literature

Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Short Story Writer: George Saunders

www.georgesaundersbooks.com

03/24/14 - Monday's Topical Currents:  George Saunders has been called one of America’s greatest short story writers. His work astounds readers with its effortless mix of humor and horror. A brilliant satirist, he delights in skewering the foibles of our corporate-driven, consumer-based society. But beneath the fun and games lies a profound wellspring of compassion for his fellow man.

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Books
6:27 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Literary Youth: Collection Highlights The Work Of Teenage Writers

Dylan's story, Alaska, in the book published by the Miami-Dade Public Library. Listen to him read from his story, above.
Richard Etienne

Dylan Etienne was in Publix with his mom when a random woman came up and asked if he likes to write. "Yeahhhh," he said, in a tone that indicated he really, really does. You gotta listen to the audio to hear him in his own words.

The woman in the store handed him a flyer for the Miami-Dade Public Library's young adult writers-in-residence program. 

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Books
5:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay

France's government has taken legal steps to protect the country's independent booksellers from behemoths like Amazon. It already prohibits discounts of more than 5 percent on books. Now it's considering a law that would not allow online retailers like Amazon to offer both a 5 percent discount and free shipping.
Christine Zenino Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 7:55 pm

Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.

In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.

Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.

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Business
5:48 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

New Amazon Centers Will Add Sales Tax To Florida Purchases

An Amazon fulfillment center.
Credit Flickr

The confirmation by Amazon.com that it will build a pair of massive "fulfillment" centers along the Interstate 4 corridor means that sometime in the next two years Floridians will have to start paying sales taxes on purchases from the online retail giant.

But even with Amazon eventually joining other businesses located in Florida in collecting the state's sales tax, some groups will continue pushing to eliminate an exemption that has allowed out-of-state online retailers including eBay and Overstock to avoid the tax.

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People
10:47 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies

Writer Elmore Leonard died Tuesday at the age of 87.
Dermot Cleary Chasen

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 12:03 pm

Elmore Leonard, the crime novelist whose best-sellers included Get Shorty, Freaky Deaky and Maximum Bob, died Tuesday morning at his Detroit-area home, according to statements from his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter on Twitter and to The Detroit News

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Books
2:42 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Book News: 'Hunger Games'-Themed Camp Opens In Florida

Actress Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen in the movie version of The Hunger Games.
Murray Close Lionsgate

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 7:16 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Literature
8:24 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Scrapbooks From Hemingway's Childhood Made Public

A page in which Hemingway's mother describes his birth.
Credit John F. Kennedy Presidential Library

On the 114th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth on June 21, Key West wasn’t alone in celebrating the author’s life. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library announced that it would release five scrapbooks in digital form that document Hemingway’s childhood.

Seen by very few people, the scrapbooks had been in secure storage for decades due to their fragility.

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Arts
1:00 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Flying Under The Radar With Six Hip South Florida Writers

Edwidge Danticat
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Last month, we introduced you to nine acclaimed authors who call South Florida their home, at least part-time. But that was just a small sampling. South Florida boats a tribe of critically acclaimed scribes living anywhere from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. Below are seven folks who are building on the tradition of hometown heroes like Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen (who actually now lives just a little bit further north in Vero Beach.)

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Venezuelan Election
12:22 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Venezuelan Humorist Engages Kidnappers In Election Dialogue

Laureano Marquez, a popular Venezuelan writer and political satirist, says he is always opposed to the government in power. "The mission of humor is to show the people that things can be better," he says.
Nishant Dahiya NPR

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 1:18 pm

Earlier this week in Caracas, we were about to go to an interview when it had to be rescheduled. The man we were going to speak with was unavoidably detained — kidnapped, to be precise.

It took awhile after that for Laureano Marquez to free up his schedule and meet us in a coffee shop.

"I'm so sorry," he said when he finally arrived, as if it was his fault for being thrown into a car and driven off to the far reaches of town.

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Venezuelan Election
6:35 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel

Venezuelan author Romulo Gallegos (1884-1969), circa 1950.
Edwin Karmiol Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:55 am

Marcela Valdes is the books editor of The Washington Examiner and a specialist in Latin American literature and culture.

For more than 40 years, the most important book prize in South America has been bankrolled by the region's most famous petro-nation: Venezuela. Yet Venezuelan novelists themselves rank among the least read and translated writers in the entire continent. Over and over again as I worked on this article, I stumped editors and translators with a simple question: Who are Venezuela's best novelists?

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Eating Less Meat; Book Jacket Designer Chip Kidd

Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States
http://www.humanesociety.org/

04/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents begins with Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States.  The society urges a reduction or elimination of meat-based diets, for both health and ethical reasons.  Many school districts add more fruits and veggies in lunchroom fare, and offer “Meatless Mondays.”  Miami-Dade & Broward schools are participants.

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Arts
11:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Nine Acclaimed Authors You Didn't Know Lived In South Florida

Judy Blume hangs out in Key West.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

South Florida may not exactly have the brainiest reputation -- but those of us in the area's intellectual trenches know that it's not all beach bimbos here. In fact, the pleasant weather and peaceful shoreline vistas may well be making the population collectively smarter.

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Arts
4:00 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Book Your Calendars For Booklegger's 'Library On The Run'

The Broken Shaker, a cocktail bar tucked in the art deco Freehand Miami, will host a book-trading event Thursday.
Credit sushiesque / Flickr

Miami Beach is going literary, literally.

Thursday, local book enthusiasts can sit around, handcrafted cocktail in hand, and talk literature. Better yet, they can leave with a free book.

The event is put on by Bookleggers, a community mobile library often referred to as “a library on the run.”

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Literature
11:30 am
Sun January 13, 2013

Parallel Lives: Colm Tóibín on Henry James

Colm Tóibín discusses The Master, his 2004 novel about Henry James.
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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Literature
12:29 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Key West Literary Seminar: On Those Same Steps: Iyer on Greene

Pico Iyer at “Writers on Writers.”
Nick Doll

This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. Read more of their material here.

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