Literature books – Litary Wed, 23 Nov 2022 09:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Literature books – Litary 32 32 Library containing books in English and Hindi inaugurated; the revival of Gandhi’s Tolstoy Farm continues Wed, 23 Nov 2022 06:03:19 +0000 A library full of English and Hindi books related to Mahatma GandhiIndia’s relations with South Africa and the literary works of Indian writers was officially inaugurated at Tolstoy Farm, the commune where the Mahatma began his Satyagraha campaign at the turn of the last century.

It is a boost to veteran South African Indian activist Gandhi Mohan Hira’s lifelong dream of restoring Tolstoy’s Farm, once a thriving self-sufficient commune, to its former glory.

The site, which was vandalized, was restored largely through the tireless efforts of Hira, with the help of sponsors and the Indian Consulate in Johannesburg.

A library containing books in English and Hindi related to Mahatma Gandhi, India’s relations with South Africa, and literary works by Indian writers was officially inaugurated on Sunday at the Tolstoy Farm.

Books on Mahatma Gandhi will be in the library (Source: Pixabay)

Tolstoy Farm is located 30 km south of Johannesburg.

Hira said the library would be open to researchers by appointment at this point and to the general public once the entire project is complete.

India’s Consul General in Johannesburg, Anju Ranjan, the event’s keynote speaker, was praised for her role in raising funds from expatriate Indian businesses in South Africa to support the establishment of a borehole, generator, solar powered security lighting and toilets. at the Tolstoy farm.

“I only wish I could have done more during my three-year stay here,” said Ranjan, who is returning to India next month.

“Half my time here was during the Covid lockdown, when it was difficult to work efficiently, although we continued to do our best,” she said.

Ranjan said she was inspired to visit Tolstoy Farm, which she was told about at school in India.

“Although I leave with a sad heart, I am happy with what we were able to do to get water, solar lights, trees and security to the site,” Ranjan said.

The diplomat called on the local community to support the project as a legacy left by Gandhi after what he did to fight discrimination in South Africa and India.

“I also hope that Tolstoy Farm can gain recognition from the South African government to become a national heritage site, as is the case with the Phoenix Settlement near Durban, which he started there and which is now run by his granddaughter Elaben Gandhi,” Ranjan added. .

Hira assured Ranjan and other guests that he would do everything possible to help Tolstoy Farm achieve this recognition.

“We are now engaging the local community surrounding Tolstoy Farm to start using this center for empowerment projects such as sewing classes, especially for unemployed women and youth, so they can improve their lives, like Gandhi foresaw this when he created Tolstoy Farm,” added Hira.

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The Best Lesser-Known Fantasy Books to Read During the Holidays Tue, 22 Nov 2022 17:45:00 +0000

Many players are also lovers of literature, and more specifically of the fantasy genre. And what better way to get away from the screen than reading a book curled up on the couch, with the holidays just a breath away and all the fictional worlds to discover?

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Whether new or old, fantasy novels have the unique ability to offer escape while offering an inside look at people’s values ​​and desires and working – quite simply – to make us all better humans.


9/9 The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany


Fantasy lovers unfamiliar with this book should pick it up right away and then pick up a few more for their friends, as they would make great holiday gifts.

The “why” this book is great is a difficult question to answer: the story is one that more or less all fantasy readers know. A prince goes on an adventure to find his princess. Only his princess comes from another world called Elfland, and the problems start after they get married.

Written in a language that reads like a spell and an old forgotten fairy tale, The King of Elfland’s Daughter allows readers to visit a universe that does not always make sense, but which creates strong emotions.

First published in 1924 by GP Putnam’s Sons

8/9 Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirrlees New Book Cover

This author may have written only three books, with Lud-in-the-mist being the third, but she is a shining example of quality VS quantity.

Lud-in-the-mist is the fictional town where the novel takes place, and it is located at the junction of two rivers, one of them leading to Fairyland. In this world, eating fairy fruit is frowned upon, and no one is more inclined to punish those who do so than Chanticleer, the mayor. When his son is suspected of having eaten a fairy fruit, Chanticleer must change his way of acting and thinking if he wants to have any chance of saving his kingdom and his heir.

Players know all too well how much fun it is to explore fictional locations, and readers of this novel will find themselves exploring more than expected – and they’re going to love it.

First published in 1926 by William Collins, Sons

7/9 Midnight Folk by John Masefield

Book cover of The Midnight Folk by John Masefield

It could be considered a children’s book, but the fantastic world and the extravagant characters of Midnight Folk are more than enough to whet the appetite of adults looking to be captivated by mysterious worlds and creatures.

It’s on the list of books that need to be made into a series, and one day hopefully sooner rather than later, fans will get the chance to not only read Kay Harker’s adventures, but watch them as well.

Kay searches for treasure that was stolen from her great-grandfather, but he’s not the only one. A clan of witches, as well as its governess who is also a witch, are looking for the same treasure. The good thing is that Kay is not alone – he goes on many adventures, with talking animals, strange creatures and his toys.

First published in 1927 by Heinemann

6/9 An Earthsea Magician by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Antique book cover

Viewers who watched Tales from Earthsea and didn’t like the chance to change their minds about the story. The adaptation may have failed and even annoyed the author, but the book itself is a wonderful example of quality fantasy literature.

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Epervier, the main hero, discovers that he has magical powers that go beyond his village’s understanding. A mage takes him on as a student, and together they embark on many adventures, one of which is finding his real name.

First published in 1968 by Parnassus Press

5/9 Little, Big: Or, The Fairy Parliament by John Crowley

Little Big Gold, The Fairy Parliament By John Crowley

With Small bigthe reader will be transported to Edgewood, which is a house, but not exactly a house, since it is several houses altogether, a place, but not exactly a place, since it does not exist on any map.

