Literature

Books to Help Us Understand Homelessness

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Homelessness is a complex issue, affecting more people than we’d like to think. A report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...




  • Cadets of the KGB Moscow Higher Frontier Guards Command Academy parade in Red Square, Moscow, in 1972. (RIA Novosti archive, image #700215/Lev Polikashin/CC-BY-SA 3.0)

    The Nature and Fate of Soviet Communism in ‘One Day We Will Live Without Fear’

    Nearly a century ago, Bolshevik revolutionaries toppled the legal Russian government and murdered the royal family, establishing the world’s first communist regime. For the seven... Read more

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    8 Books With Simple Truths to Remember All Year Long

    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... Read more

  • "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" circa 1830, by Hokusai. (public domain)

    How to Write a Haiku

    The Japanese-inspired haiku is perhaps the most well-known and often-used form of poetry today. Schoolchildren the English-speaking world over know that a haiku has five... Read more

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    Russian Chamber Chorus to Bridge Celebrated Poets Shakespeare and Pushkin in Concert

    NEW YORK—What do Shakespeare and Pushkin have in common?  Despite the fact that they were writing in places far from each other and centuries apart,... Read more

  • “Triumphant Achilles,” from a panoramic fresco on the upper level of the main hall of the Achilleion in Gastouri, Corfu. Achilles is dragging Hector's lifeless body in front of the Gates of Troy. Andrew Kern considers Homer, who told Achilles's story, to be the source of Western civilization. (Public domain)

    Educator Andrew Kern: The Classics Ignite Our Desire to Learn, to Honor Others

    Not everyone likes school, but everyone loves to learn. “Star Wars” fans light up when they learn something new about the franchise’s movies or actors... Read more

  • 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

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    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

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