literature http://blog.wlrn.org en Short Story Writer: George Saunders http://blog.wlrn.org/post/short-story-writer-george-saunders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">03/24/14 - Monday's </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents" style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Topical Currents</strong></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.georgesaundersbooks.com/"><strong>George Saunders</strong></a> has been called one of America’s greatest short story writers. His work astounds readers with its effortless mix of humor and horror. A brilliant satirist, he delights in skewering the foibles of our corporate-driven, consumer-based society. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Ariel Gonzalez & Paul Leary 29712 at http://blog.wlrn.org Short Story Writer: George Saunders Literary Youth: Collection Highlights The Work Of Teenage Writers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/literary-youth-collection-highlights-work-teenage-writers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dylan Etienne was in Publix with his mom when a random woman came up and asked if he likes to write. "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yeahhhh</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">," he said, in a tone that indicated he really, really does. You gotta listen to the audio to hear him in his own words.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The woman in the store handed him a flyer for the <a href="http://www.mdpls.org/">Miami-Dade Public Library</a>'s young adult writers-in-residence program.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:27:03 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 25004 at http://blog.wlrn.org Literary Youth: Collection Highlights The Work Of Teenage Writers Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay http://blog.wlrn.org/post/little-libraires-could-french-law-keeps-amazon-bay Last year, the U.S. government took Apple to court, charging that the company illegally drove up the price of e-books. This summer, Apple lost the case.<p>In France, just the opposite is happening. The French government has accused Amazon of trying to push the price of physical books too low.<p>Limiting discounts on books is one of the ways that France is trying to ensure the survival of its independent booksellers.<p>Jean-Paul Collet opened his bookstore, La Boucherie, 17 years ago in a historic neighborhood on Paris' Left Bank. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:50:29 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 22705 at http://blog.wlrn.org Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay New Amazon Centers Will Add Sales Tax To Florida Purchases http://blog.wlrn.org/post/new-amazon-centers-will-add-sales-tax-florida-purchases <p>The confirmation by Amazon.com that it will build a pair of massive "fulfillment" centers along the Interstate 4 corridor means that sometime in the next two years Floridians will have to start paying sales taxes on purchases from the online retail giant.</p><p>But even with Amazon eventually joining other businesses located in Florida in collecting the state's sales tax, some groups will continue pushing to eliminate an exemption that has allowed out-of-state online retailers including eBay and Overstock to avoid the tax.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:48:56 +0000 Jim Turner & News Service of Florida 22710 at http://blog.wlrn.org New Amazon Centers Will Add Sales Tax To Florida Purchases Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies http://blog.wlrn.org/post/crime-novelist-elmore-leonard-dies Elmore Leonard, the crime novelist whose best-sellers included <em>Get Shorty</em>, <em>Freaky Deaky</em> and <em>Maximum Bob</em>, died Tuesday morning at his Detroit-area home, according to statements from his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter <a href="https://twitter.com/elmoreleonard/status/369814952111902720" target="_blank">on Twitter</a> and <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130820/ENT09/308200051/American-novelist-Elmore-Leonard-has-died?odyssey=mod&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;breaking&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;text&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;FRONTPAGE" target="_blank">to<em> The Detroit News</em></a> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 19301 at http://blog.wlrn.org Crime Novelist Elmore Leonard Dies Book News: 'Hunger Games'-Themed Camp Opens In Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/book-news-hunger-games-themed-camp-opens-florida <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A <em>Hunger Games</em>-themed summer camp that culminates in a tournament at which children fight to the "death" (not literally, of course) has opened in Florida. The camp hosted by the Country Day School in Largo is inspired by Suzanne Collins' popular novel in which officials in the brutal and repressive "Capitol" force young people from the nation's 12 districts to kill one another in a televised tournament. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:42:46 +0000 18629 at http://blog.wlrn.org Book News: 'Hunger Games'-Themed Camp Opens In Florida Scrapbooks From Hemingway's Childhood Made Public http://blog.wlrn.org/post/scrapbooks-hemingways-childhood-made-public <div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">On the 114th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway’s birth on June 21, Key West wasn’t alone in celebrating the author’s life.