from Mulholland Books, an imprint of Little, Brown and Company. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

So Holm combined what he knew and what he could imagine to write “Child Zero.” The story centers on a police detective in New York City in the near future, investigating an apparent mass murder. At the same time, diseases such as meningitis, cholera and tuberculosis are spreading around the world. Published by Mulholland Books, it goes on sale May 10.

“If antibiotics fail on a large scale, organ transplants won’t work, chemotherapy will be reduced, diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis will become major killers,” said Holm, 44. “A paper cut could become life-threatening.”

Although Holm started the book before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, “Child Zero” comes out at a time when people have spent two years learning firsthand that science can’t necessarily stop all infectious diseases. As of March 23, the federal Centers for Disease Control said more than 972,550 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the United States since the pandemic began.

“The scariest things to read are the ones that are plausible,” said Maine author Julia Spencer-Fleming, a friend of Holm’s who has yet to read the book. “The timing of the book is fortuitous as we have all had the experience of the pandemic. We have all seen the breakdowns and failures of public medicine.

The idea that antibiotics fail to protect people – on a large scale – is certainly plausible to the many scientists and medical groups that have been talking about it for years, warning that overuse of antibiotics can lead to ineffectiveness.

The World Health Organization, on its website, calls antibiotic resistance “one of the greatest threats to global health, food security and development today.” The WHO describes antibiotic resistance as bacteria that change in response to antibiotics and grow in new ways that help protect them from antibiotics. “Antibiotic resistance occurs naturally, but overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals accelerates the process,” says the WHO.

“I wanted to put a story in the post-antibiotic era as a call to action, a warning,” Holm said.

Print: A bookstore in Portland will host a launch party for “Child Zero” on May 10, but specific details, including timing, have yet to be set, Holm said.


“Child Zero” is set in a world that for several years has faced an increase in bacterial infections, spreading virtually unchecked. As drugs and vaccines fail to control the various outbreaks, health officials initially dismissed the idea that they could all be linked. In this context, New York City is the site of a bioterrorist attack.

This is Holm’s first book that builds on his lifelong passion for science and work in molecular biology. He said when he quit his last full-time science job in 2014 – doing research to help develop animal diagnostic tests at Idexx Laboratories in Westbrook – he wanted to focus on writing and figured that should take a break from science.

His three novels in The Collector series — “Dead Harvest,” “The Wrong Goodbye,” and “The Big Reap” — center on a man who made a deal with the devil and is now collecting souls. His two books by Michael Hendricks, “The Killing Kind” and “Red Right Hand”, focus on a hitman who kills other hitmen.

But with “Child Zero,” he finally merges writing and science, two passions he’s had for most of his life.

Holm grew up in Central Square, a small town north of Syracuse, New York, where her father was a home builder and her mother a nurse. In first grade, when some children were still learning to write their names, Holm wrote his first work of fiction, titled “The Alien Death from Outer Space”. Holm says it has been “joyfully illustrated” in red crayon, to show all the blood and general destruction. It won him a trip to the principal’s office but did not deter his eagerness to write.

But he also had a passion for science and read a lot about it. Around the fourth year, he took an advanced level test which showed him to be an above average science student. He also read many science fiction and science fiction novels and was influenced by the works of Michael Crichton and Mainer Stephen King. He continued to write throughout his school years, including “cheesy sci-fi stories”, he said.

Chris Holm will host a launch party for his new novel “Child Zero” on May 10, hosted by Print: A Bookstore in Portland. Ben McCanna / Personal Photographer

After high school, he went to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and majored in biology. He was initially interested in environmental biology, but “fell in love with infectious diseases” and turned to microbiology. He said that at the time, his “dream job” was working for the CDC looking for the sources of outbreaks.

At university he met his wife, Katrina Niidas Holm, a writer, editor and book reviewer. (No, she doesn’t review her books.) After graduation, they moved to Charlottesville, Va., where Holm worked in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia. He researched the pathogen responsible for amoebic dysentery. He planned to pursue higher degrees and possibly teach at the college level. But at some point he decided that this track was not for him.

Niidas Holm is from Kingfield in the mountains of western Maine, and the couple had begun thinking about moving to Maine, Portland specifically, when Holm saw a research station on the beachfront of the city ​​in 2001. He applied and got the job.

Holm worked at Aquabio Products Sciences (later called MariCal), on research that helped salmon aquaculture and the recovery of wild salmon. He worked there until 2010, when the company closed, then began working at Idexx in research and development.

But while working in science, he always wanted to write and started writing novels. He didn’t quit his job at Idexx until he had a deal for his fourth book.

Kathleen Pigeon, who worked with Holm at MariCal and Idexx, said Holm’s strengths as a scientist show up in her writing.

Pigeon says Holm often talked about wanting to be a writer, and while working in the lab by day, he began researching in his spare time how to write fiction. Seeing Holm reach out and achieve her writing dream inspired Pigeon to pursue her dream of owning her own business, she said. She is one of the owners of Lucky Pigeon Brewing Co., Maine’s first gluten-free brewery, which opened last year in Biddeford.

“He always had this great attention to detail and his ability to look at a problem and solve it, which is important for a scientist or someone who writes a good thriller,” Pigeon said.

Another Maine author with a scientific background is Tess Gerritsen of Camden, who was a practicing physician before becoming a best-selling novelist.

In a blurb for “Child Zero,” Gerritsen praises its “high-speed pacing and chilling medical details” and says it offers “a terrifying look at a world gone mad and the possible plagues to come.”

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April 3 Bookmarks | Books


Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through April 10 at 300 Albemarle Square in the Albemarle Square Mall.

Half-price days are scheduled for Saturday and April 10. There will be no educator/bag day after the sale this time around. Categories include fiction, mystery, science, history, young adult, children’s books, and other genres.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, which serves readers in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties. Learn more about jmrlfriends.org.

Barbara Shansky, a retired children’s librarian from Montgomery County Public Libraries in Maryland, will speak at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Friends of the Fluvanna County Public Library meeting at the Fluvanna County Library.

She will offer advice for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and others who want to choose books to help babies up to 5 years old prepare for reading and help older children succeed as readers and students.

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Shansky will discuss sharing the love of books, selecting appropriate books for children of different ages, and ways to encourage early literacy. She will also show adult readers how to get personalized recommendations from different libraries.

For information, dial (434) 589-1400.

New Dominion Bookstore will feature a read and autographed book with poet and author Lisa Russ Spaar at 4 p.m. Saturday. The author and publisher of more than 10 books will share a preview reading of her debut novel, ‘Paradise Close’, which will be released from Persea.

She is a professor of creative writing at the University of Virginia, and her honors include a Roa Jaffe Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Library of Virginia Poetry Prize, Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize, and Chair. emeritus NEH.

Staff recommend arriving early for the best seating. Learn more about ndbookshop.com or dial (434) 295-2552.

The new memoirs of delegate Danica Roem, “Burn the Page: A True Story of Burning Doubts, Blazing Trails and Triggering Change,” will be published by Viking on Wednesday.

Roem was a former metal band singer, former journalist and newcomer to politics when she ousted 26-year-old incumbent Bob Marshall in 2017 to represent the 13th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. She became the nation’s first openly trans person elected to a state legislature.

Renowned poet refuses Pakistan’s highest literary honor


Famous Seraiki poet and writer Ashu Lal has refused to accept Pakistan’s highest literary prize, Kamal-i-Fun, with a cash prize of PKR 1 million announced by the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL ), Dawn reported.

He was selected for the award by a committee of PAL and the announcement in this regard was made at a press conference by Dr. Yousuf Khushk, President of the Academy.

Urdu novelist and travelogue writer Mustansar Hussain Tarar is the other author to receive the country’s highest honor besides Ashu Lal.

After the award was announced, Ashu Lal took to social media and announced his refusal to accept the award in a message posted to Seraiki.

He said, “I express my gratitude to the friends. I refuse to accept the price. I didn’t send any of my books to the Academy of Letters. In my opinion, my refusal (to accept the award) is more valuable. the activism of the past 40 years is my reward (as a writer). I don’t want to live in brackets. Thank you.

“The deep state is oppressing the natives, our resources and our culture. Our children are disappearing under the fascist regime. The natives are badly ignored. How can we accept the price of an anti-people and anti-art state?”.

He says the awards are mainly politically driven and have become controversial, limited only to photo shoots.

The poet has claimed that he has nothing to do with the deep state of government, literature or culture, and considers it demeaning to himself to accept an award from a president of the current regime which does not even know about it.

Born on April 13, 1959, he was called Muhammad Ashraf but adopted the nickname ‘Ashu Lal’, given to him by his mother, when he began to write in the Seraiki language.

He is a doctor by profession. After completing his MBBS from Quaid-i-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, he served as a doctor throughout the region, sometimes working in places no doctor would want to go.

He retired two years ago. Since then, he has been running a clinic in Karor Lal Esan tehsil in Layyah district where treatment is free for the poor, Dawn reported.

“I am 62 years old. Since my youth, I have only believed in literary activism. By accepting an award from the current exploitative regime, how can I waste my 45-year struggle of writing in Seraiki and Urdu? ” He asked.

Asked about sending books to PAL for the award, Ashu said his friend sent a book on his own way in 1997 and except he never sent a book to the academy.

“I am not against any mother tongue or regional language. I urge Punjabi speakers to adopt Punjabi in schools,” he said, adding that the state’s policy of not giving educating people in their native language is one tactic to keep them back.

He says he follows the resistance of Bulleh Shah and Kabir.

A quest to find ‘siddle’ | News, Sports, Jobs


For the editor:

CNN reported yesterday (March 30) “Trump saddles up Putin.” I thought that was a bit strange: isn’t the word supposed to be “siddles”? Hence a quest for words.

I assumed that “saddles” came from a mistaken spell check on CNN’s chyron. But why doesn’t the spell checker find “siddles”?

As I was looking ” intermediate “, a verb, I found “shelving”, an adjective and an adverb meaning obliquely or laterally. First I checked my 1962 Random House, full OED – still no siddle. A telephone caller said “side” was in his 2000 Webster’s, Abridged.

I first had a vision of Trump sitting, half-naked, behind Putin, also half-naked, on the latter’s warhorse. Then I checked my wife’s Webster’s New World: School and Office Edition, 1967, in which I found “side”, defined as the transitive verb “to move aside cautiously or stealthily,” from “prob. Now I saw Trump riding side-saddle on one of those four horses of the apocalypse. But there was no “shelving” in this little dictionary.

Back in the OED, I noted that the name “shelving” was a real estate term for a strip of land. This definition reminded me of the fable of one of Lake Placid’s local real estate geniuses selling big for a local gas station, but keeping an L-shaped strip around his profitable corner location, so that when said business wanted to expand, not only had to buy adjoining land, but also pay this tycoon almost as much to get his otherwise worthless “shelving”. It was very much in the tradition of Fred Trump, if Mary Trump’s book is believable.

But the original use of “shelving” dates from 1330 and speaks of a “connyng man” being either “always” Where “sidlyng”. Two centuries later, several meanings appeared, all generally meaning “next to.” Indeed, from 1603, he was associated with “saddle,” a sin “always seated apart, as women use it.”

Finally, in 1697, we have the present — one could say “Trumpian” — definition of sidle, as a verb, also sometimes written ” between “. Its definition (OED) reads as follows: “To move or go sideways or obliquely; sneaking around, especially stealthily or stealthily, or looking the other way; make progress in this way. Even more entertaining is its first use in Aesop’s Fables: “A crab fish once her daughter said so. Seh couldn’t bear to see his daughter come and go.

And now we have some highly advertised electric trucks that will “side, side, back and forth,” much like Trump to Putin will sneakily come and go.

Anthony G.Lawrence

Lake Placid

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Russian author Ulitskaya warns of ‘terrible’ consequences of war | Books | DW


Lyudmila Ulitskaya has been in Berlin since the beginning of March 2022. Like several thousand Russians on the cultural scene, the 79-year-old left her native Russia without knowing if she will ever be able to return.

A fine analyst of Russian society past and present, Oulitskaïa is one of the most acerbic critics of contemporary Russia. His novels and short stories reflect the tragedy of the 20th century, the era of tyranny and genocide. Ulitskaya was one of the first to speak about the Russian war against Ukraine. DW met her in her flat in Berlin.

DW: You’ve been in Berlin for a few weeks, how are you doing now?

Lyudmila Ulitskaya: Actually, I’m fine, although leaving the country means that I now have to learn to live in completely different circumstances. In a way, it’s a rebirth into a new life. All habits, all daily reflexes must change.

I read that your son encouraged you to go to Berlin. Why did you opt for what could be an extended stay away from your native Moscow? Were you in danger?

I didn’t feel threatened and didn’t really understand my son’s decision. But I guess he knows better than me what’s going on today. I remember how I took my sons out of the country when they were of the age when they would have been drafted into the army—it was during the war in Afghanistan. I sent my boys to the United States. So now I’m in Berlin.

DW met the famous contemporary Russian author in her apartment

You have always criticized state power in the Soviet Union, then in Russia. You have often said that this is a characteristic of many Russian intellectuals. Ukrainian author Andrei Kurkov claims the opposite is true, that the Russian writers and intellectuals he has met still have a Soviet mentality. Has he met the wrong people?

It is difficult for me to answer this question: Kurkov has his point of view, I have mine. In my wide circle of acquaintances — I’m not talking about friends, but the many people I know — not a single person would have supported Putin’s war. Not one.

So why does it seem that Russian intellectuals are not really listened to in Russian society?

Intellectuals — what we call the intelligentsia in Russia — just don’t have much influence in Russian society. The voice of the intelligentsia is heard, but weakly: almost all the mass media that served as its platform have been blocked. The voice of protest exists, but hardly anyone hears it.

100 years ago, many members of Russia’s cultural elite emigrated. Does history repeat itself?

For me, this is above all an interesting situation: in 1922, Russian Berlin was an extremely exciting cultural phenomenon. I remember the novel by Viktor Shklovsky Zoo or letters not about love. Today, exactly 100 years later, we could have written a text entitled Zoo 2. It’s intriguing.

You and many other authors have signed a letter of Russian intellectuals against the war in Ukraine. Is this a message to show the world that not all Russians think the same way, or is this a message to Russians?