Edgewood is where Daily Alice Drinkwater lives with her family, a ‘sampler’ house her great-grandfather built for potential clients to view and hire as an architect. In reality, however, the house protects the family with its confusing design and is a place that leads directly to Fairie.

Smoky Barnable, in love with Alice, goes in search of her and marries her. And it’s the beginning of an epic story that spans many generations, many worlds and many stories.

First published in 1981 by Bantam Books

4/9 Moon Heart By Charles De Lint

Moon Heart-1

Another home, another portal to a different world, another love. What’s different in moon heart? All. Charles De Lint, with this formidable urban fantasy novel, manages to take the reader both to places that are well known to him and to places that do not exist with the same ease and conviction.

It all starts in the 80s in an Ottawa antique store when a girl determined to know more about everything finds a ring that can afford it.

First published in 1984 by Ace Books

3/9 The City of Beasts by Isabel Allende

Book cover of The City of Beasts by Isabel Allende

The type of viewer who loves alternative kids movies like Stardust, Pan’s Labyrinthand Taken away as if by magic will have a very pleasant surprise by opening the first volume of this astonishing trilogy by the ethereal Isabel Allende.

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She may be known for her books on magical realism, but in this trilogy she manages to write a perfectly “normal” young adult fantasy book, only… it’s not so normal. It’s an adventure that takes place in the Amazon rainforest, with a boy whose family is in crisis, a super cool grandmother, many interesting friends… and beasts.

First published in 2002 by Sudamericana

2/9 Sun by Robin McKinley


It’s almost unbelievable that this stunning vampire fantasy novel hasn’t been picked up for a show yet. With so many incredible series based on books, one has to wonder “where are the producers looking?”

Sunshine takes place in a world that is very similar to our own; only it contains the Others, who are the ones with the biggest fan base in our world: werewolves, vampires and demons.

Sunshine, the heroine of this book, gets caught by vampires and is trapped in a room with one of them, who is chained to the wall. An unusual relationship develops between them and no, it’s not because he is very handsome.

First published in 2003 by Berkley Publishing Group

1/9 Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

Half Sick Of Shadows book cover by Laura Sebastian

Readers love it, and listeners love it even more, thanks to the excellent audiobook adaptation of the book.

In both cases, Half sick of the shadows is a story that stays with the reader long after it’s over. King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and Morgana. Yes, it’s a myth everyone knows, but this time it’s told from the perspective of Elaine, the Lady of the Shallots – and she has a lot to tell.

First published in 2021 by Ace Books

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Sarah Thankam Mathews’ 6 Favorite Books About Life-Changing Experiences and Self-Discovery Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:55:36 +0000

Sarah Thankam Mathews’ debut novel, It Could Be Different, is the coming-of-age story of a young Indian woman who, after graduating from college, moves to Milwaukee just as the Great Recession struck. He is a National Book Award finalist.

Maritime news by Annie Proulx (1993)

This is the book I read in the evenings while I was writing a large part of It could all be different. Expedition news took me to the freezing cold of Newfoundland and the thirst for a new life, and I went there with pleasure. It’s soulful, brawny, fiercely idiosyncratic, and screamingly funny. Incredible literature, and everyone should read it. Buy it here.

Netherlands by Joseph O’Neill (2008)

Masterly – perhaps one of New York’s greatest novels. Come for the cricket. Stay for the falling towers, for Netherlandsfor the charismatic, Trinidadian version of Jay Gatsby, for the sweet and haunting narrator, Hans van den Broek, and for the long, elegant opera gloves of O’Neill. Buy it here.

Family Life by Akhil Sharma (2014)

A family immigrates from India to the United States. Their eldest son has a grotesque accident that changes his life. His younger brother tells the story of a family in diabolical pain and their individual journeys into the future. It’s a thin slice of a 224-page book: bitingly funny, utterly unforgettable. Buy it here.

King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes (2006)

“I write like an ugly for the ugly,” spits Despentes in an absolute banger opening. “The old whores, the dykes, the frigids, the inf—ed, the inf—ables, the neurotics, the psychos, for all those girls who don’t see the universal market for consumable chicks.” A memorable feminist work of memoirs, commentaries, polemics and theories. The raw power of its narrator’s voice and his vision of the world have marked me for years. Buy it here.

Jade Sharma Problems (2016)

We lost Jade Sharma too soon. Her novel is a dark, funny, and moving portrait of a young Indian-American woman navigating a troubled marriage, its accompanying infidelity, and a heroin addiction. Buy it here.

Say Say Say by Lila Savage (2019)

A graceful, beautiful, and wise portrait of a young midwestern queer caregiver. say say say has stamina that belies his debut status. His prose, vision, originality and deep compassion are exemplary. Buy it here.

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Sharing Library Books I’m Very Thankful For | Local Sat, 19 Nov 2022 08:00:00 +0000

As a book lover, I have a very long list of favorites. I still have books from when I was 3 or 4 that I like to share with preschoolers today. Stories like Walt Disney’s “The Penguin Who Hated the Cold” by Barbara Brenner and “Ms. Suzy” by Miriam Young teach lessons of gratitude, loyalty and perseverance.

On my annual summer getaway to the ocean, I take Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “Gifts from the Sea” along. It’s a collection of essays she wrote during her summer getaways by the seaside and it never fails to relax and center me while challenging me to assess the thoughts and motivations that affect my life.

“Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott appealed to me in another way. As an author’s perspective on writing, it helped me transition from journaling and schoolwork to writing for readers. It was the first book to teach me about plot and character development and its honesty about its writing process and struggles is always an encouragement to me.

