The Best of the Bestiary: literature’s most popular mythical creatures

Who sees more action, mermaids or vampires? And why do people all over the world believe in dragons? Find out!

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Criss Cross: Do Books Really Need Plots?

Criss Cross, a Newberry Medal winner from Lynn Rae Perkins, begins with the sentence, "She wished something would happen." This sentence is followed up with a meandering story, told from the perspective of six different adolescents across the span of one summer. Nothing dramatic happens to any of them. None of them end up dating each other. … Continue reading Criss Cross: Do Books Really Need Plots?

What will these 6 robots say about your writing?

The year 2016 gave us our first feature film written by Artificial Intelligence, and it was...ridiculous. While AI clearly isn't ready to join writers behind the big screen or on the library shelf, the bots are capable of extracting insight from pre-written content. In fact, you can learn a lot about your writing by subjecting it to computer analysis.  … Continue reading What will these 6 robots say about your writing?

Why Does the South Get Its Own Genre?

I didn't just grow up in the south. I grew up on southern fiction,moving up from children's books like Because of Winn Dixie and Bud, Not Buddy to the more intense Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry! and To Kill a Mockingbird and finally to the truly haunting The Color Purple and Absalom, Absalom! The fact that one branch of regional literature could … Continue reading Why Does the South Get Its Own Genre?