Dr. Anthony Fauci

What is Dr. Anthony Fauci Reading? Why Does It Matter?

December 16, 2020 News Editor 0

What are celebrities reading right now and why does it matter? The New York Times takes another look at celebrity bookshelves with entries from Susan Rice, Jeff Bezos, Jemele Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Rosie Perez, Chris Rock, our own Dr. Fauci and more. As the Times points out, books offered many of the high points in a year dominated by an epidemic: As 2020 winds down and we look back at our pandemic […]

Creative Compassion

Art & Culture: Creative Compassion, Literature and Animal Welfare by Michael J. Gilmour

December 16, 2020 admin 0

Michael J. Gilmour, a Canadian professor of English and biblical literature, argues that fiction contributes much toward humane education. “Animal-friendly storytellers and poets undermine entrenched dominative attitudes toward the nonhuman,” says Gilmour is his latest book. “They bring animals from the margins to the centre, and in doing so urge a broadening of our understanding of community and inclusivity.” In Creative Compassion, Literature and Animal Welfare (Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics series), Gilmour considers the enormous […]

Return From Extinction

This Just In… Return From Extinction by Linda L. Richards

December 15, 2020 News Editor 0

Less than 100 years ago, the northern elephant seal was thought to be extinct. Today more than 250,000 elephant seals swim in the Pacific Ocean from Alaska to Mexico. In Return from Extinction: The Triumph of the Elephant Seal, January Magazine editor Linda L. Richards tells the story of their dramatic recovery in a book aimed at readers aged nine to 13. Elephant seals were hunted to near extinction for their precious oil before the […]

Same Elephants

Fiction: Same Elephants by Marjy Marj

December 15, 2020 admin 0

Ghanaian-American author Marjy Marj drew on her experiences of being an immigrant and attending college in America in her Same Elephants, her second novel following The Shimmigrant from 2019. Same Elephants is about four friends from diverse backgrounds. Marj says she chose to write about an array of women with very different backgrounds and tie them together. Marj feels the book speaks stongly to our age “as it offers hope in humanity especially with today’s […]


Classic Fiction: Macbeth: Shakespeare at Home Book 1

December 14, 2020 admin 0

Macbeth: Book 1 of the Shakespeare at Home series, is a fully annotated printing of the Shakespearean classic, annotated by Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre founders Carmen Khan and Jack Armstrong. Macbeth is the first of the eight-book series featuring detailed notes on every line of the play – what is being said, why it’s being said, what the drama of the scene is, and why Shakespeare included it. Why Macbeth? “Almost everyone knows the story of […]

John Le Carré

Cold War Novelist John le Carré Has Died

December 13, 2020 News Editor 0

John le Carré, author of The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, The Looking Glass War Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and many others has died. He was 89. According to his literary agency, Curtis Brown, the author died in Cornwall in southwest England on Saturday after a short illness that was not related to COVID-19. Best known for his cold war thrillers, le Carré was one of the top selling novelists in the world. […]