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Literature as Resistance: María Nsué Angüé’s Ekomo

Guinean writer María Nsué Angüé’s novel Ekomo explores the liminality of being in a moment of deep crisis.


Edna Ferber’s Cimarron

Middlebrow writer Edna Ferber’s 1929 novel Cimarron puts forward questions as relevant today as they were when the novel was first published.


Rediscovering Middlebrow


The work of 20th century middlebrow writers like Booth Tarkington is in danger of being forgotten. But it shouldn’t be.


Sixteen Black Children’s Books for Better Bodies and Better Brains

This Black History month (and beyond!) let’s give our kids the gifts of learning and living.


We Need More Diverse Books Because Black Lives Matter

The WeNeedDiverseBooks and BlackLivesMatter movements are the same. One campaign deals with the movement’s beginning. The other campaign deals with the movement’s ending – if things are not changed in the beginning.


Cutting up Books in Libraries and other FAIR Adventures

On a recent Saturday, a group of adults and preteens gathered at the J.V. Fletcher Library in Westford, MA and began cutting up books. I mean, really tearing into them, leaving big holes in the pages. Right there in plain view of the librarian. And no one stopped them. They cut and ripped and cut some more. And then something magical happened. The books were reborn. They became art.


Essays Old and New

In the later sixteenth century, about a century after the introduction of the print, Renaissance humanists evolved a novel literary genre, the Essay. The name itself was probably coined by the French thinker Michel de Montaigne. He felt he needed a written mode that would allow him to capture his own thoughts on an important subject, to test their validity, to speculate about their deeper meaning, and to accomplish all this in a fashion that both pleased his readers and instructed them.