Rubén Darío is a Nicaraguan poet and author whose most important work was done in the late 19th century. He is one of the most influential poets of Latin America and traveled extensively throughout the Americas and Europe. Darío is thought to be one of the founders of the Spanish/American modernism (modernismo) movement. Darío’s work touches on diverse themes […]
I planned to meet up with author Matthew Newton outside – but sheets of rain made me wish we had decided to meet at Monroeville Mall, “a pleasure dome immune to seasonal change” (28). We quickly found a nook inside. Monroeville Mall – both as an iconic building and as a personal touchstone – is […]
There were a lot of amazing books recognized last month at the Youth Media Awards during the American Library Association Midwinter Conference in Atlanta (poor Falcons). Picture an Academy Awards celebration for books and librarians! Some of the most prestigious literary awards for children and teens are announced during this event to great applause, shouts of […]
I succumb to the mid-winter blues every year. By the time I recover from the excitement of the holidays, usually around the end of the first week of January, I can literally feel the energy being drained from my body. It’s usually cold and gloomy, and the days aren’t getting longer fast enough to suit my body’s circadian rhythm and need for sunshine. But I have devised a remedy for my mid-winter blues: surrounding myself with things that inspire me–like books.
“People are hungry for stories. It’s part of our very being. Storytelling is a form of history, of immortality too. It goes from one generation to another.”