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Dog Always Brings A Leaf To 'Buy' Himself Treats At The Store

"He's found a way to make himself understood. He's very intelligent."<p>Some dogs beg for treats. This clever pup <i>pays</i> for his.<p>For the last five years or …

Pets

Your First Step Into the World of Angela Carter’s Fiction and Nonfiction

<b>The Bloody Chamber:</b><p>Using terms like “best known” or “most popular” is inherently tricky when you’re discussing the works of a writer who never really broke into the mainstream, but if one of Carter’s books deserves those descriptions, it has to be <i>The Bloody Chamber</i>. The short stories featured in …

Books

Jay Gatsby: A Dreamer Doomed to Be Excluded. The Novelist Jesmyn Ward Explains.

I first read “The Great Gatsby” as a teenager; I imagine this is when most Americans encounter F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal work. Our teachers, rightly so, hail the novel as a masterpiece, so we read it under their influence, when we are young. We read it when we are bewildered and delighted at …

Literature

Meet the Finalists for the World’s Richest Short Story Award

<i>The winner of the 2018</i> <i>Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award</i><i> will be announced Thursday, April 26th. Below, the six finalists discuss their process,</i> …

Creative Writing

The big short – why Amazon's Kindle Singles are the future

All hail the 'bookeen', a new format that's perfect for short stories, novellas and essays<p>New formats in literature are rare, and disruptive. They usually accompany a change in technology. Amazon was the first big player to realise that digitisation would allow for a new literary format. In January …

Writing Tips: How To Breathe New Life Into Your Short Stories

<i>By Writer's Relief staff:</i><p>We’ve all been there: You begin to revise your short story, but the more you rewrite, the more unenthused you feel. You were happy with it the first time, but now it seems a bit flat and predictable. You panic as you try to figure out what to do. Rewrite just one page? Cut …

5 Tips for Writing a Powerful Short Story by Shelley Weiner

Early last week, I was contacted by Emily Furniss, who was the publicist for Roopa Farooki's novel, <i>The Good Children</i>, which sparked a lively …

35 Perfect Examples of the Art of the Short Story

People can argue all day about the greatest novels, but there is never enough discussion about short story collections. In honor of the first …

Books

Jane Austen and the Timeless Tradition of Mansplaining

In 1816, the year before her death, Jane Austen wrote an “Advertisement by the Authoress” to preface a novel, still unpublished, that she had …

Literature

How stories have shaped the world

From ancient epics to modern novels, some narratives have changed history and influenced the mindsets of generations, writes Martin Puchner.<p>From a young age, Alexander the Great was groomed to be the leader of Macedonia. The small kingdom in northern Greece was perpetually at war with its …

Literature

Understanding different types of settings in stories

<i>The setting is both the</i> <b>time</b> <i>and</i> <b>geographic location</b> <i>within a narrative or within a work of fiction. A literary element, the setting helps initiate the</i> …

Creative Writing

Why the World Is Still So Shocked by Kate Middleton's Postbaby Belly

When Kate Middleton stood on the steps just outside of St. Mary's Hospital mere hours after giving birth to her third child, the public response was one giant, but expected, contradiction. At once, fans marveled at the unrelatability of her appearance – the voluminous blowout, the makeup, the high …

High Heels

Verne Troyer’s tragic death underlines the harm Mini-Me caused people with dwarfism

The role of the aggressive, biddable pet in the Austin Powers films did huge damage to the dwarfism community and our struggle for respect<p>I have dwarfism. I was 13 when Verne Troyer hit our screens as Mini-Me in Austin Powers sequel The Spy Who Shagged Me. The character was a compound of …

Mental Health

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

<b>Swearing</b> is salubrious. William Shakespeare applied it, Mark Twain advised it — but in <i>Swearing Is Good for You</i><i>,</i> science journalist Emma Byrne makes …

Psychology

Empathy: What 'Show, Don't Tell' Really Means In Storytelling

Storytelling

What the Cottingley Fairies Can Teach Us about Belief

In 1917 sixteen-year-old Elsie Wright and her ten-year-old cousin Frances Griffths took a remarkable series of photographs. The girls produced two …

Easter Bunny

50 Must-Read Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are experiencing a bit of a boom in the middle grade category, creating a bridge for reluctant readers and introducing kids to a …

Books

Loyal blue heeler stays with three-year-old lost in bush overnight

An old blue heeler named Max remained by the side of a three-year-old girl and led searchers to her after she spent more than 15 hours lost in rugged …

Hardy

Kafka's Vanished World: On Reiner Stach's 'The Decisive Years' and 'The Years of Insight'

<b>1.</b><br>On April 10, 1917, Dr. <b>Siegfried Wolff</b> of Berlin-Charlottenburg wrote to an unprolific but well-connected author about his recently republished …

Literature

Pippi Longstocking and the subversive heroines children love

A new biography of the Pippi Longstocking author Astrid Lindgren reveals an unorthodox life that helped shape one of children’s books’ most memorable characters.<p>Once upon a time, long before Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls elbowed aside fairy-tale princesses and replaced them with inspirational …

Books

The Tiger who Came to Tea: Owp!

<i>The Tiger Who Came to Tea</i>, by Judith Kerr, 1968.<p>Our edition: HarperCollins, 2007.<p>Click on the cover to listen to the way we read <i>The Tiger Who Came to</i> …

Rosie's Walk: Picture book perfection

<i>Rosie's Walk</i>, by Pat Hutchins. The Bodley Head, 1968.<p>Our edition, Red Fox, Random House Children's Books, 2009.<p><i>Rosie's Walk</i> is, simply put, picture …

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi: What are you doing with Alan's hat?

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, by Chris Van Allsburg<br>Houghton Mifflin Company, 1979<br>Caldecott Honor Medal, 1980 <br>Click on the cover to listen to the way we …

In the Night Kitchen: Stir it! Scrape it! Make it! Bake it!

<i>In the Night Kitchen</i>, by Maurice Sendak, 1970.<p>Our edition: Red Fox (Random House), 2001<p>Click above to listen to our special reading, with music, of <i>In</i> …

I Want My Hat Back: Don't ask me any more questions.

<i>I Want my Hat Back</i> by Jon Klassen<br>Walker Books, 2011<p>Click above to listen to the way we read <i>I Want my Hat Back</i><p>The first book both written and …

The Amazing Bone: Scrabboonit!

<i>The Amazing Bone</i><br>William Steig<br>Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1976<p>The Amazing Bone, by William Steig by We read it like this <br>Click above to listen to the way …

Pippi Longstocking: a Character that Transcends Gender

One of the clearest indications that a children's literature character is well-developed and "good" is that the character makes children want to …

Shrek!: aesthetic judgements, the relationship between desire and beauty and why we love what we love

<i>Shrek!</i> by William Steig<br>Original edition: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux 1990. <br>Our edition: Square Fish, 2007<p><i>This text is an adapted reproduction of a</i> …