Author Louise Erdrich, whose writings chronicle contemporary Native American life through characters representing its mix of heritages and cultures, was announced Sunday as the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's distinguished achievement award.
There’s a state-of-the-art structure nearing completion in the heart of historic downtown Halifax. The new Halifax Central Library is an impressive five-story building that can’t be missed. Rightly named as one of CNN Style’s “10 eye-popping new buildings you’ll see in 2014,” the design features a glass façade and an impressive cantilever—the overhanging structure jutting off the rooftop—offering expansive views of the city.
It is being billed as the “city’s living room.” Its rooftop patio offers stunning views of Halifax harbour. There is a 300-seat theatre, two cafes, gaming stations, two music studios, dedicated space for adult literacy, a First Nations reading circle and boardrooms for local entrepreneurs. Oh, and it will lend books, too.
The studios, which enable students to produce professional quality presentations and green screen recordings by simply plugging a flash drive into a USB port and pressing a single button, were initially launched in February 2012. Usage has grown rapidly ever since.
Who will be Canada's next great writer? We're keeping an eye on these 12 contenders. From poets to playwrights, meet the 12 rising CanLit stars who make up the 2014 edition of CBC Books' Writers to Watch.
The necessity of saying “no” to so many aspiring authors was what initially inspired me to host a local author fair. Once I promoted the idea, finding authors was not a problem. In fact, I had to stop accepting applications when we reached 40, the maximum number of wordsmiths that could be accommodated comfortably in the library garden.
BookLamp’s most well-known product was the Book Genome Project, a platform that let users find suggestions for books to read based on natural language analysis of other titles. BookLamp’s tech and talent could help Apple improve its iBooks service with better recommendations, search, and categorization.
Books on this list offer young travelers a great opportunity to explore new cultures through a colorful world of illustrated stories and fairytales. These books will introduce your children to the rich cultural heritage and traditions of your international destinations.
One of the things I missed in my early days in America was the European style cafe. Not for the coffee, but the community spirit. I soon discovered a place that filled that void: the local library. It offered a sense of a community center plus a broad selection of books [...]
For fans seeking a more interactive and adorably competitive experience with the author’s novels, an artist has created 'Haruki Murakami Bingo', a tongue-in-cheek 'game' that collects the various idiosyncrasies and recurring elements that have popped up in most of Murakami’s 13 novels and many short stories.
...I'm so excited today to introduce our very special guest, Jayne Entwistle, audiobook narrator and actress. The first time I heard Jayne's narrative voice was in her reading of Alan Bradley's The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. I loved the book, and then had a chance to listen to the audiobook--and I was captivated by Jayne's amazing talent. Since then, I've listened to all of Jayne's recordings of the books in the wonderful Flavia de Luce series. Each time, I'm completely enchanted and thoroughly entertained...
In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio's push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.
It's never too early to encourage reading. Richard Byrne shares his picks for tools that young readers and writers can use with or without an adult. Includes screencasts demoing three applications: Building Language for Literacy, Reading Bear, and Maily, an iOS app for letter writing.
Penny Kittle is a teacher on a mission. She wants to, as outlined by her website, "promote the love of reading among adolescents by providing classroom libraries of highly-engaging books to middle and high school English teachers." She does this through her Book Love Foundation, which works with educators to learn how to engage students - even the most reluctant of readers - with books.
Amazon already offers one free book a month to all Kindle users who are also Amazon Prime subscribers via their Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) service. It began in November 2011 with about 5,000 titles available and as of January 2014 offers access to more than 500,000 ebooks.
Laura Hazard-Owens points out in her article published today, “Amazon is testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month”, that the folks from Seattle appear to be preparing for a roll-out of a new service. The report includes a look at some of the content KOLL makes available today from all of the Harry Potter titles to a lot of self-published books.