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Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture

Afrofuturism: Part I

Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Anthologies

October is Black Sci-Fi and Speculative Fiction Month.  For those who want to get hip, there are two seminal, must-read books: Ytasha L. Womack’s Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture and John Edwards Jennings’ Black Comix: African-American Independent Comics, Art, and Culture.

Everyday Use

Stitching "Scraps of Memories"

African American Textile Art as Historical Aesthetics

 As Alice Walker’s short story Everyday Use demonstrates, African American quilts are repositories of history and culture that anyone can appreciate as art, but

Ella Minnow Pea

FUNomenal Wordplay

Novels for Wordplay Lovers

For most of my life I've been fond of zany wordplay, such as palindromes, anagrams, puns, lipograms, pangrams, oxymorons, and alliteration. I have discovered some novelists who share a similar fascination and whimsically employ wordplay in their fiction, even as they also explore deeper themes. If you too are a wordplay enthusiast, check out the children's and adult novels below.

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A Life Well Lived

You deserve true happiness and fulfillment. A life well lived, full of happiness and fulfillment, can become a reality for anyone who decides to embark on such a journey. Regardless of your situation, past or present, the ability to positively impact your life, become a better problem solver, form healthy habits, and improve the quality of your overall well being is very possible. The following suggested reads have been compiled to provide you with an extra dose of inspiration, good vibes, and hopefully the motivation and insight you need to live your best life and fulfill your purpose.

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Emma by Kaoru Mori

Staff Recommendation

In late Victorian London, William Jones goes to visit his retired governess Mrs. Stowner. He hasn't seen her in several years. During his visit, William notices Emma, Mrs. Stowner's young maid. Their meeting is the beginning of a romance in the manga series Emma by Kaoru Mori, English translation by Sheldon Drzka.

The Buntline Special: a weird west tale by Mike Resnick

The Weird Wild West

I wouldn't call myself a fan of westerns. I don't dislike them, I'm just not crazy about them. What I am a fan of is weird. Add some ghosts or aliens to anything and I'm on board.  Here are a few weird westerns that I can't get enough of.Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy

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International Girls with Grit

Grit is defined as "firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck."  The true stories below portray unimaginable hardships for girls so young. Some lost their families and homes to heinous acts of violence during civil wars. Others were sold by their families to ease financial burdens or because the girls were deemed "worthless." Yet deep loss, fear, and shame didn't define them. Instead, their strength blossomed in adversity.

First Day Jitters

School Rules!

Titles to help get your student ready for school

Summer is coming to an end, which means a new school year is right around the corner. This time of year can cause anxiety in those moving to a new classroom. These titles remind us that we can all conquer the dreaded first day.First Day Jitters By: Julie Danneburg

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Books to Encourage Flights of Fancy

It’s summer, which usually entails plans for fun and travel -- unless you cannot think of setting foot outside to face the heat. This season, therefore, calls for books that magically transport you away by the use of your imagination. Here are a number of choices that promise to do just that and more.

The Originalist

An American Original

A Reading List for Arena Stage's 'The Originalist'

Needless to say, the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shook up U.S. politics deeply. Scalia's influence on the court was profound, and it is no surprise that writers have engaged both his legal career and writing as well as his overall personal presence on the court in trying to understand him. 

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