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Book of the Month: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Sep 9, 2016

This is a story chronicling a young, orphaned slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom — in the antebellum South. The ambitious reach and cool embrace of irony in this novel will strike a chord of recognition.

What Pokémon Go’s Massive Popularity Reveals About the State of Technology Today

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: Aug 2, 2016

Pokémon Go is all the rage. It’s becoming a cultural phenomenon. The app’s blending of gaming and augmented reality (AR) highlights key aspects of the state of digital technology that's proving a huge success.

Book of the Month: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers—The Story of Success

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jul 28, 2016

Outliers: The Story of Success is "peppy, brightly written and provocative in a buzzy sort of way." It will challenge you to think deeply about the nature of success in society, while also showing you that successes and failures can be explained in unexpected ways.

Book of the Month: Francine Prose’s Reading Like a Writer

by Staff Writers | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jun 1, 2016

In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites us to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the very best writers—Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov—and discover why their work has endured.

Let's Talk About Success in Today’s Often Mediocre World

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 23, 2016

What does success mean for you? Many people today make decision based on hothouse notions of success, which can be limiting and cause you to lose more than you realize.

Authorpreneurship: The Rise of Author-Led Publishing Houses

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: Mar 9, 2016

The desire to be taken seriously as an indie author is fueling a new trend where top-selling indie authors are starting their own publishing houses.

Celebrating “Mockingbird” Author Harper Lee: 10 of her Best Quotes We’ll Never Forget

by Alexis Davis | The Web Writer Spotlight: Feb 22, 2016

Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” passed away Friday at the age of 89. As a tribute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, we look at some of her most unforgettable words, ever so relevant today.

Study: Books Provide Same Happiness Boost as Big Vacations

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Jan 4, 2016

If your goal is to make yourself happier this year, experiential products such as books can make you just as happy as a big vacation.

Why You Should Definitely Read With the Kids This Holiday Season

by George Mathews | The Web Writer Spotlight: Dec 4, 2015

If you are looking to have a special holiday, there are some heartwarming reasons you should cozy up with the kids and read with them this festive season.

Music Training Enhances Brain Power and Language Skills, Researchers Say

by David K. William | The Web Writer Spotlight: Nov 30, 2015

Understanding there is a link between music training, improved brain function, increased creativity and enhanced language skills can provide the motivation you need to practice a musical instrument regularly.





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