Poetry 365

Poet Laura Kasischke

This month for Poetry 365 we’re highlighting Laura Kasischke’s ambitious new volume Space, in Chains.  A 2011 NY Times Notable Book, the Pushcart Prize winner’s eighth collection finds her pursuing her signature stream-of-consciousness style while also exploring her new interest in the prose poem.  Mingling homey memories of childhood with questions about the existence of God, Kasischke’s haunting and hypnotic pieces often resemble impressionist paintings as they “walk that perfect Plathian line between the everyday… and the eternal.”  So check out this profound new collection, sample a poem below, and clear your calendar… our National Poetry Month celebration is about to begin.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica in the Digital Age

After a mere 244 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica is ending its print edition. First published in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768, the Chicago-based company will focus on its online version only. The Chicago-based company said the print edition will stop being available “when the current stock runs out.” You can, however, purchase the final hardcover copy on Britannica’s website for $1,395.  Read the article here. Laura

Favorite Read-Alouds of 2011

EPL Children’s Librarian Brian Wilson has compiled a top 10 list of his favorite picture books from 2011 to read aloud. Each has large kid appeal, strong reviews, lots of interactive elements to encourage audience participation, and is designed to be read aloud to large groups of children. Brian also has a list of the best fiction picture books of 2011.

For more great recommendations, feel free to stop by or call the Children’s Room at Main and the North Branch!

2012 Hemingway/PEN Award

The Hemingway/PEN Foundation Award honors outstanding first works of fiction.  This year’s winner is 36-year-old author  Teju Cole for his novel Open City.  Born in the U.S. and raised in Nigeria, he is writer in residence at Bard College. His novel was also nominated by the National Book Critics Circle in January as one of five finalists for best novel of 2011.   Previous winners of the Hemingway/PEN award include Bobbie Mason, Renata Adler, Ha Jin, Jhumpa Lahiri and Dagoberto Gilb. You can read more about Mr. Cole’s book  in the Arts Beat section of The New York Times.

Laura