Nan Talese, publisher and James Frey advocate, made a stir late last month when she spoke at the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Writers Conference in Grapevine, Texas and lambasted Oprah Winfrey as… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 24, 2007   

Jack Agüeros was born in Harlem in 1934. He became a community activist and writer, concentrating on issues surrounding immigration, specifically identifying and exploring the Puerto Rican… continue reading

By Administrator   August 23, 2007   

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first publication of Jack Kerouac's On the Road . Since 1957, the now-iconic book has been graphically interpreted in the form of dozens of book covers… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 22, 2007   

Check out this synopsis of four thousand years of "miniature writing," from cuneiform clay tablets to a 180,568-word version of the New Testament inscribed in 24-karat gold on a silicon chip, with… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 21, 2007   

Regardless of how one feels about the United States' ongoing and obscured operations at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp , the camp's function relative to the current administration's War on… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 20, 2007   

Robert Penn Warren was born in Kentucky in 1905 and became the youngest member of a group of southern poets called the Fugitives. Warren’s poetry appeared in the group’s magazine, the… continue reading

By Administrator   August 17, 2007   

And Tango Makes Three , the American Library Association's Most Challenged Book of 2006 , was released in paperback in the United Kingdom last month and was received with minimal squabbling and… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 16, 2007   

In 2006 Ann Patchett , celebrated author of the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Bel Canto , unwittingly found herself at the center of a campus and community controversy in Clemson, South… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 15, 2007    1

Science fiction icon William Gibson will be appearing at the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium this Thursday , August 16 at 7:00 p.m. (This event is free ; no tickets required.) His latest… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 14, 2007   

What were the names of the two wizarding schools that competed with Hogwarts in the Triwizard Tournament, and what were the names of their headmasters? If you just excitedly produced an answer to… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 13, 2007   

The Free Library's Summer Reading Game 2007 went out with a bang this afternoon at Wizard Palooza in the Central Library's Montgomery Auditorium. The Moaning Myrtles , the Whomping Willows , and… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 10, 2007   

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn in 1957. His father, a leader in the Puerto Rican community, introduced the poet to political activism at a young age. After receiving a B.A. in history… continue reading

By Administrator   August 9, 2007   

In late June of this year, On Demand Books publicly debuted version 1.5 of its Espresso Book Machine at the New York Public Library's Science, Industry and Business Library in Midtown Manhattan.… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 8, 2007   

First Book , a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books, recently polled their constituency and asked them… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 7, 2007   

Venezuela's University of Momboy is spreading the joy of reading to residents of remote Andes villages using bibliomulas, or "book mules." University staff are making plans to expand the already… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 6, 2007   

This past June, South Carolina’s Pickens County Library System withdrew its participation in a voluntary, nationwide, youth summer reading program , after receiving criticism and threats… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 3, 2007   

Anne Sexton was born Anne Gray Harvey in Newton, Massachusetts in 1928. She married Alfred Muller Sexton II when she was 19. In 1953, she had a daughter. The following year she was diagnosed with… continue reading

By Administrator   August 2, 2007    1

The New Yorker does a great monthly podcast as part of its Out Loud series, wherein a contemporary author of note presents a favorite short story from the magazine's fiction archives. A reading of… continue reading

By Communications Office   August 1, 2007   

New York Times reporter Tim Weiner won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1988--when he worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer --in recognition of a series of articles he wrote detailing… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 31, 2007   

"As I've said many times, the future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed." Thus spoke William Gibson during an appearance on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation in… continue reading

By Communications Office   July 30, 2007    3

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