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Quotes by the Quill: John Green

August 14, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Lettering by Kelly Cummings   This quote from John Green’s newest book, The Fault in Our Stars, is so magical and lovely — and so is Kelly’s bubbly, golden script celebrating it. Kelly is a... read full article

Notes on the Road: Route 66 Doesn’t Exist Anymore and that Makes Me Sad

August 13, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins | 1 Comment

So alas, dear reader, I’ve found myself in a couple of new and interesting situations. First, a confession: I’ve been in northern California for a minute now, as Tiddles, Kobo, and I decided to migrate... read full article

Required Reading: Exploring Dickens with a High School Sophomore

August 09, 2013 | Coke Matthews | 3 Comments

Remember the shock — the horror — of leaving school for the summer and discovering you still had … homework?! Our schools’ required Summer Reading lists left even some of us who love reading dreading... read full article

Too Much Lamenting, Not Enough Air Conditioning: Marge Reviews Love and Lament

August 07, 2013 | Marge Malone

First, a warning: I read the majority of Love and Lament in a hotel room in Providence, which I had booked on a whim when I found that I had several days off of work... read full article

More Essential Essentials: Kevin Tackles The Paris Review

August 06, 2013 | Kevin Wilder

The Paris Review publishes some outstanding writing. For six decades and two hundred issues the journal has dedicated itself to nothing else but that. Within each copy there’s at least one interview, comprising the long-running... read full article

Barefoot and Skeptical: Stress Pandemic Mixes Good Advice with the Just Plain Weird

August 02, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

I feel like I should start by saying that I’m one of “those people” who actually kind of like self-help books. Not that anyone who has an aversion to self-help books would even consider reading... read full article

The First Chapter: Walking through Publishing with Future Book Author Carla Jean Whitley

August 01, 2013 | Carla Jean | 16 Comments

The other week I received a thick envelope from my publisher. My signed contract was inside.   And now, I have to write a book.   It was literally a dream come true when I... read full article

Fear and Withholding in the Aegean: Alexander Maksik’s A Marker to Measure Drift

July 30, 2013 | Charlie Peters

Over the past few weeks, I have been spinning the audiobook of Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and learning how to embrace vulnerability in the face of imperfection and shame. The book’s shamelessly long subtitle —... read full article

Required Reading: Hitting the Books with a High School Sophomore

July 26, 2013 | Coke Matthews | 3 Comments

Remember the shock — the horror — of leaving school for the summer and discovering you still had … homework?! Our schools’ required Summer Reading lists left even some of us who love reading dreading... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: The Wind in the Willows

July 25, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings   Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows celebrates living life as an adventure, and that’s the same feeling we get from this image. Kelly is a photographer in... read full article

Binary Cary: The Art of Racing in the Rain

July 23, 2013 | Cary Norton

You’ve heard of the stars system of reviewing: four stars is good, two and a half stars is okay, etc. … Cary hates it. What’s the point of all those shades of gray, anyway —... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Dorothy Parker

July 18, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Lettering by Kelly Cummings   Dorothy Parker was always quick-witted and sharp, and this quote is no exception — it certainly doesn’t feel like sour grapes to us, even in these two shades of purple.... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Ralph Waldo Emerson

July 12, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings   We think Ralph Waldo Emerson would approve of the attention to detail and the beauty of nature captured in Kelly’s image. Kelly is a photographer in Birmingham, Alabama,... read full article

eReaders: The New Tamagotchi?

July 11, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins | 1 Comment

I was always that person, dear reader, that said things like, “I will NEVER buy an eReader! Fie! Blaspheme! I read real books! Paper! Destroying Trees!” and I meant it, I really did. There’s something... read full article

Quotes by the Quill: Margaret Atwood

July 03, 2013 | Kelly Cummings

Photo and lettering by Kelly Cummings. Margaret Atwood’s writing is haunting, unique, and at times whimsical — so we think the way Kelly interpreted her quote is perfect. Kelly is a photographer in Birmingham, Alabama,... read full article

Is Reading Twilight a Waste of Time? Not Really.

June 20, 2013 | Marc Marker

I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On -Samuel Beckett   No, I really can’t read go on reading Twilight anymore. It’s just so incredibly boring … and I could be reading so many others that... read full article

Kevin's Strange and Wonderful Summer Picks

May 31, 2013 | Kevin Wilder

Ever wonder what makes a writer an author? Are they born with author genes, or does it have more to with family life, personal discipline, or what kind of cereal they choose every morning? An... read full article

Moveable Paris: Visit the City of Lights with Hemingway's A Moveable Feast

May 30, 2013 | Elisa Munoz

It was Tolstoy who said, “Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” but it’s Elisa who writes about their unhappiness. In this column, she reads and reviews the best memoirs of the worst... read full article

Strangers on a Plane: Awkward Conversations about Books

May 29, 2013 | Mollie Hawkins

Everyone has a favorite place to read a book.  If I happened to define myself as a “normal” person, I might say I loved to read books on the beach. Or in a big comfortable... read full article

There's Still Money in the Banana Stand

May 26, 2013 | Janie Logan

By Janie Logan For the 11 of you who know what that title refers to, you’re not dreaming: the Bluth family is back, now streaming via Netflix Instant.   Years after being canceled by FOX,... read full article