My Report from NerdCon: Stories, Part Two – The Authors

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  While the variety shows and special events were fun, and the panels and workshops were informative, while being around a crowd of like-minded people and be able to rub elbows with all sorts of fun folks is wonderful, what makes NerdCon: Stories so memorable for me is how it gives me the opportunity to [….]

My Report from NerdCon: Stories, Part One

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It was my distinct pleasure to be able to attend the 2nd Annual NerdCon: Stories convention last weekend at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The brainchild of Vlogbrother Hank Green and author Patrick Rothfuss, the two day conference featured over 60 special guests including authors, actors, artists, narrators, podcasters, puppeteers, librarians, comedians, directors, screenwriters, game designers, [….]

Another “NerdCon: Stories” is In The Books

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Well, another NerdCon: Stories convention has come and gone (held October 14 and 15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota), and once again, a good time was had by all. I had every intention of posting a report on the goings-on this morning, but my general euphoric exhaustion following the convention, as well as having so many wonderful [….]

The World According to Tao (and Wesley Chu)

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    In traditional Chinese philosophy, the Tao is the intuitive knowing of “life” that cannot be grasped full-heartedly as just a concept but is known nonetheless through actual living experience of one’s everyday being.* That’s not the Tao I’m talking about.  Not really. The Tao I’m referring to is an alien being, part of [….]

National Library Week – Transience as a Library Book

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To wrap up National Library Week, we revisit an essay from 2013, where a library book can be more that “just” a good story; it can also be that which binds us all together.  Enjoy! ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ Transience as a Library Book So, I’m reading Jodi Picoult’s excellent novel The [….]

National Library Week – Lifeline, Anchor, Deadweight

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In honor of National Library Week, we give you a follow-up to Sharon’s essay yesterday about being addicted to requests from the library, where a somewhat tongue-in-cheek/somewhat serious piece wonders if there truly can be too much of a good thing.  From 2015, here is the essay Lifeline, Anchor, Deadweight. ~ * ~ * ~ [….]

National Library Week – My Library Request Addiction

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~ * ~  In honor of National Library Week, we at LitStack are running some of our favorite essays regarding our love of libraries.  Today, in an essay from 2014, our Gimbling in the Wabe columnist shares her thoughts on being a Library Request Addict. ~ * ~ * * Hi, My Name is Sharon [….]

National Library Week: How a Library Saved My Life

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April 10 – 16 is National Library Week, and this year’s theme is “Libraries Transform“, reminding all Americans that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. Have you been to your local library lately?  They really have become amazing places.  If you’ve been to one [….]

Happy Birthday, Tee!

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    We here at LitStack couldn’t let the day pass without wishing a very happy birthday to our illustrious leader, Editor-in-Chief Tee Tate!  Not only is Tee a wonderful boss who has put so much love and effort into this website, but she’s a talented novelist, a good friend, and an all around incredible [….]

Celebrating Ursula K. Le Guin

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Today is Ursula K. Le Guin’s 86th birthday,  and what better day to celebrate this icon of American fiction?  Most often associated with the fantasy and science fiction genres, she has won numerous  Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards.  Yet her works, especially those geared for younger readers, have defied labels to become some [….]