Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Nadia Hashimi speaks to AAUW group about "The Pearl That Broke Its Shell"

Nadia Hashimi, author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, recently spoke with the Naperville Area Branch of the American Association of University Women in Illinois about the subjugation of females in her book.  Members had read The Pearl The Broke Its Shell, and were pleased to have the opportunity to meet with Nadia to discuss her work and the issues she talks about in it.

AAUW focuses heavily on pushing and empowering women through education, so Nadia's work invited fruitful and relevant discussion on the role of women, both what it is and what it should be.  The group said that, "although most of the time they felt sad and very concerned about the outcome for each character, there is an element of hope at the end of each woman’s story that mitigates the sorrow."

Nadia continues her involvement with AAUW in the fall, when she will be a guest speaker at a luncheon.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Obituary for the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet James Tate

Prolific poet James Tate passed away last Friday at the age of 71. You can read the full New York Times obituary here.
Often praised for his simplicity, and his ability to find the comedy in tragic scenes, Tate won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for Selected Poems, a collection culled from 9 volumes of his poetry. Then, in 1994, he was awarded the National Book Award for his collection Worshipful Company of Fletchers. The next year the Academic of American Poets honored him with the Wallace Stevens Award. He taught poetry at several universities, including Berkeley, Columbia, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he remained since 1971, and where his wife also taught. 

His seventeenth collection of poetry, Dome of the Hidden Pavilion, will be published by Ecco in August. You can preorder it here

Click here to hear Tate reading one of his earliest and most famous poems, "The Lost Pilot." 
And to see more of Tate's work, please visit our new online poetry catalog here

Friday, July 10, 2015

Read the First Chapter of Harper Lee's GO SET A WATCHMAN!

Today, the first chapter of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman was released in the Wall Street Journal! Read it (or listen to Reese Witherspoon's audiobook narration) here

The much-anticipated book will be released next Tuesday in full! You can pre-order it here