When we’re not working on books, we at Common Deer Press spend a lot of time exploring the online book community. There are so many people and organizations creating interesting content and we wanted to be able to share our favourite content with you.
So, we’re starting a new blog series! Around the Web is a weekly roundup of book and reading related links that we’ve found interesting, funny, or inspiring.
Now that you know what we’re doing here, let’s get into this week’s roundup!
April is the Cruellest Month
Have you seen people posting those words on Twitter? They’re quoting T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” because, well it is April (and if you’re experiencing the weather in Ontario, you can probably relate to the sentiment), and because it’s National Poetry Month! If you’ve never celebrated NPM before, check out the League of Canadian Poets’ explanation and blog for some great poetry content.
Dr. Maya Angelou’s 90th Birthday
Speaking of NPM, April 4th was poet and activist Maya Angelou’s birthday! Google celebrated the acclaimed author with a Google Doodle that features her iconic poem "Still I Rise" read by some familiar voices including Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys.
Need a little refresher on Modernism? Ever heard of Oulip? Lit Hub shared a “Pocket Guide to 10 Literary Movements” that’s sure to improve your trivia knowledge and remind you of some of the things from English class you may have forgotten.
Books as a Tool for Justice
In Virginia last year, a group of teenagers were sentenced to read books after vandalizing a historic black schoolhouse. The New York Times shared what one of the vandals learned from reading and how authors feel about their books being used in this way. Do you think this is a good alternative to community service and other sentences?
Book Adaptation News
Did you know HBO is making a Fahrenheit 451 movie? Yesterday, the trailer dropped and it looks like this adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel has been given more action and sci-fi elements to appeal to a modern audience. Check it out:
That's it for this week, join us again next Friday for more.