There is a long tradition of such letters of protest in Russia. Usually they focus on the government. Some texts are good, others are passable. The result, however, is the same: such letters have no impact on politics. Because the powers that be in Russia are not used to considering or even perceiving society. This is how it always has been and still is today. Above all, intellectuals write them to preserve their own dignity and show the world that not everyone in Russia supports government decisions.

Your literary protagonists are mostly strong, supportive, independent, energetic, and practical women – “everyday heroines.” Where are the real heroines of today?

In fact, women have the upper hand in Russia, everywhere except in government. If this war can be stopped, only women can stop it. If he is not stopped, it means those in power don’t care at all what women think and what they want.

What are the consequences of the war in Ukraine for Russian society?

These consequences will be terrible. I fear that this war will poison relations between our two peoples for at least the next two generations, perhaps longer. It’s a big trauma. I’m not even talking about the economy.

Russians and Ukrainians have close ties. There are many Ukrainian-Russian families and children with mixed identities. In the past, these families usually spoke Russian, now it will be the other way around. Like it or not, Russia is strengthening Ukraine as a political nation – as a result of this war.

My thoughts are with the soldiers’ mothers, Russian and Ukrainian. Because with their sons, we lost the most important thing there is: young lives.

A soldier watches from a tank

A Russian soldier looks from a tank in the Lugansk region

Russian artists who do not take a clear position against the war and against Putin are internationally isolated. Do you think that’s true? Should artists take a political stand? Isn’t it impossible to wonder what is happening in Russia with people who oppose the regime?

Like everyone else, every artist is entitled to their own opinions, even in politics. An artist should be judged solely on their work, not on their political statements or attitudes. In this context, allow me to remind you of Richard Wagner and his opinions.

A number of artists are leaving Russia, many for Germany. How can we support them?

It is very important for Westerners to understand that the attitude towards the war in Russia is by no means as unanimous among the people as the government likes to portray. A large part of the population, the common people as well as the educated classes, abhor war and would gladly take to the streets against it if it were not so dangerous.

Above all, you are a writer and you want to be seen as such. But at the moment you are asked fewer questions about your literary works than about the situation in Russia and the war in Ukraine. You are a sort of ambassador from the other Russia. Are you satisfied with this role?

No, I’m not happy at all, I would have preferred to continue to be an observer, that’s how I actually define my role as a writer. But life decided otherwise for me.

This interview with Sabine Kieselbach was originally written in German.

THIS REAM QUE: L’Observateur welcomes a new writer | West Orange Times & Observer


When I was little, my favorite thing was to listen to my father tell stories.

Every day, on the way to school, my father would invent a story to entertain my brother and me. To this day, he has a way of telling a story with such emotion, you actually believe you’re a part of it.

My love for writing grew out of those story hours in the car. Because of my father, I fell in love with the idea of ​​sharing my lyrics with others. For years, I struggled to figure out what stories I wanted to tell; nothing I wrote felt good or relevant enough.

Growing up, I realized that the stories I wanted to tell were not mine but rather belonged to others. I was curious by nature, and that made her decide: I wanted to become a journalist.

I moved to the United States when I was 18. Before leaving my home country (Venezuela), I had already been accepted to study journalism at the Andres Bello Catholic University. On October 12, 2012, when I boarded the plane that was taking me to the United States, my heart was pounding. For the first time in my life, I was heading into the unknown. As I watched my hometown disappear through the window, I had no idea it would be one of the last times I would see it.

My plan was to take a year off to study English as a Second Language in Charlotte, North Carolina. Politically things had started to unravel in Venezuela, so one day on the phone my parents told me they were moving to Orlando. So I started applying to colleges here.

I was accepted to Rollins College to study English and Literature. During my sophomore year, I transferred to the University of Central Florida. Two years later, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in creative writing.

While studying at the Nicholson School of Communication, I wrote articles for the school newspaper, Nicholson Student Media. There I wrote my first sports stories.

When I think of my life, I think of it as a film strip, and in every frame there is sport.

One of my earliest memories is playing wrestling with my dad. We used to go to a park near our house and throw a baseball every Sunday, while my mother sat in a chair near us. Sometimes she played too, and those were the best days. Every week I looked forward to those Sunday afternoons, playing catch and swinging a bat. I liked it.

The first image on my filmstrip is tennis. I played for almost a decade during my elementary school and most of my college years. At the time, I went to all of my brother’s swim meets. Cheering from the benches was fun, but I yearned so much for the competition that this sport encompassed that I decided to try swimming.

This is where the second film strip of my life began. In my years as a swimmer, I’ve learned what it means to push yourself to the limit, to keep going even if your lungs hurt, because every stroke counts. There was a gap in my competitive sports life between my senior high school years and my freshman year of college, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t continue to play and watch sports.

My last competitive sports film sequence came during my years at Rollins, where I discovered rowing. Coming from Venezuela, I didn’t know that rowing was a sport. I remember getting an email inviting all freshmen to give it a try. It was then that I discovered a sport as beautiful as it is demanding. Rowing was the first sport I got into that required you to train and compete as a team. I loved that you trained every day as one boat, not as separate individuals, and that everyone in the boat supported each other from the first shot to the last.

I am the eldest of five siblings, all athletes in their own sport. My family’s weekends have always revolved around the sports we played. That’s why I’m so humbled and honored to be able to combine my two passions, storytelling and sports, and put them into my role as a sports reporter at your community newspaper.

And so, that’s West Orange. I am thrilled to share your incredible sports stories, celebrate your athletes, and immerse myself in this vibrant sports community. Let’s roll!

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The 10 best books to read in April


It’s that time of the month when new books start pouring into bookstores, ready to be piled on the shelves.

Pulitzer Prize-winning Jennifer Egan has released a new novel, and Douglas Stuart gives us the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Shuggi Bath. There’s something for crime novel lovers with Everyone in my family has killed someone by Benjamin Stevenson.

And if you’re looking for an engaging read of non-fiction, we’ve got you covered. Acclaimed comedian Hannah Gadsby and singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright publish new memoirs, while Joe Hockey immerses us in his tenure as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States.

Here are 10 catchy titles that might tickle your fancy.

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Young MungoDouglas Stuart

Picador, $32.99, April 12

The first novel “Glasgow gloom” by Douglas Stuart, Shuggie bathwon the Booker a few years ago, so there will be plenty of interest in his second. Young Mungo is a story across sectarian lines of a queer first love that challenges the violent testosterone-driven culture from which the two Glasgow protagonists hail. Of course, there are some similarities to the first book, especially in another alcoholic mother. It’s about masculinity, family and love.


Stories I might regret telling youMartha Wainwright

Simon & Schuster, $35, April 13

The singer-songwriter spent seven years writing these memoirs, which she described not as a rock biography, but the story of a woman who happens to be an artist living a creative life in the midst of a modern family – a rather talented family – involves the things we all know: children, parents, births, deaths and more. “Music,” she writes, “has always been my way of supporting myself, except for a period when I was seventeen.”


Sneaky Little Revolutions: Selected Essays by Charmian Clift, ed. Nadia Wheatley

NewSouth, $34.99, April 1

Charmian Clift was a prolific essayist, several of her essays appearing in The Sydney Morning Herald. She was also an important memoirist, novelist and collaborator of her husband, George Johnston, with whom she lived for several years on the Greek island of Hydra. In 2001, Nadia Wheatley published a biography of Clift which won age non-fiction book of the year award and also edited the first edition of this revised collection.


Words for LucyMarion Halligan

Thames and Hudson, $32.99, March 29

It’s been seven years since much-admired writer Marion Halligan – remember the delightful lovers knotswho won age book of the year in 1992 – published a book. She is now back with a beautifully written and heartbreaking memoir about the death of her daughter Lucy at the age of 38. Born with a heart defect, Lucy has been home most of her life, but lived it to the fullest. This book tells how her mother remembers her and how those memories bring Lucy back to life on the page.


ChildlessSian Prior

Text, $34.99, March 29

Musician and host Sian Prior follows her first memoir, Timid, in which she wrote about her social anxiety and the end of her long-term relationship, with a personal reflection on why she wanted a child, the steps she took to have one, why she failed and the dismissive way childless women can be treated in our society. “Am I writing to find out why I don’t have children? she asks herself. “To know what I did with my childlessness, and why? Or to understand these things? I want to do both.”


The candy houseJennifer Egan

Capri, $32.99, April 5

It’s been a long wait, but the American novelist has finally returned to the world of her acclaimed novel A visit to the Goon Squad. Some of the same characters appear, and like the previous book, Egan’s telling of each stand-alone but linked story varies in technique and style. She will appear at the Sydney Writers Festival in a live video link.


DiplomaticJoe Hockey

HarperCollins, $34.99, April 13

He spent more than 20 years in the Federal Parliament, served two years as Treasurer, but surely nothing prepared Joe Hockey for his four years as Australia’s Ambassador to the United States during Trump’s tenure. ? Almost immediately, he was confronted with leaked details of the fierce phone call between Trump and Malcolm Turnbull over the refugee deal Barack Obama had signed with Australia. These memoirs recount his official and personal dealings with Trump and much more.


Ten steps to NanetteHannah Gadby

Allen & Unwin, $49.99, March 29

When Hannah Gadsby portrayed Nanette at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in early 2017, our reviewer said “palpable anger and a fierce sense of conviction fuel this show and make it very clear why she’s had enough – of trolls, politics and patriarchy; of discrimination and violence…” It was a huge local and international hit, but this memoir examines the defining moments in her life that led her to Nanette and beyond.


Australia’s Great DepressionJoan Beaumont

Allen & Unwin, $49.99, March 29

It was one of Australia’s formative events of the 20th century, sandwiched between two others – the First and Second World Wars. Our impending review, by Professor Joy Damousi, rates Joan Beaumont’s history of the period and its impact as “the most authoritative historical work on Australia and the Great Depression to date”. Beaumont examines the economic causes and the experience of people from all walks of life and how we came out of it unscathed. Personal, political and revealing.


Everyone in my family has killed someoneBenjamin Stevenson

Michael Joseph, $32.99, March 29

He is both an actor and an author. In his third detective novel, he says he “took the rulebook of detective fiction and threw it on the wall and tried everything, literally everything”. He had two ideas when he started: to write something that had classic and modern detective story elements and to reveal the overall mystery almost immediately. What is the solution ? Read it yourself and see if he succeeded.

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Author Sasha LaPointe talks about ancestral autobiographies and ‘unabashedly indigenous’ readings at Passages du Nord-Ouest event


Author Sasha “taqwéseblu” LaPointe discussed her favorite “shamelessly native” reads and the writing process for her latest book, “Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk,” at a Northwest Passages on Tuesday.

LaPointe, a descendant of the Nooksack and Upper Skagit tribes, colors the storybook about how she overcame the hardships of growing up on the Skagit Valley reservation. LaPointe also makes tasty references to pop culture, including punk and metal music, as the soundtrack to his life.

With the theme of home radiating throughout the book, “Red Paint” is a memoir that details LaPointe’s healing journey to his ancestral and internal ideas of home.

Emma Noyes, a fellow author and Indigenous woman from the Colville Tribes, led the conversation.

The two discussed at one point how LaPointe uses “Indigenous feminism” to be “unabashedly Indigenous.”

Noyes and Lapointe discussed their all-time favorite Indigenous writers. LaPointe praised author Kawai Strong Washburn’s “Sharks in the Time of Saviors,” which details how native Hawaiians relied on their native gods and goddesses to survive.

“It’s so beautifully done, unapologetically indigenous with these themes of digging into the recent colonization of the Hawaiian Islands and the impact it has had on the native Hawaiians, the environment and the contribution of these Hawaiian legends of the native people “, LaPointe said of the book.

LaPointe also discussed the balance between knowing which family events to put in “Red Paint” and which ones to steer clear of to respect the confidentiality of Indigenous rituals and values. She also discussed her own risks, especially with sharing sacred family history in the name of vulnerability on the page.

“Before I let others read it or even friends or trusted readers, I gave it to my parents because I knew I had to,” LaPointe said. “I brought it to them and said, ‘I need you to read this,’ and my mom definitely pointed out some areas where she was like, ‘No, you have to take it out. And I did it no questions asked.

Noyes knows the impact the LaPointe line has had throughout the Pacific Northwest, having met LaPointe’s great-great-grandmother while working in education. Noyes is also familiar with the work of LaPointe’s uncle Ron, a main character in Red Paint and a notable member of the Pacific Northwest’s native art scene.

“He had these portrayals of longhouse dancers and something that I’m not sure anyone else portrayed,” Noyes said. “He had a very good reason to do it and had a purpose, but at the same time he took a very big risk, and it was difficult in his lifetime.”

With three ancestors present in “Red Paint,” LaPointe also highlighted the times she had with her grandmother, with whom she shared the name “taqwéseblu,” pronounced tock-sha-blue, as a namesake.

LaPointe also discussed her decision to label her book as an ancestral autobiography instead of a memoir.

“It couldn’t just be a memoir or an autobiography,” LaPointe said. “It gives her the space to be my own story as a Coast Salish woman, as a survivor, and rooted with her is the story of my ancestors and the women in my family, and I knew that. was their story as much as it was mine.”

Along with the questions and answers, LaPointe read the book’s “Naming Ceremony” chapter, detailing a rich description of the 1986 photo where LaPointe, then 3, attends her naming ceremony.

“You can tell by the smile on my face that moments after the photo was taken, I’d be barefoot, my dress would be streaked with grass stains,” LaPointe said.

Released on March 8, the book earned 4.6 out of 5 stars from Goodreads. LaPointe also has a book of poetry coming out in 2023, which will be published by Milkweed Editions.

Welcome Teen Arts – SNJ Today


On Wednesday, April 6, the Glasstown Arts District will host the Cumberland Cape May Countys Teen Arts Festival after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. Nearly 700 teenagers from both counties will arrive to participate in arts and crafts workshops.

Everything takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Workshops will be held at the Levoy Theatre, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Rowan College South Jersey, Village on High, Hands Up Silent Theatre, Millville Public Library and Glasstown Plaza.

The festival will feature student visual arts exhibits (2D and 3D) and student performances in dance, theater (large and small groups), musical theatre, vocal choral music, solo and small ensemble vocal performances, large and small performances instrumentals, piano, guitar, examples of creative writing/poetry and student-produced videos. The work will be exhibited for the duration of the festival. The artwork will represent the best of teenage artists from Cumberland and Cape May counties.

