Bespoke Libraries

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Posted 8.26.14

From his workshop in Boulder, Colorado, Thatcher Wine custom-tailors libraries with original cover designs, creating an art piece within a book collection. CBS 48 Hours correspondent Richard Schlesinger interviews the designer about his unique take on books.

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Tone

Poetry Prompt

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Posted 8.26.14 by Writing Prompter

In the September/October issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, award-winning poet Louise Glück discusses her craft: "For me it's tone—the way the mind moves as it performs its acts of meditation. That's what you're following. It guides you but it also mystifies you because you can't turn it into conscious principles or say precisely what its attributes are....You have to be surprised by what it is capable of unveiling." Focus on tone this week as you write, and see where it takes you.

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Regulars

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 8.26.14 by Writing Prompter

Some people, once they find a place they like, really make themselves at home. This week, write a story about a regular at a local bar, restaurant, or coffee shop. Why has this person latched on to this particular place? Does he or she always order the same thing? How do the other patrons feel about this person? Try to have all the action in the story take place inside the establishment.

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Family Therapy

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Posted 8.25.14

"Our family trait is to remember / only the good times / like a last blown kiss at the door." This poem from Cynthia Atkins is made into a short film by the Poetry Storehouse. Atkins is the author of In the Event of Full Disclosure (Wordtech, 2013), a book of poetry exploring mental illness and family ties.

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Literature vs. Traffic

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Posted 8.22.14

This documentary film captures a 2012 art installation from Luzinterruptus, an internationally-known light-artists collective from Spain. The team received ten thousand discarded library books, added LED lights, and displayed them in a public space in Melbourne, Australia.

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Deadline Approaches for Oregon Book Awards

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Posted 8.21.14 by Prize Reporter

Submissions are open for the twenty-seventh annual Oregon Book Awards, sponsored by the Portland-based nonprofit Literary Arts. The annual prizes are given for books by Oregon residents published in the previous year. The winners will receive $1,000 each and will be announced at an awards ceremony in Portland in April.

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