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“As it turns out, UNESCO has a designation for cities that contribute to the literary pantheon in some way. It’s part of a wider Creative Cities Network, which also includes other creative fields like Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Media Arts, and Music. Started in 2004, the criteria for a city of literature include things like the quality, quantity, and diversity of publishing in a city; the quality and quantity of educational programs that focus on literature; the extent to which literature, drama, and/or poetry play a significant role in the city; whether literary events and festivals are hosted there; the number of libraries, bookstores, and cultural centers; and media’s involvement in promoting literature.
In other words, Québec City turned out to be a must-visit for readers, and it’s not alone. Here’s more about Québec City—and six other UNESCO Cities of Literature bursting with bookish appeal.”
“Callie Martinez-Silva didn’t mean to turn her best friend into a pop star. But when a simple
the nine muses of Greek mythology, tasked with protecting humanity’s fate in secret.”
“Surely will publish a mix of fiction and nonfiction graphic novels highlighting activism in the queer community, as well as achievements and struggles. The first books scheduled for release in spring 2021 are a biography of novelist Patricia Highsmith, written by Moonstruck scribe Grace Ellis; a biography of Revolutionary War hero Baron von Steuben, written by Josh Trujillo and illustrated by Levi Hastings; and a fiction story by cartoonist Terry Blas and artist Claudia Aguirre about friends who make a surprising discovery one summer.”