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Authors Thinking Outside the Book

Charles Theonia’s latest book looks nothing like a book. Instead it is a collection of twenty-one tiny glass bottles, each one with a poem inside. When Theonia, a transgender writer who goes by the pronouns they and them, was beginning hormone replacement therapy, they rubbed a saw-palmetto tincture into their scalp to prevent hair loss;…

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Why We Need Diverse Books

When teacher and author Torrey Maldonado was in third grade, his mother brought home A Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats—the beloved book about a young Black boy exploring his city in fresh snow.  Until then, Maldonaldo—who is Black and Afro-Puerto Rican—had never seen a kid who looked like him in a book. “I thought…

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How to write a cookbook review

Have you ever thought about writing a review of one of your favourite cookbooks or one written by your favourite chef?   Would your review be objective? My passion for collecting cookbooks led me to writing cookbook reviews.  I just love browsing through a cookbook, placing  sticky notes on the pages of the recipes I want…

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Best Summer Meal Cookbooks of 2021

Bress ’n’ Nyam by Matthew Raiford with Amy Paige Condon Chef Matthew Raiford’s Gullah Geechee cookbook, Bress ’n’ Nyam, is ideal for long, shared summer meals. Begin with a pot of earthy-sweet Gullah rice, then pick from his recipes for paprika-seasoned snapper, grilled watermelon, pork loin sauced in mango dressing, to accompany it. Or spread…

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Reasons why we love Libraries

You can read books, magazines, and newspapers without having to purchase them. The most well-known function of libraries is lending books and other reading materials. This is the function I appreciate the most. Because it doesn’t cost anything, I can check out lots of books on lots of topics. If I don’t like one, I…

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