Book dedications bot
3 hours ago

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck #books #literature #dedication

To Carol who willed this book. To Tom who lived it.
MsDropbear 🌈♀
4 hours ago

@gutenberg_org This unexpected discovery has made me feel happy. It won't last, ofc, but i shall enjoy these next few minutes of joy, given the unambiguous unmitigated #PublicGood that #ProjectGutenberg is!

#books #ebooks #reading #literature #libraries

4 hours ago

Watch my weekly videos. Talking about books and writing.

#writing #books, #publishing #literature

Book dedications bot
11 hours ago

Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture by Abbie Hoffman #books #literature #dedication

to ANGEL: my running mate, who led me into the valley of life
13 hours ago

Two more weeks and i'll finally have time to work through my to-be-read booklist. As a treat I'm buying one of these, but which one should it be?

#literature #bookworm #bookstodon #books

Book dedications bot
19 hours ago

Murder at a Scottish Wedding by Traci Hall #books #literature #dedication

I'd like to dedicate this book to Christopher Hawke, husband. We prepped for our own wedding as I wrote this, which made it surreal. I love you so much and I'm glad that our beach wedding had none of the drama of a murder to solve, but was more of a romance, with a happy-ever-after!
Dr. Amy H. Sturgis
20 hours ago

It's alive! The 2023 conference “#Witchcraft and the #Supernatural in Belief, Practice, and Depiction”!

Online. 26th-27th August. All day to hit different time zones. Talks recorded so you don't miss anything. Get discounted tickets for the first month.

#OnlineEvent #Conference #Academics #AcademicMastodon #Gothic #Literature #History #Horror #PopularCulture #Victorian #EarlyModern #GhostStories #Film

Left: The cover of THE NIGHT SIDE OF NATURE, with a ghostly figure before a window showing a moon in the sky. Right: The cover of THE LANCASHIRE WITCHES, depicting witches gathered around a devil figure.

“This is punch-the-air poetry, the knowing in that feeling place in your gut that someone understands and can put it in words so much better than your own.”

—Alison Craig reviews Roddy Lumsden’s SO GLAD I’M ME
#Scottish #literature #poetry

From 2017: Roddy Lumsden talks about his work & his collection SO GLAD I’M ME, published by Bloodaxe Books & shortlisted for the 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize
#Scottish #literature #poetry

Into perplexity: as an itch chased round
an oxter or early man in the cave mouth
watching rain-drifts pour from beyond

his understanding…

—“The Beautiful”, by Roddy Lumsden (1966–2020) – born #OTD, 28 May
Published in POETRY magazine, Dec 2008
#Scottish #literature #poetry

The Beautiful
by Roddy Lumsden

Into perplexity: as an itch chased round 
an oxter or early man in the cave mouth 
watching rain-drifts pour from beyond 

his understanding. Whether to admire 
the mere sensation, enough, or hold out 
for sweeter ornament, vessels of wonder 

born with that ur-charm of symmetry; 
lovely ones we ache to prize and praise, 
climb into and become because they try 

our day-by-day significance: some of us 
ugly and most of us plain, walked past 
in the drowned streets: pearls of paste, 

salted butter, secondary colors. They 
drift unapproached, gazed never-selves, 
blunt paragons of genetic industry. We 

desire them but cannot want such order. 
We stand, mouths open, and cannot help 
stammering our secrets, nailed to water.
J.K. Ullrich
21 hours ago

I didn't expect themes of #ClimateChange to emerge from ancient Roman #literature, but that's exactly what happened when I began #writing #poetry for @spearmintwarlock 's new #ambient #music album, "Over Mountains, Under Stars".

The short #blog post linked below reveals the creative process behind the words I contributed to the album's opener, "After The Noise". Don't forget to check out the other tracks and enjoy reflective beats to wind down your weekend. They're free to download on BandCamp!

Coney von 1Land
22 hours ago

„Zeitung machen statt Sonntagsausgabe“
Atelierhaus Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

Fanzineist #Vienna #Art #Book & Zine Fair is an annual international #independent #publishing event that focuses on presenting self-published #publications and independent works in the fields of art, #design, #literature, #culture, and more.


William Shakespeare Quotes
1 day ago

QUEEN ELIZABETH: Stay, yet look back with me unto the Tower.

Pity, you ancient stones, those tender babes

Whom envy hath immured within your walls!

Rough cradle for such little pretty ones!

Rude ragged nurse, old sullen playfellow

For tender princes, use my babies well!

So foolish sorrow bids your stones farewell.

— Richard III, IV, i

#Shakespeare #literature #quote #quotation

Neil Hopkins
1 day ago

Anyone at the #HayFestival of #Literature this year?

If so, how is it?

1 day ago

They sit and watch the sun do down. But, they know, time is running out.

Can we use fiction writing as a way of thinking about how we cope with a climate-changed future?