The Cumberland and Cape May Counties Teen Arts Festival is not a competition. Performances will not be compared or ranked. Instead, the focus will be on sharing achievements and learning. All student work at the festival will be publicly reviewed by professional artist referees, both verbally and in writing.

Students receive critiques of their work and often “sit-in” on critiques from other emerging artists in their discipline, increasing their educational experience. The festival’s professional artists/judges will provide in-depth reviews and analyzes of students’ works, performances and group presentations – a process that all students report is most beneficial to their growth as artists.

Students who excel in their particular art form are selected to be sent to the state level. Only students invited to participate may be judged by state-level judges. For more information on the NJ State Teen Arts Festival, visit TeenArtsFestivalNJ. Scholarships are available at the state level.

The festival will also have lunch options available to students, teachers, staff and volunteers at all downtown restaurants. A few local food truck vendors will be set up to accommodate the crowd.

Every school with teenage students and home-schooled children had the opportunity to participate in this annual festival. If you have any questions about this, contact your child’s school.

Here in the Arts District, we appreciate the collaboration with the committee that makes this event possible, such as the Levoy Theater. We are also grateful for the financial partnership with the Cumberland and Cape May County Cultural and Heritage Commission, which funds the event. It’s a great way to cultivate the creative sector of young people in our communities.

Let your freekeh flag fly in the kitchen


The supergrain of the future comes from our distant past, says Ruth Nieman, author of the recently published cookbook titled Freekeh, wild wheat and ancient grains.

Ancient wild wheat cereal, freekeh has become famous all over the world.

In her cookbook, Nieman not only shares recipes for freekeh bread, salads, and soups, but she also dives into the history, culture, and traditions of grain crops that originated in the Middle East.

“They were the staples of the hunter-gatherer ancestors of the Fertile Crescent,” Nieman told ISRAEL21c, referring to the historical Middle East region that includes parts of Israel, Lebanon, Jordan and the Middle East. ‘Iraq.

Ruth Nieman at a signing session in the UK for ‘Freekeh, Wild Wheat and Ancient Grains’. Photo courtesy of Ruth Nieman

Freekeh is young durum wheat harvested while still green and then smoked or roasted. It resembles spelled and bulgur.

Nieman said this harvest was mentioned in the Bible, when Ruth gleaned wheat from Boaz’s field in Bethlehem. Muslim caliphs used to cook squabs stuffed with freekeh, Nieman said.

Indeed, in her research with the help of archaeologists, archaeo-botanists and culinary historians, she came across a recipe from the 13th century.


Since many people around the world are turning to plant-based diets for health and sustainability reasons, Nieman has made all of the recipes in his book vegan or vegetarian.

Although she’s not a vegan or vegetarian herself, when creating recipes, she says, “it’s easier to add a piece of chicken to a dish, say, than to take ingredients out of it.”

Freekeh is the star of this Arabic salad from Ruth Nieman’s cookbook. Photo courtesy of Ruth Nieman

These days Nieman, 58, splits his time between Israel and the UK. She spent many years living at Kibbutz Amiad in the Galilee. She fondly recalls “when 500 people would eat three meals together in the dining room every day, which bonded them.”

Upon her return to England, she worked as a nurse for 15 years. In her late thirties, she changed careers and trained to become a chef, running a successful catering business.

Having lived in Israel where the food is so delicious, she wanted to bring this cuisine back to England. She soon wrote about the food she prepared.

His first book, Galilean cuisinewhich she self-published, won a Gourmand Cookbook Award in 2018. Her new book was shortlisted for the 2021 Andre Simon Prize.

“My vision of food has always been fresh and Middle Eastern,” she said. “British food isn’t as healthy as Middle Eastern food, and I wanted to introduce more flavor and freshness.”

Less gluten

Freekeh and other ancient grains contain less gluten than the amount of modern processed wheat, Nieman said. Although not safe for people with celiac disease, freekeh is milder and easier to digest and can be consumed by people with mild gluten intolerance.

Health food stores now sell freekeh and spelled, she said, and artisan bakers have started using these grains.

“These ancient grains are now on the international food map,” she said.

Smoking freekeh in the wheat fields of Sachnin, Israel. Photo by Neil Mercer

During his visits to Israel, Nieman likes to look for edible asparagus, leaves and flowers. She said she is one of many people who want to “know their ground and what comes from the ground”.

Nieman said she started catering because she liked the idea of ​​sharing food. She believes food should be a neutral platform.

“When it comes to food, it doesn’t matter your religion or your politics,” she said.

“Learning about different foods and flavors is so interesting to me,” she said. “Much of Middle Eastern cuisine, whether Jewish, Muslim or Christian, is passed down from generation to generation, through our mothers and grandmothers.”

“That’s the nice part of it,” she added. “By keeping their recipes alive, we keep their memories alive.”

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The Flash’s Best DC Villains Teamed Up For A Savage Gorilla Grodd Heist


Rascals, DC’s latest Black Label series from legendary Flash scribe Joshua Williamson and artist Leomacs, has an instant hook. A decade after their heyday, Captain Cold brings a group of notoriously wacky Flash villains out of retirement to one last robbery.

I expected a fun book, but not the beautiful balance of color and grain, levity and emotional weight, which is demonstrated in Rascals #1. And the robbery itself? Sneak into Gorilla City to plunder Gorilla Grodd’s secret gold. It’s a good thing there.

What else is happening in the pages of our favorite comics? We will tell you. Welcome to Monday Funnies, Polygon’s weekly list of books our comic book editor enjoyed over the past week. It’s part society pages about the lives of superheroes, part reading recommendations, part “look at this cool art.” There may be spoilers. Perhaps there is not enough context. But there will be great comics. (And if you missed the last edition, read this.)

Image: Joshua Williamson, Leomacs/DC Comics

Perhaps the biggest thing to brag about is the work of the art team here. Leomacs is the complete package: its character designs are simple, yet unique; subtle and clear emotions. The dirty underbelly details of Central City couldn’t be more 1970s realism. Matheus Lopes, one of my favorite colorists of the moment, shows that dark doesn’t mean dull, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering? Flawless! Makes the text feel like a dub.

Rascals looks like an Image Comics detective miniseries that features DC characters. A delight to read.

Image: Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan/DC Comics

Detective comicsThe weekly post Arkham Tower arc is over, and it’s one of those things I wish I’d liked more. In the end, I think I found the reverse countdown timeline more confusing than enticing. But I can say what I really like: the Bat family liaising with a journalist instead of the GCPD!

There have been a few periods in Batman history where James Gordon wasn’t police commissioner, which usually means the Bat Family’s relationship with the office is still there, just frostier. Bats and the free press is new to me, and I like it.

A strange humanoid figure with a large eyeball for a head sucks up a huge cloud of smog in the form of a screaming face.

Image: Nick Dragotta, Caleb Goellner/Image Comics

I didn’t know anything about ghost cage except there was a cover with cool characters on it. Turns out it’s a flamboyantly dynamic shōnen-influenced fable about…a crazed industrialist creating a weird little dude to kill off a growing slew of his living power plants? Because of corporate capitalism? I will definitely be reading more of this.

A faux stained glass window depicts a line of Esquecida warriors with drawn bows beneath a blue-skinned priestess with a jade pendant.  The image is flanked by jaguars and inlaid panels repeating mirrored scenes of the Greek goddesses creating the Amazons in the Well of Souls, in Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1 (2022).

Image: Joelle Jones/DC Comics

The thing about Joëlle Jones is that you never have to wonder why her books are back on the shelves – she draws…she just draws the hell out of it. It’s unfortunate for Wonder Girl, and her ability to really put Yara Flor on the map of the DC Universe. The trade off is when you get fully Jones drawn issues like The Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girleach page is a dropper.

I hit this faux stained glass page about the history of the lost Amazon tribe of the Amazons, the Esquecidas, and I said, “Shit, Joëlle!” Daaaaaamn!” out loud in my apartment. There are very, very few artists who could present the origin of their tribe of the Amazons and flank the page with direct reminders of the definitive origin of George Pérez de Themyscira in his own artistic style and stick landing. Phew. phew.

Oscars 2022: Jane Campion voted best director, fans relieved that she had a “written speech”


The 94th Academy Awards kicked off with great fanfare on Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m. EST and saw some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry being recognized for their prodigious work. The ceremony, which this time had three guests, took place at the iconic Dolby Theater in Hollywood, where the show usually takes place.

All eyes were on the Best Director category as it included some of the finest filmmakers of this generation and it was Jane Campion who took home the accolade for her film ‘The Power of the Dog’. She is the third female filmmaker to win the Best Director trophy after Kathryn Bigelow and Chloe Zhao (“Nomadland”).

Jane Campion, who mesmerized everyone with the movie “The Power of the Dog”, faced fierce competition and faced Steven Spielberg (“West Side Story”), Kenneth Branagh (“Belfast”), Paul Thomas Anderson (‘Licorice Pizza’) and Ryusuke Hagamuchi (‘Drive My Car’).


Jane Campion’s ‘Arrogance and Ignorance’: Director Criticized for Offhand Remark About Williams’ Sisters

2022 Golden Globes Winners List: ‘The Power of the Dog’ Wins Best Picture; Jane Campion is the best director

The New Zealand filmmaker thanked everyone who supported her during the film, including stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi-Smit McPhee. During her speech, she said, “I love directing because it’s a deep dive into history, but the task of manifesting a world can be overwhelming. What’s nice is that I don’t am not alone.”

Jane Campion, Achievement Award winner for ‘The Power of the Dog’ poses in the press room during the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theater on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

It is also the first time that the Oscar for best picture has been awarded to films directed by women two years in a row after the victory of “Nomadland” by Chloé Zhao last year.

While fans are really after the win, they also thanked God for Campion giving a “written” speech after his comments about the Williams Sisters at the Critics’ Choice Awards went viral on social media. One fan wrote, “Netflix make sure Jane Campion wrote a speech this time.” Another social media user wrote, “I see Jane Campion learned and came PREPARED with a written speech tonight. Good choice and congratulations daughter!”

“Glad to see Jane Campion wrote down her thoughts ahead of time this time around,” another social media user said. “Jane Campion’s PR team held their breath throughout her speech like anything she said might be controversial after all this lmao,” another said.

Meanwhile, one of the fans shared, “WOMEN CAN DO ANYTHING!!!!!!!!!! Come on Jane!” Another fan wrote, “Congratulations Jane Campion! My week is done! Love to all the women in the world!” Another fan said, “Congratulations Jane, and congratulations to all of you for your wonderful work and thank you for the beautiful masterpiece you gave us.”

‘The Power of the Dog’ was nominated for 12 Oscars at tonight’s ceremony, but unfortunately was only able to win one trophy.

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Local high school student publishes book as young author | News


One day, 17-year-old Samantha Gibson from Dresser was bored in an English class at New Richmond High School, so she started writing a book. Two and a half years later and with the support of Sigma’s Bookshelf, Gibson’s book “Hostage” is now on the market and selling well.

“I started the story because I was bored in English class my freshman year of high school. I thought of the idea (I can’t remember exactly why I thought of the idea) and I just thought it was an interesting topic overall,” Gibson said.

“I had no plan for the story at all, I just started writing what first came to mind. As the chapters progressed and with the help of a few of my peers, I had new ideas and new conflicts to set up. But later in the story, I realized there had to be a conclusion, so I really started planning an ending.

Sigma’s Bookshelf is a project supported by grants from Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. All of the work to bring the books to market is done by unpaid volunteers. Teen authors whose work is selected for publication have their books published for free and receive royalties for books that sell online, in stores and at events.

Gibson heard about Sigma’s library when she was in eighth grade and attended a field trip to the Young Authors Conference at Bethel University.

“I met Rachel Anderson, owner of Sigma’s, when I first sent in my book ‘Hostage’ to see if they would publish it and all. Rachel helped me edit and get my book published.

However, Gibson has been writing since his elementary school days. When she started working on “Hostage,” she didn’t even know Stockholm Syndrome was a thing.

High school is hard enough without the constant barrage of people pretending to be your friend because your dad is rich, but that’s the reality that 17-year-old Serina Ange faces every day. After an exhausting day at school, she is on her way home when a masked man appears out of nowhere and kidnaps her. Serina’s first thought when she wakes up in a strange place is that she’s been taken for her father’s money, but was that really the kidnapper’s motivation? As the days and weeks pass, Serina comes into conflict with the relationship she has formed with her captor. Meanwhile, some kids at school are getting closer and closer to figuring out what happened to him and arranging a rescue. What if she doesn’t want to be saved?

Besides her interest in writing, she is a YouTuber, a Twitch streamer, and she has a passion for gaming (mainly on PC). She is also a voice actress whose work has been featured in YouTube productions, including Empire’s End Official, in which she plays one of the main characters. She hopes to one day pursue a career as a writer or actress.

“My process through it all had to deal with a lot of last minute decisions. Because I had nothing planned and wrote everything that came to mind, it was a bit of a mystery to me how my own story turned out – if that makes sense. So I felt like I was getting feedback from readers even though I’m the author. I got excited when something happened, and even after the book ended, I read it and still felt those emotions,” Gibson explained.

“Around the middle of the book I created a Google doc for notes to keep my thoughts together and if I had to think of another idea to possibly put in, that was my choice. On that doc I also kept track of my word count. My goal was 100,000 words, in the end I got around 80,000.”

In addition to Hostage, Gibson wrote other short stories, and she began writing a book called “The Barn,” “but none of them were ever finished,” Gibson said.

After high school, Gibson wants to move to Colorado with his cousin and a friend.

“I hope to become a bigger author and a well-known person. I make videos on YouTube and I like to play video games, so if possible, being some kind of influencer would be great! People enjoy my videos, my content, my books; so I want to go out more.

“Having my books become movies would be like a dream come true,” Gibson said.

On writing an exciting short story



The opening paragraph of your story should grab the reader’s attention by activating their curiosity about your character and the situation they find themselves in. This is where you introduce the main character and the reader wonders: who is this character? How the hell did they end up in this situation? How will they get out? You can also use a mystery or an intriguing piece of dialogue to hook the reader and get things going.


Your main character should be someone who really wants something; a clear goal. They might want to save someone, fulfill their dreams, or triumph against a formidable adversary, and the best way to get the reader to root for them is to put obstacles in their way. How a character handles challenges (whether they succeed or not) is what motivates us to take them on. A character with whom the reader can identify and sympathize is an intriguing character.


