Literature

Book Review: ‘Return on Character’

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Fred Kiel is the kind of person whom you actually want to receive advice from—especially in the sometimes-frightening landscape of corporate America. His new book...




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    Modern Day Canterbury Tales Refreshes Chaucer to Tell the Lost Stories of Refugees

    In Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” his unfinished account of a 13th-century pilgrimage, the host, in his cheerful and accommodating manner, suggests that as they... Read more

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    Children’s Learning Styles

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

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    David Matas: Life as a Human Rights Defender

    At some point in our lives we all face difficult choices that test our ability to judge right from wrong. David Matas, a Winnipeg lawyer... Read more

  • Herrera, the son of migrant farm workers in California, will be the next U.S. poet in chief. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday the appointment of Herrera as the nation's 21st poet laureate for 2015 through 2016, beginning in September. Herrera, 66, whose parents emigrated from Mexico, will be the nation's first Latino poet laureate since the position was created in 1936. (Carlos Puma/University of California-Riverside via AP)

    Herrera Named Nation’s First Latino Poet Laureate

    WASHINGTON—A son of migrant farm workers in California, Juan Felipe Herrera will be the next U.S. poet in chief. The Library of Congress announced on... Read more

  • In “Farida,” the various communities of Baghdad come together through the music of a famous singer who, with her art, becomes the thread that opens dialogue and holds them together. (Courtesy Guernica Editions)

    Art: A Unifying Thread, a Link Between Cultures

    Book Review: Farida Naim Kattan’s newly released novel, “Farida,” provides a much-needed alternative to the prevalent media representation of Iraq, a country troubled since World... Read more

  • Laszlo Krasznahorkai wins the Man Booker International Prize at Victoria & Albert Museum on May 19, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

    Why You Should Read the Hungarian Master of the Apocalypse

    Like league tables in education, the danger of literary prizes is that something with value beyond the all-consuming capitalist pursuit of excellence becomes reduced to... Read more

  • A copy of The Herball book shows what is thought to be the first authenticated living portrait of William Shakespeare at The Rose Theatre on May 19, 2015 in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

    New Shakespeare Portrait Won’t Help Us Understand His Works

    Historian Mark Griffiths claims to have cracked a code in an Elizabethan book on botany, to discover a true portrait of Shakespeare made within the... Read more

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    ‘Beautiful Destruction': A Bird’s Eye View of Canada’s Oilpatch

    “Beautiful Destruction” is a big book. So, too, is its subject matter and the ambitions of its author, aerial photographer Louis Helbig. Flying an antique... Read more

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    Beloved New York Philanthropist Joan Davidson, a Champion of the Illustrated Book

    NEW YORK—Books neatly stacked on a long table, a chest of drawers, on the floor, or standing in formation on a wooden bench hold an expectant presence in the... Read more

  • Cover of German writer Jan-Philip Sendker’s newly translated novel “Whispering Shadows.” (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    Cracking a Murder Case While Battling Personal Demons

    Jan-Philipp Sendker is a masterful storyteller. In “Whispering Shadows” he exposes the seamier side of life in modern-day China while the story within a story... Read more

  • Author Samuel Longhorne Clemens, better known under his pen name, Mark Twain, is seen in this undated photo. (AP Photo)

    Scholars Find Cache of Early Letters by Mark Twain

    SAN FRANCISCO—Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of letters written by Mark Twain when the author was a young... Read more

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    Thou Art Translated! How Shakespeare Went Viral

    In “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” when Peter Quince sees Bottom turned into an ass-headed figure, he cries in horror: “Bless thee, Bottom, bless thee. Thou... Read more

  • Author Linden MacIntyre poses with his novel “The Bishop’s Men” at the Giller Prize gala in 2009. MacIntyre, former host of the CBC’s “The Fifth Estate,” is one of three authors participating in the Crime and Punishment discussion during the Ottawa International Writers Festival. (The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)

    Ottawa International Writers Festival Has an Author for Everyone

    For those who love the written word, the Ottawa International Writers Festival – Spring Edition brings together established and emerging authors from Canada and around... Read more

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    Why You Should Be Reading Poetry

    Meeting someone new and engaging him in friendly conversation, I explain, “I help run a poetry website.” What follows is a general phenomenon I’ve observed... Read more

  • Library of Birmingham Oratory. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    We Need to Remember That Libraries Are About Books, Not Business

    The Library of Birmingham was one of the UK’s top ten tourist attractions in 2014—and the only one outside London. This would seem to indicate... Read more

  • 'Divergent' author Veronica Roth. (Courtesy of HarperCollins)

    Books in the News: Maya Angelou, Paula Deen, James Patterson

    ‘Divergent’ Author Penning New Series Author Veronica Roth has struck a deal with HarperCollins Publishers to create a two-book series “in the vein of Star... Read more


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