#literature #writing #sciencefiction #cli-fi #fictionwriting #fiction

Book dedications bot
1 day ago

The Heights by Louise Candlish #books #literature #dedication

This book is for all the friends I didn't see during its writing, including Mats 'n' Jo
Jonas Trostle
1 day ago

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the best text about pranking an in-law


Stefan Kumpfmüller
1 day ago

Aus der Serie "Abgeschrieben: Dantons Tod" 62 Seiten übereinander abgeschrieben in diversen Bleistiften gemäß dem Regelwerk (
#kunst #konzeptkunst #münchen #münchenkunst #georgbüchner #dantonstod #literatur
From the series "Transcribed: Dantons Tod" 62 pages on top of each other, transcribed in various pencils according to the rulebook (
#art #conceptualart #munich #munichart #georgbuechner #dantonstod #literature

William Shakespeare Quotes
1 day ago

SLENDER: But if there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another.

— The Merry Wives of Windsor, I, i

#Shakespeare #literature #quote #quotation

Book dedications bot
1 day ago

Dinner in One: Exceptional & Easy One-Pan Meals by Melissa Clark #books #literature #dedication

For my mother, Rita, whose commitment to being clear-eyed—in the kitchen and in life—is a constant inspiration.
Danilynn Jiibay
2 days ago

I was re-acquainted with my 2nd cousin Angeline Boulley (yes THAT Angeline) at a book signing here in town today. Happy her new book about an "indigenous lara croft" is doing well.

#AngelineBoulley #FirekeepersDaughter #WarriorGirlUnearthed #Books #Literature #Indigenous

Angeline Boulley (2nd cousin) at her book signing in Sault Ste. Marie, MI on May 27, 2023. She was on a book tour for her follow-up to Firekeeper's Daughter, Warrior Girl Unearthed (book picture next to her).
Me and my 2nd cousin/famed author Angeline Boulley after signing my copy of Firekeeper's Daughter.
Book autograph by Angeline Boulley during her book signing.
Dr. Zalka Csenge Virág
2 days ago

I am sharing this one because POSSIBILITIES

#books #bookstodon #writers #literature

AskReddit post:
If authors "covered" novels, the way musicians cover songs, which novel would you be most excited to read?

Answer 1:
Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy by Terry Pratchett
Rip my boi

Answer 2:
Dune, by Terry Pratchett
早川健治 | Kenji Hayakawa
2 days ago

It was invigorating to interview Louise Heal Kawai today.

I've always felt that Japanese literature in English translation is intentionally flattened out to cater to the widest possible audience, and subsequent involvement in the market has somewhat confirmed my suspicions.

Listening to someone who has been tenaciously trying out different prose styles and going against the grain was refreshing and encouraging.

#literature #translation #Japanese #Japan #book #reading #livestream

Yahia Lababidi
2 days ago

#book #recommendation 📕

Terrific #review in #newyork times by Cynthia Ozick, for those interested in the exploration of #inspiration :

#literature #books #bookstodon @bookstodon

Book dedications bot
2 days ago

Transformer: A Story of Glitter, Glam Rock, and Loving Lou Reed by Simon Doonan #books #literature #dedication

This book is dedicated to the memory of Lou Reed, Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, and Jackie Curtis. May you walk on the wild side for eternity.

“‘The Circle’ illustrates what can still be achieved in traditional forms at a time when many practising poets might consider adherence to such rigours beyond the pale, or perhaps simply beyond their scope.”

Ben Wilkinson unpacks Don Paterson’s “The Circle” for The Friday Poem
#Scottish #literature #poetry

My boy is painting outer space,
and steadies his brush-tip to trace
the comets, planets, moon and sun
and all the circuitry they run…

—Don Paterson, “The Circle”
Published in RAIN (Faber, 2010)
#Scottish #literature #poetry

The Circle
by Don Paterson

for Jamie

My boy is painting outer space,
and steadies his brush-tip to trace
the comets, planets, moon and sun
and all the circuitry they run

in one great heavenly design.
But when he tries to close the line
he draws around his upturned cup,
his hand shakes, and he screws it up.

The shake’s as old as he is, all
(thank god) his body can recall
of that hour when, one inch from home,
we couldn’t get the air to him;

and though today he’s all the earth
and sky for breathing-space and breath
the whole troposphere can’t cure
the flutter in his signature.

But Jamie, nothing’s what we meant.
The dream is taxed. We all resent
the quarter bled off by the dark
between the bowstring and the mark

and trust to Krishna or to fate
to keep our arrows halfway straight.
But the target also draws our aim –
our will and nature’s are the same;

we are its living word, and not
a book it wrote and then forgot,
its fourteen-billion-year-old song
inscribed in both our right and wrong –

so even when you rage and moan
and bring your fist down like a stone
on your spoiled work and useless kit,
you just can’t help but broadcast it:

look at the little avatar
of your muddy water-jar
filling with the perfect ring
singing under everything.
Wulf Krueger
2 days ago

The Bodyguard by Katherine CenterMy rating: 4 of 5 starsI was looking for a quick, easy, purely entertaining read and that’s what I got with “The Bodyguard” by Katherine Center - mostly.Pretty much for the entire first quarter of the

