Critical Linking

Critical Linking: December 19th, 2013

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

 

JK Rowling’s bestselling boy wizard is due for a makeover, with the launch of award-winning illustrator Jim Kay’s fully-illustrated edition of Harry Potter in 2015.

Well, here’s something for your Christmas list….two years from now.

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I’d like to introduce you to Write-A-House, a different kind of writer’s residency program. The Detroit writers and urban activists who founded the organization in 2012 did so with one goal: use vocational training to renovate vacant homes and then give these homes to writers.

Wild.

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  • 15.5% of kids who read daily, but only on-screen, are above average readers.
  • 26% of those who read daily in print, or both in print and on-screen, read at an above average level.

The confounding factor here is that families who value education highly tend to have books in the home. So print books are not the cause, but an indicator of a larger dedication to reading. 

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I don’t think science fiction is a very good name for it, but it’s the name that we’ve got. It is different from other kinds of writing, I suppose, so it deserves a name of its own. But where I can get prickly and combative is if I’m just called a sci-fi writer. I’m not. I’m a novelist and poet. Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.

Ursula K. Le Guin is going on my “writers I do not want to mess with” list.

 

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