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July 13, 2018

I have studied many different genres while in college. My favorite thing that I have come across, however, is when a piece of writing rides the genre line. Recently I rediscovered a book found in an airport to occupy my mind for the six-hour flight ahead. When I first...

July 6, 2018

Some might value a necklace, guitar, or pencil the most in their lives. Northern Arizona University Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Nicole Walker, has an interesting relationship with eggs that she shares in her object lesson oriented book Egg. The inside cove...

June 22, 2018

The Hate U Give deals with the aftermath of the shooting of a young black teenager by a police officer, and readers travel along with Starr, the young female protagonist, as the African American community that she grew up in struggles with this issue. Thomas does not t...

April 14, 2018

I didn’t come here to do a snarky bit about why the Fifty Shades series by E. L. James sucks. Because I don’t think it’s funny. This series fills me with rage on so many fronts. There’s a lot of discussion about how this “love” story promotes abuse and sexual violence,...

December 6, 2017

If you were to stop a stranger on the street and ask them to name a Japanese author they would probably say Murakami, if they could even think of a Japanese author. He is known for his surrealist writing which sets him apart from western writers. What most readers of M...

December 4, 2017

A common topic of discussion among my fellow English majors and creative writing students here at NAU is the limited classes offered that both appeal to them and focus on their creative writing emphasizes. If you’re not an English major and don’t understand this strugg...

November 15, 2017

What is classic literature? This is an essential question in literary criticism, but also in the daily lives of ordinary readers. In order to answer it, these additional questions must also be considered:

1. Are classic and classical literature the same thing?

Not usuall...

October 18, 2017

 

The Northern Arizona Book Festival held multiple book and poetry readings, workshops, and panels over a diverse number of topics through October 6th-7th and October 12th-14th, 2017. Saturday the 14th was a full day set aside purely for discussions and celebrations of...

January 4, 2017

In July of 2010, pastor Terry Jones of the Christian Dove World Outreach Center threatened to burn 200 Qurans on the anniversary of Sept. 11. Despite protests from around the world, pleas from world leaders, and the deaths of over 50 people, he ended up putting the boo...

December 30, 2016

When I was young, I spent most of my evenings reading before bed. One series I often read was Warrior Cats by Erin Hunter. The series follows the interactions between four clans of cats in the woods near a human neighborhood. While my love for the series stemmed from a...

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