#BookReview #Book #Humour #Review #Romance #bücherliebe #booklove #buchblog #bookblog #lesen #reading #literatur #literature #BooksOfMastodon #Bookstadon @bookstodon #bookstodon #BookReview

Book dedications bot
2 days ago

If All the Seas Were Ink by Ilana Kurshan #books #literature #dedication

To my parents, who taught me: it is a tree of life. And to Daniel, who taught me: be happy, hold fast.
Noelle Mitchell 📚
2 days ago

It's a beautiful day outside which means it's a perfect day to sit indoors and find new books to add to my TBR list 😂📚

#books #bookstodon #reading #literature #nonfiction #lol #funny

Book dedications bot
2 days ago

Much Ado About Baseball by Rajani LaRocca #books #literature #dedication

For everyone who's ever wondered if they belong on the team
Yahia Lababidi
2 days ago


Thank you, for this fine #introduction, erudite friend.

For the love of #literature, perhaps, this new #book will interest you:

#poetry #books

2 days ago

I have, in the past, described this book as the Whitechapel and Spiritbox of #literature. You'll find a have a very unconventional faith in #Jesus through this text, but most are going to assume I worship #Satan after reading it.

It's too in support of #LGBTQ rights, #antiracism, and #antifascism. It's also got some sexy bits about #ethics in the SW industry that will always seem demonic to them.

I confess the worst things I've ever done in this book.

William Shakespeare Quotes
3 days ago

KING: Let fame, that all hunt after in their lives,

Live register'd upon our brazen tombs

And then grace us in the disgrace of death;

When, spite of cormorant devouring Time,

The endeavor of this present breath may buy

That honour which shall bate his scythe's keen edge

And make us heirs of all eternity.

— Love's Labor's Lost, I, i

#Shakespeare #literature #quote #quotation

早川健治 | Kenji Hayakawa
3 days ago

Let me tell you about this interview tomorrow (which will be in #English and #Japanese).

Japanese #literature is sanitized and homogenized by most English translators. This is an uncontroversial assessment for anyone who has read the works in the original Japanese.

Heal Kawai resisted this homogenizing trend by employing the Manchester dialect to render Kawakami's Osaka dialect.

Do join the livestream tomorrow and ask us your question about all things bungaku-related:

Izaskun Gracia Quintana
3 days ago

Me voy a hacer una cafetera y os dejo aquí la recomendación de hoy, que mola mucho, mucho 🖤

#literature #literatura #novel #spanish #editorialpezdeplata #vrësno #carolinasarmiento

Fotografía de la cubierta de la novela "Vresno", por Carolina Sarmiento

Hear from UL's Donal Ryan on the Ryan Tubridy Show earlier this week

Donal discusses his journey into lecturing at UL and his career as an author

Listen here:

#StudyatUL #Literature #CreativeWriting #Book #Books #Learning #Education #University #Ireland

A photograph of a man in a dark blue blazer and a dark blue scarf. He is sat at a wooden table reading a  book. Behind him the room has walls that are stripped back to the plaster
Book dedications bot
3 days ago

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury #books #literature #dedication

With love to the memory of Gene Kelly, whose performances influenced and changed my life
Jan Manus Leupert (マヌス)
3 days ago

Now reading:



(さわだ とうこ, Sawada Tōko)

#Japanese #literature #books #bookstodon
#日本語 #日本文学 #読書

Cover of the Japanese book ‚Hoshi ochite, nao‘ by Sawada Tōko

CFP – Provocative & Provoking: Fifty Shades of Byron
26–27 April 2024, Newstead Abbey

2024 marks the bicentenary of Lord Byron’s death. This Byron Society conference will explore Byron’s life, his poems, & his contemporary & current reception worldwide

Deadline: 2 January 2024
#Scottish #British #literature #romanticism #poetry #18thcentury #19thcentury #LordByron #Callforpapers

Book dedications bot
3 days ago

All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers by Alana Massey #books #literature #dedication

For my sister Nova, the first star I ever wanted to be.
Book dedications bot
3 days ago

Music for Chameleons by Truman Capote #books #literature #dedication

For Tennessee Williams

John Wagner on Judge Dredd, Bogie Man, & growing up in Greenock

“While Dredd may be his most famous character, Mr Wagner's favourite is Bogie Man, a mental patient escaped from a Greenock asylum who wanders the streets of Glasgow under the delusion he's Humphrey Bogart.“

Comics legend John Wagner on creating iconic characters with Carlos Ezquerra and Alan Grant.

#Scottish #literature #comics #comicbooks #JudgeDredd

William Shakespeare Quotes
4 days ago

MALCOLM: I think our country sinks beneath the yoke;

It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash

Is added to her wounds.

— Macbeth, IV, iii

#Shakespeare #literature #quote #quotation

4 days ago

When it feels like there's so little you can do about, just, everything, remember that you can share and share and share the full text of "The Hill We Climb" by Amanda Gorman, which has recently been banned in a Florida school because of the complaint of one person.

Maybe if your instance has a longer word count limit, you could even type it out in a post.

