| May 18, 2012
| 11:25 AM
Earlier this year, when Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a 100-book required reading list for his compatriots, it provoked anxiety, rekindling memories of Soviet-era censorship. The furor underscored an important point: that literature plays a...
| Mar 30, 2013
| 9:59 AM
The message itself was simple: "I was so alone and then I got your package," it read. "Thank you so much. I love the books. Thank you and God bless." Yet there was something about the handwriting, a delicate and elegant script, that moved Megan Bernard to...
| Oct 19, 2012
Several weeks ago, I wrote about seeing award-winning poet Nikki Giovanni speak at TNCC. During that talk, Giovanni told us she was looking forward to an upcoming event at Virginia Tech to honor her friend, celebrated author Toni Morrison. The event,...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow.
Why did the crow cross the road? The giggle answer that rose up was "to get to the other side," of course. As the black bird with the wide stance...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 4:28 PM
It's an age-old question with as many answers as there are muffin-topped men afraid to talk about their feelings wandering the barbecue aisle at Home Depot on Saturday:
What to do for Father's Day?
So here to aid, abet and entertain you is "The...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Insane City by Dave Barry (Putnam) The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is a typically absurdist comic story about everything — and then some — that goes wrong for Seth and his friends en...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 10:08 AM
Circle City Books in Pittsboro, N.C., has just completed an eye-catching mural: a side of a building covered in books. Huge, oversize books, with titles that even this myopic passerby could read.
What's on it? Forty-eight titles, some of which are...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 3:10 PM
When Richard Blanco was named as the 2013 inaugural poet, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith said in an email that the White House had made an ideal choice, citing the scope of his poems, "their beautiful fidelity to private experience, to...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 8:31 PM
James DePreist, artistic advisor to the Pasadena Symphony and Pops and one of the few African American conductors to lead major orchestras in the United States and abroad, died Friday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 76.
The cause was...
| May 10, 2013
| 1:30 PM
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| Jun 6, 2013
Joseph S. Eubanks, a noted bass-baritone and Morgan State University music professor who performed with the first American company of "Porgy and Bess," which toured the world in the 1950s, died May 16 of renal failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson....