A book worth banning is a book worth reading.
We are now in the midst of the thirtieth anniversary of Banned Books Week, a celebration of the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Sponsored by the American Library Association since 1982, this week shines a light on the benefits of intellectual freedom and raises important questions about the themes,…Continue
"All the time I was teaching, I was also writing short stories. I poured out everything," says bestselling writer Bel Kaufman.
In this video, Kaufman speaks about her initiation into an American classroom, when she enrolled in a New York City public school after immigrating with her family from Russia. Although Kaufman couldn't speak English, her teacher treated her kindly, and Kaufman was inspired to become a…
"I had a teacher named Colonel John Robert Doyle.... He would read my crummy poetry like it was written by Yeats.... He made the whole thing worthwhile for me," says bestselling author Pat Conroy, remembering his experience at the Citadel.
In support of National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week, I'm excited to share this moving video, which features Michael Chabon,…Continue
Happy NaNoWriMo! As today marks the start of what will be a massively busy month, I thought I'd take a second to share an inspiring video originally spotlighted on the NaNoWriMo blog. In it, author Natalie Goldberg shares insight on the value of writing practice and talks about how NaNoWriMo is a great way to jumpstart one's writing practice habits. Hit play to watch:…Continue