Can we save herstory?

Herstory demonstrationImage by Mari Shibata

Women take to the streets to save London’s beloved Feminist Library
One of the UK’s most significant archives of women’s history is facing eviction after landlords doubled its rent, Mari Shibata writes at Broadly.
Women gathered to protest the possible eviction of the Feminist Library, one of the most beloved and culturally significant archives of women’s history in the UK. Armed with books written by women and banners to save the library and ‘herstory,’ the protesters took to the streets.
According to historians, the Library is essentially irreplaceable. Opened in 1975 in South London, the historic archive focuses its efforts on preserving rare materials of the second-wave movement from the late 1960s to the 1990s, with an aim to bridge the gap from the Suffragettes to contemporary feminism.
Read more HERE

Where’s The Color In Kids’ Lit? Ask The Girl With 4,000 BooksColor In Kids Books photo

Marley Dias is like a lot of 11-year-olds, Meg Anderson writes at NPR, she loves getting lost in a book
But the books she was reading at school were starting to get on her nerves. She enjoyed Where The Red Fern Grows and the Shiloh series, but those classics, found in so many elementary school classrooms, were all about white boys or dogs … or white boys and their dogs. Black girls, like Marley, were almost never the main character.
Last fall, Marley decided to do something about it. She set a goal of collecting 1,000 books about black girls by the beginning of February, and #1000blackgirlbooks was born. She now has almost 4,000 books and counting.
Read the whole story HERE
I read because I love stories, I write because I love to build worlds, and I blog on my website to share my varied interests — books and writing, travels on earth and in space, puns, animals, photography, the environment….
In short, while my blog is mostly book related, it is pretty eclectic.
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At WriteLife, Marisol Dahl tells us about more narrowly focused groups.
The list is broken into seven categories:  blogging, entrepreneurship, creativity and craft, freelancing, marketing, publishing, and writing communities.
“Sit back and explore. Cheers to the amazing resources you’ve helped us collect!”

See the whole list HERE

One of my most re-pinned things on Pinterest is a photo of an Irish pub chalkboard that invites you in for a drink because “No great story ever starts with someone eating a salad.”

Welcome to the World of Library Bars

Booze and books just go together, Graham Averill writes at Paste Magazine.
Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Mailer…just about every single author ever—there’s a connection between fine spirits and fine words. And there are a handful of bars that make that connection quite literally, by serving their drinks amidst stacks of the world’s best literature.
They’re library bars—cozy, often dark and kind of quiet watering holes where you can get a classic cocktail and thumb through a classic novel. Check out the gallery for several of the most picturesque library bars, and imagine yourself drinking Scotch in a place with many leather-bound books that smells of rich mahogany.
The Fable London photoThe Fable in London feels like your living room, if your couch was made with books, that is.
See all the bars HERE
I’ll be at the legendary Rainforest Writers Retreat for the rest of this week, working on a new book. There will be a report on progress when I return, here and (in more detail) on my Patreon page (if you join up and become a Patron in the next few days, you can share in material which will become Patrons Only in the days to come…) 
See you on the other side.

The man who’s building a computer made of brains

Researchers are trying to make brain-like computers that emulate the mind of a human. The ability to learn and recognize patterns is viewed as a key next step in the evolution of Artificial Intelligence.
But Oshiorenoya Agabi believes the brain-like processors are missing one key component: actual brains. Or, at least, living neurons.
Read the whole Motherboard story HERE
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