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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

The Black Calhouns:
From Civil War to Civil Rights
with One African American Family
Gail Lumet Buckley

Hardback: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]

The author did an interview this week with Leonard Lopate at NPR affiliate WNYC.  It is a conversation worth listening to…
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I’ve listened to the following On Being interview with David Steindl-Rast three times over the past week (and sections of it a fourth time).  His perspective on gratitude is so invigorating!

 
If you like this interview, you should definitely also read his book:

Gratefulness, The Heart of Prayer:
An Approach to Life in Fullness

Br. David Stiendl-Rast

Paperback:  Paulist Press, 1984
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

I hope you enjoy this and find it challenging:

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One of this week’s best new book releases
is Paul Pastor’s excellent book:

The Face of the Deep:
Exploring the Mysterious Person of the Holy Spirit

Buy now: [ Amazon ]  [  Kindle ]

Here are two helpful videos that Paul made to introduce the book:

 

Video #1:  Do We Forget the Holy Spirit?

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Tim Otto’s book, Oriented to Faith, is one of the most important books that I’ve read in the last few years…

 

*** Read our review

 

Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships
Tim Otto

Paperback: Cascade Books, 2014.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle
 

Tim’s publisher recently recorded some video footage of Tim discussing the book.

 

These clips are well-worth your time:

The Danger of Being Rabidly Right (2:49)




 

The Value of Church Community (2:59)




 
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One of our new book releases to watch for last week, was this new novel

The Portable Veblen: A Novel
Elizabeth McKenzie

Hardback: Penguin Press, 2016
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

NPR’s distinguished book critic Maureen Corrigan, offered this review of the novel calling it “totally endearing” :
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Today marks the anniversary of the death of Lewis Mumford, historian and social critic.

Mumford was the author of the important book:

The City in History

Harcourt: 1961
National Book Award Winner.
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]

In conjunction with the success of this book, Mumford made a superb six-part documentary series that spans the book’s content. The full series can be watched online…

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Read More Poetry

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to read more poetry?

If not, it’s not too late to do so. 

“For me, poetry is a practice that is helping me begin to slow down and become more attentive. Learning to read a poem carefully trains us to pay extraordinary attention to the sounds and images of language that we might easily overlook in our haste. … Poems offer us an invitation to abide with their words.”

– ERB Editor, Chris Smith, In Defense of Poetry

To help you read more poetry, we will be publishing two lists of recommended poets.

Our first list featured classic poets, whose work is freely available in the public domain.  These poems are good because they have withstood the test of time, and because they are easily and freely accessible. Their drawbacks are that they are dated (Many of them, for instance, write in verse, a form that is widely rejected among poets today), and that although we have tried to make our list as diverse as possible, there tends to be less diversity (A hundred years ago or more, the vast majority of poets being published were white males).

Our second list, below, features the work of contemporary poets.

It will be beneficial to develop habits of reading poems from both of these lists. The classics help us understand the tradition of poetry, and contemporary poets wrestle with contemporary concerns in the forms of today.

Contemporary Poets:

Where possible, we have included a video of the poet reading from her or his work… Your local library will likely have books by at least some of these poets.

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We Need Diverse Books!

January 15, 2016 — Leave a comment

 

WNDB_ButtonAfter Matt de la Peña received the Newbery Medal this week for his book Last Stop on Market Street,  I was reminded of his work in promoting diversity in publishing.

De la Peña is on the advisory committee for We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit “dedicated to highlighting the best of diverse literature for children and teens and to heightening awareness through continued education.”

Here at the ERB, we value the practice of reading diversely and strive to recommend books that are written by diverse authors and that promote understanding of the experiences of diverse people.

Novelist John Green on why we need diverse books:




Browse the WNDB YouTube channel

 

HOW CAN I HELP?

Ever since the #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement began, the group has had overwhelming support and positive reception. Once we started our initial campaign in late April and early May, right away we had people asking how they could help and offering to volunteer time, resources, and more. It’s been incredibly heartening. WNDB is currently working hard on a volunteer program for all interested parties. In the meantime, here are a few ways that everyone can help promote diversity in children’s literature!
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Yesterday, the winners of the 2016 Printz, Newbery and Caldecott Awards for books intended for young readers were announced.

The Michael L. Printz Award is an American Library Association literary award that annually recognizes the “best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit”.

The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The award is given to the author of “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

The Randolph Caldecott Medal annually recognizes the preceding year’s “most distinguished American picture book for children”

2016 Winners:

(Click on the links for excerpts from the books and interviews with the authors)

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Today (January 12) is the 87th birthday of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre.

 
MacIntyre’s book, After Virtue, is arguably the most important work of contemporary philosophy for Christians today, and this book has greatly shaped theological discourse since its release in 1981.
 

After Virtue: 3rd Edition
Alasdair MacIntyre

Paperback:  Notre Dame, 2006
Buy now:  [ Amazon ]   [ Kindle ]
 
Here are some helpful resources that introduce and guide you through this important book…

  1. Read Stanley Hauerwas’s brief introduction to MacIntyre:
    The Virtues of Alasdair MacIntyre  
    (First Things, October 2007)

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