The late David Blackwood’s paintings brought a sense of mythos to his native Newfoundland

David Blackwood in his studio, circa 1983.John de Visser/Courtesy of The Rooms Combining etching, aquatint and sometimes drypoint, David Blackwood’s prints of Newfoundland life in the early 20th century are memories pulled from dreams of a half-forgotten place. A place where sailing ships are dwarfed by towering walls of ice burst into flame, where shadowy … Read more

‘Nevada’ Is the Great Bookseller Novel

Many writers have to wait until old age to see their work reissued. Imogen Binnie, whose debut novel, Nevadacame out in 2013, only had to wait nine years. Nevada was first released by Topside Press, an indie publisher that was run by trans editors and that put out primarily trans literature. It became a word-of-mouth … Read more

Three Crandall librarians write books | Place

Dan Hubbs, a librarian at Crandall Public Library, has published a book of poetry titled, “Downtown Super Tells All,” about his time working as a super in an apartment building in downtown Manhattan in the 1980s. Gretta Hochsprung GLENS FALLS — Dan Hubbs spent three years in the early 1980s working as a super in … Read more

Paul Catmur: The art of not working during work hours – and getting paid for it

OPINION: The great thing about having a Matariki break is that it gives a chance for the stressed individual to reset for the rest of the year. I suggest that you take this time to remember that your health, both physical and mental, is the most important thing in your life. While statistically there’s very … Read more

Two directors quit Iowa town’s library after complaints about hiring, LGBTQ and Biden books | State and Regional News

Gage Miskimen, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids The Vinton Public Library has lost two directors in two years as city residents have complained about the library’s display of LGBTQ books and books about President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Most recently departing the library was Renee Greenlee, its director for six months. Her experience … Read more

After book removal, library policy up for adoption by Roanoke County School Board | education

The Roanoke County School Board is set to vote on an updated media policy Thursday which would make it harder for librarians to add books to school collections, while also expanding the power of parents to potentially remove them. The matter comes after a book, “When Aidan Became a Brother,” was removed from Herman L. … Read more

Two directors quit Iowa town’s library after complaints about hiring, LGBTQ and Biden books | State and regional news

Gage Miskimen, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids The Vinton Public Library has lost two directors in two years as city residents have complained about the library’s display of LGBTQ books and books about President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Most recently departing the library was Renee Greenlee, its director for six months. Her experience … Read more

‘Sex work is not a bad term,’ says book for high schoolers

Prostitution – nbd. A new woke book that compares sex work to upstanding jobs like store clerk and architect — “Seeing Gender: an Illustrated Guide to Identity and Expression” — is accessible to NYC teens and some parents aren’t happy about it. The 208-page tome is available to public high schoolers as part of the … Read more