Literature

8 Books With Simple Truths to Remember All Year Long

(Hachette Books)
(Hachette Books)

At the beginning of a new year, I like to review the past year and think about positive things in my life that I might...




  • William Ruleman. (Elizabeth Sayle Ruleman)

    Withstanding the Ravages of Time: An Interview With Poet William Ruleman

    William Ruleman is helping lead the revival of classical poetry. In addition to serving on the Board of the Society of Classical Poets, he has... Read more

  • “Sunrise on the Bay of Fundy” by William Bradford (1823–1892). (Public Domain)

    Writing a Sonnet: Easy to Difficult (Part 2)

    Part 1 Level 3, Medium-Difficult: Poetry with Rhyme and Structure Traditional or classical poets usually adhere to more rigid structure than is found in the... Read more

  • “Sunrise on the Bay of Fundy” by William Bradford (1823-1892)

    Writing a Sonnet: Easy to Difficult: Part 1

    Put simply, a sonnet is a 14-line poem. I’ll take you through a simple guide that can lead to a basic sonnet in 10 minutes... Read more

  • "Ancient Rome" by Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome). (Gwynne Andrews Fund, 1952)

    Poetry: A Dead Art Form Reborn

    Man, is it nice to meet you, Newspaper Readers. My name is Poetry. I have been crammed into weird shapes in textbooks and have spent... Read more

  • Sibylle Eschapasse in Paris on July 31, 2016. (Marie-Edith Dugoujon)

    Sibylle’s Favorite Quotes About Paris

    Paris… or as they pronounce it in Paris: Paree! The city of lights and romance has inspired so many writers and artists over the years... Read more

  • (Ollyy/Shutterstock)

    Can Reading Fiction Literally Change Your Mind?

    If you are committed to the pleasures of reading, you may be pleased to discover that there is evidence to suggest that reading fiction is... Read more

  • A woman stops by one of the hundred of exhibitors' booths at The Word on the Street Toronto, 2015 (Kent Robinson).

    Canada’s Largest Literary Festival Returns in Celebration of the Written Word

    TORONTO—The Word On The Street, Canada’s largest annual book and magazine festival, returns this year with a newfound confidence in the literary word. Toronto, the... Read more

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 13:  A general view of the books shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize For Fiction during a press conference at the offices of sponsor Man Group on September 13, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

    New Talent to the Fore in Man Booker Prize Shortlist

    Judges for top British literary award the Man Booker Prize spurned big-name novelists in favour of experimental new talent as they announced their shortlist in... Read more

  • Silve Materi, summer library assistant at Alberta Theatre, shows off the special bags that will be used to mail plays to participants in the Purple Play Club. (Courtesy of Alberta Theatre)

    Global Initiative Aims to Highlight the Importance of Libraries

    More than 250 libraries and organizations from around the world, including several in Canada, are participating this week in a grassroots initiative to bring attention... Read more

  • Dawn breaks over Pyongyang, North Korea, as buildings poke through the midst on Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-e)

    In North Korea, a Hardboiled (and Fictional) Cop Keeps Watch

    NEW YORK—The hero, a police inspector, prowls a city known more for its political malevolence than its street crime. If you read the local newspapers,... Read more

  • This March 19, 2016, photo released by Victoria J.H. Ritvo shows her husband, Max Ritvo, in Ojai, Calif. (Jose Villa via AP)

    Max Ritvo, Poet Who Chronicled Cancer Battle, Dies at 25

    LOS ANGELES—Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25... Read more

  • People light candles at a vigil outside the French consulate in Montreal, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered "all of Canada's support" to France on Friday night in the wake of "deeply worrying" terrorist attacks in Paris. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Promoting Peace Through Writing and Art

    In a world desperately longing to eradicate despotism and violence, the power of the written word is prominent and palpable in the 2016 IFLAC anthology... Read more

  • Cover of Thought Notebook Journal Issue Five. (courtesy of Thought Notebook Journal)

    Local Writer Sounds Off on Addictions and Obsessions

    Orange County resident Karen Corinne Herceg has written a thought-provoking essay which the Thought Notebook Journal published in its latest issue titled, “A Tough Pill... Read more

  • Cover of Come, You Spirits! by Milton Polsky, Warren Wyss, and Joanne Zipay. (courtesy of SUNY Orange)

    Shakespeare’s 400th: Supernatural in Bard’s Plays Keeps ‘Em Coming Back

    NEWBURGH—”Shakespeare knew how to make a good story and how to draw in an audience,” says Joanne Zipay, co-author of “Come, You Spirits! The supernatural... Read more

  • L-R: Albert Einstein (InformiguelCarreño, CC BY-SA 4.0), Francis Bacon by unknown artist and Henry David Thoreau in August 1861 at his second and final photographic sitting (both Public Domain).

    Book Review: ‘Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind’

    Creativity keeps you vividly in the moment, lets you see more opportunities in life, and helps you to have more fun. It is a birthright... Read more

  • Betsy Hughes in her home in Oakwood, Ohio. (David Leach)

    Poet Betsy Hughes: Classical Poetry Offers Us Strength

    A sonnet by Betsy Hughes offers unmistakable relief; you can actually understand what you are reading. Words in glistening, clear images form ideas, which gather... Read more

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