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"It is the extensive embrace of our experience of sacredness that makes it so worthy of our interest and so worthy of inquiry into its roots." http://ow.ly/vRdaE

How do you experience sacredness? Join the Loft and Minneapolis Institute of Arts May 8 for an interactive event that will have you exploring the MIA’s Sacred exhibition through the lens of the Hero’s Sacred Journey. Details here: http://bit.ly/1m7JkDL
The human experience of sacredness transcends debates about atheism and religion, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. So where does the sacred live and what does it point to?
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"Oftentimes libraries reflect what it is about the community that's unique, that's local, that is a place to maybe house civic memory, and so this was just one expression of that."

—Robert Dawson on photographing public libraries for almost 20 years
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From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.
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"Stories are what some of us leave behind once we’ve passed away. Even if you’re not a writer. Some families have stories they continue to tell of ancestors; stories that have changed and been embellished over the years. But I think stories are where we end up finding our true selves, or aspects of our true selves. Can you imagine a world without words?"—Kyle Minor http://ow.ly/vz7wS
An interview and 42 book recommendations from Praying Drunk author Kyle Minor.
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The Minnesota Book Award winners (Congratulations, all!), 26 types of English majors, and the craziness of English, today on the Literary Roundup: http://ow.ly/vz7al
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“At any moment, you should expect to drop and give me 500 (words)!” I say, cracking an imaginary whip. My students nod sweetly...but their pens are never capped."

Rebecca Meacham's WORKSHOP OF FIRE!!!!! sounds dangerously effective. Where can we sign up? http://ow.ly/uLlx2
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Congratulations to Anne Ursu on winning the 2014 Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award for THE REAL BOY.

Spend the weekend learning from Anne Ursu and a lineup of other award-winning authors at the Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference, April 25–27. Register here: http://bit.ly/1jgxaEC
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"Teachers should produce literature lovers as well as keen critics, striking a balance between teaching writing, grammar, and analytical strategies and then also helping students to see that literature should be mystifying. It should resist easy interpretation and beg for return visits. Poetry serves this purpose perfectly." http://ow.ly/vBWdx
The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.
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Inspiration comes in all forms.

Here, Meg Wolitzer lists some of the influences for her novel THE INTERESTINGS, from Michael Apted’s “Up” films to folk music. http://ow.ly/vz7o9
Some of this novel’s influences come from an earlier time in my life. Here are a couple of them.
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The Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference (April 25–27, 2014) features a line-up of award-winning writers and editors including Jack Zipes, Jordan Brown, and Anne Ursu. Join them for a weekend of learning about craft, career, publishing, and more. Register to reserve your space: http://bit.ly/1jgxaEC
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From novels to children’s literature, from playwriting to poetry, from spoken word to memoir, there’s something for everyone at the Loft.
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Incorporated in 1975 in a space above a Minneapolis bookstore, The Loft Literary Center has grown to become the nation’s largest and most comprehensive literary center. It is located in the award-winning Open Book literary arts building in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the heart of one of the most literate and book-friendly regions in the country.