#poetry #literature #BookBans #libraries

4 days ago

Makes me think about the "Beauty and The beast "-theme :)
I remember reading about Syrian tablets having that theme written on them , dating back to 6000 BC.
Being the oldest written story in known human history.

That theme coming back in many poems and stories through history.
Like in Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice as a famous example.

Nice to get deeper into understanding things with AI.
But I doubt AI will ever write a Pride & Prejudice .

#AI #literature

G. Paul Randall
4 days ago

Saying that Holden Caulfield is too whiny is like saying Hannibal Lecter is too cannibalistic.

The striking thing about Catcher in the Rye to me is how well that character is realized, starting right on the first page of the book. So stop bitching about Holden. It's annoying and you remind me of Ackley kid.
#books #literature #reading


Fantastic Feminist Praxis: Consciousness-Raising in the Speculative Fiction of Lady Florence Dixie

– Grace Borland Sinclair discusses gender politics in Florence Dixie’s speculative fiction

Scottish Literary Review 14/1, 2022 – available on #OpenAccess via Project MUSE
#Scottish #literature #19thcentury #womenwriters

Born in 1855, Lady Florence Dixie was a prolific writer and women’s rights activist until her death in 1905. She was a poet, dramatist, novelist, travel writer, children’s writer, and war correspondent. She campaigned outspokenly for educational and professional equality, the amendment of divorce and marriage laws, Scottish and Irish Home Rule, animal rights and dress reform. Yet despite this high volume of productivity and public notoriety during her lifetime, her work has been critically neglected in both the Scottish and British literary fields. This paper seeks to contribute to the ongoing work by scholars such as Valentina Bold, Catherine Barnes Stevenson, Nan Bowman Albinski, Precious McKenzie Stearns and Taryne Jade Taylor who have endeavoured to rediscover and reaffirm Dixie’s life and work. This paper explores Dixie’s utilisation of the speculative text for consciousness-raising (CR) purposes. It demonstrates that by combining the speculative text with an overtly political message, Dixie was able to expand the boundaries of literary genre in this period. The examples discussed illuminate Dixie’s attempt to explore a more nuanced and fluid conception of gender politics, which moves beyond gender inversion or the invasion of the masculinist ‘public’ sphere.

A Restless Intellect: Florence Dixie (1855–1905)

“Widely respected – and regularly attacked (once physically) – in her lifetime, she is now largely neglected; an intriguing aside to feminism or to agnosticism. Dixie deserves better.”

Florence Dixie – novelist, poet, dramatist, war correspondent, campaigning journalist, suffragist, & more – was born #OTD, 25 May. Valentina Bold explores Dixie’s roving life
#Scottish #literature #19thcentury #womenwriters

4 days ago

⚡ Calling students & young academics with interest in #literature: Apply for a #CLSinfraTNAfellowship at @ACDHCH_OeAW to level up your research & visit beautiful Vienna/AT
➡️ Data Modelling & Curation
➡️ #SemWeb Technologies & LOD
➡️ #NLProc & #DigitalEditions 👉
🚨 30 May Closing date!

José Manuel Barros
4 days ago

2023 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature.

This is the most important award in Spain, besides the Cervantes, although the latter is only for authors who write in Spanish. And this is one of my favourite books, a collection of short stories: The Elephant Vanishes.

#Literature #Murakami #ShortStories #Award #Spain


Cover of the book "The Elephant Vanishes" by Murakami.
Cover of the book "El elefante desaparece" by Haruki Murakami.
Miguel Afonso Caetano
4 days ago

#AI #GenerativeAI #Fiction #Literature #StoryEngine: "For all its shortcomings, Story Engine is strangely satisfying. If early AI writing felt like guiding a very well-read toddler into telling stories, Story Engine feels sort of like building a video game prototype. You start with an idea and try to get a computer to execute it. The results probably aren’t quite what you expect, but through trial and error, you can lean into what the system does well and find the fun."

Epiphanic Synchronicity
5 days ago

Nice opening paragraph in a Gizmodo post about an app that spits out AI-generated novels:

#writing #literaryfiction #literature #ai #LLM

5 days ago

Actually, GanonDORF is the Gerudo man. The giant pig-demon/force of malignant nature is Ganondorf's monster.

#zelda #frankenstein #videogames #literature

Our book EMPIRES & REVOLUTIONS: Cunninghame Graham & His Contemporaries contains essays exploring ideas of revolution, emancipation, equality, & liberty in the works of RBCG & other Scottish writers of the period—in print & online via Project MUSE

#Scottish #literature #imperialism #19thcentury #20thcentury #revolution #emancipation #equality #liberty

Petra van Cronenburg
5 days ago

Normally I don't share from Insta or without ALTText, but this is too important. In Ron de Santis' Florida, more and more #books are banned. The selection mostly hits POC, LGBTQIA2S+. For Germans, it is fatally reminiscent of the preparations for the #book burning by the Nazis.
The latest victim is Amanda Gorman. Her answer: Don't fool yourselves into thinking it will not be that bad. That mistake has already been made with Trump. #bookstodon #literature #bookwyrm

Screenshot of Amanda Gorman's answer on Instagram "I'm gutted". If you google her name and "gutted", you'll find more news about it.

