Titles offering imagination, subtle messages

“The secret of the magic pearl”, by Elisa Sabatinelli, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. The wonder of childhood is overflowing with enthusiasm and imagination. These qualities are what make children so enjoyable to be around; they see life through an intact lens. Nurturing a child’s imagination on a daily basis can …

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For the author of ‘Wicked’, the door was always open to the Schenectady bookstore – The Daily Gazette

The first time Gregory Maguire visited The Open Door Bookstore & Gift Gallery on Jay Street in downtown Schenectady, he knew he was in a special place. “I was either in high school or freshman in college, and for a kid from Pine Hills to Albany, taking a trip to …

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Add surprise to your reading life

Recently I was trying to rearrange my books – well, that’s a lie, I was trying to ORGANIZE my books, which had never been organized – and found a copy of “Washington Square”, by Henry James. It’s a very small novel, “a slip of the tongue”, and was originally serialized, …

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Le Grand welcomes the artists of ArtScape in person | News, Sports, Jobs

Tori Frank reads “The Raven” on the face of Nicolas Schlief’s latest book “The Tale Telling Heart”. The piece won the grand prize of the Artscape jury exhibition. This year, the Grand accepted more than 70 works of art in the adult and student categories. All art has been submitted …

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Trump publishes photo book of his tenure

Donald J. Trump is publishing a book of photographs celebrating his tenure as president, according to a statement from his office. Entitled “Our Journey Together,” the book includes over 300 photographs and captions written by Mr. Trump. The book will be released on December 7. It is published by Winning …

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The best Mac apps for writers and authors

The Mac comes with apps for writing notes, letters, and even books, but take the time to look further and there are great writing apps for every aspect of writing. Best writing apps for Mac You already have Pages on your Mac – and on your iPhone and iPad too …

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How to write about Christianity informed a new novel

He avoided doubt for decades. Young, he was religious to avoid confronting his sexuality; older, he had Marxism, but also rejected it because of its tragic consequences. So he laughs and says it would be ridiculous for him to talk about a surety position because he was wrong for so …

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Library reviewing books on gender identity after filing complaints

ImagineIF Libraries have received several formal requests to remove two books from their collection due to a topic dealing with gender identity and sexual content. One of the books targeted for removal is a graphic novel on gender identity called “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Aia Kobabe. The other is …

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Over 7 science fiction and fantasy books by trans authors

Recognized as a time to raise visibility and address issues faced by community members, November 13-19 is Trans Awareness Week. As members of various nerd spaces, we understand the power of storytelling and storytelling. So, in honor of this week, we’ve put together a list of some of the many …

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How Amazon’s Wheel of Time embraces female-centric fantasy

Oscar-nominated actress Rosamund Pike plays Moiraine, a character who at first glance seems a little different from the roles she’s famous for, such as Missing girl and A private war. But, according to Pike, it was the complex nature of Aes Sedai’s character that drew her to the role. “Robert …

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