Maryland school district that pushed LGBTQ readings for pre-K says books promoting ‘American values’ have ‘agenda’ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 11:00:40 +0000

FIRST ON FOX: A Maryland school district that recently unveiled an LGBTQ-inclusive book list for elementary schools has declined to recommend several children’s books on the grounds that they promote “American values,” Fox News Digital has learned.

Fox News Digital first reported Tuesday that books recommended by Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Maryland’s wealthiest school district, teach words like “intersex” and “drag queen” to children as early as the age of 4 years.

Records later provided to Fox News Digital by Bethany Mandel, editor of the Heroes of Liberty book series, showed that MCPS recently declined to recommend three children’s non-fiction books that were donated to the school district by Heroes of Liberty. Liberty Inc., which seeks to counter the progressive literature favored by public schools.

The New York-based company donated three children’s books about libertarian economist Thomas Sowell, Associate Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and founding father Alexander Hamilton for use in MCPS libraries and recommended for students from 2nd to 6th grade.

Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, which recently unveiled a list of LGBTQ-inclusive books for elementary schools, says books promoting “American values” have an “agenda.”
(Getty Images/File)


According to records from the school district’s Responsible Assessments Database (DAE), MCPS declined to recommend the 2021 biography “Thomas Sowell: A Self-Made Man” on September 30.

The MCPS review said a “weakness” of Sowell’s book was that “the publisher has a stated mission to create books with ‘the American values ​​that made this country great'”.

An MCPS review also conducted on Sept. 30 also declined to recommend the 2021 biography “Amy Coney Barrett: A Justice and a Mother.”

The MCPS review said two “weaknesses” of Coney Barrett’s book were that the “publisher appears to have an agenda – to publish books about people with ‘American values'” and that it “is glossing over a much of his life. The book is more about a message than an informative biography.”

A third review conducted by MCPS on September 30 declined to recommend the 2022 biography “Alexander Hamilton: From Immigrant Boy to Father.”

According to the review, a “weakness” of Hamilton’s book was that it “omits too much factual information about Hamilton’s life.” The book is more a message than an informative biography”.

School buses stand idle at the Montgomery County Public Schools Maintenance and Operations Depot August 12, 2021 in Bethesda, Maryland.

School buses stand idle at the Montgomery County Public Schools Maintenance and Operations Depot August 12, 2021 in Bethesda, Maryland.
(Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The three Heroes of Liberty books have only been approved for “marginal” use. MCPS told Fox News Digital that schools can still request the books for use in their libraries.

“They were rated and recommended as ‘fringe’ schools, which means schools can still earn those titles, however, there could be more objective titles on the particular subject,” the district said.


Notably, MCPS ratings for fiction books “My Rainbow,” which teaches words like “transgender” and “cisgender,” and “Prince & Knight,” which is about a gay romance between a prince and a knight. led them to be “highly recommended” for students in kindergarten through third grade.

Additionally, “My Rainbow” has been designated as a “handbook” for use in the classroom.

“This text can be used during the whole group time or in a small group during the [English language arts] block,” the June 22 assessment read.

“In the deep blue of Montgomery County, public schools will require elementary students to read books about gender and sexuality, but they won’t even accept a book donation if a publisher prioritizes American values” , Mandel told Fox News Digital.

Montgomery County Public Schools has unveiled its new LGBTQ inclusive book list for elementary schools, which is required reading and teaches words like "intersex" and "drag queen" for children from the age of 4 years.

Montgomery County Public Schools has unveiled its new LGBTQ-inclusive book list for elementary schools, which is required reading and teaches words like “intersex” and “drag queen” to children as young as 4 years old.
(Montgomery County Public Schools)

MCPS told Fox News Digital that the Heroes of Liberty books were not excluded from libraries and that “several schools have requested one or more of the donated Liberty titles to add to their library collection.”

When asked why the promotion of American values ​​is considered a “weakness”, MCPS replied, “Media scholars seek books that provide objective information on a variety of topics and it is important to know if a book is heavily influenced by a singular perspective. information is provided as a guide for any media scholar looking for books on a particular topic.”

“We want to reiterate MCPS’ policy of equity in the selection of materials: ‘Educational materials are selected to reflect the diversity of our global community, the aspirations, issues and accomplishments of women, people with disabilities, people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as people of diverse gender identity, gender expression or sexual orientation,” the school district said.

Fox News Digital previously reported that an MCPS staff presentation in August showed a list of LGBTQ+ books that will be provided to K-5 classes this year, including “My Rainbow” and “Prince & Knight.” . The presentation explained that the LGBTQ Inclusive Reading List aims to “reduce the stigma and marginalization of transgender and gender nonconforming students.”

One book MCPS has recommended for pre-kindergartners is “Pride Puppy,” which teaches terms like “intersex,” “drag king,” “drag queen,” and “Marsha P. Johnson,” the famous singer from dragsters.


One book the school district has recommended for kindergarten students, ages 5 and 6, is the 2021 book “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding,” which is about a marriage between two men.

First-graders were recommended to read “Intersection Allies: We Make Room for All,” which includes LGBTQ+ topics about being “non-binary” and deciding “which pronouns work best for you.”

Fourth graders, aged 9 and 10, were asked to read “Love, Violet”, which tells the story of a young girl who has a crush on her friend.

The school district’s evaluation of this book conducted in June resulted in it being “highly recommended” for classroom use, and it was also designated as a “textbook”.

MCPS’ presentation on LGBTQ books provided several examples of potential complaints from parents and community members and how MCPS staff should respond. MCPS previously insisted in a statement to Fox News Digital that LGBTQ readings are not required and will not be scheduled for use until families are notified. However, the presentation included a guide on “Answering Caregiver/Community Questions” and two of the sample questions included: “Why can’t I opt out of this…” and “Can I keep my child at home? house…”, and neither. sample answers to these questions indicate that families can opt out.