What Scotsman was caught up in a civil war before the age of twenty? Wrote a book that became the inspiration for an Oscar-winning film? Met a runaway teenager in Paris and married her against the wishes of his family? Lost his ranch to raiding Apaches?

A #Scottish #literature 🧵 …

Yahia Lababidi
5 days ago

"When I open a #book I feel the shape of another human being’s brain.”

—Zadie Smith


Julé Cunningham
6 days ago

At the most difficult point in his life Stefan Zweig came across a copy of Montaigne's ' Essays' and felt as if he had found an understanding friend. He sat down and wrote a brief biographical portrait of the French Renaissance philosopher and thinker and in the process tells much of himself and his own life.

#BookReview #reading #Montaigne #literature @bookstodon

Catherine Berry
1 week ago

I've seldom seen a point being missed as thoroughly as in this article. In "Dune" and "Dune Messiah", Paul's inability to control his own destiny and its horrible consequences is THE ENTIRE POINT OF HIS STORY. Like Jesus as portrayed in "Jesus Christ Superstar", he's a powerless Messiah, a pawn of forces beyond his control, despite his appearance of agency. It's a brilliant subversion of the "Hero's Journey"; in triumphing, he fails.

Sigh. 🙄

#literature #dune

Dinosaurs in the Amazon

Alan Brown looks at Arthur Conan Doyle’s Scottish adventurer-scientist-explorer & dinosaur hunter Professor George Edward Challenger. Doyle himself preferred Challenger to the more famous (& successful) #SherlockHolmes
#Scottish #literature #sciencefiction #19thcentury #SherlockHolmesDay

Sherlock Holmes, Hardboiled Detective

“[O]ne of the most striking features of Holmes’s stories is that they have a surprisingly grounded view of crime, and one that arguably fits better into the hardboiled tradition of Hammett and Chandler than the cozy tradition of Christie.”

–Alexis Hall makes the case for #SherlockHolmes as a noir icon
#Scottish #literature #19thcentury #SherlockHolmesDay

According to the Guinness Book of Records, #SherlockHolmes has been portrayed on screen more than any other literary character – & in a recent UK poll, over 50% of teenagers thought that he was a real person…
#Scottish #literature #19thcentury #SherlockHolmesDay

Arthur Conan Doyle was born #OTD, 22 May, at 11 Picardy Place, Edinburgh – a 🎂🧵

Bridget Kendall on BBC Sounds explores the life & work of the doctor & literary superstar who changed #CrimeFiction forever

#Scottish #literature #19thcentury #SherlockHolmes #SherlockHolmesDay

1 week ago

If you happen to think about Argentinean #literature (probably never, but let's assume, you did), there are a couple of names, you might think of:

Jorge Luis Borges, Ernesto Sábato, Julio Cortázar and, just in case, you're a huge fan of #SF and #Westworld, Adolfo Bioy Casares (The Invention of Morel).
You would probably not think of Osvaldo Soriano, one of the country's most successful writers of the late XXth century, despite most of his works have been translated to English and German.


A portrait of Osvaldo Soriano, a bald fat man with a friendly face, rubbing his head.
European Research Council (ERC
1 week ago

News for literature fans!

Erin McCarthy at @uniofgalway is mapping and modelling how early modern English poetry circulated within the social networks of the times - challenging traditional narratives.

Read more 👇

#EUfunded #networkanalysis #literature


Yahia Lababidi
1 week ago

Aphorisms, from my forthcoming #book, appeared in Tiferet #Journal — at the nexus of #literature & #spirituality — alongside #poets that I admire, such as Paul Muldoon.

@bookstodon #books #poetry #wisdom #SilentSunday #publishing #WritingCommunity #reading #meditation #art #peace #reading

Book dedications bot
1 week ago

Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle #books #literature #dedication

Dedicated to all the cats in my life.

Glasgow Comic Con 2023
Sat 3 June – tickets £0–£27.80

Browse more than 130 exhibitors, meet comic creators, enjoy panels from your favourite artists & writers & marvel at some of the best cosplayers in the country. Children can also enjoy the return of the dedicated Kids’ Zone which hosts workshops & activities all day

Tickets are limited – book early!
#Scottish #literature #comics #comicbooks #graphicnovel

1 week ago

My current favorite works of extended prose.
1 Stone Junction - Jim Dodge
2 Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon
3 The Passenger/Stella Maris - Cormac Mccarthy
4 The Alice in Wonderland books - Lewis Carrol
5 Dune - Frank Herbert
6 The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
7 Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
8 Pale Fire - Vladimir Nabakov
9 The Trilogy - Samuel Becket
10 The Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe

what is your list?