A captivating story will see your character facing a difficult decision or dilemma that must be resolved in order to fulfill their desire. Tension and conflict (external threats and challenges, and internal conflicts within your characters themselves) are essential to a good short story.


There’s no need to limit the reading experience to just what your character sees. Use all the senses in your descriptions, such as sounds, tastes, smells, and textures, to make the story more vivid and visceral. This allows the reader to feel immersed in the scene and setting, experiencing the story with your characters.


What a character says and how they talk says a lot about their motivations and personality, and helps make a story real and believable. To familiarize yourself with the style of dialogue used in short stories, try to read as much as you can, paying particular attention to how the characters speak. You will notice that the dialogue in a short story can be very different from the dialogue in the real world. It’s clean, stripped of most of the fluff that populates day-to-day dialogue, and focused on revealing aspects of a character’s personality, helping to fill us in on the backstory and move the story forward.

This article was originally published in The Penguin Posta book magazine for book lovers from Penguin Random House South Africa.

City Life Org – The 2022 Women In Motion Prize for Photography will be awarded to Babette Mangolte


The second edition of women on the move The LAB, launched in 2021, supports the development of the Bettina Grossman archive, under the direction of artist Yto Barrada.

Since its launch at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, women on the move highlighted the creativity and uniqueness of talented women in the arts and culture, whose work is helping to transform our view of the world.

On Tuesday July 5, 2022, during the first evening at the Théâtre Antique d’Arles, Kering and the Rencontres d’Arles will present the women on the move Award to Franco-American photographer Babette Mangolte. On this occasion, she will present her work and share with the public her journey and her view of the place of women in photography. A personal exhibition will be dedicated to him at the Sainte-Anne church in Arles.

the women on the move This prize, awarded each year since 2019 in recognition of the career of an exceptional photographer, comes with an endowment of 25,000 euros for the acquisition of works by the winning artist for the collection of the Rencontres d’Arles. . The previous winners are Susan Meiselas in 2019, Sabine Weiss in 2020 and Liz Johnson Artur in 2021.

Susan Meiselas, in 2019 the first winner of the women on the move Award, will also be present at the Rencontres d’Arles through an exhibition of her work at the Saint-Blaise church, in collaboration with the composer Marta Gentilucci.

the women on the move LAB 2021/2022: Bettina Grossman by Yto Barrada

Launched in 2019 by Kering and the Rencontres d’Arles in collaboration with the women on the move price, the women on the move The LAB provides concrete support for any project highlighting women in photography.

The first edition, 2019 to 2021, was devoted to rewarding the place of women in the history of photography and resulted in the publication by Editions Textuel du A World History of Women Photographers. The LAB also supported the English edition, A global history of women photographers, to be published in June 2022, by Thames & Hudson.

For the second edition of the LAB starting in 2021, Kering and the Rencontres d’Arles are continuing their commitment to women photographers in need of recognition, by supporting the research and promotion of Bettina Grossman’s archives by the artist Yto Barrada, and the exhibition organized as part of the festival, from July 2022.

Bettina Grossman (1928-2021) – “Bettina” for the art world – marked the history of photography, even if her work remains relatively unknown to the general public. A mythical New York artist of the 1960s and 1970s who lived as a recluse at the Chelsea Hotel from 1972, Bettina developed a prolific body of work spanning more than 60 years.

His death in New York on November 2, 2021, at the age of 94, went relatively unnoticed.

In 2017, Yto Barrada started an important research project on the art of Bettina. The result is a monograph that presents an exceptional photographic, cinematographic and graphic corpus of the artists, influenced by the practice of conceptual sculpture. The book won the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2020. It will be published by Atelier EXB in 2022 and will be unveiled during the opening week of the Rencontres in July 2022.

A monographic exhibition of Bettina’s work at the Salle Henri Comte in Arles, also supported by the women on the move LAB, will accompany this major publication.

women on the move and Les Rencontres d’Arles renew their commitment

Kering is pleased to announce the extension and strengthening of its partnership with Les Rencontres d’Arles, committing itself to the festival for five additional years as a major partner.

Launched in 2015 to highlight the role of women in the world of 7and art, women on the move has become a privileged place to change mentalities and fight against gender inequalities in all artistic and cultural fields, and in particular in photography. In March 2019, Kering and Les Rencontres d’Arles announced their partnership and the launch of the women on the move program in Arles. While continuing since 2016 to support the Madame Figaro Photo Prize, which supports young female talent, Kering has also launched two complementary activities: the women on the move LAB and the women on the move Photography Prize in Arles.

About Babette Mangolte

Born in France in 1941 and based in New York since the 1970s, Babette Mangolte is a filmmaker, photographer, artist and author of critical essays on photography. As director of photography, she worked with Chantal Akerman on cult films Jeanne Dileman, 23 Commerce Street, and 1080 Brussels. She has documented the choreography and performances of Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown, Joan Jonas, Robert Morris, Lucinda Childs, Marina Abramović, Steve Paxton and the theater scene of the 1970s in New York. Her recent solo exhibitions include a retrospective at the Kunsthalle Vienna (2017) and VOX center de l’image contemporaine, Montreal (2013). His work is regularly featured in exhibitions, festivals and film programs internationally, most recently at the Tate Modern in London; Migros Museum, Zürich; ICA, Philadelphia; South London Gallery, London; ICA, London.

On women on the move

Kering’s commitment to women is at the heart of the Group’s priorities and continues through women on the movein the field of arts and culture, where gender inequalities are still glaring, even though creation is one of the most powerful vectors of change.

In 2015, Kering launched women on the move at the Cannes Film Festival with the aim of highlighting women in cinema, in front of and behind the camera. The program has since expanded significantly to include photography, but also art, design, choreography and music. Through its Awards, the program rewards inspiring personalities and young female talents, while its Talks allow leading personalities to share their point of view on the representation of women in their profession.

For eight years, women on the move has been a platform of choice that contributes to changing mentalities and thinking about the place of women – and the recognition they receive – in the arts and culture.

About the Rencontres d’Arles

Through exhibitions organized in various exceptional heritage sites in the city, the Rencontres d’Arles has contributed every summer since 1970 to supporting the world’s photographic heritage and has thus become a melting pot of contemporary creation. A veritable cultural incubator for artists, the Rencontres d’Arles is an annual crossroads for photographic creation. Echoing and promoting reflections and artistic practices at the crossroads of disciplines, the Rencontres d’Arles presents the work of more than 200 artists and curators each year, through 35 exhibitions in places with specially designed scenographies. For an increasingly discerning public, the festival reveals trends, opens up new paths, explores and questions the status of the changing image, creating content that reflects the sociological and geographical diversity of our world.

About Kering

A global luxury group, Kering manages the development of a group of renowned fashion, leather goods and jewelry houses: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo, Qeelin, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Houses to set new limits to their creative expression while shaping the Luxury of tomorrow in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination”.

Alice Elliot Dark’s New Novel Knows The Ties That Bind


Alice Elliot Dark’s second novel, stock market point (Scribner/Rucci, July), tackles topical themes – feminism, aging, environmentalism – but the center is timeless: a story of friendship between women. Agnès and Polly are lifelong best friends who have followed very different paths. Polly is married with children, respectful towards her husband, affluent; Agnès is a freelance, best-selling writer of feminist children’s books and author of a literary series for adults written under a pseudonym.

Now 80, Agnes battles her health and writer’s block and convinces Polly to join her in preserving Fellowship Point, a section of coastal Maine land that has belonged to the two women’s families for generations. The situation creates a litmus test for relationships with family, friends and community, and the enduring bond of these two women is a lens with which to examine the arc of feminism through the 20th century.

stock market point is an immersive, intimate and modern take on a 19th century novel – a literary page-turner that hits all the highlights of the long, intertwined lives of two friends.

The story of the book is its own story. Worldwide rights were sold to Simon & Schuster in 2002 based on a partial manuscript of a novel about a woman’s book club. Dark had just published his first novel, Think of England, following two collections of stories. She wrote the novel under contract, originally called The book groupbut she says when Jane Austen’s Book Club came out, “It didn’t seem like a good idea to have a second one so I put the book away. I started another novel but couldn’t figure it out and I put that one aside too.

Then, Dark recalled, in 2011 at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, “I had hit a wall and sat in a chair for many hours looking out the window when a figure came towards me. I wrote pages that didn’t end up in the book, but other characters arrived. When Agnes arrived she was larger than life and the energy shifted.

The story, Dark says, was always about Maine, where she spent the summers and where her mother had a house, and she adds, “I always write about women. I’ve always been interested in the lives of women, especially older women. I didn’t think about it until someone asked me, “What is your book about?” And I said, ‘Two old women.’ And then I thought, two old women, that’s not the thing in popular fiction! But even at 80, they are still changing, growing. I am interested in all aspects of women, as children, as young women, as older women. The whole life cycle of women fascinates me.

Meanwhile, Dark’s agent, Henry Dunow of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner, who says he has known her for 25 years “as a writer, agent and friend”, tells me that “Alice got a publisher after the another and, for a long time, no editor. There were a lot of false starts.” When Jon Karp became editor at S&S in 2010, Dunow asked him to “keep the faith, be patient, believe in this author”. Karp did, and Dunow says it is “one of the happiest publishing stories of belief, loyalty and fairness”.

Dunow saw pieces of Camaraderie while Alice worked there for the next 10 years. (“Henry bothered me once, in 2010,” Dark says). In 2018, she had a 1,400-page draft, which she cut to 800 pages and gave to Dunow, who felt it was a masterpiece. He contacted S&S Editorial Director Marysue Rucci and asked if she would “watch over it”.

Rucci agreed with Dunow on Camaraderie being a masterpiece. They revised the original contract, “rearranging the elements,” she says. When Rucci received his own imprint at Scribner in August 2021, stock market point went with her.

“We just kept hoping that Alice would deliver at some point,” Rucci says. “I left S&S, came back and in 2018 Henry called me. ‘I have good news!’ What did he say?’ I asked. ‘A manuscript of Alice. The only problem is that it’s 800 pages.’

Rucci was intrigued when Dunow offered him the book; she has always been a fan of Dark’s writing. “We cut 250 pages,” says Rucci. “Alice is an amazing editor and so gracious. Right from the start, you know you’re with someone with extraordinary skills. When I got the print, I was hoping she would move in with me. I thought it was the perfect book to anchor the inaugural list: conservation ideas, possibilities, or not, for women. It is a beautiful social criticism and such a beautiful friendship between these two women. People said, ‘Finally! I can’t wait to give this to my best friend. ”

Dark didn’t know Rucci, but when she received a letter from her stating how much she loved the book, Dark said, “It was amazing, exciting and rewarding and a huge relief. Marysue responded with such enthusiasm. It was great to work with her and I was very happy to go to Scribner with her.

Although Dark says she started stock market point before the Ferrante books, she was excited that her character Agnes is an anonymous author like Ferrante. “I could see the reactions,” she said. “It was timely.”

Dark has also done a lot of research on women giving land and land preservation. “They weren’t strongly attached to land ownership like men,” she explains, “and didn’t have control of the land until the early 20th century, but they felt like protecting it. “. She cites Roxanne Quimby, the co-founder of Burt’s Bees, who bought land across the United States, including Maine, and donated more than 87,000 acres to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument established in 2016.

Dunow is calling stock market point “a 19th century novel whose twists and turns would make Charles Dickens blush – an old-fashioned story but very contemporary in its themes and concerns”, while Dark tells me she loves 19th century novels and wanted write one but make it modern.

The idea of ​​modern does not follow when I ask for his email.

She laughs. “I’m one of three people who still have AOL,” she said. “It’s a badge of honor!”

A version of this article originally appeared in the 03/28/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: The links that unite

7 Days is a pandemic romantic comedy about Covid, written by a doctor


When he’s not winning the Indie Spirit Awards for Best First Feature, Roshan Sethi tours one of the country’s top hospitals.

Most pandemic movies haven’t directly addressed the actual disease of COVID-19, but most movies aren’t written and directed by real doctors. Over the past two years, independent filmmakers have risen to the challenges presented by smaller crews and daily testing, producing inventive versions of distance learning like “Language Lessons” or provocative live-action thrillers like “Deadstream.” and “Dashcam”.

But few have managed to show a character suffering from the effects of COVID, let alone in a romantic comedy. Shot in one location with a cast of two and set during the first week of the pandemic, “7 Days” is a snappy, rambling romantic comedy that doesn’t shy away from the human cost of COVID.

That’s all down to director and co-writer Roshan Sethi, who moonlights as an oncologist at one of the nation’s top hospitals for nine weeks a year.

“It was really important to me at the time that we didn’t look away,” Sethi said. “It was happening, and making a piece of art that pretended that what was happening and affecting all of us wasn’t happening was really difficult. … So we took a very natural global force that we were all facing and reflected how it would specifically affect these two people.

A first-time director and successful television screenwriter, Sethi pursued Hollywood with the same intensity that took him from Harvard Medical School to his current position as a radiation oncologist at the prestigious Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He began his screenwriting career as a medical consultant, quickly rising through the ranks to co-create and EP “The Resident,” now in its fifth season on Fox. In medicine and cinema, the scammers will hustle.

“7 days”


“I came out very late in life when I was 30, or what felt like very late in life,” Sethi said. “Honestly, I think the reason I have two careers and so much ambition, too much ambition for one person, is because I’m gay. Because I felt so broken and unworthy ever since my younger age. I was never satisfied with what I did no matter what I achieved because of the fundamental problem I had which was that I didn’t have made me come out.

Shortly after his release, he met his partner and “7 Days” co-writer, actor Karan Soni. A likeable and familiar character actor, Soni has racked up a range of credits over the past few decades, spanning everything from cult indies like “Safety Not Guaranteed” to the TBS anthology series “Miracle Workers” to hits. massive studio releases like “Deadpool” and “The Office Christmas Party. With encouragement from her partner, Soni felt confident to pursue writing for the first time.

Soni brings an endearing nerd charisma as the film’s protagonist, Ravi, a protected teetotaler who hopes to marry a nice Indian girl to make his mother happy. Too serious for his own good, Ravi’s traditional worldview is suddenly challenged by Geraldine Viswanathan’s Rita, a free spirit who only agrees to the date to get his mother off his back (and pay his rent). . The title refers to both the time most arranged married couples have to get to know each other and the time strangers find themselves unexpectedly quarantined together. Following its premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, the film won Best First Feature at the 37th Independent Spirit Awards.

