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How Khaled Hosseini finds hope in telling refugees' stories

How Khaled Hosseini finds hope in telling refugees' stories | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The author’s new story Sea Prayer is being staged in virtual reality for the Guardian. He explains how his work for the UN – and wish to make a difference – inspired it
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How Schools Can Navigate the Hidden Racism in Children’s Literature

How Schools Can Navigate the Hidden Racism in Children’s Literature | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A children’s-literature scholar argues it’s time to acknowledge the perturbing themes in some of the most beloved books.
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Teach Empathy With Literature

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We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates on Creating Black Superheroes

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Creating Black Superheroes | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Mr. Coates, the author of “Between the World and Me,” talks about his Black Panther comic books and a new series set in Harlem.
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Roots of the problem: the controversial history of Alex Haley's book

Roots of the problem: the controversial history of Alex Haley's book | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Haley’s influential family saga about 18th century slavery is back on TV, but its literary reputation is still tarnished by questions of authenticity
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10 Offers of Wisdom From Fictional Characters

10 Offers of Wisdom From Fictional Characters | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"There are so many truly inspirational and thoughtful pieces of wisdom we learn from characters. We connect to them in their strengths and we something aspirational and in their follies and foibles we see ourselves in their humanity. Literature helps us see the best in the world and the worst and offers us opportunities to discuss it in lieu of politics or current events."

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What It's Like to Teach '1984' in 2016

What It's Like to Teach '1984' in 2016 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Analytical, communication, and attention deficits are a problem of education but also a social environment that has steadily required less in the way of written and verbal communication, as well as an entertainment industry that has provided content—shorter, faster, brighter, simpler—to suit that shift. Students need to hack through manipulative language, whether it be a bill’s obtuse legalese concealing bigotry or stark campaign declarations loaded with ugly connotations. They need to see books as rich, perpetual gifts to those in need of solace and inspiration, and to know that their fears have been addressed before, in more dire circumstances, and that thinkers from the past can help them anticipate the new guises of the terrors they faced.

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Great Writers on the Power of Music

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Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Aldous Huxley, Oliver Sacks, Walt Whitman, Virginia Woolf, Friedrich Nietzsche, and more.
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Colson Whitehead, Rep. John Lewis Among National Book Award Winners

Colson Whitehead, Rep. John Lewis Among National Book Award Winners | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Six writers emerged with the literary prize: Whitehead in fiction; Ibram X. Kendi in nonfiction; Daniel Borzutzky in poetry; and Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell in young people's literature.
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Needham high students inspire new, more diverse reading list

Needham high students inspire new, more diverse reading list | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Inspired by Needham High students, the high school English Department has revamped its reading list and incorporated more diverse perspectives, narrators and backgrounds to its curriculum.

The project started when high school senior Zerinee Depina approached Patrick Gallagher, chairman of the English Department, and asked if the department could add more diversity to the reading list.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Final Unpublished Collection Set for Spring 2017 Release

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Final Unpublished Collection Set for Spring 2017 Release | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
More posthumous stories from the American master.
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Why Emotions Have a Place in English Class

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Grappling with the way books make students feel—not just analytical skills—should be part of the high-school English curriculum.
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PBS to Unveil America's Favorite Books in New TV Series

PBS to Unveil America's Favorite Books in New TV Series | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The summer 2018-slated Great American Read is an eight-part TV series that will explore the power of books in American society. The show will culminate with a list of the top 10 books ever written, according to the general public.
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'Where's My Story?' Reflecting All Students in Children's Literature

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The current body of children's literature still lacks representation of urban youth. Students should be able to read books that are relevant to their lives, writes Kathleen Melville.
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15 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Literature: An Infographic

15 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Literature: An Infographic | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The best quotations are succinct nuggets of wisdom or humor; they stick in our brains and grace the front of our coffee mugs. From Alice in Wonderland to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Readers.com…
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In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’

In a Walt Whitman Novel, Lost for 165 Years, Clues to ‘Leaves of Grass’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A digital sleuth has discovered an anonymously published 1852 serial novel by the poet, which survived in only a single copy of an obscure newspaper.
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Gene Yang's ‘Reading Without Walls' to Debut in April

Gene Yang's ‘Reading Without Walls' to Debut in April | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Launched as a pilot program last year, Reading Without Walls is an effort by cartoonist and reading ambassador Gene Luen Yang to encourage young people to read books outside of their personal experience.
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Maya Angelou on How a Library Saved Her Life

Maya Angelou on How a Library Saved Her Life | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"A library is a rainbow in the clouds."
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Twitter Rants From Literary Characters

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What happens when these literary characters discover Twitter? Be warned, some of them are using this outlet to the extreme. Time to step away from your keyboards, folks. (Ahem, that means you, Scrooge.)
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How to Recognize a Dystopia: Watch an Animated Introduction to Dystopian Fiction

How to Recognize a Dystopia: Watch an Animated Introduction to Dystopian Fiction | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Literature and film can open up to the depth and immensity of social truths we find profoundly difficult, if not impossible, to articulate.
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Moby-Dick Marathon Reading

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On Thursday, November 17, the PMA kicks off a four-day, marathon-style reading of Herman Melville's masterpiece in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. The book will be read (and perhaps on some cases, performed!) aloud by curators, artists, fishermen and women, writers, students, business leaders, special guests, and more.Everything from "Call me Ishmael" to the epilogue will happen on the stage at the PMA. Drop in and out any time you like, or stay for the whole thing. 
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Working Titles of Famous Novels

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How ‘Trimalchio in West Egg’ became ‘The Great Gatsby’ and other famous name changes. “Working Titles of Famous Novels” is published by Carrie Mullins in Electric Literature
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Can reading books help bridge the political divide in America?

Can reading books help bridge the political divide in America? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Political rhetoric has never been more polarized – but getting together over a good book may be the answer, or so research into literary behavior suggests
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The Human Fear of Total Knowledge

The Human Fear of Total Knowledge | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The great paradox for those who seek to reconfigure the world’s knowledge systems, is that the real threat of information loss is occurring at a time when there seems to be no way to stop huge troves of personal data from being collected—by governments and by corporations. Like its fictional counterparts, today’s information utopia has its own sinister side.
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