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The <a href="http://www.jfklibrary.org/About-Us/News-and-Press/Press-Releases/Hemingway-Scrapbooks-Made-Available-to-Public-for-First-Time.aspx" target="_blank">John F. Tue, 23 Jul 2013 12:24:21 +0000 Isabel Echarte 17836 at http://blog.wlrn.org Scrapbooks From Hemingway's Childhood Made Public Flying Under The Radar With Six Hip South Florida Writers http://blog.wlrn.org/post/flying-under-radar-six-hip-south-florida-writers <p>Last month, we introduced you to&nbsp;<a href="http://wlrn.org/post/nine-acclaimed-authors-you-didnt-know-lived-south-florida" target="_blank">nine acclaimed authors who call South Florida their home</a>, at least part-time. But that was just a small sampling. South Florida boats a tribe of critically acclaimed scribes living anywhere from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. Below are seven folks who are building on the tradition of hometown heroes like Dave Barry and Carl Hiaasen (who actually now lives just a little bit further north in Vero Beach.)</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Arielle Castillo 12482 at http://blog.wlrn.org Flying Under The Radar With Six Hip South Florida Writers Venezuelan Humorist Engages Kidnappers In Election Dialogue http://blog.wlrn.org/post/popular-writer-debates-his-own-kidnappers-venezuelan-politics Earlier this week in Caracas, we were about to go to an interview when it had to be rescheduled. The man we were going to speak with was unavoidably detained — kidnapped, to be precise.<p>It took awhile after that for Laureano Marquez to free up his schedule and meet us in a coffee shop.<p>"I'm so sorry," he said when he finally arrived, as if it was his fault for being thrown into a car and driven off to the far reaches of town.<p>We'd been planning to talk with Marquez about Venezuela's presidential election this weekend, an election that opens a door on a changing Latin America. Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:22:43 +0000 Steve Inskeep 12330 at http://blog.wlrn.org Venezuelan Humorist Engages Kidnappers In Election Dialogue Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel http://blog.wlrn.org/post/oil-chavez-and-silent-rise-venezuelan-novel <em>Marcela Valdes is the books editor of </em>The Washington Examiner<em> and a specialist in Latin American literature and culture.</em><p>For more than 40 years, the most important book prize in South America has been bankrolled by the region's most famous petro-nation: Venezuela. Yet Venezuelan novelists themselves rank among the least read and translated writers in the entire continent. Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:35:52 +0000 12258 at http://blog.wlrn.org Oil, Chavez And Telenovelas: The Rise Of The Venezuelan Novel Eating Less Meat; Book Jacket Designer Chip Kidd http://blog.wlrn.org/post/eating-less-meat-book-jacket-designer-chip-kidd <div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"></div><div style="font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; margin: 0px 0px 10pt;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;">04/09/13 - Tuesday's&nbsp;</span></font><a href="https://www.facebook.com/TopicalCurrents"><font face="Times New Roman,serif" size="4"><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><b>Topical Currents</ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Joseph Cooper, Bonnie Berman, Paul Leary & Ariel Gonzalez 12104 at http://blog.wlrn.org Eating Less Meat; Book Jacket Designer Chip Kidd Nine Acclaimed Authors You Didn't Know Lived In South Florida http://blog.wlrn.org/post/nine-acclaimed-authors-you-didnt-know-lived-south-florida <p>South Florida may not exactly have the brainiest reputation -- but those of us in the area's intellectual trenches know that it's not all beach bimbos here. In fact, the pleasant weather and peaceful shoreline vistas may well be making the population collectively smarter.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Arielle Castillo 10901 at http://blog.wlrn.org Nine Acclaimed Authors You Didn't Know Lived In South Florida Book Your Calendars For Booklegger's 'Library On The Run' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/book-your-calendars-bookleggers-library-run <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Miami Beach is going literary, literally.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thursday, local book enthusiasts can sit around, handcrafted cocktail in hand, and talk literature. Better yet, they can leave with a free book.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/321259454651816/">event</a> is put on by </span><a href="https://twitter.com/bookleggers">Bookleggers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a community mobile library often referred to as “a library on the run.”</span></p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Allison Goodman 8195 at http://blog.wlrn.org Book Your Calendars For Booklegger's 'Library On The Run' Parallel Lives: Colm Tóibín on Henry James http://blog.wlrn.org/post/parallel-lives-colm-t-ib-n-henry-james <p></p> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 16:30:28 +0000 Cara Cannella 7676 at http://blog.wlrn.org Parallel Lives: Colm Tóibín on Henry James Key West Literary Seminar: On Those Same Steps: Iyer on Greene http://blog.wlrn.org/post/key-west-literary-seminar-those-same-steps-iyer-greene <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Albertina W01'; line-height: 24px; color: rgb(118, 119, 122); "><em>This post is featured thanks to our friends at the Key West Literary Seminar. <a href="http://www.kwls.org/category/littoral/" target="_blank">R</a><a href="http://www.kwls.org/category/littoral/">ead more of their material here.</a></em></p> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 17:29:33 +0000 Laurel Tuohy 7659 at http://blog.wlrn.org Key West Literary Seminar: On Those Same Steps: Iyer on Greene