Soni notes that he often benefited from “colorblind casting” throughout his acting career and relished the chance to play an Indian character written by an Indian.

“I really wanted to tell a more Indian story,” the actor said. “I can improvise a lot in the things that I do, but I was never able to improvise my Indian experience. Because it wasn’t a niche in this film, I felt like I could use a lot of things that I had never used, and I was really excited to tell a story from that perspective.

Due to Sethi’s schedule at the hospital, the couple often operate long-distance stretches at a time. The film’s unusual circumstances were obviously inspired by the pandemic, but also speak to their experience as well as the experience of their parents.

7 days

Karan Soni and Roshan Sethi on the set of “7 Days”


“We’re both from an arranged marriage, so that’s always been on our minds,” Sethi said. “And then ‘Love Is Blind’ had just come out. And we were thinking about what it’s like to fall in love with someone without seeing them, to talk through walls, to share things you wouldn’t otherwise share when you’re not personally and physically with the person. And then we thought about our own relationship and the fact that we were doing long distance.

Shot on a shoestring budget, “7 Days” transformed the constraints of the pandemic into a unique premise that shakes up the traditional romantic comedy while staying true to its roots. It’s a tender and funny depiction of a strange couple who let their guard down long enough to let love in. Although the central couple are straight, the intimacy they share is informed by the love of the partners behind the scenes.

“As our love progressed, I became interested in writing about love. And this film kind of grew out of our relationship and the things that we went through as a couple,” Sethi said. “After I came out, I experienced a truly incredible softening of my personality. Falling in love with Karan showed me that I can be a tender and generous person and that my life doesn’t have to be as preoccupied with ambition as I have. So now I’m the coldest I’ve ever been.

“Which is always – he has four jobs, but yeah,” Soni added.

“7 Days” is in select theaters now.

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Scotland’s ‘forgotten Jane Austen’, 19th century author Susan Ferrier, was an early adopter of the meme – Scots commentary

19th-century author Susan Ferrier is considered Scotland’s Jane Austen

So for anyone to be described as the “forgotten Jane Austen” it’s high praise indeed. Move on, Susan Ferrier, a near-contemporary of Austen, whose books were well received during her lifetime but who largely got lost in the mists of time.

Today, a celebration of her work is taking place at an Edinburgh hotel, The George, once the townhouse where Ferrier and her family lived, as part of Women’s History Month.

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At the time, society somehow thought it was inappropriate for women to have a public role, so Ferrier wrote anonymously, although it became widely known that she was the author. .

Similarly, Austen’s first novel Sense and Sensibility was published with the words “By a lady” replacing its name, while his 1813 book Pride and Prejudice was attributed to “the author of Sense and Sensibility”.

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The opening line of this last book – “It is a universally recognized truth, that a single man in possession of good fortune must need a wife” – is so famous that it has become a meme. literary.

And it seems that Ferrier was one of the first to adopt it, beginning her 1824 book, L’Héritage: “It is a universally recognized truth, that there is no passion so deeply rooted in human nature than that of pride.”

We tend to think of memes as a modern creation, born out of the internet, so perhaps Ferrier, like Austen, was also ahead of his time and worth rediscovering.

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‘Blackout poetry’ aims to spark creativity and relationships in Warwickshire


A POETRY project aims to unite communities at both ends of Warwickshire.

Creative wellness charity Escape Arts has launched ‘Gateways’ to connect people and places at its two centers in Stratford and Nuneaton.

The project is part of a larger program called ‘Mind the Gap’ funded by the London Northwestern Railway.

The weekly creative sessions focus on “hidden poetry” which uses words from existing texts – such as travel guides, a flyer or an article – to create a poem. Unused words are blacked out in ink.

Poetry and finished artwork will be used in installations around the center of Stratford and at Nuneaton station.

Dionne Sambrook, Creative Program Manager, explained, “It’s a great way to introduce people to poetry composition, especially people who may not consider themselves poets, those who have limited linguistic skills and those who lack confidence in creative writing. This also allows for many possibilities for illustration and art.

“The groups have really enjoyed the sessions so far and have confirmed that anyone can definitely write poetry!”

Coventry Poet Laureate Emilie Lauren Jones helps run the sessions.

She said: “I was aware of all the great work Escape Arts does and was really thrilled when they got in touch. It was also a challenge for me as I usually lead writing-based activities, but the Escape Arts team felt that visual poetry would work best for their 25th anniversary celebrations and I’m so glad that they did it! It made me think outside the box when creating activities for my workshops.

“I loved being amazed in each session by the participants’ ability to merge words and art in unique ways.

“I also think it’s wonderful that people can take existing writing – perhaps writing they don’t like or disagree with – and make it their own by turning it into something new and beautiful.”

Walkways will be installed in the summer with some of the poetry performed live by Emilie Jones at an event later in the year.

Exhibits from past projects including Left luggage – stories of platforms and personal journeys to advocate for wellbeing – in Bell Court store windows were installed this week.

To visit www.emilielaurenjones.co.uk for more details on Emilie and www.escapearts.org.uk for more details about the charity.

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Beautiful writing by famous female flyers


women’s history month is the perfect time to read (or reread) and appreciate the work of talented women who have distinguished themselves as both aviators and authors.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906–2001), wife of pioneering aviator Charles Lindbergh, was a prolific author who wrote a number of aviation-inspired books. The Lindberghs married in 1929. The future published author earned her pilot’s license in 1931 and accompanied her husband on two flights around the world to chart air routes between continents. The couple flew from the United States to China in 1931 and to Europe, Africa and South America in 1933. Anne Morrow Lindbergh was awarded the National Geographic Society’s Hubbard Medal in 1934 for her contributions to these exploratory flights. The flight to China inspired her to write her first book, From North to East.

Although her flying career lasted only a few years, she wrote many books throughout her long life – non-fiction, novels, poetry, and volumes of her diaries and letters.

From North to East

From North to East chronicles the 1931 flight of the Lindberghs to China via a northern route over Canada, Alaska, Siberia and Japan. The 1935 book was a bestseller, received critical acclaim, and won a National Book Award as “Most Distinguished General Nonfiction of 1935.”

For the flight, the couple flew a Lockheed Model 8 Sirius fitted with floats, as much of the route was above water. The plane was damaged on the Yangtze River in China and returned to the United States, along with the couple, by boat. Today you can see it at the National Air and Space Museum, in Washington, D.C.

To listen! The wind

To listen! The wind is a 1938 book that focuses on the Lindberghs’ flight from Africa to South America, a leg of their 1933 exploratory flight. From North to Eastit was a bestseller and received a National Book Award.

The steep climb

The steep climb is the only aviation-themed novel by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Written in 1944, the plot follows a pregnant woman and her husband as they fly from England, cross France and cross the Alps to Italy. Early reviews were lukewarm, but the book sold well and later reviews were more generous. The New York Times wrote, “As an adventure story, it’s lively and exciting. But, it is much more than that. [It’s] charm and grace are rooted in the fabric of the author’s mind and in the fruit of his philosophy… When reading this book, we feel that we have shared the thoughts of a lively, sensitive, generous spirit .

gift from the sea

A non-aeronautical book is Lindbergh’s most famous work. gift from the sea was the best-selling non-fiction of 1955 and today it is considered “inspiring literature”. Anne wrote the book for American women of her time, with a subtitle, “A Response to the Conflicts in Our Lives.” Inspired by seashells on the beach, she explored various aspects of women’s lives in the mid-twentieth century, including youth and aging, love, marriage, and family.

As one book reviewer wrote, “The literature of flight has no more gifted collaborator than Anne Morrow Lindbergh. He was given this rare quality of spiritual insight and the ability to put it into words.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, perhaps the most famous of the female aviators, also showed skill with the written word.  Photo courtesy of Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

Amelia Earhart (1897–1937) was arguably the most renowned aviator of the golden age of flight. She was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a passenger in 1928, then as a pilot in 1932. Earhart set numerous aviation records (including the altitude record in a gyroplane), participated in air races and was a founding member. of the Ninety-Nine. She has written numerous newspaper articles promoting aviation and served as aviation editor for Cosmopolitan magazine. During her lifetime, Earhart wrote two books. A third, with her “paternity”, was compiled by her husband after he disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

20 hours. 40 Mins. : Our Flight in Friendship

A well-written narrative combining flight log entries with childhood memories, 20 hours. 40 Mins. : Our Flight in Friendship is based on Earhart’s experience as a passenger in the Friendship as he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. Earhart included a chapter titled “Women in Aviation.”

The pleasure of it

Earhart’s second book is perhaps the best gift for young girls to inspire them to pursue aviation. In The pleasure of it, Earhart recounts how she became interested in flying, profiles other female pilots of the day, and encourages girls to pursue their dreams. The title comes from his quote: “Flying may not be easy, but the pleasure is worth the price.”

Last flight

Published posthumously after Earhart disappeared while attempting to fly around the world in 1937, Last flight was compiled by Earhart’s husband. It consists of diary entries, flight notes, and logbook entries made during the flight (and sent home) as well as recollections of people who knew Earhart.

The Lockheed Vega that crossed the Atlantic by Earhart in 1932 can be seen at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, not far from the Lindbergh’s Sirius. You can visit Earhart’s birthplace, now a museum, in Atchison, Kansas.

Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham (1902–1986) was a pioneer bush pilot in the early colonization of East Africa and the first person to fly solo, non-stop, across the Atlantic from east to west. his memoirs, west with the nightis a classic of aviation and African literature.

Markham grew up in Kenya, establishing himself as a talented horse trainer at a young age. She was taught to fly by Tom Campbell Black, a British pilot who established Kenya’s first airline and rose to prominence as a long-distance air race pilot.

Markham has transported safari clients to remote campsites, evacuated sick and injured people to hospital in Nairobi and worked with big game hunters to track game.

In 1936 Markham took off from England in a Percival Vega Gull to attempt a westward crossing of the Atlantic. She crossed the ocean safely but made a forced landing, due to fuel system problems, in Nova Scotia. She became the first person to fly from England to North America, nonstop from east to west.

west with the night

In 1942, Markham published west with the nighta memoir of her life in British East Africa, her career as a horse trainer and bush pilot, and the Atlantic flight of 1936. Although most people who knew her said that she was the last person they thought was a writer, Ernest Hemingway was impressed.

“She wrote so well, and wonderfully well, that I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer. It can write circles around all of us who consider ourselves writers…it really is a damn wonderful book.”

After devouring west with the nightlearn more about Markham’s life by reading Mary S. Lovell’s biography, Straight until morning.

Today, if you want to fly over the same wild landscapes as Markham and go in search of elephants, head to Wilson Airport in Nairobi, where she learned to fly. There it is possible to rent a plane or join a guided air safari.

2022 Des Moines Book Festival in Capital Square with in-person events


Although the Des Moines Book Festival kicked off in 2019, this year marks only the second full-fledged in-person lineup after organizers canceled the event in 2020 and moved online last year.

Most of this festival will be held inside Capital Square, 400 Locust St., in downtown Des Moines. There, visitors can eat, listen to live music, read local authors and hear from professional writers.

One of the standout guest authors at this year’s event is Angeline Boulley, who penned “Firekeeper’s Daughter.” She makes an appearance at 5 p.m. to talk about the inspirations for her novel at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel. Carol Hunter, editor of the Des Moines Register, and Susan Patterson Plank of the Iowa Newspaper Association talk about the future of journalism at an 11 a.m. event.

Other events will teach participants how to read more books and how to start learning braille, among many other activities.

According to Jerrica Marshall, manager of downtown venues with the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the event also includes more than 30 area authors, six nonprofits, three publishers, three food vendors and three merchants. .

“What we want to achieve with all of our events is to get people to come out and support the locals,” Marshall said. “We hope to continue to make the book program bigger and better every year.”

Although programming is free, VIP packages start at $55 with “prime seating,” an autographed book, 20% off purchase at Beaverdale Books, and other perks.

Parents who attend these events can bring the kids to Capital Square’s Just for Kids Room, which is available all day, offering story time and activities like putt-putt golf all day.

A full schedule of events, as listed on dsmpartnership.com, is available below. Although all events are free, visitors can pre-register for the workshops.

Continued:Des Moines Public Library AViD Returns to In-Person Programs with NYT Bestselling Authors

Dotdash Meredith Main Stage

Matt Woods performs at the Des Moines Book Festival on March 26.

The Dotdash Meredith Main Stage will be at the center of the Capital Square Atrium and will feature entertainment provided by area singer-songwriters throughout the day.

  • 9 am Bruce Day
  • 10am Patresa Hartman
  • 11 a.m. Sara Routh
  • Midday Matt wood
  • 1 p.m. Ryne Doughty
  • 2 p.m. Lani
  • 3 p.m. Des Moines Community Playhouse Final Act Set
  • 4 p.m. J. Jeffrey Messerole
  • 5 p.m. As Jones
  • 6 p.m.. Joshua Sinclair

Continued:Local favorite Beaverdale Books taps new co-owner to join founder Alice Meyer

Headlining Author Series

Ibolo Mbue's first novel

The four lead authors of the event appear in the ballroom of the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust St., accessible by the catwalk north of Capital Square.

  • 10am Imbolo Mbue, author of “Behold the Dreamers” and “How Beautiful We Were”
  • Midday Dawnie Walton, author of “The Final Revival of Opal & Nev”
  • 3 p.m. Stephanie Land, author of “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Way to Survive”
  • 5 p.m. Angeline Boulley, author of “Firekeeper’s Daughter”

Continued:Des Moines podcaster Amy Lee Lillard embraces punk themes in her debut book ‘Dig Me Out’

Writers’ workshops

Writers’ Workshops are held in the first floor rooms of Capital Square and give attendees the chance to get a feel for the process of becoming a novelist, journalist, or what it takes to write more non-fiction. general.

