Category Archives: Book Reading

Women Reading Aloud acknowledges the power of women’s voices

WOMEN READING ALOUD is an international organization dedicated to the power of the writer’s voice. WRA believes in providing space for artistic growth. Founded in New Jersey in 2003, it offers writing workshops modeled after the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, … Continue reading

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Advocate now for a narrative arts center

A coalition of literary organizations have banded together to propose a multi-use literary and cultural hub in the Seaport District of Boston, a vibrant center for teens and adults from all backgrounds to tell their stories and experiences. This effort … Continue reading

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Six benefits for writers who appear on community access television

Several other writers and I, who contributed essays to the anthology, Black Lives Have Always Mattered, published by 2Leaf Press, were recently invited to appear on the Boston Neighborhood Network, a public access television station. The mission of BNN is … Continue reading

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Six tips for conducting a book party

As I look forward to my novel being published in 2019, I think about the book party I’ll have—where I’ll host it, how I’ll get people to attend, ways to keep people invested in the party long enough for them … Continue reading

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The thrill of being in the audience at author readings is just as thrilling as being “onstage”

Ever since moving to the Boston area 14 years ago, I’ve been a fan of Porter Square Books. An independent bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that supports independent presses, small book associations, and little-known authors, Porter Square Books has hosted a … Continue reading

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I attended a Stephen King event, and he didn’t scare me one bit

Imagine growing up in a household in which you didn’t have to do chores. No washing the dishes. No taking out the trash. No cleaning up after Fido. But the one thing your parents did require you to do was … Continue reading

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The literary community needs more professional football players like Devon Kennard

I know nothing about professional football. I don’t understand how the game is played, never watch it on TV, except by default if I happen to attend a Super Bowl Game, and can count on one hand the current players … Continue reading

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The ‘She shed,’ a refreshing development for women who want a space of their own

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. This quote is from a 1929 essay by pioneering English writer Virginia Woolf. It is seen as a feminist text and an argument … Continue reading

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Public housing complexes receive books from the National Book Foundation

I became aware of the term “food desert,” some years ago when an effort got underway among some city council members in my hometown to bring a supermarket to a section of town that didn’t have one. A food desert … Continue reading

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Women’s National Book Association Awards the WNBA Second Century Prize to Little Free Library

In November of 1917, a group of women booksellers gathered at Sherwood’s Bookstore in New York City to form an organization of women active in all aspects of the book world. Having been shut out of the all-male American Booksellers … Continue reading

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A day of celebration for small presses

The winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced this week. The prize for poetry goes to Tyehimba Jess for the book, Olio. The book is described as astoundingly innovative, combining poems, songs, historical facts, fiction, interviews and tables to create … Continue reading

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Panelists at mystery novel conference explain why a Smart phone can put them in a panic

I find it ironic that writers whose job it is to frighten their readers or at least make their pulses quicken with their plot twists and suspenseful moments sometimes find themselves facing the same emotional and physiological moments when dealing … Continue reading

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