#Lists #literature #writingcommunity

1 week ago

My friend Maryanne Moll will be at the Philippine Book Festival to sign her book, The Maps of Camarines on June 2 and 3. If you're going, do drop by the Alkem/Penguin Random House SEA booth and get your copy! It's magical realism, about the rise and fall in the fortunes of 3 prominent families in a fictional Philippine province. #Philippines #Literature #TootSEA

Book signing. The Maps of Camarines by Penguin Random House SEA author, Maryanne Moll. Alkem & Penguin Random House SEA Booth T26 and T28, World Trade Center, Pasay City. June 2-3, Fri-Sat, 5:00-7:00 PM. Free entry.
Paul Chambers
1 week ago

Today, May 20th, in 1609, Shakespeare's sonnets were first published.

154 sonnets were first published all together in a quarto on May 20, 1609

Reproduction :PDF: @internetarchive

#literature #Shakespeare

Shake-Speare's Sonnets, quarto published by Thomas Thorpe, London, 1609, title page
Dedication page from The Sonnets
it's kat!
1 week ago

in terms of civil & human rights, lorraine said that everyone 'must concern themselves with every single means of struggle: legal, illegal, passive, active, violent and non-violent...they must harass, debate, petition, give money to court struggles, sit-in, lie-down, strike, boycott, sing hymns, pray on steps—and shoot from their windows when the racists come cruising through their communities.'
#theatre #literature #art #lorraineHansberry

it's kat!
1 week ago

when, at the age of 34, she died of pancreatic cancer, james baldwin said, 'it is not at all farfetched to suspect that what she saw contributed to the strain which killed her, for the effort to which Lorraine was dedicated is more than enough to kill a man'.
although she’d criticised existentialism, lorraine admired simone de beauvoir's 'the second sex' & said that women twice oppressed might be twice militant.
#art #history #lorraineHansberry #author #literature

it's kat!
1 week ago

'stop being a liberal & become an american radical.'

it's another #art #history thread for you - whether you like it or not. this one celebrates lorraine hansberry (born #otd in 1930), so what's not to love?
i'd seen a copy of her play, 'a raisin in the sun', lying on my mum's nightstand & have been intrigued ever since by its author. the work itself serves up a heap of quandaries about prejudice & social hierarchy.
#illustration #lorraineHansberry #literature #playwright #chicago

portrait i drew with digital ink & paint tools of revolutionary playwrite & author, lorraine hansberry. she looks curiously at you, one arm stretched toward her shoulder. her hand grasps a pencil between its index & middle finger. colours are bright pink, red, rose, blue-grey & teal.
portrait i drew with digital ink & paint tools of revolutionary playwrite & author, lorraine hansberry. she looks curiously at you, one arm stretched toward her shoulder. her hand grasps a pencil between its index & middle finger. colours are mustard yellows, blue-grey & muted turquoise.
Flipboard Culture Desk
1 week ago

Six novels have been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize. Here's what
@TheConversationUS's team thought of them. The winner will be announced on May 23.

#Books #Bookstodon #Culture #Literature

Archiving Agnes Owens: Asserting the Marginal Voice
#PhD opportunity

This full-time funded project will see the creation of the Agnes Owens Archive.

Owens’ champions point to her class, gender, & age in explaining her neglect. This project will absorb & supersede these contexts in its collation & critical appraisal of Owens’ full literary output, leading to a variety of events marking her centenary in 2026.
#Scottish #literature #womenwriters #archive


Archiving Agnes Owens: Asserting the Marginal Voice

SGSAH CDA Project – PhD opportunity
The University of Strathclyde (Dr Eleanor Bell), with partners from the University of Glasgow (Dr Corey Gibson) and The Alasdair Gray Archive (Sorcha Dallas), are pleased to announce the availability of a full-time funded SGSAH AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Studentship.
This project will see the creation of the Agnes Owens Archive which contains previously unpublished plays, poems and short stories. Owens’ champions point to her class, gender, and age in explaining her neglect; her work is frequently read against her biography. This project will absorb and supersede these contexts in its collation and critical appraisal of Owens full literary output, leading to a variety of public-facing events marking the centenary of her birth in 2026.
Andres Karjus
2 weeks ago

We are doing a conference! If you work with #cultural #text #linguistic #media #literature #film #art #audiovisual #DH etc data, take a look! Bonus: Tallinn Christmas market, northern lights (maybe) and 4 free practical skills workshops (yes incl R!) on the pre-conf day.

The Cultural Data Analytics Conference 2023
❄️December 13-16, 2023❄️
Tallinn, Estonia
Abstract submissions by July 24:

Medieval (Scottish) Gaelic literature: the case of Finn mac Cumaill
23 May, 5–6:30pm BST (6–7:30 CET), free online

Introducing the corpus of #medieval works centred on the legendary hero Finn mac Cumaill. The earliest texts are #Irish – yet, outwith the #Gaelic tradition, Finn is often seen as a #Scottish literary creation, not least because of James Macpherson’s imagining of him as Fingal in the #18thcentury

#literature #CelticStudies

Edwin Muir and a Story of Europe

“Muir’s contact with Europe is significant, however, not only in a personal and literary sense, but also in a wider political context which resonates with our own early twenty-first century times. His travels in the 1920s immediately after the end of World War One, and again at the end of World War Two, tell a story of Europe itself at critical points in its history.”

