Out Now BookIsh Plaza eZine DECEMBER Issue

29 11 2017

The DECEMBER issue of BookIsh Plaza eZine is out now!
BookIsh Plaza is your online bookshop for (Dutch)Caribbean literature.

In this issue:

  • Poetry on the Wall
  • Give a book for the Holiday Season
  • At the Christmas Dinner Table with James Ocalia
  • And much more ……….

Read & share the eZine. The next issue will appear in January.

BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.67 DECEMBER 2017

Visit BookIsh Plaza for our New Arrivals!

 

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Why Salter Writes

29 11 2017

JAMES SALTER: WHY I WRITE

AN AMERICAN MASTER ON THE ORIGINS OF HIS CRAFT

“To write! What a marvelous thing!” When he was old and forgotten, living in a rundown house in the dreary suburbs of Paris, Léautaud wrote these lines. He was unmarried, childless, alone. The world of the theater in which he had worked as a critic for years was now dark for him, but from the ruins of his life these words rose. To write!

One thinks of many writers who might have said this, Anne Sexton, even though she committed suicide, or Hemingway or Virginia Woolf, who both did also, or Faulkner, scorned in his rural town, or the wreckage that was Fitzgerald in the end. The thing that is marvelous is literature, which is like the sea, and the exaltation of being near it, whether you are a powerful swimmer or wading by the shore. The act of writing, though often tedious, can still provide extraordinary pleasure. For me that comes line by line at the tip of a pen, which is what I like to write with, and the page on which the lines are written, the pages, can be the most valuable thing I will ever own.

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Book Rec Giving Styles

29 11 2017

Do you recommend books to friends, foes, and family.?

The question is, what kind of book rec giver are you? As varied as the human experience is, so goes the many, many ways people give book recs. It’s a curiously personal thing, after all. You’re basically promising people that the dark scratches on a page will capture their imaginations in the same way it did to yours. Here are some book rec giving styles:

The Bookworm: You’ve always got your nose buried in one book or another. Your love of reading cannot be contained, and it bubbles over in your book rec giving. Your joy is infectious. You might convince a few people to read your particular Book-of-the-Week, but only through sheer enthusiasm and force of will. Your book recs are more about you, than whoever you’re trying to convince — which isn’t a bad thing! You do you.

The Librarian: Maybe it’s your actual job, or maybe you just take book rec giving really seriously. Either way, you are kind, and you are thoughtful. You tailor your book recs to whoever you’re talking to, taking into account their personality and tastes. People are, as the Youth say, #blessed to encounter you. Others are more likely to come away with a book they’ll, like, actually read for real.

The Scholar: Books are, to you, for educational purposes. You read Serious (TM) works of non-fiction and heartrending treatises on the human condition. These books carry the weight of the world on their spines. You consider it your duty to persuade others to improve themselves as you do. You’re really Samuel Richardson-ing it up in here. No offense, but your book recs can be kind of boring. But when people want to learn something, they know who to ask for recs. That’s pretty cool.

The Hipster: Let’s face it. You’re kind of a snob. The books you read are obscure and experimental and kind of hard to get into. You consider your reading an art form. Accordingly, you start your book rec shpiel with “You probably haven’t heard of this, but…” No one really knows what you’re talking about when you bring up your favorite books. But, you’re good at finding that diamond in the rough and shining a light on books that would otherwise remain unknown forever.

The Bestie: After the Librarian, you’re probably the best person to go to for book recs. You consider reading a social experience, and want to read with your friends. To make that happen, you recommend books that you know your friends will like, or might be willing to try because of you. You’ve managed to convince more than a few people to try out books they’d never read normally through the power of friendship. You’re pretty awesome. Have you considered starting a book club?

So, what type of book rec giver are you?

Source: BookRiot





Talking to Your Teen About Books

29 11 2017

The Difficult Truth

Let’s face it: parenting a teenage reader can be a daunting task. With an ever-growing number of literary influences on today’s youth, it can often be difficult just to know where to start a bookish conversation with your teen. But after nearly five years teaching English to sixteen and seventeen year-old students, I feel confident in my grasp of the psychology of the teen reader and am pleased to offer, free of charge, some tips on how best to approach these tough conversations and steer your teen from the path of popular swill to the dizzying heights of great literature.

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HOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN’S BOOK

29 11 2017

If books are magic, then children’s books are an extra special brand of magic. The books we read as kids don’t just stick with us, they form who we are and what we believe and how we see the world. Writing a children’s book is a calling, but learning how to write a children’s book is also a very long process with nitty-gritty, non-magical details—and it’s full of variables. No two journeys are exactly the same, but if you’re an aspiring children’s book writer, here is a rough outline of how to go from idea to book!

STEP 1. READ A LOT

STEP 2. CRACK OPEN THAT NOTEBOOK AND GET TO WORK

STEP 3. BE PERSISTENT

STEP 4. CELEBRATE! THEN REVISE

STEP 5. BRING IN OTHER EYES

STEP 6. DO YOUR RESEARCH!

STEP 7. CRAFT A KILLER QUERY

STEP 8. CULTIVATE PATIENCE

STEP 9. CULTIVATE SOME MORE PATIENCE, BUT ALSO KEEP WRITING

STEP 10. WORK WITH EDITOR! AND MORE PATIENCE!

STEP 11. YOU HAVE A BOOK!

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Out Now! BookIsh Plaza eZine November Issue

29 10 2017

The NOVEMBER issue of BookIsh Plaza eZine is out now!
BookIsh Plaza is your online bookshop for (Dutch)Caribbean literature.

In this issue:

·        50th Anniversary of Cien Años de Soledad
·        New Scary Children’s Book
·        Book Launch Burgers & Broeders by Peter Verton
·        BookIsh Plaza @ One Happy Kingdom
·        And much more ……….

Read & share the eZine. The next special festive season issue will appear in December.

BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.66 NOVEMBER 2017

Visit BookIsh Plaza for our New Arrivals!

 





How to Meet Your Reading Challenge Goal this Year

29 10 2017

5 TIPS TO HELP YOU REACH YOUR READING CHALLENGE GOAL THIS YEAR

Rebecca Renner comes with new strategies to help herself and other overly ambitious book worms who’ve bitten off more than they can chew. Tips to help you reach your reading challenge goal.

TIP #1: BUDDY UP AND GET SOME INSPIRATION

TIP #2: CUT YOUR GOAL UP INTO LITTLE BITE-SIZED GOALS

TIP #3: CARVE OUT SOME QUIET TIME EVERY DAY

TIP #4: ALWAYS HAVE A BOOK WITH YOU

TIP #5: READ A DIFFERENT KIND OF BOOK

Read further @ BookRiot