Mosaic Literary Conference 2012

Join Mosaic Literary Magazine at Hostos Community College November 9-10 for the Mosaic Literary Conference, an opportunity for teachers, administrators, and parents to learn more about the role of books and reading in the lives of teenagers. Now in its seventh year, MLC is a mix of informative public programs and creative workshops that celebrate books, culture, […]

Four New YA Books with LGBT Characters

Today’s post comes from Bitch Magazine columnist Ashley McAllister’s Beyond Judy Blume series, an examination of identity and sexuality in young adult literature. Author Malinda Lo did some sleuthing last year and concluded that less than 1% of YA books published from 2000-1011 contained LGBT characters. Take a look at the charts that she created, which show who […]

Art Exhibit: Mickalene Thomas’ Origin of the Universe

Each September the Brooklyn Museum takes a break from the usual First Saturday fanfare, but this year we have something to look forward to later in the month: Mickalene Thomas’ Origin of the Universe, an exhibit that indulges the female form in all it’s curves, color, and power. A graduate of the Pratt Institute, Thomas […]

Love, Pigeons, and Puppets HERE

Master puppeteer Hanne Tierney (My Life in a Nutshell, Leibniz’ Folly) kicks off the HERE Dream Music Puppetry Program’s 20th season with Strange Tales of Liaozhai, two Chinese folktales told through music, drawing, choreography, and with over 100 manipulated strings. According to HERE, “These separate narratives wind in and out of each other, unfolding through movement, images, and gestures, […]

Fall Reading: Paula Bomer’s Nine Months

A couple of months ago, The Narrator brought you a list of our contributors’ hopes and dreams for summer reading. I contributed to this list, and quite honestly, I didn’t quite make it to my selections. (I hang my head in shame, but I swear: I did read pretty awesome stuff this summer). This failure, […]

Rare Book School: That good book smell

Opening this week’s Shelf Awareness newsletter was quite refreshing. Headlines and blurbs like “Publishers Urged to Support Stores to Boost E-Book Sales” and “Amazon’s Mobile Expansion: ‘Five or Six’ Tablets?” were delightfully followed by the likes of this: “Classes in Session for ‘Rare Book School’ Students.” But huh? What is this Rare Book School?! Founded […]

Here But I’m Gone: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Curtis Mayfield

Earlier this month Narrator Writing Prompts Editor Derek Loosvelt challenged us to find our own stories and adventures with Bobby McGee, and if you still seek that spark of soulful storytelling from a late great, I have four words for you: Lincoln Center. Curtis Mayfield. For one night only, the Lincoln Center Festival and the Mayfield […]

Project Unbreakable: NYC Photo Day

Whenever I write about photography projects or read others’ reviews, more often than not, the pieces end with a common clincher: A picture’s worth a thousand words. I doubt I’ll be the last writer to fall into this trap of lackluster creativity, but sometimes the words are everything and must stand alone. With Project Unbreakable‘s […]

Cover Art Revealed for J.K. Rowling’s Book for Grown-ups

Little, Brown & Company, J. K. Rowling’s publisher, has revealed the cover art for The Casual Vacancy, the Harry Potter creator’s first novel for adults. The story takes place in the idyllic English countryside town of Pagford, where a councilman’s death is the catalyst for election-time intrigue and “the biggest war the town has yet […]

Coraline: Still relevant at age 10

Believe it or not, I was on the fence about posting yet again about a book-related anniversary on The Narrator. I’ll bet there are whole blogs dedicated to what could be a daily celebration with a different book of honor Monday thru Friday. So, please bear with me. But as a proud member of the […]