Thursday, December 15, 2011

Of Interest: Charlotte Bronte Manuscript Up for Auction

Issue Two of the Young Men's Magazine, a six edition work hand-written by Charlotte Bronte at the age of 14 and containing stories set in the imaginary world of Glass Town which she and her siblings had created, is up for auction at Sotheby's. The edition is under 2 1/2 inches tall and contains over 4,000 words, including an early version of a scene from Jane Eyre.

Read more here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Of Interest: The Library Phantom

An anonymous artist in Edinburgh has left a number of beautiful sculptures, made from and inspired by books, in literary locations around the city. The sculptures were accompanied by small notes expressing support for books, stories and creativity:

"A gift in support of libraries, books, works, ideas... Once upon a time there was a book and in the book was a nest and in the nest was an egg and in the egg was a dragon and in the dragon was a story..."

Read the news article and admire the sculptures here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Of Interest: Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration

CAPTCHA inventor Louis von Ahn has been putting his invention to good use. Take a look at his presentation to see how online forms are helping to digitize out-of-print books, and how his approach to large-scale online collaboration could bring the internet to non-English speakers across the world:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Publication News: Michelle Brooks

Creative Writing instructor Michelle Brooks has recently had her book of poetry, Make Yourself Small, published with The Backwaters Press. 

"One might be forgiven for thinking that the almost universally dark subject matter of these eloquent poems—rape and its aftermath, murder, aberrant psychology, divorce, suicide—might make for gloomy reading. Banish the thought! These poems perfectly encompass both the surrounding darkness and the inextinguishable candle that is lit against it. They are not about life so much as they are the stuff of life itself. Savor them and take heart."—Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories

Friday, December 2, 2011

Works in Progress: December Reading

Works in Progress Reading Series December reading:

Wednesday, December 7 at 7:00 PM
Winnings Coffee House

American Book-Award winner Sasha Pimentel Chacon

Non-Fiction by Ben Dolan

Fiction by Katie Pelletier