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Monthly Archives: October 2012

VIDEO: Stephen L. Carter Discusses His Book, “The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln”

Sometimes we see a longer video on YouTube and we consider passing on promoting it here because honestly, who wants to watch a 40+ minute video? People generally don't have that kind of time. But we really like this video of 2003 winner Stephen L. Carter at the 2012 National Book Festival presented by the Library of Congress. Just from the introduction, we're reminded that this guy is pretty spectacular. Check out the video (just pieces of it - we know you're busy!) and let us know if you've read his latest book, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln. Read More →

VIDEO: Jill Lepore Explores The History Of Presidential Campaigns

200 Years & More: Negative Political Ads Remain... by FORAtv In an extremely heated election season, sometimes it's worth taking a moment to breathe. With millions being spent in ads on both sides, it's clear that messaging is powerful in terms of getting people to vote for your side. But has the rhetoric gotten nastier? Are we seeing a new "low" in campaign ads or is this just the nature of politics? Historian Jill Lepore (2006 Anisfield-Wolf award winner) explored the history of presidential campaigns at the 2012 New Yorker festival. In the short clip, she compares an ad from the 2008 election to a campaign ad from 1800. Can you name a few differences? Watch the clip and see.  Read More →

Literature Gets Social With Twitter Chats

Everything today is social. From watching the Emmys, All this social media has given rise to Twitter chats (the 2012 version of the 90s chat rooms. In a Twitter chat, different users send messages to the group using a previously agreed-upon phrase preceded by a hashtag (for example, #reading). By using that hashtag, it creates a link to all the messages sent by those members.(Here's a more thorough explanation here). If you've got a lot to say about books and literature in general, give an online chat a try. You'll be able to meet other people with the same taste in books as you and will learn more about your favorite authors. If you're shy about joining in the conversation, it's perfectly fine to simply sit back and listen to what other people are saying until you are more... Read More →

Junot Diaz Wins 2012 MacArthur “Genius” Grant

We think it's safe to say that 2012 is a great year for Junot Diaz. He just released his third book to critical acclaim (and outright gratitude from the readers who wait years for new material). Now he can add being a MacArthur "genius" to his list of accomplishments.  Each year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awards "genius grants" to individuals whose creativity and potential lends themselves to an investment in their future work. Each MacArthur Fellow (the formal name of the awards) receives $500,000 ($100,000 each year, spread over five years) to spend as they wish, in the pursuit of a new project.  Diaz was surprised with the award last month in Chicago and once the award was made public he wrote on his Facebook page to show his gratitude: "Thanks to... Read More →

VIDEO: 2012 Winner David W. Blight Speaks At Cleveland’s City Club

Yale professor David W. Blight spoke at the esteemed City Club the day after our Anisfield-Wolf ceremony to speak about his latest work, American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era. Watch the video and let us know if you've had a chance to read his work. We welcome your comments. Read More →
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