Post Tagged with: "books"

Five books by Native writers provide another perspective to the stories that arise this time of year. (Book cover images via Indian Country Today)

Alternative Books to ‘So-Called’ 1st Thanksgiving

Culture, History, Native American November 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Indian Country Today offers a list of children’s books from Native writers as told from their perspective, rather than the “feel-good” stories of Pilgrim and Indian bonding that line bookshelves this time of year.

Helen Wan with her first novel "The Partner Track," released in September. (Photo by Mike Hong via World Journal)

Chinese Lawyer Pens Novel on Challenges to Make Partner

Culture, East Asian, Labor October 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

A publisher wanted Helen Wan to change her protagonist to a white woman. But the first-time author refused. World Journal reports on the novel and the author’s own challenges in both the law profession and the publishing industry.

(Photo from Asian American Writers' Workshop Page Turner Festival)

Dumplings, DJs Add Spice to Brooklyn Lit Fest

Asian, Brooklyn, Culture October 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

“Half block party, half book bash,” Saturday’s Page Turner Festival blends literary and pop culture.

Paul McIntosh's role as school librarian goes beyond books. (Photo by Madeleine Cummings via City Limits)

School Librarians on Chopping Block?

Education September 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Citing “fiscal challenges and technological changes,” the Department of Education is pushing for alternatives to certified school librarians, such as using teachers or volunteers, or putting libraries in classrooms, reports City Limits.

Luis Ramos (bottom right), founder of the Mobile Indigenous Library.

Shopping Cart Library Pushes Books and Heritage

Caribbean, Culture, Latino, Traditions August 8, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Luis Ramos has a set of wheels that move with him from borough to borough – wheels in the form of a shopping cart that houses the Mobile Indigenous Library, which he hopes helps people connect to their native roots, reports Manhattan Times.

Independent bookstore and community space Word Up in Washington Heights gets a new lease on life. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Community Bookstore Back ‘Up’

Culture, In the News, Manhattan June 25, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Independent bookstore Word Up has signed a new lease on life in Washington Heights, reports Manhattan Times. The bookstore and community space has struggled to fill the dearth of bookstores in Upper Manhattan.

(Photo by Norman Oder via Brooklyn Bureau)

Budget Cuts Strain Library Branch Popular with Immigrants

East Asian, Education, In the News, Social Services June 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

The McKinley Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in caters to a heavily Chinese immigrant population. But, as Brooklyn Bureau reports, years of funding cuts have hindered a library that has the particular task of serving immigrant patrons.

Neighborhood libraries like this one in East Harlem could win a $10,000 award. (Photo by Matt Pardon, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Love Your Local Library? Show it by Nominating it for New $10K Award

Communities, Crime, Culture, Education, Voices' Picks June 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

A new program, the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards, will celebrate the unique ways in which the city’s local libraries serve the city’s diverse communities by offering five branch libraries a cash prize of $10,000 each.

BGSQD owners Donnie Jochum and Greg Newton with author Edmund White. (Photo by Lee Brozgol via The Lo-Down).

Queer Bookstore Looks for Permanent Home in LES

Business, Culture, LGBTQ February 6, 2013 at 6:43 pm

The pop-up bookstore Bureau of General Services-Queer Division opened last fall in the Lower East Side. The Lo-Down speaks with its owners who explain why they call it a “queer bookstore.”

Undocumented Youth Tell Their Stories in New Book

Undocumented Youth Tell Their Stories in New Book

Immigration, Media, Video December 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm

“Papers: Stories by Undocumented Youth” compiles the stories of undocumented young people between 10 and 32 years of age, in hopes of giving a human angle to the controversial issue, reports Colorlines.

(Photo from Dominion of New York)

Closed Hue-Man Bookstore Reemerges

African American, Business, Culture October 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

When Hue-Man, a bookstore that catered to a Black audience, shut its doors in the summer, its CEO said it would change its business model. Within a few months, the store has hosted pop-up events and gone online.

Jay Caspian Kang, author of "The Dead Do Not Improve"

Korean Perspective on Virginia Tech Massacre

Asian, Crime, Culture, Featured Posts September 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm

The Korea Daily interviews Jay Caspian Kang, author of “The Dead Do Not Improve,” a novel about the Virginia Tech Massacre. Kang says he explored concepts of Korean emotions and how they related to the shooter and the community.

Writer and Pulitzer Prize winner for Fiction Junot Díaz speaks at Word Up on June 7, 2012. (Photo by Paul Lomax/DNAinfo)

A Tale of Two Independent Bookstores

African American, Business, Culture July 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

One independent bookstore, Word Up, struggles to stay alive, as another, Hue-Man, closes its doors after 10 years, the Manhattan Times reports. Meanwhile, Amsterdam News highlights other bookstores focused on black culture citywide.

(Photo from Dominion of New York)

Promoting Books and Culture, Bookstore or No Bookstore

Culture April 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

We came across two stories of independent bookstores last week — one that’s thriving in Harlem, and one that closed its doors in the Bronx. But in both situations, the owners’ commitment to spreading a love of reading is steadfast.

In a Basement, Trove of Spanish Literature Blooms

In a Basement, Trove of Spanish Literature Blooms

Culture, Featured Posts, Latino March 21, 2012 at 2:16 pm

in a SoHo basement underneath the McNally Jackson bookstore, a haven for Spanish-language literature has emerged. In this profile of the Uruguayan bookseller behind the store’s Spanish literature section, he explains his approach to promoting a range of Spanish literature, and tells of how a job arranging flowers helped him land his current gig.