President Obama’s “Made in America” List Includes Toni Morrison, “Godfather”

President Obama’s “Made in America” List Includes Toni Morrison, “Godfather”

In honor of the World Intellectual Property Day, the White House has released President Obama’s “Made in America” list of favorite American creators. The list includes Toni Morrison’s “Song of Solomon” and the “Godfather” movies.

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Top 5 Blog Posts: Pen Names, Literary Snobs, and New York Pitch Conference

Top 5 Blog Posts: Pen Names, Literary Snobs, and New York Pitch Conference

Since this blog’s launch on Feb. 15, 2014, I’ve published 70 articles on writing, reading, publishing, books, and movies. Hands down, the most widely read post is an article discussing the reasons why writers use a pen name.

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Christina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train”: An Emotional Journey Worth Sharing

Christina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train”: An Emotional Journey Worth Sharing

At first glance, 90-year-old Vivian has nothing in common with Molly, a troubled teen-ager. Vivian is well-off and white, originally from Ireland, while Molly is poor and half-Penobscot Indian. When Molly is caught stealing a copy of “Jayne Eyre” at the public library, she must either perform community service by helping Vivian clean her attic, or go to a juvenile center. She chooses the former, bringing the two together.

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Hollywood’s Love Affair with Lady Liberty: From “Saboteur” to “Adjustment Bureau”

Hollywood’s Love Affair with Lady Liberty: From “Saboteur” to “Adjustment Bureau”

From the 1942 Alfred Hitchcock film, “Saboteur,” to the Matt Damon-starrer “The Adjustment Bureau” (2011), Lady Liberty has been thrilling, scaring, and entertaining moviegoers over the years.

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If You Love Both Library and Technology, You’re at the Top of Information Resources Food Chain

If You Love Both Library and Technology, You’re at the Top of Information Resources Food Chain

Are you an “information omnivore,” a “library lover,” or a “solid center”? If you love public libraries and technology both, you probably belong to one of those three groups. A study by the Pew Research Internet Project shows that Americans who use technology a lot also go to the libraries often.

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3 Tips on Sustaining Your Writing Momentum

3 Tips on Sustaining Your Writing Momentum

There are two types of writers who have captured our collective imagination. On the one hand, there’s F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote novels that were unabashedly autobiographical or semi-autobiographical. His wife and muse, Zelda, was as famous as he was. On the other hand, there’s Stephen King, who writes 10 pages a day and has published 63 novels at my last count. He’s so prolific that he couldn’t possibly rely on something as fickle as a muse.

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