  • 9:30 a.m. Thrill(er) Ride: Lessons learned on the journey to becoming a novelist
  • 11 a.m. Panel on the future of journalism
  • 1 p.m. Edition 101
  • 2:30 p.m. Published Authors’ Perspectives Panel
  • 4 p.m. Nonfiction Writers’ Panel

Continued:NaNoWriMo frontman Grant Faulkner hails from Oskaloosa

Practical workshops

These hands-on workshops allow Book Festival attendees to hone their creative skills in-person with a variety of activities, from working with watercolor paints to baking pies. The Des Moines Architecture Walking Tour at 2 p.m. is the only event where pre-registration is recommended.

  • 9:30 a.m. Books and Beans: Spring pairings between books and coffee with Storyhouse Bookpub and Daisy Chain Coffee
  • 10am Paint your story: watercolor and hand lettering with delicate bows
  • 11 a.m. Let’s get ready to roll: tips and tricks for making a pie with bird pies
  • Midday Everyone Can Read: Introduction to Braille with the Iowa Department for the Blind
  • 12:30 p.m. Erasure Poetry: Mining “A Thousand Acres” by Jane Smiley with Sara Perez
  • 2 p.m. Improve your list: how to learn more and really benefit from it with Linzi Murray
  • 2 p.m. DSM Architecture Walking Tour with the Iowa Architecture Foundation
  • 3:30 p.m. Another Dimension: Women of Science Fiction Past and Present with Lettie Prell
  • 4 p.m. Sips, stats and stories with Red Boot Distillery and Daisy Cocktail

just for kids

For kids who may not have the interest or ability to attend some of the above offerings, a Just For Kids space with its own lineup can be found on the first floor of Capital Square.

  • 9:30 a.m. Storytime with StoryHouse BookPub
  • 10am Open game with JouJou
  • 11:30 a.m. Storytime with StoryHouse BookPub
  • Midday Open game with JouJou
  • 2 p.m. The History of Braille with the Iowa Department for the Blind
  • 3:30 p.m. Salamander Storytime with Ruby the Red Panda Reading with Blank Park Zoo

Isaac Hamlet covers arts, entertainment and culture at the Des Moines Register. Contact him at [email protected] or 319-600-2124, or follow him on Twitter @IsaacHamlet.

Sac City Unified investigates racist message in school hallway


The district says the message was found at Rosemont High School on Tuesday.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The City of Sacramento Unified School District has launched an investigation after finding a racist message in a hallway at Rosemont High School.

A district spokesperson told ABC10 the post included the N-word.

“Sac City Unified takes no incident of racism lightly, and that’s why we widely share that another shameful act of racist graffiti has taken place in our schools,” said school district superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar. Sacramento City Unified. . “As a community, we must loudly condemn this heinous act. Racist incidents will not be tolerated in our schools. We will endeavor to provide the necessary support to our students and staff traumatized by this incident as soon as possible. »

Officials said they deleted the post after it was discovered and began reviewing security footage to provide evidence to law enforcement. The incident was reported to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

Appropriate action will be taken against anyone involved in the incident, the district said.

“The school board is unified and committed to providing a safe and anti-racist learning environment for our students,” said Christian Pritchett, chair of the Sacramento City Unified School District Board of Trustees. “We fully denounce any racist behavior and will continue to do all we can to support members of our African-American community who need to feel welcomed and loved in our schools.”

Social justice advocate hired by Sac City Unified to prevent future racism

Author Hosts Monthly Writers’ Workshop at Mount Carmel Public Library | Rogersville


Mount Carmel Library welcomes new resident and published author, Bonnie L. Boyles, as she and her family settle in.

Bonnie has successfully initiated a writers group at the library which meets the first Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m.

She wrote “Seek and You May Find Jesus” which is for women who suffer from CPTSD due to childhood abuse and trauma. She writes Christian, non-fiction and the book delves into the many ways Jesus has manifested in her life.

This elderly person now knows for sure that Jesus uses imperfect people to accomplish his purposes and he can now see where he was on reflection and share this with his readers.

She continued with a book on immigration.

After careful consideration, she was led to write on a subject of which she knew nothing.

Immigration was not a topic she embraced, and she fought long and hard against the idea. But it wouldn’t go away and nearly “harassed her to death.”

“Confounded by Immigration: Immigration from a Biblical Perspective,” took a year and a half to research, assemble, study, and write. She often had to stop and put the book down because the first-hand account of immigrants became so heartbreaking.

Bonnie believes that “there is a lot of misinformation about how a Christian should react to immigrants and the book, which begins with Jesus and ends with the current outdated immigration policy, will serve to provide a better understanding of what it means to be an immigrant. through the ages and what Christians should do to help. . . and what we should not do.

Interviews with legal and illegal immigrants were compiled and finally some of their harrowing stories could be told. The chapter titled “Monkey Bars” almost stopped the book.

She said, “It was the hardest to write because it involved children.” To conclude the book, there is information and resources for immigrants as well as the answers to the civics exam, also provided on the government website.

How to engage in better conversations with your children; expert advice


Conversations don’t come so easily and even more so with children if you don’t share an emotional connection with them. Like adults, children also crave company and love to have conversations, but sometimes they can worry about being misunderstood by parents. (Also read: 6 ways to love your grandparents and make them feel special)

To start conversations with your children and understand what’s going on in their creative and imaginative world, you must first think from their perspective and put them at ease. Although being an authority figure makes it a bit difficult for parents, developing a friendly equation from an early age could be extremely beneficial for their emotional development.

Ritu Rahul Rathod, Creative Writing and Communications Coach and Founder – Moonlight Musings shares some effective communication tips for parents with HT Digital.

“From birth, warm, gentle and responsive communication helps babies and children feel secure in their world. It also builds and strengthens relationships between children and their parents and guardians. To grow and develop skills, children need security and strong relationships, so communicating well with children is essential for development,” says Rathod.

Here are a few tips:

1. Give your child your full attention when communicating with each other.

2. Encourage your child to talk to you about what he feels and thinks.

3. Listen and respond sensitively to all sorts of topics – good news, angry situations, embarrassment, sadness, fear and anything and everything.

4. Focus on his body language and tone as well as his words so you can truly empathize with your child.

5. Use your own body language to show that you are interested in what your child wants to share with you.

6. Consider what your child can understand and how long they can stay attentive.

7. Ask non-judgmental questions that demand real answers.

8. Notice the small conversation openers.

9. Don’t jump to solutions and advice.

10. Incorporate “us time” with your child into your routine.

11. Try not to respond with anger, disdain, sarcasm, or emptiness.

12. Stay available.

Meet a teenage author and award-winning teacher


Editor’s note: This is the first installment of the Daily News Journal’s weekly education roundup. Each week, we’ll share events at public, charter, and private schools in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, as well as home schooling in the area. Story ideas? Contact reporter Nancy DeGennaro at [email protected]

Here’s the latest news from schools in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.

book for teenage authors

Chris Steadman, a senior at La Vergne High School, has self-published his first young adult book on Amazon.

The book, titled “Time to Scrap”, chronicles the struggle of protagonist Joseph, who aims to win a fighting tournament and emerge from a life of poverty, gangs and violence in his urban neighborhood.

“A lot of kids like me in my community just want to play sports or music, but it’s different and it can show them and inspire them to do different things,” Steadman said. “It can also encourage young people and teenagers to read. Many don’t see it as “cool”, but if they see someone like them doing it, then maybe they would see it differently.

The 133-page book is currently available for purchase on Amazon. A digital version of the book is also available free to current Kindle subscribers.

Teacher wins national award

Brittany Taylor doesn’t want her students to sit and listen while she teaches history lessons — she wants them to be fully engaged while they learn.

Taylor is the latest winner of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year award.

Brittany Taylor of Rockvale Middle School is the most recent recipient of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies' Social Studies Teacher of the Year award.

Taylor began her teaching career in 2012 as a student teacher at Rockvale Middle and has always had a passion for teaching at the school since her first year.

“I fell in love with middle schoolers, and I fell in love especially with Rockvale. So I added my endorsement and taught a year at Smyrna Middle with ELA. Then I’ve been here since teaching history,” said Taylor said. .

The wall behind Taylor’s desk is decorated with certificates and plaques of recognition for her teaching achievements. His nomination for TCSS Teacher of the Year 2019 is there too. The price is nice, Taylor said, but the students are more important.

“What I love about my job is kids and seeing them learn something new and finally get it,” Taylor said. “Just the excitement they bring to the content itself. I love thinking of ways to help them understand something they might be struggling with or make something more fun.”

From lesson plans to classroom engagement, social studies students at Taylor have something to look forward to every day in their history lessons.

“My favorite thing some kids tell me is, ‘You know – I didn’t like the story before – but you make it really fun. ”

“Best for All”

The Tennessee Department of Education has designated schools in the city of Murfreesboro a “best for all” district for significantly investing federal COVID-19 stimulus funding to boost student success and improve student achievement. school.

“Best for All” districts will receive financial, operational and resource benefits in recognition of districts’ planned investments to spend their share of federal COVID-19 relief and recovery funding directly on services, resources and supports that will help students to succeed academically.

Lauren Hough loses Lambda Award nomination after Twitter feud


She added, “I expected more from Lambda than character assassination by vague accusations based on rumors on Twitter, for telling people – not a group, but people – to read the book.”

Acquaye and Scales said in a joint interview that an independent jury and Lambda Literary both contributed to the decision to remove the book from competition, and said the organization took no position on “The Men.” .

Following Hough’s posts, Scales said in the interview, “a lot of trans people felt like they couldn’t, they weren’t allowed to be in these conversations.” Acquaye said the posts “didn’t uplift other queer people and those voices.”

In her Substack newsletter, Hough said she discussed “The Men” with Newman, including “how to make the book acknowledge the reality of transgender people.”

“Other books that started from this premise – all men disappear – erased the existence of trans people, and it was important to her not to do that, to be as sensitive as possible,” Hough wrote. . “So when I saw people assuming that simple idea was the entire plot, I told them to read the book before assuming the worst.”

For this, she wrote, she was called a trans-exclusive radical feminist – which she denied.

(Previous books with similar storylines, eliminating or separating genre “were written before there was much focus on anything beyond a genre binary,” said Brian Attebery, professor in English at Idaho State University who has written about gender in science fiction.)

Hough lamented that Twitter users had so harshly criticized a book they hadn’t read.

“They call it ‘call culture’,” she wrote on Substack, “because bullying is wrong unless your target is someone you don’t like, for reasons social justice reasons, of course.”

In an email Monday, Newman declined to comment on her upcoming book but confirmed Hough’s account of their friendship. “He is also a person of great integrity and decency,” Newman added. “And she’s an incredible writer whose book deserves all the awards.”

‘Black Meets White’ author to share book at Readfield Library


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Readfield author Justine Fontes plans to read her children’s picture book featuring designs, “Black Meets White,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, behind the Readfield Community Library, 1151 Main St.

Children, parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to come dressed in black and white or other colorful designs such as plaids and stripes.

In addition to writing, Fontes – who spends his days working at the post office in Readfield – will lead the children in a model craft with spring stamps and ink pads, according to a press release from the University of Maine. in Augusta.

While earning her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature Phi Beta Kappa from New York University, she worked part-time in publishing. She was an editorial assistant at Golden Books and began receiving more freelance writing assignments than she could handle. Her husband, Ronald Fontes, helped her by providing training in storytelling, acting and comics.

Fontes and her husband moved to Maine in 1988. The successful writing team has written or authored over 700 books. They include everything from best-selling adaptations of Disney hits like “The Lion King” and the popular Scholastic series “Grumpy Bunny” to graphic novels, new readers, novelty, and historical fiction titles. The prolific writing couple’s goal is to hit 1,001 children’s books.

Visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather as the event is scheduled outdoors. In case of bad weather, the event will take place at 1 p.m. on April 2.

For more information, call Patricia Clark at 207-841-5154.

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UWindsor hosts Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Week


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The University of Windsor is hosting a series of events that kicked off Monday as part of its inaugural Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization Week.

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“This week celebrates and raises awareness of the multiplicity that makes the University of Windsor community the unique and beautiful place that it is,” said the Office of the Vice President, Equity, Diversity and the inclusion of the university in a press release.

Several speakers will address different issues each day.

The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination was marked on Monday with a virtual presentation entitled The Precariousness of Freedom: Slave Resistance as Experience, Process and Representation.

The event included an “Aboriginal highlight” with a performance by Victoria Hecnar, poet and student of English Literature and Creative Writing.

On Tuesday, which is Accessibility Awareness Day, a virtual session will “explore lived experiences and provide insights into how we can become better allies in making our campus and community more inclusive.”

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Wednesday’s events will include the launch of the Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (BIDE) Institute. There will also be an entry into the institute’s lecture series with former city councilor John Elliot and Amina Abdulle, a Canadian Muslim educator, poet and “awareness builder”.

Thursday is Sexual Violence Awareness Day and 2SLGBTQIA++ Awareness Day.

Friday is the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Saturday will bring a discussion titled A Fluid Frontier: Slavery, Resistance, the Underground Railroad, and the Detroit River Region.

Go to the University of Windsor website for more information on the week of events.

The Literary Acrobatics of Jennifer Egan


It’s a chilly January morning and a melancholic air hangs over East Seventh Street. Something changes when Jennifer Egan get on his bike. Rosy-cheeked and dressed in a dove-grey Fjällräven parka and stovepipe jeans that her teenage son recently outgrew, the novelist looks more like a carefree student than a 59-year-old literary lion on the eve of the publication of his seventh book. She jumps off her bike and locks it in front of a building. “That’s it,” she smiled at a window three stories up. She leans back to take a picture with her phone.

We’re standing in the shadow of the 450 square foot apartment that Egan and her boyfriend (now husband) David Herskovits rented for $900 a month in the 90s when she was still working as ” private secretary” to a novelist-countess (among other less glamorous jobs) and he was starting out as a theater manager, staging shows at nearby venues like La MaMa Experimental Theater Club and Nada. The couple decamped more than two decades ago, first to an apartment near Penn Station and then to Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where they raised two sons, but Egan never stopped thinking about that first apartment. . It’s where they used to have cast parties that “were so crowded you could barely move”, and where she wrote her first book. She used it as a backdrop in A visit from the Goon Squad, a daring polyphonic novel that made the rounds in the music industry and won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. In its revamp, the third-floor staircase housed Bix, a nerdy black graduate student who predicted the rise of ‘Internet. He’s back in his mind-blowing follow-up, The candy house, now as the god of technology whose memory-gathering invention sent the free world off its axis. Bix is ​​a master of the universe in a name, but he dreams of returning to where he was nobody and where he had the best conversations of his life.