If a parent asks if they can keep their child home during LGBTQ+ readings, MCPS teachers are advised to explain that no effort will be made to persuade a child to hold certain beliefs.

If a parent asks if they can keep their child home during LGBTQ+ readings, MCPS teachers are advised to explain that no effort will be made to persuade a child to hold certain beliefs.
(Montgomery County Public Schools)

In fact, if a parent asks why they “can’t” remove their children from the readings as they can with sexual health topics, MCPS staff are advised to explain that the readings are about “diversity.” not the anatomy, according to the presentation.

“During Family Health & Life, we learn science topics like biology, anatomy, puberty, and reproduction,” the sample response reads. “In these picture books and discussions, students learn about the diversity of identities that exist in the world and in our classroom; we don’t get into any of the scientific specificities. It’s like when we learn about different races, ethnicities and religions which are other social identities commonly discussed in school All children and their families deserve to see themselves and their families represented positively in our school community.

If a parent asks if they can keep their child home during LGBTQ readings, MCPS teachers are advised to explain that no effort will be made to persuade a child to hold certain beliefs.

“While there are no planned and explicit lessons related to gender and sexuality, students will see these identities embedded throughout,” the sample answer reads. “For students for whom some of these identities are new, questions and conversations can occur organically. Inclusive programs support a student’s ability to empathize, connect, and collaborate with a diverse group of peers, and encourage respect for all No child who does not agree with or understand another student’s gender, identity or expression, or sexual identity is encouraged to change what he feels about it.”


MCPS previously told Fox News Digital that “these books are a means of updating policy and guidelines and have undergone a rigorous review process. All of the content they contain is age and developmentally appropriate.” .

“MCPS is committed to ensuring that all students and their families see themselves in the program to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming learning environment,” the school district continued. “These books are not required. These books are on the approved list of additional materials that schools will have access to, in line with our goal of providing more inclusive texts and resources in support of curriculum standards. As is our usual practice, these materials are not intended for use until system-wide communication has been sent to families.”

Two Friends, Pearl proves that printed books are still popular Thu, 17 Nov 2022 17:30:17 +0000

Buying books in our digital world is easier than ever.

At your fingertips are increasingly quick and easy ways to get the latest story, especially from giants Amazon and Barnes & Noble Booksellers, with e-book devices and apps, audiobook services and such mailing lists that alert avid readers to pop-up deals, ways to find books at super low prices, and start reading or listening right away from their smart phones.

The many options have, yes, overall led to a drop in the number of open bookstores across the country. Some sources say that number is about half of what it was in 1997. And when you sort by independent bookstores, well, it’s no longer certain that there will be a non-Barnes & Noble in a given city.

But in Northwest Arkansas, we have a variety of independent bookstores.

Avid readers go out of their way to support these local institutions, which provide community in the form of book clubs, author events, and the simple yet effective personal connection of recommendations and discussions about your next great read.


In 2018, Monica Diodati and Rachel Stuckey-Slaton booked the Onyx Coffee Lab community room in Bentonville for two days, laid out something like 150 or 200 books, and sold them to passers-by.

Many of the titles came from their personal collections, things they had read or that friends and family had previously owned, as well as a few donations. They were mostly second-hand books, and they were priced with little paper labels stuck to the spine with handwritten numbers on them.

The whole production was a way of bringing up the possibility of something they had discussed at length as members of the book club that started their friendship: opening an independent bookstore in Bentonville, which had none. at the time.

“The idea for a pop-up event was low-stakes, and we’ve done it multiple times,” Diodati says. At the time, she missed The Wild Detectives, a bookstore/bar/performer in Dallas, a place she frequented when she lived in the area. She describes it as a kind of second living room, where you could have a glass of wine and sit down to read.

Diodati was surprised to find that doing ephemeral book sales was fun and not scary, contrary to what she imagined at the time when opening a storefront.

“We weren’t retail bosses,” laughs Rachel Stuckey-Slaton. They weren’t tracking inventory yet, nor were they experienced in retail. So they faced a huge learning curve as they dipped their toes into the bookstore ecosystem.

A small Dallas press sent Diodati and Slaton a box of bestsellers, giving them a chance to expand their selection without having to pay too much money if they didn’t sell everything.

“They were like ‘Here, take this and sell it; we love what you do and hope you can have a store one day,” recalls Stuckey-Slaton. she says.

After a few pop-ups, the couple have established a semi-permanent space by occupying a small nook at the front of the Airship Coffee in Bentonville.

“There was a group that was thrilled to have a bookstore in Bentonville, and that gave us confidence from customers who were great and supportive,” Diodati said. The biggest supporters were calling and asking for things they hadn’t already given away, like a bespoke basket of books to give to a colleague, for example.

During that time, they got a lot of help learning the ropes of the supply chain from former booksellers, like Lisa Sharp of Nightbird Books, Fayetteville, and existing bookstores, like Common Place in Oklahoma City. They created accounts with publishers, joined the American Booksellers Association, and learned the backend, more business aspects, on the fly.

Having a regular place to sell their books has opened the doors to more community events, starting with a Saturday morning story hour for children, open mic nights, poetry workshops and readings. of authors.

Two friends made the jump to Southwest B Street in Bentonville, securing a small brick and mortar to them, just as the pandemic entered full containment, but they found it did not negatively affect their sales.

“The industry did very well. People were stuck at home and wanted to pick up a book,” Stuckey-Slaton said. Adjusting to safety measures meant only two people could safely browse the store at a time, and they asked every customer to wear a mask. Stuckey-Slaton and Diodati made good use of the breezeway next to their store and built a patio/deck to allow for safer gatherings.

They also launched the Sospeso board, an Italian tradition of paying for a friend’s coffee or book and leaving it at the store to pick it up whenever you want, to keep people connected even when they’re away.

