Gimbling in the Wabe – Trash and Treasure

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I will be the first to admit that I walk slowly.  I don’t even really walk – I stroll.  It’s been years since my husband and I have walked side by side:  he’s always moving, rushing, in motion, whereas I tend to amble; he gets there, I get there eventually.  It’s just the way it [….]

Charles Wright Announced as New US Poet Laureate

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On Thursday, June 12, the Library of Congress announced that Charles Wright would be this year’s poet laureate.  (In the United States, the poet laureate position lasts a year – sometimes two – and has few official duties other than overseeing a series of readings and lectures at the Library of Congress, and generally promoting [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – A Story Unto Themselves

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Recently, I’ve started helping out at LitStack with their new “Literary Birthday” feature, where from Monday – Friday, a small blurb announces a little something about a writer whose birthday occurs on that day.  It’s been fun doing a tiny bit of research on lots of authors, poets, journalists, and other writers that I never [….]

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

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The Orphan Master’s Son Adam Johnson Random House First Edition:  January 10, 2012 ISBN: 978-0-679-64399-9 Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Orphan Master’s Son tells the compelling tale of one “John Doe” struggling to survive in the midst of what is perhaps the world’s most rigid totalitarian regime:  North Korea.  While the [….]

‘Orphan Master’s Son’ Wins the Pulitzer

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From The Huffington Post: “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013. The book, set in North Korea, is about a young man who rises to become a threat to the dictator Kim Jong-il, and then tries to get his wife and step children out of the country. The [….]

Alice Walker Declines Israeli Translation of 'Color Purple'

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Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Alice Walker has refused to allow The Color Purple to be translated in protest of the treatment of the Palestinians. Walker sent a letter “to the publisher, Yediot Books, a copy of which was published with her permission on the website of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott [….]