Monthly Archives: November 2015

Love the library so much you don’t want to leave?

I can sympathize. In the off chance any of you are planning (or planning on planning) a trip to Japan, consider a somewhat less traditional capsule hotel experience—Book and Bed Tokyo. At an affordable 28 to 36 USD per night, this self-described hostel allows guests … Continue reading

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Literary Review’s Bad Sex in Fiction Award

Did you know there was such a thing? Perhaps you always thought there should be an award like this. The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award has been around since 1993, and “has honoured an author who has produced an … Continue reading

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CBCToo December Discussion: Half of a Yellow Sun

Center for the Reader’s book club for the 20s and 30s set will meet at 6:30 on Monday, December 14, at Hair of the Dog (1212 Washington Ave.). Up for discussion: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. (Yes. The very … Continue reading

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Edwidge Danticat on Death

In the wake of her mother’s death, the Haitian-American author discusses the power of language:  “Grief feels like—each time, and I’ve been through this with my father and now with my mother—but each time it feels really new. It feels … Continue reading

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Need some inspiration this NaNoWriMo?

I think it’s safe to say that we all have moments when we get stuck creatively. We have ideas, but can’t figure out how to get them out of our heads and actually create (write, paint, draw, etc. etc. etc.). So this November, if … Continue reading

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Author Chuck Wendig on Writing

Since it’s NaNoWriMo, I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t write a post about Chuck Wendig and his blog. Admittedly, I have not read all of his books (although I’m working my way through the Miriam Black books), but … Continue reading

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CoverSpy: People Watching With a Readerly Bent

Do you ever take your what-do-I-read-next cue from what you see people reading irl? Then you’ve got to follow CoverSpy, where undercover New Yorkers report on literature they catch in hands around the city. You’ll get your fix in daily, digestible, easy-to-refer-back-to bits. … Continue reading

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Who’s ready for more Broad City?

I am! Comedy Central is not. Catch seasons one and two on DVD, then imagine you’re reading along with Abbi and Ilana while you wait: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler … Continue reading

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Resources for Writers @ Central Library

Here at Central Library, as you might expect, we have a number of great resources for authors, writers, poets, and lyricists. We have an entire room on the second floor of Central Library that has books and access to databases and … Continue reading

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George R.R. Martin Reveals No Date for The Winds of Winter, But Talks Writing

The Chicago Tribune just published an article about author George R.R. Martin’s recent receipt of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement alumni award. During this talk at Northwestern University, Martin did not reveal any date for the next book in … Continue reading

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