Literature

Promoting Peace Through Writing and Art

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)
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)

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...




  • 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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    The Real Story Behind the Children’s Book ‘Love You Forever’

    “Love You Forever,” the popular children’s book, has a somber story behind it, according to the book’s author. Penned by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila... Read more

  • Victorian-era, middle-class black women who loved to read and write didn’t have many role models. (Jeffrey Green)

    After the Rediscovery of a 19th-Century Novel, Our View of Black Female Writers Is Transformed

    Two years ago, I was in the United Kingdom working on a follow-up project for my books “Black London” and “Black Victorians/Black Victoriana.” While looking... Read more

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    Review: ‘Unseen City’ Celebrates Nature and Urban Parenting

    Nature writing is full of men heading off into the wilderness in search of something, but journalist Nathanael Johnson brings the genre into the 21st... Read more

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    A Gucci Tells All

    For a long time, Patricia Gucci had wanted to tell the world about her father, Aldo Gucci—the man who brought the famous brand to America... Read more

  • NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28:  Peter D. Kiernan III and Meryl Streep attend the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's A Magical Evening Gala at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 28, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation)

    Schulman Highlights Streep’s Early Career in ‘Her Again’

    Michael Schulman shares delightfully entertaining stories surrounding Meryl Streep’s early rise to stardom in “Her Again.” The book describes Streep’s reign as homecoming queen in... Read more

  • Irish author Joseph O'Connor attends the Festival of Literature in Rome on June 5th, 2008.  O'Connor has recently been made a literary ambassador for Ireland. (Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images)

    Irish Writer O’Connor and the Strange Music of Unhappy Families

    When the Irish novelist Joseph O’Connor reads his books aloud he almost sings them. Like his sister, the singer Sinead O’Connor, he is forever searching... Read more

  • LONDON - MARCH 09:  Professor Stanley Wells, the chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, unveils a painting of William Shakespeare which he believes to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his life on March 9, 2009 in London, England.   (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    In Today’s Most Popular Shows, Shakespeare’s Iconic Characters Live On

    Though Shakespeare’s death didn’t attract much attention in 1616, it’s big news today. To mark its 400th anniversary, there has been no end of events,... Read more

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    Book Review: ‘Restoring the Creation Mandate’

    Dr. Roger L. DeHaan’s book “Restoring the Creation Mandate” is a wonderful combination of religious thinking, fascinating autobiography, modern philosophy, and practical tips on health... Read more

  • In this April 19, 1998 photo, Beverly Cleary signs books at the Monterey Bay Book Festival in Monterey, Calif.  (Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald via AP)

    Author Beverly Cleary Turns 100 With Wit, Candor

    SAN FRANCISCO—As she turns 100, the feisty and witty author Beverly Cleary remembers the Oregon childhood that inspired the likes of characters Ramona and Beezus... Read more

  • Dr. Harry Haroutunian, author of the new book "Not as Prescribed—Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults," serves as physician director of professional and residential programs at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Courtesy of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation)

    Elderly Commonly Prescribed Wrong Mix of Meds—Effects Mimic Dementia

    Are you or is an older adult in your life suffering from misuse of drugs? It is an increasingly common problem says a new book... Read more

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    The Last National Poetry Month Ever?

    Let’s face it: Today, the audience of poetry is increasingly dwindling as poetry becomes appealing and understandable only to the poets themselves. According to the... Read more

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    Book Review: ‘The Devil’s Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich’

    Why do mass-murdering regimes, from Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge and today’s Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to Adolph Hitler’s Nazi Party, become self-absorbed... Read more

  • LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Author JK Rowling attends the World Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 at Trafalgar Square on July 7, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

    JK Rowling Shares Rejection Letters on Twitter

    Writers, though filled with passion, must also be thick skinned and a little daring—if not outright brave.  In a Twitter dialogue with fans and other authors, J.K... Read more

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    Review: ‘The South Side’ Explores American Segregation

    Journalist Natalie Y. Moore grew up in Chatham on Chicago’s South Side, “a solid black middle-class neighborhood” where her college-educated parents worked as a teacher... Read more

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    New Author Hopes Her Novel ‘The Nest’ Lives up to Its Buzz

    NEW YORK—Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney was on her way to meet her family for brunch in New York when she had an idea for the opening... Read more

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