Egan herself is a top-notch conversationalist, her words flowing as we head to the East River, another of Bix’s most beloved spots. Incredibly beautiful, with cobalt blue eyes and a bone structure reminiscent of Katharine Hepburn, she seems more comfortable talking about her ideas, like we’re in a writers’ workshop, than getting messy and personal. In this, Egan doesn’t really make the job of the interviewer any easier, although she has experience of being on the other side of that equation: she recalls an interview she once conducted with a famous fashion designer who wasn’t in the mood to share much about her new fragrance. “But they sent me a huge container of perfume afterwards and I haven’t worn anything else since, so something good came out of it,” she laughs.

I first met Egan when I interviewed her about Goon Squad. We were in her home office, overlooking the leafy garden behind her brownstone where she sets up a La-Z-Boy folding recliner and writes during the warmer months. I was pregnant, and as she told me about her writing process, she was continually looking for her cat, Cuddles, who was trying to climb into my lap. (She waits until today to tell me she’s been worried since a pregnant friend was badly injured by a cat scratch.) At the end of our first conversation, she’d talked about one of her own pregnancies, pointing to the armchair in the corner of the office: she had spent most of her work there, working on a Muji notebook, delaying her departure for the hospital so long that she ended up running there at the last minute and missed her window during an epidural. And so I’m not shocked when she tells me that when she had COVID in March 2020, she attempted to continue her writing routine, handwriting several pages a day. “I was so sick,” she says. “But I finally had time to focus, and I didn’t want to take that for granted.”

Egan is a master puzzler who designs his projects as problems to be solved. She is known less for one type of book than for her singular intelligence and ambition, which produces works that defy categorization. His oeuvre includes a quasi-ghost story set on the European hiking trail (The invisible circus), an online modeling and identity thriller (Look at me), a gothic mystery (The dungeon), and a punk and postmodern Möbius strip (Goon Squad). His most recent, manhattan beach, successfully published in 2017, was an experience of another order: simple historical narrative.

Review: ‘The Hours’ will bring Renée Fleming back to the Met


Puts borrowed from Glass’s minimalism the taste for using repeated figurations as a kind of sound carpet, but his repetitions are much less insistent. The opera begins in a watery blur, with a chorus, both floating and precise in sound, chanting fragments of Woolf’s classic opening line: “Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

The events of the opera, as in the book and the film, are studied modestly, taking place in a single day. Clarissa goes to the flower shop, visits her dying friend, and reflects on what her life would have been like if she hadn’t, years ago, broken off a budding romance with him. Woolf discusses page proofs with her husband, forms sentences and greets her sister’s family. Laura attempts to bake a cake for her husband’s birthday before escaping to a hotel to read alone.

With each of the two acts unfolding in an uninterrupted flow, Puts smoothly evolves between parlando sung conversation and dazzling lyrical flights. The stylization of the opera allows him to bring together his characters in the same musical space, even if they ignore each other otherwise. So there are, for example, lovely duets for Woolf and Laura, one in which they sing lines from “Mrs. Dalloway” in close harmony over quivering strings. Puts is insightful in the use of the chorus, which will be presumably offstage in a full production, to convey other shadows of these women’s inner lives.

Prepared with remarkably limited rehearsal time for a two-hour work with a substantial cast, it was a lush but seamless retelling of the score, performed with refinement and engagement. The opera relies heavily on the opulent strings of this orchestra, as well as its characterful wind and brass instruments, and the precision of a large battery of percussion instruments (including a celesta, frequently used, in a cliche daydreaming).

Puts’ work is attractive and skillful. Yet much of it, despite great activity and apparent variety in the orchestra and among the singers, conveys a sense of engulfing similarity of musical texture and vocal approach. The arias, if we put aside the words, are more or less interchangeable: perfectly hovering. Saturated orchestral colors recall Nelson Riddle’s symphonic pop arrangements and Samuel Barber’s gently reflective soprano monologue “Knoxville: Summer of 1915.” But Riddle’s songs are only a few minutes long; “Knoxville”, about 3 p.m. In a few hours, it’s beautiful but tiring.

The 1950s style for Laura’s world – soft Lawrence Welk-type swing, choral writing like TV jingles – seems obvious. And some moments of the greatest drama smack of the overkill that spoils the film, like when the threat of Woolf’s devastating headaches is marked by pounding darkness, gaping brass and instrumental screams.

Judd Apatow’s partnership with NBCUniversal expands


Judd Apatow returns to the world of entertainment with a vengeance. Universal Pictures and Universal Studio Group have unveiled their new joint venture with the writer, producer and director which will take the form of a multi-year production deal. Universal also took this time to update fans on the release date of their upcoming comedy, Brothers, produced by Apatow. Released in theaters on September 30, 2022, the film boasts of being the first major studio feature to feature an all-LGBTQIA+ cast. Brotherswhich was co-written by its star Billy Eichner as well as the director of the film, Nicholas Stoller, will revolve around the story of two gay men who try to forge a relationship despite their commitment issues. The comedy will also feature Bowen Yang, Harvey Fierstein, Luke Macfarlane, Simon, Miss Lawrence, Guillermo Diazand TS Madison.


Apart from his production work on BrothersApatow is busy with his first directorial feature since the 2020s The King of Staten Island. The comedy, titled The bubble, will air on Netflix and focuses on a group of actors and actresses who are doing their best to shoot a movie during the pandemic. Stuck with each other inside their hotel, the crew struggles to work together and get the job done. Known for his ability to attract some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars, The bubble will be no different. Included in the cast are Karen Gillan, Key Keegan-Michael, Maria Bakalova, Leslie Man, Iris Apatov, Pedro Pascaland David Duchovny. Apatow’s documentary work will soon be featured in an HBO film that will center on the legendary comedian, George Carlin. Team up to co-direct with Michel Bonfigliothe duo will endeavor to show the world the history of the interpreter of George Carlin’s American Dream.

In addition to calling on Apatow for its production work on Brothers, Universal is getting the ball rolling on their new merger by having it work with their streaming platform, Peacock, as well as several of their partnerships with other production companies. One of the mashups Apatow will be working on is a project titled, Dystrophy. The series, which will see UTV team up with A24, will draw part of its story from the life of its lead actor Steve’s Path (Rummy) and will tell the story of a young man with muscular dystrophy as he navigates life dealing with the ever-agonizing healthcare system, and his own personal relationships with his family and love interests. The play is co-written by Jonathan Braylock (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, vast city) and Rami Youssef (Rummy).

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For those who have loved Apatow’s content over the years, news of its merger with Universal should come as no surprise. Going back to the filmmaker’s debut in 2005 with The 40 year old virgin, Apatow and Universal have always been a match made in heaven. In a statement released with the big announcement, the critically acclaimed creator praised Universal Pictures for being “an incredibly creative and supportive partner in my film career,” adding sarcastically that “It only took me eighteen years to realizing that I should probably try to do it with the TV studio too. Concluding his comments, Apatow shared his excitement saying he was “so excited to get started.”

And we are happy too! With a track record like Apatow’s, Peacock is ready to give other streaming services a hard time.


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Minnesota author writes novel about elite junior hockey


The novel is about former Olympic hopefuls, now mothers, passing on their love and passion for hockey, along with their own baggage, to the next generation.

MINNEAPOLIS — In the land of 10,000 lakes, hockey reigns supreme, and a local author describes the competitiveness of elite junior hockey and the misconduct and abuse in athletics.

To discuss her upcoming novel, “Home or Away,” Kathleen West joined KARE 11 on Saturday and spoke about her experiences and insights she learned from members of the United States Women’s National Hockey Team.

West drew on her background as a Minnesota high school English teacher and hockey mom and collegiate athlete. She has also interviewed members of the United States Women’s National Hockey Team as well as players and coaches about skills, positions, game scenarios and philosophy.

Her novel, as she explained during KARE 11 on Saturday, is about former Olympic hopefuls, now mothers, passing on their love and passion for hockey, as well as their own baggage, to their children.

“Home or Away” comes out March 29, and there will be an in-person book launch event at 6:30 p.m. on March 29 at ModernWell. Tickets are $10. Pre-orders for the book can be made through Magers & Quinn, which is an event partner. Pre-orders include a personalized signed copy.

“Told with the wit and compassion of Kathleen West, ‘Home or Away’ is a story about overcoming our past, confronting our future, and the enduring bonds of female friendship,” read the description. of the book.

West is a lifelong Minnesotan, earned a degree in English from Macalester College, and currently lives in Minneapolis with her family.

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Influencer Caroline Calloway left New York with $40,000 in rent


Caroline Calloway with 205 West 15th Street (Instagram, Google Maps)

Caroline Calloway, the influencer famous for plagiarize instagram captions and lead creative writing workshops ridiculed as “blatant scams” sparked another controversy this month with his recent move from New York.

The celeb ditched town for Florida earlier this month after a string of going away parties documented by Braked. Calloway told the publication that she wanted to put ‘influence hunting’ behind her, settle into a calmer life and focus on wrote his memoirs.

But there’s one status symbol she can’t shake off so easily: the cost of living in New York City. A Supreme Court filing last Thursday shows Calloway left Gotham owing $40,000 in rent.

Calloway had lived at 205 West 15th Street since 2011, before becoming famous on Instagram. Last year, she extended her lease until August 31, 2022, a complaint filed in the New York Supreme Court broadcasts on Thursday.

But as Curbed reported, Calloway, to his owner’s surprise, decided that this month would be a better time to go. On March 1, Calloway moved all of his possessions out of the apartment, leaving it “completely bare and vacant”. Presumably, the White paint Calloway used to cover his hardwood floors, working around piles of laundry, remained.

Instead of handing over the keys and leaving the lease, Calloway passed them on to a few friends before heading to the airport and missing her flight, Curbed reported.

Poet Rachel Rabbit White and author Nico Walker, a couple who married for the second time last month, moved in a few days later.

But Calloway could be back in town sooner than she thought: The limited liability company that owns the building says it never approved a sublease and that White and Walker’s rental is “a total intrusion”.

The complaint also alleges that Calloway has not paid rent since September 2020. The statewide eviction moratorium has isolated her from housing court until January 15, or longer if she has applied for emergency housing assistance.

The owner calculated Calloway’s arrears at $40,844 and also asked the court for damages of at least $25,000.

8 Heartfelt and Powerful Children’s Books About Negative Emotions


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Last month, I dug into the subject of why many children’s books don’t feature negative emotions. Now that I’ve started to learn about this deficit in children’s books, I notice it more often. I even looked through my picture book collection at home and came away with some interesting finds. My son and I have a total of 151 children’s books. The majority of our collection includes books that I have kept from my childhood or books that we have received as gifts, although I supplement these with frequent trips to the library. Of the 151 picture books we have at home, can you guess how many deal with negative emotions?

Seven books.

That’s 4.6% of our picture book collection, or 5% if I’m generous on the turn. I have included an image of these seven books below. Of course, my collection is in no way representative of the actual percentage of children’s books that feature negative emotions. However, I find it remarkable that my collection is only 5%. How many do you have at home? Or, if you’re a library regular like me, how many do you notice in the children’s section of the library?

Children’s books about negative emotions are important because they help support children’s emotional health. In a blog post on helping children manage their anger, clinical psychologist Dr Jazmine McCoy writes“Children learn to regulate their bodies and their feelings through us. We have to help them – this is called co-regulation – before they can learn to regulate on their own. this process must be gone through.”

When Sadness Comes to Call book cover by Eva Eland

Eva Eland, author of the children’s book When sadness is at your doorstep, addresses the internal conflict that some adults may experience when discussing negative emotions with children. In one Article from BookTrust 2019 she acknowledges: “I understand that it may not be easy for adults to open up and show a more vulnerable side, especially when they have not learned very well how to manage their own emotions in their own childhood. Or how hard it can be to let go of the desire to protect children from pain and negative emotions… But strong emotions like sadness, disappointment and fear will always be a part of life, and I believe that the best way to protect our children from too much pain is to give them the opportunity to learn how to manage it, in a way that suits them and at a pace that they are comfortable with.

As Eland points out, negative emotions are part of life. Children’s books about negative emotions can help caregivers find the words to discuss big feelings with children. They also provide children with a sense of validation for their feelings and tools to deal with their emotions safely.

However, this comes with the caveat that not all children’s books about negative emotions are helpful for emotional education. For example, you may have noticed the popular children’s book Pout pout fish by Deborah Diesen in the image above. Rather than normalizing “pout pout” or negative fishy feelings, the message of this book sadly struck me as follows: Big feelings upset those around you. Take this quote for example, “Your bulky sulk is an unattractive trait!” (Pout pout fish, p. 16). Books about negative emotions that instead offer empathy, support, and coping strategies are the ones I find most impactful.

In the list below, I’ve included children’s books about negative emotions that I believe promote healthy emotional education. I hope they help you and the kids you know learn to deal with big feelings.

Children’s books about negative emotions

A variety of negative feelings

Book cover B is for breathing

B for breathing: the ABCs of dealing with restless and frustrating feelings by Melissa Munro Boyd

Written by clinical psychologist Dr. Melissa Munro Boyd, this powerful picture book tackles every letter of the alphabet, highlighting strategies for dealing with big feelings, including deep breathing, muscle relaxation, and more. In a guest post on the Black Children’s Books and Authors blog, Dr Boyd shares“The purpose of writing B is for Breathe was to help children identify skills that could help them cope with stressors in healthy ways and start the conversation about mental health, self-care and resilience. “

Sadness and grief

book cover of Sometimes When I'm Sad

Sometimes when I’m sad by Dr. Deborah Serani, illustrated by Kyra Teis

Psychologist Dr. Deborah Serani wrote this poignant children’s book about sadness. In this helpful resource, Dr. Serani explores feelings of sadness in a thoughtful and gentle way, as well as ways people can cope with sadness. At the end of the book, Dr. Serani also explains the important distinctions between sadness and depression.

Cover of the book Why I Feel Sad

Why do I feel so sad? A grieving book for children by Tracey Lambert, illustrated by Elena Napoli

Licensed Professional Counselor Tracey Lambert explores sadness and grief in this heartfelt and moving children’s book. Lambert also normalizes the many forms of grief resulting from loss and life changes such as death, divorce, moving, and changing schools.


book cover of I was so mad

I was so crazy by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer little creature The series is a longtime favorite of mine, and my son loves them too. With humor and relatable scenarios, Mayer normalizes the feeling of anger. I always gain a bit more empathy and understanding when I read this one with him. I think it helps my child feel less alone getting angry at times, and it helps me feel less alone as a parent dealing with my child’s anger.

