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Authors Michael Chabon, Alice Walker, Robert Munsch, Noah Gordon, Robert McCammon, and even William Shatner sing the praises of e-readers in this short video from Open Road Media. Chabon even goes so far as to say, "Having an e-reader broadens the possibilities for the life of a reader."
"We must choose between the violence of adults and the smiles of children, between the ugliness of hate and the will to oppose it," writes the Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor. "Even in darkness it is possible to create light and encourage compassion. There it is. I still believe in man in spite of man."
In this clip from 2011, Jake Adam York reads from "Collect," which appears in his third poetry collection, Persons Unknown, published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2010. York, who was the editor of Copper Nickle as well as a contributing editor of Shenandoah, passed away on Sunday. He was forty years old.
The author of the novels Grendel, October Light, and The Sunlight Dialogues as well as legendary books such as On Becoming a Novelist and The Art of Fiction, had a tremendous influence as a creative writing teacher. Watch Gardner's children discuss their father's rigorous teaching style and his devotion to the craft of fiction—then see the man in action in this clip from Open Road Media.
Monday was Emily Dickinson's birthday (born on December 10, 1830). To celebrate, the Poetry Foundation and PBS presented an animated version of “I Started Early–Took My Dog,” part of the Poetry Everywhere series. The poem is animated by Maria Vasilkovsky and read by actress Blair Brown.