Obama makes e-books available to low income kids

Barack Obama has announced a plan to put $250 million worth of e-books into the hands of low income kids. With the help of all the major publishers, 10,000 e-books for children aged 4-14 will be made available via a free app developed by New York Public Library. This initiative marks a start on closing…

National Readathon Day

Hooray for January 24th – National Readathon Day! It’s a U.S. celebration of literacy. So what are YOU reading?  

Electronic literature. Beep squeak boom.

What on earth is electronic literature? It’s literary art created through the use of computer capabilities. This could mean poetry that uses Flash images, literature generated by computers, stories in the form of text messages, art installations with words, etc. And – here’s the big news – some of it is very very cool. Don’t…

Ten Favourite Modern Novels

It’s the season of lists, and if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. I’ve confined myself to novels written, or made available in English, after 1950. 1. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The joyous masterpiece that broke open literature. Full of colour, riotous humour, vivid characters, and the sheer richness of…