This year, Two Friends moved to their largest location yet as part of the 8th Street Market, where they doubled their storage space. They also have a presence in other locations around town, including the Blake Street Library and run sales selections for Bloom Flowers and Gifts and BRIKA and Wylde Pop-Up.

“The most exciting thing was the (change of) the kids’ zone,” says Diodati. “We have so many families with children that the demand was there. We had so little real estate before that it’s nice to have a whole space where the children can lie on a rug and read… or a 12-year-old can sit at the (café) bar and finish the next in a series.”


A year and a few months ago, Leah and Daniel Jordan were preparing for the first day of Pearl’s Books. The bookstore was scheduled to open Oct. 2 on Center Street in Fayetteville, just off the downtown plaza. They felt a very welcoming sense of anticipation and went ahead and opened their doors in mid-September.

“We were in the ‘it would be fun to…’ phase for years,” Daniel Jordan said. “We had dreamed of something like this. We thought, ‘Maybe when we retire…or never.'”

The pandemic has changed the mindset of the Jordans. The married couple were working from home and it changed everything they thought about their careers. They were both on-campus faculty advisors at the University of Arkansas, and while they enjoyed the work and the people around them, they had been in the gigs for a while.

Being out of the office has changed the perspective of what their professional life could be like. It got Daniel Jordan thinking that maybe now was a good time to try a dream job – but not without a bit of conviction.

“Leah has always been the dreamer in the relationship that drives us forward,” he says. “It’s easy for her to visualize and act.” But Daniel, the more pragmatic, was slower to pull himself together. “I had never owned a business before. I wanted to stay in my comfort zone.”

Leah’s vision for a boutique, coupled with the pandemic giving the big picture and the closing of Nightbird Books, all converged and gave Daniel the assurance that Fayetteville needed a new bookstore.

What they wanted to create, besides more autonomy over their own lives, was a community space.

“We wanted to feel part of the community, to be part of something bigger than ourselves, but still put our stamp on it,” says Daniel Jordan. Local authors contacted them and the events immediately fell into place. “It was a surprise to us…with little awareness. They found us, (which was) proof that we needed it. We weren’t imposing anything, it was a very natural thing.”

Leah Jordan found their current location while driving to soothe their baby. The space that used to be the Cask and Grove olive oil store seemed perfect: a bit removed from the plaza but still close enough to high-traffic areas; not so big; with good accessibility.

Figuring out which books to take was more difficult because there were so many options. Cutting it down was a little overwhelming at first, says Daniel Jordan. Pearl found directional help and a supportive community in Two Friends, Wordsworth Books in Little Rock, and other bookstores across the country.

“We’re getting better (at the selections) as we find out what people like and trends in what people are buying,” not just national bestsellers, he adds.

The other four staff help vary the books they order, as they each have their preferences and what they know well. Leah’s strong genres are historical fiction, high fantasy, cookbooks and children’s books. Daniel loves memoirs, horror, literary fiction, and anything character-driven.

Being the one to categorize books into the appropriate genres is really one of the hardest parts of having a bookstore, Jordan says, after accounting, of course. Once he realized that deciding which genre a book falls into was purely marketing, the task became easier. If he thinks it might sell better in a different category, that’s it.

In their first year of operation, Jordan says he saw a lot of literary fiction, local books, romance, science fiction and fantasy flying off the shelves. Their customers also include more young adults and college students than they imagined.

As they continue to learn and grow in the bookstore business, the Jordans are thrilled to be a piece of the puzzle in the local reading community.

“We achieved this goal of wanting it to be a place people think of when they think of reading and congregating,” Jordan says. Baby showers, wedding showers and even a wedding have taken place in their shop.

“We’re not an event center, but the fact that people are thinking of us to do this means there’s a connection people are already making with Pearl’s. Continuing to grow is really important.”

Leah and Daniel Jordan wanted to create a community space. “We wanted to feel part of the community, to be part of something bigger than ourselves, but still put our stamp on it,” says Daniel Jordan. The result is Pearl’s Books on Center Street in Fayetteville. (Courtesy Photo/Lissa Chandler)


Book clubs

Two friends

The poetry book club is the first Sunday of the month.

Mystery book club is the last Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. and is currently playing “Verity” by Colleen Hoover.

Horror Book Club is on the last Thursday of the month and is currently reading “Ruins” by Scott Smith.

The Two Friends book club, which started while they were at the location of the airship, is the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. He is currently reading “Which Side are you On” by Ryan Lee Wong.


“We will be launching a Pearl’s Book Club in the new year with selections from Pearl staff.”

Can we have more Dunn’s fantasy books, please? – The Simpsonian Wed, 16 Nov 2022 23:48:48 +0000

When I was in middle school and high school, I could spend an hour or more browsing school library shelves and come home with a few thousand pages of content to read.

I’ve always found it so exciting to come home with new stories to read, new characters to fall in love with, and new worlds to explore.

When I arrived at Simpson, I was thrilled to continue feeding my voracious appetite. I expected to find new, more mature books that they don’t put in high school libraries.

But when I first walked into Dunn’s Library, I quickly realized there was no fiction section. I also found that when I used the search tool on the website, there were no more books available at the library than there were.

Dunn owns nearly 100,000 printed books, ranging from Emperor Hirohito’s biography to a Warren County groundwater survey. Yet, there are very few fantastic playback options and, therefore, no way to navigate through them. Despite this gap in the collection, Dunn retains a considerable number of books that have not been borrowed for decades, if at all.

This created two problems.

Number 1: I can’t search for fantasy novels.

The purpose of library sections is to provide general-interest browsing, which is one of the best things about physical libraries. Not having a section for fantasy makes the already difficult task of finding fantasy novels I haven’t read yet even more difficult.

