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Wed, May 30th, 2012
In Memory: Leo Dillon and Ellen Levine
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

This week marks the deaths of two multiple-award-winning children’s book creators:  Leo Dillon and Ellen Levine . In this online space, we invite you to share your personal stories about Dillon and Levine and the impact that their books have made on you, on the young people in your lives, and on the field of […]


Wed, May 16th, 2012
Power of the Word: “Leaders, read this!”
Posted by: Donna Seaman

Summer is the season for exploration and discovery, and readers of all ages, interests, and tastes would love to visit the American Writers Museum—if only such a place existed. Although we have national museums celebrating the luminaries of baseball, rock and roll, the visual arts, various ethnic traditions, and science and technology, to categorize but […]


Tue, April 3rd, 2012
Remembering Adrienne Rich
Posted by: Donna Seaman

As National Poetry Month begins, poet Adrienne Rich is much on the mind of poetry readers in the wake of her death at 82 on March 27, 2012. Adrienne Rich’s poems are works you turn to when the fog of stress grows too thick and the static too loud, when the world seems cruel and […]


Thu, February 23rd, 2012
So That’s What She’s Been Up To
Posted by: Ilene Cooper

Almost as soon as Harry Potter et. al. took their final ride on the Hogwarts Express in 2007, readers began to speculate what the next big project was for J.K. Rowling. Now we know. She has finished an adult novel, though the publication date is still under wraps. What was disclosed in a press release is that […]


Mon, February 13th, 2012
Okri v. Robertson, Rounds 1 & 2
Posted by: Keir Graff

Always eager for a good literary dust-up, I read with interest the news that Booker Prize winner Ben Okri had responded to comments made last month by his editor, Robin Robertson. In Sameer Rahim’s January 23 Telegraph article, “The Mystery of Poetry Editing: From T. S. Eliot to John Burnside,” Robertson, a Scotsman, claimed (or “confessed”) that he had […]


Thu, February 9th, 2012
Oh, Canada! ChiZine Signs Distribution Deal
Posted by: Keir Graff

When I first heard of the indie publisher ChiZine, I was certain they were Chicago-based—and assumed they had started life as a ‘zine. And yet I never ran into any ChiZine folks in my Chicago perambulations. Then, at a recent conference, I was introduced to the very nice folks behind the imprint and learned they were […]


Mon, January 30th, 2012
Book It: World Book Night
Posted by: Keir Graff

Last year, the first-ever World Book Night was held in the UK and Ireland—not quite “the world” but, here at Likely Stories, we certainly applaud the lofty ambition. The stated goal was to give away one million books to “light or non-readers” and, by most accounts, the night was a resounding success. This year, WBN will add two more countries to its efforts at […]


Wed, January 11th, 2012
Good Prize for Bad Review
Posted by: Keir Graff

As reported by Jill Lawless (Lucy, your long-lost sister is a reporter!) in the Associated Press, the brand-new Hatchet Job of the Year Award will celebrate “the angriest, funniest, most trenchant” book review of 2011. The winner will receive a year’s supply of something called potted shrimp (courtesy of the Fish Society)—so you know the […]


Mon, December 5th, 2011
The Poetry of Medicine
Posted by: Donna Seaman

The connection between medicine and literature is a long and noble one, including the works of Chekhov and William Carlos Williams, to name the two most readily cited. Women and men become doctors because they want to help and heal others, which are acts of compassion, and compassion is born of the imagination. To feel […]


Fri, October 7th, 2011
Depp as Seuss?
Posted by: Gillian Engberg

Following his film role as Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland, Johnny Depp (or, rather, his production company) has just announced that he’s planning a biopic about Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), with the strong possibility that he will star as the Cat in the Hat’s creator. Is the children’s book author biopic […]





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