No Matter What by Debi Gliori Book cover

No matter what by Debi Gliori

This lovely book by Debi Gliori is another of my son’s favourites. At the beginning of the book, “Small felt dark and grumpy.” When Large asks Small what’s wrong, Small explains his feelings, then adds, “and I don’t think you like me at all”. Large continues to reassure Small that no matter how bad their feelings, Large loves them no matter what. I think this is an important message to reinforce with your little ones after they’ve had a great emotional time.

Anxiety and worry

Pilar's Worries book cover by Victoria M. Sanchez (Goodreads author), Jess Golden (illustrator)

Pilar’s worries by Victoria M. Sanchez, illustrated by Jess Golden

While Pilar loves to dance, she worries about auditioning for the next ballet. Although her whole body feels nervous about it, Pilar uses gentle techniques to calm her body and persevere as she pursues her passion for dance. This heartwarming story about anxiety makes uplifting reading for any worried youngster in your life.

Cover of the book What do you do with a problem?  by Kobi Yamada

What do you do with a problem? By Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom

With beautiful and moving illustrations by Mae Besom, this book by Kobi Yamada takes a closer look at the worry that can overwhelm you when faced with a problem. This book helps validate those anxious feelings and shares an action plan for how to deal with a problem, as well as a hopeful reflection on the nature of the problems.

Loneliness and fear

The day you start cover

The day you start by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López

This lyrical and poetic picture book by National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodsen explores how lonely it can be for someone who feels different from others. Woodsen shares an uplifting message that while it may seem scary at first, finding the courage to share your story can help you begin to make life-changing connections.

Although I have chosen books on sadness, grief, anger, worry, fear and loneliness, this list is not exhaustive and there are many other negative emotions. What books have you found helpful in addressing negative emotions with children? I hope this list encourages more conversations about negative emotions in the world of children’s books.

Reading and talking about negative emotions has had an incredible impact on my son and me. I hope these books will make a difference for you and the little ones in your life too.

The Birth of the American Foreign Correspondent


In 1928, the then six-year-old Soviet Union embarked on its first five-year plan and held its first major political show trial. Leon Trotsky was exiled to Central Asia, a grain crisis led to rapid industrialization, and the Sixth World Congress of the Communist International, held in Moscow, denounced social democracy as a form of fascism. It was during the summer of that year that John Gunther, a twenty-six-year-old Illinois-born foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, was assigned to Moscow. Gunther found it nearly impossible to understand the state formed by Vladimir Lenin’s proletarian revolution. But, as he had to drop off something, he took notes: that there were no sidewalk cafes and hardly any lampposts, that the crowd was crowding around the loudspeakers to listen to the news, that the woman in his hotel offered him a cigarette, and that the servants now ate alongside the families they served. After weeks of this, he finally cooked up a story called “Lively evenings mark life in the Russian capital.” As he settled into the five-month assignment, his dispatches included the likes of “Wear blue shirts to the Moscow Opera” and “Russia Land of many paradoxes.”

It is precisely this type of newsgathering that Evelyn Waugh mocked in her satirical novel “Scoop”, which Wenlock Jakes, a swaggering American journalist, is partly based on Gunther. Jakes, we are told, once overslept and drove to the wrong Balkan capital – a peaceful city rather than a war zone – and nevertheless “told a thousand-word story about the barricades in the streets, the burning churches, the machine guns responding to the rattle of his typewriter as he wrote, a dead child, like a broken doll, discarded in the deserted road below his window. Waugh perceived the emerging American style of hoarding details when you have no idea what’s going on.

Despite his analytical shortcomings, Gunther’s career took off like a hot air balloon. He has reported on nearly every European country, talked foreign affairs with FDR, and written a series of best-selling world affairs books. He was one of the leading American foreign correspondents to emerge in the freewheeling period between the two world wars, which covered the world on the eve of American hegemony with a distinctive mix of reporting and personal impressions.

These reporters are the subjects of historian Deborah Cohen’s “Last Call at the Imperial”, a loose group portrait of the foreign correspondents who helped define the profession as we know it today. They were the merchants of the lost generation, compared to its better-known novelists and poets, although the journalists were also giant figures in their time. Dorothy Thompson, a renowned columnist whose life was fictionalized in a Katharine Hepburn comedy, “Woman of the Year”, was the first American journalist deported from Nazi Germany and also informed FDR’s refugee policy . HR Knickerbocker, a native of Yoakum, Texas, won the third Pulitzer Prize for ‘correspondence’ in 1931 – a precursor to today’s Pulitzer of ‘international reporting’ – and opposed the Nazi propaganda chief , Joseph Goebbels, for his powerful reporting. (He was known to his friends and referred to throughout this book as Knick.) They are joined by two journalists from the Midwest who were only a year apart at the University of Chicago: John Gunther and Vincent Sheean, the last of whom shot to fame at the age of thirty-five for his memoir, “Personal History”, which intertwined his journalistic impressions of the world with his own reflections on the anomie of between -two wars. The last major character is Frances Gunther, née Fineman, a left-wing Jewish writer and polemicist who married and had children with John Gunther.

John Gunther and Sheean came from what Cohen calls the country’s “provincial heartland,” Illinois. They were middle class and didn’t go to elite boarding schools, but they had direct access to great books, in Cohen’s memorable formulation, through the same consumer channels that brought Model Ts into their small American towns. Both men attended the University of Chicago during Chicago’s so-called Renaissance, when the city was home to the likes of Theodore Dreiser and Carl Sandburg, and both blazed with a desire to write, even though they lacked political convictions. or strong ideologies. They, along with Knickerbocker, sought adventure above all else in their journalistic escapades.

In the 1930s, Joseph Stalin’s mother, a former serf, was interviewed by American journalist HR Knickerbocker. Photograph by Getty

These writers all hit at a time when U.S. foreign offices still had fluid standards and brave stringers could squeeze their way into almost any beat. Frances Gunther, for example, simply flew to Moscow in 1924, even though she had “never worked for a newspaper and no publisher had sent her there”, but quickly landed articles in the new york Times. John Gunther and Knick started out as inveterate reporters in American newsrooms and brought that sensibility to Europe, with a knack for well-turned folk comparison. Mahatma Gandhi, John Gunther reported after meeting him in 1938, was an “amazing combination of Jesus Christ, Tammany Hall and your father”.

Reportage was the “most representative form of writing of their day”, as Thompson reflected in a 1939 essay titled “Writing Contemporary History”. Foreign correspondence techniques were used by novelists and philosophers, such as Ernest Hemingway and Albert Camus, and a number of political figures who shaped their period, including Trotsky and Benito Mussolini, got their start as than journalists. The predominant form of the foreign correspondent was that of the view from the ground, as opposed to the experimental techniques of new journalism or the more complex long-form narratives of today. With the exception of a few episodes in conflict zones in places like Spain and Syria, Cohen’s subjects were not primarily war correspondents, but a cross between modern pundits and heads of foreign bureaus. . And, although the group described in the book made their mark on three continents, covering the world more often than not meant covering Europe.

“Last Call” is as effervescent, for more than four hundred pages, as its seductive, hyperactive characters, and it mixes scholarly attention to ideas like psychoanalysis and Wilsonian liberal internationalism with romantic renditions of these writers’ dizzying trajectories. abroad. Group biographies sometimes fail to freeze, but the members of this cohort actually had deeply intertwined lives. The main action jumps from character to character over three decades. Sheean and John Gunther often appeared in the same scenes, from Palestine to Vienna; John Gunther had an affair with Knickerbocker’s wife while writing the foreword to one of his books; Knickerbocker started as Thompson’s assistant; and Sheean wrote an entire book about the marriage of Thompson and American novelist Sinclair Lewis. Celebrity cameos abound like Virginia Woolf (since Sheean mixed with and had affairs with the Bloomsbury band), Jawaharlal Nehru (a Frances Gunther pen pal) and Rebecca West (a sort of fairy godmother to John Gunther in England). In order to create some intimacy with this group of globetrotters, Cohen insists on referring to each main character by their first name, which can make the book difficult to follow in its early chapters.

The book is less in depth on the actual writing produced by its subjects. Their major works are too often paraphrased without illuminating excerpts: Sheean’s “Personal History,” for example, is hard to grasp like the literary feel we are told. Amid mountains of personal detail, descriptions of their competent reporting – like Knickerbocker’s investigation into Nazis hiding assets abroad, or John Gunther’s discovery of evidence of “millions of marks the Germans had spent on propaganda in Austria” – are sometimes surprising.

But what is most important about these characters, which the author notes in the prologue and epilogue, is that they were all Americans overseas while the United States was still in its ” stumbling global ascendancy”. The role of the foreign correspondent will change radically after the Second World War. “As the United States sought to exert its dominance on a global scale, remaking the world to measure, foreign correspondents became more entangled in this project, either as critics or as sympathizers,” writes Cohen. But, for this lot, their impressions and advocacy were a little less loaded. They rarely had a thorough knowledge of foreign countries or languages ​​before going abroad; Thompson’s hard-earned German remained “ungrammatical” well into the wartime 1940s. The Chicago boys, even more naive to begin with, were empty vessels, learning the world as they wrote about it.

Is being an empty vase an asset for the foreign correspondent? And does having strong convictions, especially political ones, harm journalistic objectivity? These questions are a major undercurrent of this book and are most electrically animated in the romantic and professional partnership between John and Frances Gunther. Cohen uses a wealth of archival material on these two letters, diaries and, in the Freudian cast of their time, dream journals and analytic session notes, and maps their debates on seminal world events unfolding around of them.

John and Frances first met in Paris, in 1925. John was from a German-American family on the north side of Chicago, and was the son of a seedy businessman and doting mother ; Frances was born in 1897 to Jewish immigrants who ran fabric stores and convenience stores in uptown Manhattan. She attended Barnard in 1916, where she became secretary-treasurer of the Socialist Club. After dropping out or being expelled from three consecutive universities, while hanging out with such prominent left-wing figures as Dorothy Day, she finally graduated from Barnard at the age of twenty-four. The Gunthers married in 1927, less than three years after Frances arrived in Moscow. Their first child, Judy, tragically died aged just a few months in 1929, and their second, Johnny, was born later that year. After that, Frances did much of her reporting vicariously, through messages from her husband.

Maia Mitchell exits ‘Good Trouble’: How and why Callie was written off


SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read if you haven’t watched “Kiss Me and Smile for Me,” the March 16 episode of “Good Trouble.”

The Fosters family is changing again – Maia Mitchell has left Freeform’s ‘Good Trouble’. The actress has portrayed Callie Foster since ‘The Fosters’ premiered in 2013, and later reprized the role in its spin-off series, with its final episode airing Wednesday night.

During the episode, Callie revealed that Kathleen (Constance Zimmer) helped her land her dream job with the ACLU, but that meant she had to move to Washington, DC. She had invited her mothers (guest stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) and her brother. Jude (Hayden Byerly) in town to sweeten the news for Mariana (Cierra Ramirez), who was shocked to learn that her sister was moving across the country in two days.

Throughout the episode, Callie said goodbye to everyone — and real tears were shed in the process.

The episode ended with Callie sitting on a plane and seeing her on-and-off boyfriend, Jamie (Beau Mirchoff), board the same flight. He reveals to her that he also got a job opportunity at DC before asking if the seat next to her is taken (even though, usually, seats on planes are assigned). She happily tells him that it’s free.

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Behind the scenes, the cast was a mess — even though they knew Mitchell had been gone for a while. At the end of Season 3, she had a discussion with co-creator Joanna Johnson about wanting to return home to Australia as she hadn’t seen her family in two years due to COVID-19.

“I knew Maia was considering moving on,” Johnson said. “She has been doing this role for nine years. She grew up in this role between “The Fosters” and “Good Trouble”. She was 19 when she started. I went to his trailer and said, “So, I want to talk about season 4 and I want to beg you to stay.” She said how much she loved her family and this show, but had to go home.

Johnson and the rest of the cast and crew understood this need, but still “tried many different ways to try to talk her out of it” before finally coming to terms with her decision. After that, the executive producer asked if Mitchell would return for Season 4 and do a few episodes at the top to give him proper approval.

“In the season 3 finale there were so many stories that we’re trying to serve and I wanted to dedicate an entire episode to her. She was lovely and lovely and said she’d be coming back from Australia to do them “, she said. Variety. “She will always be part of the family, and I don’t think this will be the last time we will see Callie. Callie’s journey is happening off camera, but we will catch up with her.

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Mariana and Callie on “Good Trouble”.
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Filming the finale was “very emotional for everyone”, but especially for Mitchell and Ramirez. The couple met on the set of ‘The Fosters’ and have been leading the spin-off together since its debut in 2019.

While the episode included many separate goodbyes for Callie and a whole toast to The Coterie, it also included a reunion between her and Jamie. With him also moving to DC, Variety confirms that Mirchoff is also leaving the series as a series regular.

“I really hope to see Beau again,” Johnson said. “I love the character and I love him. He’s such a lovely guy.

As for whether Callie and Jamie are now together, that’s something Johnson hopes to do an episode down the line: “It’s a mystery, but we’ll find out.”

Mitchell shared his own farewell message via Instagram after the final. “10 years ago I auditioned for a little pilot called ‘The Fosters’. I was 19 and had no idea how lucky I had been. Years later I been able to continue my journey as Callie when we formed the ‘Good Trouble’ family. Two shows, 156 episodes and a family chosen for life. I’m lucky,” she wrote. i’ve been so lucky to have this career and a job i love, without an iota of regret, for a while i removed an undeniable gravitational pull to return home to australia to be closer to My relatives. .”

The actress continued, “The past two years have been trying, for everyone. I fully recognize the privilege of being able to work and do our show during a global pandemic, but it also meant being apart from my loved ones as we needed each other the most, and so came the need to create the space to share my time between the two countries.

She ended her lengthy post with a message for fans: “Words cannot express how grateful I am for your steadfast and unwavering loyalty. Fact: We have the best TV fandom. You will always hold a special place in my heart and I know our paths will cross again in the future.