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Motherlines Takes Readers on an Insightful Spiritual Journey

on Sat, 01/07/2017 - 03:54

Book Review : Motherlines : Love, Longing and Liberation

By Lisa Allard

 

                This year,  I have a few personal resolutions for myself, including a new year’s resolution for reading. I will venture towards two literary genres that I have yet to fully explore. One of these is memoirs. In the past, I have enjoyed reading memoirs because of the personal connection that is created between the reader and the author/protagonist.  Although I know I've read more than a few, the only memoirs I can recall reading are The Glass Castle and Eat Pray Love.

                When I came across

How Can You Make Your Christmas Present Memorable?

on Wed, 12/14/2016 - 22:24

Remember those days when Christmas trees were filled with gift-wrapped boxes? Nowadays, people will get a card in an envelope filled with quick cash. While this is great for those of us who need money (think: college students!), the way to make a boring card more memorable is to personalize it! Of course, you could grab a generic card from CVS, scribble a quick "Happy Holidays!", and sign off your responsibility for that present in the form of your name at the bottom of the card. How can you customize the card to make it more valuable than any other present, but for a fraction of the cost?

Holiday Gifts for Readers & Writers

on Fri, 12/09/2016 - 21:42

By Lisa Allard

We’re pretty particular people, after all. Here are some perfect gifts that are sure to please the writers and readers in your life!

Poetry Calendar

Why buy a calendar filled with pictures when you can get one filled with poems? My favorite is the Poetry of Lang Leav calendar, which I’ve hung right above my desk. The calendar features thirteen poems from her bestselling books, Love & Misadventures, The Universe of Us, and Memories. Beautifully written, her poetry can be enjoyed by anyone.

Here is another one that features poems by Tyler Knott Gregson’s book, Poems from the

Author-Illustrator Interview : Maryann Cocca-Leffler

on Thu, 11/17/2016 - 23:11

Crafting words and images that will capture the attention of a child can be challenging. It can be even more of a challenge to generate a purpose that will stand out, resonate with readers, and most of all, make a difference.

Children's author Maryann Cocca Leffler has  written and illustrated over 50 books for children. Last March, she released Janine, a story that encourages both children and adults to embrace the differences amongst ourselves. The main character is based on her own daughter, Janine Leffler and her life growing up as a child with disability.

This Saturday: Citywide Portsmouth Literary Festival!

on Thu, 11/03/2016 - 15:13

Fancy a trip to the Seacoast this Saturday? If you're a voracious reader, it's the perfect time to go. A bonanza of books is waiting for you by the sea.

Well, not literally by the sea. Because, you know, salt and sand do terrible things to books. But pretty close to the sea.

What am I talking about? It's the Citywide Portsmouth Literary Festival, a daylong celebration of local authors from around the Seacoast region. This event will take place at two different venues in Portsmouth simultaneously this Saturday, November 5. Authors of books for children and young adults will be at Strawbery

Raising Awareness : The UnSlut Project

on Wed, 11/02/2016 - 20:46

                On Wednesday, October 19th, Emily Lindin visited Southern New Hampshire University to present her movement, The UnSlut Project. Seeking to raise awareness and put an end to slut-shaming, or sexual bullying, her project is part novel, documentary, blog, discussion forum, and much more.

Slut-shaming is an ongoing issue that has recently gained momentum in the public eye. In 2015, supermodel Amber Rose founded The Slut Walk, a series of protest marches that aimed to put an end to rape culture. Netflix recently released a documentary called Audrie & Daisy, which shares the

Let the Write One In

on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 17:54

By Robin Baskerville

With tens of thousands of word choices in a novel, it’s not a matter of if you will make a mistake, but how many and how egregious the lapses will be. Writing is a solitary pursuit, but if you want your writing to be read and understood as intended, an editor is essential.

Over my career, I have made as many mistakes as a writer as I have caught as an editor, and I refuse to let any of my work be published without first being seen by another set of eyes.

There’s no wrong way to do NaNoWriMo

on Tue, 11/01/2016 - 09:18

By Yvette Couser

November is National Novel Writing Month, an international phenomenon during which authors (or budding authors) challenge themselves to write a 50,000-word first draft of a novel.  Participants can create an account on www.nanowrimo.org  and register their novel, friend other writing “buddies” and receive regular writing pep talks from best-selling authors such as Gene Luen Yang, Charlaine Harris, Diana Gabaldon, John Green and many others.

And on the subject of Writers' Week 2016

on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 17:32

 

This week, Gov. Maggie Hassan made it official with a proclamation; Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 is the Granite State's third annual Writers’ Week. The centerpiece is Nov. 3’s New Hampshire Literary Awards, a biennial event curated by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP), but there are plenty of activities during the rest of the week.

On Monday, Oct. 31,  via the social-media network Twitter, the NHWP will host a horror nanofiction contest. Writers who enter, via a single Tweet with the hashtag #NHWrites, that day will be entered into a drawing for a prize package from Spotlight Publicity

Spooky Stories to Read for Halloween

on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 17:15

On Halloween, I love to sift through my bookshelf to find stories that terrify me and make going to sleep nearly impossible. I convince myself afterward that what is likely the sound of some ancient monster crawling around beneath my bed is just the house “settling.” I don’t know how often a house actually “settles,” but it’s a better option than imagining a Scary Thing that probably lives off of human blood.

Although I do love reading about monsters and other creepy creatures, I also enjoy reading stories that induce paranoia, uncertainty, and fear.

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