#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury

One foot in Eden still, I stand
And look across the other land.
The world’s great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted
So long with crops of love and hate…

—Edwin Muir, “One Foot in Eden”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury

"One Foot in Eden"
by Edwin Muir

One foot in Eden still, I stand 
And look across the other land.
The world's great day is growing late,
Yet strange these fields that we have planted 
So long with crops of love and hate.
Time's handiworks by time are haunted,
And nothing now can separate
The corn and tares compactly grown.
The armorial weed in stillness bound
About the stalk; these are our own.
Evil and good stand thick around
In the fields of charity and sin
Where we shall lead our harvest in.

Yet still from Eden springs the root
As clean as on the starting day.
Time takes the foliage and the fruit 
And burns the archetypal leaf
To shapes of terror and of grief
Scattered along the winter way.
But famished field and blackened tree
Bear flowers in Eden never known.
Blossoms of grief and charity
Bloom in these darkened fields alone.
What had Eden ever to say
Of hope and faith and pity and love
Until was buried all its day
And memory found its treasure trove?
Strange blessings never in Paradise
Fall from these beclouded skies.

Old gods and goddesses who have lived so long
Through time and never found eternity,
Fettered by wasting wood and hollowing hill,
You should have fled our ever-dying song…

—Edwin Muir, “To the Old Gods”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury

"To the Old Gods"
by Edwin Muir

Old gods and goddesses who have lived so long
Through time and never found eternity,
Fettered by wasting wood and hollowing hill,

You should have fled our ever-dying song,
The mound, the well, and the green trysting tree.
They have forgotten, yet you linger still.

Goddess of caverned breast and channeled brow, 
And cheeks slow hollowed by millennial tears,
Forests of autumns fading in your eyes, 

Eternity matvels at your counted years
And kingdoms lost in time, and wonders how 
There could be thoughts so bountiful and wise 

As yours beneath the ever-breaking bough, 
And vast compassion curving like the skies.

“Edwin Muir (1887–1959) is a mysteriously neglected, gorgeous, and emotionally penetrating poet. Of all the many pieces of writing spurred by the Cold War and the threat of nuclear apocalypse, and of the other kinds of 20th century apocalyptic writing, his poem ‘The Horses’ may be the most effective, perhaps because it is the most calm and gentle.”
—Robert Pinsky

#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury #postapocalypse

On the second day
The radios failed; we turned the knobs; no answer.
On the third day a warship passed us, heading north,
Dead bodies piled on the deck…

—Edwin Muir, “The Horses”
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury #postapocalypse

"The Horses"
by Edwin Muir

Barely a twelvemonth after
The seven days war that put the world to sleep,
Late in the evening the strange horses came.
By then we had made our covenant with silence,
But in the first few days it was so still
We listened to our breathing and were afraid.
On the second day
The radios failed; we turned the knobs, no answer.
On the third day a warship passed us, headed north,
Dead bodies piled on the deck. On the sixth day
A plane plunged over us into the sea. Thereafter
Nothing. The radios dumb;
And still they stand in corners of our kitchens,
And stand, perhaps, turned on, in a million rooms
All over the world. But now if they should speak,
If on a sudden they should speak again,
If on the stroke of noon a voice should speak,
We would not listen, we would not let it bring
That old bad world that swallowed its children quick
At one great gulp. We would not have it again.
Sometimes we think of the nations lying asleep,
Curled blindly in impenetrable sorrow,
And then the thought confounds us with its strangeness.

The tractors lie about our fields; at evening
They look like dank sea-monsters crouched and waiting.
We leave them where they are and let them rust:
“They’ll molder away and be like other loam.”
We make our oxen drag our rusty plows,
Long laid aside. We have gone back
Far past our fathers’ land.
And then, that evening
Late in the summer the strange horses came.
We heard a distant tapping on the road,
A deepening drumming; it stopped, went on again
And at the corner changed to hollow thunder.
We saw the heads
Like a wild wave charging and were afraid.
We had sold our horses in our fathers’ time
To buy new tractors. Now they were strange to us
As fabulous steeds set on an ancient shield
Or illustrations in a book of knights.
We did not dare go near them. Yet they waited,
Stubborn and shy, as if they had been sent
By an old command to find our whereabouts
And that long-lost archaic companionship.
In the first moment we had never a thought
That they were creatures to be owned and used.
Among them were some half a dozen colts
Dropped in some wilderness of the broken world,
Yet new as if they had come from their own Eden.
Since then they have pulled our plows and borne our loads,
But that free servitude still can pierce our hearts.
Our life is changed; their coming our beginning.

I never felt so much
Since I have felt at all
The tingling smell and touch
Of dogrose and sweet briar,
Nettles against the wall,
All sours and sweets that grow
Together or apart
In hedge or marsh or ditch…

—“A Birthday”, by Edwin Muir (1887–1959)—born #OTD, 15 May 1887
#Scottish #literature #poetry #Orkney #Modernism #20thcentury

"A Birthday"
by Edwin Muir

I never felt so much
Since I have felt at all
The tingling smell and touch
Of dogrose and sweet briar,
Nettles against the wall,
All sours and sweets that grow
Together or apart
In hedge or marsh or ditch.
I gather to my heart
Beast, insect, flower, earth, water, fire,
In absolute desire,
As fifty years ago.