Number 2: To get fantasy novels, I either have to get interlibrary loan or go to the public library. Both are inconvenient and often don’t allow me to read the books I want.

Interlibrary loan due dates are much tighter and harder to renew (I once had a week to read a 700-page novel) and the public library doesn’t fill all the gaps in Dunn’s collection . It would also require me to go off campus and get another library card.

I’ll also point out that Dunn already has some fantasy novels and even children’s books. Let’s not pretend that Dunn is only for research and learning.

Nor do the fantasy novels that are present suggest a pattern behind the selections. The Lord of the Rings is part of the collection, probably because of its cultural and literary significance. Elric of Melnibone, however, isn’t there, despite being the next step in fantasy and hugely influencing works like Game of Thrones.

These books aren’t hard to get, nor are they particularly hard to find if Dunn is restructuring his collection.

Dunn is currently undergoing renovations, so now is the perfect time to go through the collection and remove unnecessary books to make room for exciting, illuminating and memorable novels.

Page 32: Brief Glimpses of Five Vermont Books | Books | Seven days Wed, 16 Nov 2022 15:13:39 +0000

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Seven days writers can’t read, let alone review, all the books that come streaming in through the mail, email, and, in one memorable case, a bunch of foxes. So this monthly feature is our way of bringing you a handful of books by Vermont authors. To do this, we contextualize each book a bit and quote a single representative sentence from, yes, page 32.

home movie

Charles Barasch, Finishing Line Press, 70 pages. $19.99.

Why, when Carlton Fisk / hit the home run, / the man from Section 22, / … threw up his hands in joy …

A gifted poet can find immeasurable beauty in the darkness of life. For 50 years, Charles Barasch of Plainfield has published poems that reveal tenderness and joy as they relate human loss and frailty. A retired speech therapist who worked with young children, Barasch filled this retrospective with poems on a wide range of topics, including relationships, nature, life in Vermont and baseball.

“A Man and a Woman Are Lying in Bed” traces a myriad of events and decisions that brought a couple to an intimate moment. The little dead quadrupeds face their fate with aplomb in “Elegy for Mice”. The neighbors aren’t too friendly or too hostile in “On Our Dirt Road.” And the 13 short lines of “World Series,” which are excerpted above, take the reader from the thrill of a famous 1975 game to the heartache of a marriage mismatch.

While reading home movie it’s like entering the mind of a very observant, imaginative and sensitive soul.


Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition and the Idea of ​​a National Park

Rolf Diamant and Ethan Carr, Library of American Landscape History, 186 pages. $28.

Yosemite, despite the claims of its promoters, was not a desert.

In this account of the influential work of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, co-authors Rolf Diamant and Ethan Carr focus on the Civil War era. Linking nation-building to the emergence of national parks, the authors examine Olmsted’s role in the latter phenomenon.

Best known as the designer of Central Park, Olmsted was the landscape architect of Shelburne Farms in the 1880s. This volume, animated by primary sources, examines (and reprints) his 1865 work “The Yosemite Report”, in which Olmsted presents his “vision of a rebuilt post-war nation where large public parks were the key institutions of a liberal democracy”, the authors write. The major parks discussed in the book are bound by Olmsted’s assertion that access to the natural world should be as equitable as it is beneficial.

Diamant, who teaches at the University of Vermont, is a former superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont’s only national park.


Alzheimer’s Canyon: A couple’s thoughts on living with dementia

Jane Dwinell and Sky Yardley, Rootstock Publishing, 272 pages. $18.99.

Some [posts] might even begin to rhyme / others slipped their anchors in time / WELCOME TO MY WORLD!

In 2016, at age 66, Sky Yardley was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. In response, he and his wife of 30 years, Jane Dwinell, started the Alzheimer’s Canyon blog “as a way to erase the stigma attached to dementia and improve understanding of how it affects people on a daily basis”. . they wrote.

The excerpt above is taken from Yardley’s first entry in this collection, which spans five years: from the first year after his diagnosis until the year of his death in 2021. Yardley writes about everything, from having trouble sleeping and feeling stupid in the first year to his hallucinations. and poor balance in the third, last year he blogged. Dwinell’s messages are sporadic towards the start and become the only ones during the fourth and fifth years, when the disease has taken its greatest toll. In accessible and honest prose, the couple reveal how learning, creativity, flexibility and love helped them navigate a path neither wanted.



Estela González, Cennan Books from Cynren Press, 234 pages. $30.

My mother begged the Virgin to protect me; she promised that i would never cut my hair in all my life.

For children, a beach is a playground. For developers, an opportunity to get rich. And for the sea turtles that nest on the perfect stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coast in the new novel by Middlebury College professor Estela González, a beach is the difference between survival and extinction.

All of these factions and many more are converging on arrived – or “arrival”, a term also commonly used to refer to the synchronized nesting of sea turtles. In 1990, concert pianist Mariana returns to her coastal hometown, where her beloved uncle has disappeared and her mother has suffered a stroke. Following in her uncle’s footsteps, she reconnects with an Indigenous friend who opens her eyes to the damage that decades of development – spearheaded by Mariana’s late father – has done to the landscape they both love.

González’s incantatory prose drifts freely between various perspectives and eras, its fluidity evoking the continuity of family tradition even as Mariana makes discoveries that redefine her home. This allows for powerful and immersive playback.


Not alone

Frédéric Martin, NthSense Books, 302 pages. paperback $12.99; $2.99 ​​e-book.

Drawing was about the only positive thing that came out of all his otherwise useless therapy sessions.

