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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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Author Janet Burroway opened up to us about craft, writing habits, and her new memoir, Losing Tim. Read the interview here: http://bit.ly/1hRxh5B
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Hug your darlings! Writers reflect on the small delights of their most recent projects. http://ow.ly/vBWhE
It's miraculous that these little darlings didn't get killed in the rewriting process.
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What I’ve always loved about novellas is the way that you can read them in a single sitting—they feel like dreams to me, an extended journey through an immersive, imaginary world...Or maybe you could make the case that a novella could work like a Florida thundershower–for a violent, exhilarating interval, it completely eclipses the world, then releases you. And you see things freshly, for at least a little while, because everything’s got that rain-wet gleam to it." —Karen Russell on her new novella, "Sleep Donation" http://ow.ly/vBW6e
Amidst a busy semester teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, literary wunderkind Karen Russell talks to Vincent Scarpa about the inspiration of strange constraints, how a novella might work like a Florida thundershower, and her new ebook, Sleep Donation, out now from Atavist Books.
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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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"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
http://ow.ly/vOUZv
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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Whether writing poetry, fiction, memoir, or in other genres, your materials are key, especially when discussing something charged, painful, or tender. On May 3, join Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg in exploring how to write about life's hard stuff in a transformative way. Register here: http://bit.ly/1lKu1hs
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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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"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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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.