Acceptance, gratitude:
The first look and the last
When all between has passed
Restore ingenuous good
That seeks no personal end
Nor strives to mar or mend.
Before I touched the food
Sweetness ensnared my tongue;
Before I saw the wood
I loved each nook and bend,
The track going right and wrong;
Before I took the road
Direction ravished my soul.
Now that I can discern
It whole or almost whole,
Acceptance and gratitude
Like travellers return
And stand where they first stood.
Roni Laukkarinen
2 weeks ago

Fuck Amazon. It was so much easier to buy books from Book Depository.

Amazon to close Book Depository online shop

#Amazon #BookDepository #Books #Literature #BookStore #Bookstodon


We are sorry to let you know that Book Depository has now closed.

We will continue to deliver orders placed before midday (12pm BST) on 26 April and will provide support for any order issues until 23 June 2023.

From all of us at Book Depository we want to say 'thank you'. Delivering your favourite reads to you since 2007 has been a pleasure.

You’ll find more info in our FAQs.

I (Editor) love quoting #GKChesterton. He was a great #journalist whose #essay(s) are still loved today. Advocated #Distributism #Economics. What he noticed about #Millionaires 100 years ago still apply to #Billionaires today.

#HistoryRepeats. #Chesterton was a huge influence on #Fantasy #Literature today, inspiring such #Authors as #Tolkien, #Pratchett, #CSLewis, and #Gaiman, with his thoughts on #Myth, #Story, #Art, and #Narrative.

Yahia Lababidi
3 weeks ago

My new weekly installment in Metapsychosis: #journal of #consciousness, #literature & #art:

Never mind #poetry or prose, good #literature is the art of friction.

#Poems seem to grow with us. Often, it’s only we who are catching up with a #poem’s dimension.

#Writing is a kind of echolocating—to discover our tribe.

via @madrush

#WritingCommunity #ai #inspiration #motivation #wisdom #spirituality #meditation #poetrycommunity #quotes #words #books #life

The Conversation U.S.
3 weeks ago

The short stories of modern Iraqi writers Hassan Blasim and Diaa Jubaili show the heart of contemporary Iraqi literature -- and are a good entry point for the American interested in understanding the Iraqi viewpoint, 20 years after the US invasion.

#History #Iraq #Literature #Books

Sad to hear that The Book Depository has closed down. I've used it for years. I can't bring myself to buy anything from Amazon for all kinds of reasons - most important, they are cleaning out the whole industry so they'll become a monopoly and I guess that's why Bookdepository gave up.

Anyone know another good online bookstore that ships to all Europe?
#Books #Literature #BookDepository #Amazon

3 weeks ago

6 books from The Other Collection
#contemporary #literature

I just migrated to a new server so here's my #introduction again:

🔹 I am Youssef from Morocco 🇲🇦 and I work in IT
🔹#cinephile : Italian neorealism, French New Wave, Silent film, noir
🔹 interested in #literature, #philosophy #poetry and #psychoanalysis
🔹 Specifically, I gravitate towards the intersection of #hegel and #lacan, and German Idealism more broadly. Also #marxism and #postmodernism
🔹 An advocate of #opensource interested in the intersection between #tech, #philosophy and #polítics

Julé Cunningham
4 weeks ago

The Fawn is an early novel from the great Hungarian writer Magda Szabó; it's narrated by an acclaimed actress in her late twenties who is telling of her life to someone whose identity is only gradually revealed. Eszter Encsy is a complex person, mesmerizing, strong, and damaged and one of Szabó's most fascinating characters.

#bookReview #literature #reading #bookBlog @bookstodon

Yusuf Toropov
4 weeks ago

#Mastodon is a friendlier place to talk about and promote your #writing than the bird site was, so..

My #novel JIHADI: A LOVE STORY, about a US intelligence agent accused of terrorism and sucked into the secret prison system, is available for 99 cents this month (May) from Orenda Books.

3.7/5 on Amazon after 7 years, whatever that means. It confused some. It excited some. It made all of them think. Which is what I was going for.

#fiction #literature #writingcommunity

Book dedications bot
4 weeks ago

100 Boyfriends by Brontez Purnell #books #literature #dedication

"Fuck all y'all"
Jon Ippolito
4 weeks ago

Yesterday @novomancy and I argued at @markcmarino 's #FutureWriting conference that the future of grammar may be recomposable units of meaning rather than prose. Takeaways:

* GPT-4 writes better for discovery than persuasion, correlating across genres and formats.

* GPT-4 is good at diplomacy.

* GPT-4 is bad at empathy.

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#dataviz #literature #writing #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #OpenAI #ChatGPT #StableDiffusion #GenerativeAI #AIimages #AIethics #llm

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