Poet Feature: Mary Oliver

Tuesday, April 18th

As part of National Poetry Month, we're celebrating by featuring a wide variety of poets!  Today's featured writer is Mary Oliver.

Born in 1935, Oliver took early inspiration from the work of Edna St. Vincent Millay.  As a teenager, she lived briefly in the late Millay's house, helping Edna's sister Norma to organize the poet's papers.  Though she attended both Ohio State University and Vassar College, Oliver left before receiving a degree from either institution and focused on her writing.  Her poetry is deceptively simple, free of artifice and frequently drawing on...

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Independent Bookstore Day Audiobook Giveaway!

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

If you're a fan of audiobooks, you're going to love this!  For Independent Bookstore Day on April 29th, our partners at Libro.fm have put together something special--five audiobooks, plus two sampler packs, as a complimentary gift!  They'll only be available for download on April 29th, but you can listen to previews now and get ready by creating your Libro.fm account.

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Poet Feature: Howard Nemerov

Monday, April 17th, 2017

To celebrate National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of poets both familiar and obscure.  Today's featured poet is Howard Nemerov!

Born in 1920 in New York City, Nemerov showed an early fascination with the arts.  He earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1941 and joined the U.S. Air Force during WWII.  After the war, he returned to New York with his wife and began what was to become a lifelong...

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Poet Feature: Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Friday, April 14th, 2017

It's National Poetry Month, and we're celebrating by featuring the work of a wide variety of poets, including Elizabeth Barrett Browning!

Browning was born in 1806 in Durham, England.  Her family were wealthy sugar plantation owners who, though originally from England, had lived in Jamaica for generations.  Browning was educated at home, and was something of a literary prodigy, devouring works by Shakespeare and other great writers before she'd even turned ten!  By twelve she was...

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Poet Feature: Seamus Heaney

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're featuring the work of a wide variety of poets, including Seamus Heaney!

Born 1939 in Northern Ireland's County Londonderry, Heaney grew up a Catholic in predominantly Protestant Northern Ireland during the social and political upheaval known as the Troubles.  This turbulent social landscape, as well as the natural world around him, served as the inspiration for much of his early poetry.  His collection Death of a Naturalist was published in 1966, and became...

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Poet Feature: Kay Ryan

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

As part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we're highlighting the work of a wide variety of poets.  Today, Kay Ryan is our featured poet!

Kay Ryan, born in 1945, grew up in the San Joaquin valley and earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA.  Her writing is unique among contemporary poets, tightly crafted and distilled, structured with rhyme, and candidly witty.  Her works reflect years of intense thought and consideration.  Unlike poetry based in imagery, for Ryan...

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Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Beloved children's author Beverly Cleary is celebrating her 101st birthday today!

Best known for her Henry Huggins series and Ramona Quimby series, Cleary has published dozens of books and has won the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award.  As a young child, she developed a love of books from her mother, who was a volunteer librarian, but Cleary initially struggled with reading. 

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