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“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ―Alfred Tennyson
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Three Romance Novelists Discuss Their Craft
Q: What makes the romance community such a fun and vibrant one?
CD REISS: I used to write mysteries…and I picked up a few fans. I thought I really had something going there. But when I started writing romance I discovered what real fandom was. I never met a group of people more passionate about their genre.
I think the reason is that romance touches the heart instead of the mind. When you reach readers who want you to open them up and break their heart, you’re reaching people who prioritize love and understanding.
See the whole story at the LARB website HERE
Striking photos of readers around the world
MKS Steelworks, Serbia, Yugoslavia, 1989 (Credit: Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos)
Steve McCurry’s photos of readers, spanning 30 countries
“Readers are seldom lonely or bored, because reading is a refuge and an enlightenment,” writes Paul Theroux in the foreword to the new Phaidon book Steve McCurry: On Reading.
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‘Children of a Different Sky’: An anthology of war and exile
A crowd-funded collection of stories from many authors you may know – e.g. Jane Yolen– and some who may be unfamiliar to you but have a visceral connection with the pain of exile. Any money collected beyond the costs of publication will be donated to organizations working to help the dispossessed human tides of our era.
Back in the land I come from, there is a beloved poet called Aleksa Santic, and a beloved and well known poem entitled, “Ostajte ovdje” – “Stay Here”. Loosely translated it reads:
Stay here – the sun of a foreign sky
Will never warm you like this one in your own heaven
Bitter is the bread in that place
Where you you’re among strangers and not amongst your brothers.
Give what you can at the crowd-funding website HERE
Quote of the Day
“There is always something luminous in the face of a person in the act of reading” ~ Paul Theroux
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