Misfit teenagers with superpowers aren’t exactly new to young adult fiction. But Richmond author Frederic Martin inventively rewrites that formula with his self-published book. Vox Oculis series, which opens with Not alone. Blue, a fourteen-year-old foster child, can hear people’s thoughts. Fiercely protective of her secret, she thinks she’s the only one of her kind until she moves to a small town in Vermont and meets Will and his family, who can communicate using the same silent method as her. . Will’s scientist dad researched their unusual trait – which he calls eye vox (voice to eyes) – and discovered that it’s not as supernatural as it sounds.

Martin, who won the 2018 Vermont Writers Award, tells an effective tale that harkens back to an earlier era of YA fiction. Will’s supportive, science-minded family may remind readers of Madeleine L’Engle’s Murrys. A shortcut in time, and Martin weaves facts about bioluminescence and other real-life phenomena into his gripping plot. Two suites are also available.


12 gift ideas for children’s books 2022 Tue, 15 Nov 2022 17:42:00 +0000

With fall in full swing and people soon buying gifts for various winter holidays (religious and secular), it’s the perfect time to share some of my favorite recent children’s books! Like last year’s list, I’ll be excluding celebrity books, and these books were chosen for their ability to serve as a literary springboard for future feminists and geeks – books that I’m super jealous, I don’t have grew up reading and which were also recommended by librarians!

Each book selection notes general themes and age recommendations. However, all of these books were aimed at children in primary school or entering middle school. While you know what’s best for the kids in your life, it can help if you’re looking for help or want to donate a book to a family you may not know. not.

Run, little Chaski! by Mariana Llanos & Mariana Ruiz Johnson

Run, little Chaski!  by Mariana Llanos & Mariana Ruiz Johnson (Image: Barefoot Books)
(Barefoot books)

This story follows a child who has the opportunity to convey a very important message from the Qoya (queen) to the Inka (king). Along the journey, he encounters animals that need his help, causing him to worry that he may not be on time to deliver the message. This is a great introduction to Inca heritage and history in an adventurous setting.

This story touches on Mesoamerican indigenous heritage and values ​​like kindness. The recommended age range is three to seven years old, or those in kindergarten through second grade. This book is available in English and Spanish.

owl and penguin (I like to read comics®) by Vikram Madan

Owl and Penguin (I Love Reading® Comics) by Vikram Madan.  (Image: holiday home)
(vacation house)

owl and penguin is a great entry for both early readers and early comic book enthusiasts, as it follows a simple panel format. The duo find creative ways to address their difference and crack lots of jokes along the way.

This story touches on friendship, diversity and the science of birds (in bulk). The recommended age range is four to eight years old, or those in kindergarten through third grade.

Gibberish by Young Vo (Image: Levine Querido)
(Levine Querido)

There are few books that can capture the frustration of learning a new language at such a young age, that also manage to tell a gripping story. Gibberish is one of those stories. He is in a new school, in a new country, and has to learn a new language. In this story, he overcomes his fears and makes new friends as they find other ways to communicate.

This story touches on friendship, school and moving. The recommended age range is four to eight years old, or those in kindergarten through third grade.

Bonnie's Rocket by Emeline Lee and Alina Chau (Image: Lee & Low Books)
(Lee & Low books)

Inspired by the story of the author’s grandfather, Bonnie’s Rocket follows a young child’s dream of becoming an engineer as her father works on the Apollo 11 moon landing module. Through correspondence with her Baba, she builds and tests her own mini-rockets.

This story touches on history, failure and science/space. The recommended age range is four to seven years old, or those in kindergarten through third grade.

Where do you come from?  by Yamile Saied Méndez & Jaime Kim (Image: HarperCollins)
(Harper Collins)

This year, I learned that the famous author YAmile Saied Méndez also writes children’s literature! As a lot, not just this heartwarming story that serves as a great introduction to lyric poetry. While adults (most often) use questions like “Where are you from?” in another way, children often ask this question unfiltered and with as little baggage as “Why is the sky blue?” because they have little notion of space, time, politics, etc. While awesome, that makes the question quite difficult to answer. This story features a young girl who asks him this question and gets a long and beautiful answer.

This story touches on migration, prejudice and family. The recommended age range is four to eight years old, or those in kindergarten through third grade.

The Ghoul Hardcover by Taghreed Najjar & Hassan Manasra (Image: Crocodile Books)
(Books about crocodiles)

Inspired by Arabic folktales, this story takes an important message and wraps it in an adventurous tale. After hearing about this mysterious and deadly “ghoul” at the top of the mountain, Hassan decides that he is going to confront this creature. Instead, what he discovers is that this creature is just as afraid of his neighbors as they are of him.

This story touches on fear and prejudice. The recommended age range is three to eight years.

Bessie the Motorcycle Queen by Charles R. Smith Jr. (Image: Orchard Books)
(Orchard books)

I’ll be the first to admit that these holiday lists – and really, The Mary Sue, in general, are devoid of sports (with the exception of the rare eSports article.) However, now I present to you a book about motorsports and historical figure Bessie Stringfield! She became famous for avoiding danger and riding in style, alone, on a motorcycle across the country at 18! Later in life, she also served as a household courier for the United States Army during World War II.

This story touches on lesser-known American history, courage, and geography. The recommended age range is five to eight years old, or first to second grade.

The Hospital: The Inside Story by Dr Christle Nwora and Ginnie Hsu (Image: Neon Squid)
(Neon Squid)

I bought this a few months ago as a gift for kids who will spend much of their lives with doctors due to an inherited condition, however, it really is a must have for most kids. From routine visits to others, hospitals are often seen by children as a place where scary things happen. Written by a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, this book demystifies this place by showing the range of types of care and occupations in a hospital. Those kids who have 1000 questions you don’t always know what to answer? Yeah, this is the book for them.

This book covers anatomy, health and family. The recommended age range is six to eight years old, or first to third grade.

