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Classic Appreciation: 'Woman on the Edge of Time' by Marge Piercy 40 years on: 'Hope is the engine for imagining utopia'

Classic Appreciation: 'Woman on the Edge of Time' by Marge Piercy 40 years on: 'Hope is the engine for imagining utopia' | Storypost | Scoop.it
Marge Piercy, the landmark feminist novel’s author, reflects on the aspirations for a just society that she dramatised in 1976 – and their continuing relevance

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Why 20 years is not long to wait for Arundhati Roy’s next novel

Why 20 years is not long to wait for Arundhati Roy’s next novel | Storypost | Scoop.it
Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness may follow a 20-year silence, but authors from Tolstoy to Harper Lee have taken longer rests between books
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KJ Orr interview: ‘I love that the short story can make you really look at things’

KJ Orr interview: ‘I love that the short story can make you really look at things’ | Storypost | Scoop.it
‘I liked the idea of the short story as a light box, because it can convey containment and expansion at the same time – the idea of something compressed, yet boundless too’
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F Scott Fitzgerald's last unpublished stories to be released in 2017

F Scott Fitzgerald's last unpublished stories to be released in 2017 | Storypost | Scoop.it
The collection I’d Die for You contains works The Great Gatsby author was unable to sell in the 1930s because of its unexpected subject matter and style

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, September 7, 9:25 PM
One of my favourite short story writers - so this is something i'm really looking forward to.

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Caterpillar Poetry: Moonlight and Magic: Alison Lock's debut novel Maysun and the Wingfish

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'A Thousand Mornings' With Poet Mary Oliver

NPR interview with Mary Oliver.

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Man Booker prize 2016: who will make the longlist?

Man Booker prize 2016: who will make the longlist? | Storypost | Scoop.it
There are a lot of contenders, with new work from Ian McEwan, Don DeLillo and Jonathan Safran Foer all in the running. Who do you think will get on – and who should?

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, July 26, 5:41 AM
Some smashing smashing books that might well make the Booker longest. Really looking forward to trying to read as many as possible before the winner is announced.)
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Libraries in care homes can improve residents’ mood and memory | Norman Miller

Libraries in care homes can improve residents’ mood and memory | Norman Miller | Storypost | Scoop.it
Shared reading in groups reduces isolation and can transform the lives even of residents with dementia

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, June 10, 6:30 AM
Reading books and talking about them good for the elderly ... and the rest of us.
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Translated fiction sells better in the UK than English fiction, research finds

Translated fiction sells better in the UK than English fiction, research finds | Storypost | Scoop.it
Survey commissioned by the Man Booker International prize finds authors including Elena Ferrante and Haruki Murakami are driving a boom in UK sales of translated literary fiction

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, May 9, 9:43 PM
Who would have thought it?
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7 of the Most Fascinating Magic Systems in YA Fantasy Fiction

7 of the Most Fascinating Magic Systems in YA Fantasy Fiction | Storypost | Scoop.it
That little spark inside of you that slowly grows; recognition of the same power in someone else; throwing off the burdens of society and overbearing parents;
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Maya Angelou wrote incredible poetry. But here are 9 things you might not know she did.

Maya Angelou wrote incredible poetry. But here are 9 things you might not know she did. | Storypost | Scoop.it
Maya Angelou was a really phenomenal human being.
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I Captured ‘Stories Of The Forests’ Inspired By My Grandmother’s Tales

I Captured ‘Stories Of The Forests’ Inspired By My Grandmother’s Tales | Storypost | Scoop.it
I'm a fine art landscape and conceptual photographer. In this series called Stories of the forests that now has over 50 photos and goes on for over 3 years I'm trying to recreate that magic land where all the stories of my childhood took place. I grew up in my grandmother's house and she used to tell me old stories about creatures of the forest and all the magic that happens in the forest when you're not looking.
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Tea at the Midland, an award-winning short story by David Constantine

Tea at the Midland, an award-winning short story by David Constantine | Storypost | Scoop.it

This story won the BBC National Short Story Award and is from the short story collection of the same name, which won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award

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Costa book award 2016 shortlists dominated by female writers

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Rose Tremain, Maggie O’Farrell and Sarah Perry lead contenders for the £30,000 top prize

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Do commas still matter?

Do commas still matter? | Storypost | Scoop.it
In a world with auto-correct, good grammar gets short shrift.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 5, 10:16 AM

Yes, commas matter.`

Penelope's curator insight, October 5, 12:25 PM
Confession. I was brought up in a generation where spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc., mattered more than life itself. I am a proper grammar fanatic, so I was overjoyed to read Kathleen Parker's article, and agree wholeheartedly.

Yes! It matters, and is a help to the reader. Please, writers, focus on proper grammar. It will be effort well spent.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly" ***

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Biography & American Literature: 'Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life' by Ruth Franklin

Biography & American Literature: 'Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life' by Ruth Franklin | Storypost | Scoop.it

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A Storyteller's Shoptalk

When I was 27, back in 1966, I found I was having trouble concentrating my attention on long narrative fiction. For a time I experienced difficulty in trying to read it as well as in attempting to write it. My attention span had gone out on me; I no longer had the patience to try to write novels. It's an involved story, too tedious to talk about here. But I know it has much to do now with why I write poems and short stories. Get in, get out. Don't linger. Go on. It could be that I lost any great ambitions at about the same time, in my late 20's. If I did, I think it was good it happened. Ambition and a little luck are good things for a writer to have going for him. Too much ambition and bad luck, or no luck at all, can be killing. There has to be talent.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, August 31, 3:44 AM
Raymond carver on writing short fiction.
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Sarah Hall: sex, death and the short story

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Sex and death are the most fascinating aspects of life, fiction’s greatest challenge – and the short story is perfectly adapted to explore difficult subjects

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Nature is everywhere -- we just need to learn to see it

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How do you define "nature?" If we define it as that which is untouched by humans, then we won't have any left, says environmental writer Emma Marris.
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Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping

Nonstop Flight: How The Frigatebird Can Soar For Weeks Without Stopping | Storypost | Scoop.it
Scientists have been attaching transmitters on the huge seagoing birds and are astonished by their ability to stay aloft.
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The beauty of being a misfit | Lidia Yuknavitch

To those who feel like they don't belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame and the slow process of self-acceptance.
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Inside the world's most exquisite libraries

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Libraries encapsulate the history of knowledge and stand as monuments to different epochs in architecture, interior design and art.
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The Only Living Boy & Thoughts on Teaching from David Gallaher -

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Comic Book Writer & former teacher David Gallaher shares a powerful essay on teaching with the print release of his acclaimed Graphic Novel Series ---THE ONLY LIVING BOY.
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Best short stories and novellas to read in 2016

Best short stories and novellas to read in 2016 | Storypost | Scoop.it
Most interesting short stories, short story collections, and novellas of 2016 in one handy list.
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Short story collection smuggled out of North Korea sparks global interest

Short story collection smuggled out of North Korea sparks global interest | Storypost | Scoop.it
Dissident tales from pseudonymous author ‘Bandi’, still living in the country, are very rare fiction to emerge from the secretive dictatorship

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, February 13, 5:31 AM

Now this sounds interesting.