The Deep & Dark Blue by Niki Smith (Image: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
(Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

After a devastating coup destroys their family, a pair of royal twins are forced to adopt new identities to survive and join a magical order of reality-chaining women. While in hiding, the siblings plot to avenge their families and make plans for the future. The only problem is that while one wants to reclaim her previous identity, the other finds that going underground has finally given her the freedom to live like the girl she is.

This book features fantasy/adventure and addresses gender identity. The recommended age range is eight to twelve, or third to seventh grade.

Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega & Rose Bousamra

Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega & Rose Bousamra (Image: First Second)
(first second)

Between Ghost squad and Wizards, Claribel Ortega is a rising star in children’s literature. This graphic novel follows a young Dominican girl, Marlene, who disagrees with her mother’s insistence on going to the salon and straightening her hair every weekend. After all, every hour spent in the chair and under the hot iron is an hour she could be spending time with her fun aunt, her best friend, or reading. (Shout out to books about book loving kids!) As someone who wasn’t entirely comfortable with my hair texture until I was almost 19, I can’t recommend this enough. book.

This book deals with self-esteem, hair politics and family relationships. The recommended age range is 9 years and up, or third to seventh grade.

1-2-3-4, I declare a thumb war by Lisi Harrison & Daniel Kraus.  (Image: Union Square Kids)
(Union Square Kids)

On the 100th anniversary of the death of an infamous murderer in the town of Misery Falls, Oregon, a text leads a group of girls to that killer’s graveyard. What they find bonds the girls and is the start of a spooky but adventurous book series. This book is perfect for children who love troll hunters and Tales of Arcadia (Kraus’ previous work with Guillermo del Toro) and is the first of a new series!

This book is centered on friendship and death. The recommended age range is eight to twelve, or fourth to seventh grade.

The Magical Imperfect by Chris Baron (Image: Square Fish)
(square fish)

Magic Imperfects is an excellent choice for adult readers who enjoy down-to-earth fantasy novels or reluctant readers, as the book is very intimate. The main character Etan has had selective mutism since his mother left him, and everyone who loves him is unable to help him. While running an errand, Etan encounters another ostracized child, Malia, whom many refer to as “the creature.” Outcasts together, they form a solid friendship.

This book is centered on friendship, identity, fantasy and Jewish identity. The recommended age range is 10 years and up, or fourth to sixth grade.

Honorable mentions

Something that helped whittle down a massive list was including books and bookish giveaways throughout the year. Here are some articles that make great gifts for young readers.

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12 new books to look forward to this week. ‹ Literary Center Tue, 15 Nov 2022 10:00:09 +0000

November 15, 2022, 4:55 a.m.

Another Tuesday, another round of novelties. This week sees the publication of the new Patti Smith, an anthology edited by Eileen Myles, the fifth anniversary edition by Hanif Abdurraqib, and more.


Patti Smith, A Book of Days

Patti Smith, A book of days
(Random house)

“A powerful mix of images and text inspired by Instagram but original in its execution.”

pathetic literature_eileen myles

Eileen Myles (ed.), pathetic literature
(grove press)

“In this powerful anthology, the poet Myles shares an expansive but deeply focused reading list bound by the concept of pathos.”
–Publisher Weekly

Nick Hornby, Dickens and Prince: a special kind of genius

Nick Hornby, Dickens and Prince: a special kind of genius

“An ardent fan letter from Hornby that makes you want to re-read great expectations listening Sign the Times.

bad now

Hillary Chute (ed.), Maus Now: selected writing

“This is a thought-provoking collection of pieces that explore topics that Maus touches, and is a must-read if you’ve read Spiegelman’s books.
–Riot Book

burning idol

Rin Usami, tr. Asa Yoneda, Idol, Burning

“With unflinching clarity, Usami deftly transforms Akari’s devotion into debilitating disconnection… A poignant and disturbing international bestseller from Japan exposes the detachment and isolation of teenagers in the frenetic world of an obsessive fandom .”
–Ray awareness

marvel moreno_december breeze

Marvel Moreno, trans. Isabel Adey and Charlotte Coombe, December Breeze

“As a Colombian expat and writer, I feel a strong connection to Moreno’s work and share her obsession with the world she grew up in.”
–On the dike

Brigitta Olubas, Shirley Hazzard: A Life of Writing

Brigitta Olubas, Shirley Hazzard: A Life of Writing

“An illuminating portrait of the esteemed Australian-born fiction writer and essayist… A captivating and well-crafted profile of a supremely gifted writer.”

they can't kill us until they kill us

Hanif Abdurraqib, They can’t kill us until they kill us
(Two Dollar Radio)

“It’s a collection of essays on music and culture that are written with such insight and tenderness that I read it in a day and immediately re-read it in full… It’s spectacular .”
-The New York Times


Sevgi Soysal, tr. Maureen Freely, Dawn
(Archipelago Books)

“[Dawn] powerfully underscores how the threat of violence drives all characters to mistrust and paranoia. This story of persecution convinces with its urgency and humanity.
–Publisher Weekly

eric hazan_paris in turmoil

Eric Hazan, Paris in turmoil: a city between past and future

“[Readers] will find in this fiery and charming volume the ideal companion for a stimulating walk in the City of Light.
–Library Journal

Brian Thomas Swimme, Cosmogenesis: an unveiling of the expanding universe

“Rarely, if ever, in scientific tradition has the excitement of the universe been expressed in such memorable formulation.”
–Creation Magazine

Emma Smith, Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers

Emma Smith, portable magic

portable magic is a love song to the book as a physical object. In tactile prose, Smith reminds us of the thrills of shabby covers, the illicit pleasure of writing in the margins when you’ve been told not to, and the guilty joy that comes from poring over the traces someone left behind. another.
-The Guardian