Quote of the Week | Walt Disney

Today marked a momentous occasion in Hollywood. On the heels of 2017/18’s historic #MeToo movement and the Women’s March on Saturday, beloved Disney character Minnie Mouse just took her rightful place on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre. Joining long-time beau Mickey Mouse (who received his star in 1978, almost 40 years ago), the ceremony celebrated Minnie’s ninetieth birthday, and marked the 2,627th addition to the Southern Californian-stretch of celebrity. Continue reading “Quote of the Week | Walt Disney”

Alumni News | Ebony Ladelle

Publishers Weekly recently posted an article about “Striving for More Industry Diversity,” featuring the newly-formed organization People of Color in Publishing. Founder Patrice Caldwell says, “The idea for the group came from wanting a safe space for people of color within the publishing industry. I wanted a place for activism and organizing, where we could vent our frustrations but also work towards solutions.” Continue reading “Alumni News | Ebony Ladelle”

Dr. Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, receives the Women’s National Book Association Award

Dr. Carla Hayden with her 2017 Centennial WNBA Award. (Photo: Rachael Kelly)

On Tuesday, November 7, in front of an intimate gathering of colleagues, friends, and family, Dr. Carla Hayden, this country’s 14th Librarian of Congress, received the 2017 Women’s National Book Association Award for her “meritorious work in the world of books.” When Dr. Hayden was sworn-in to her position on September 14, 2016 under the administration of  Barack Obama, she became the first African American to lead the Library of Congress, which today is “widely known for its free, non-partisan service to Congress, librarians, scholars, and the public—in the United States and around the world.” Continue reading “Dr. Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian of Congress, receives the Women’s National Book Association Award”

Quote of the Week | George Saunders

Picture a graveyard in the middle of night at the start of the Civil War. The year is 1862, the place is a Georgetown cemetery, and the man in the crypt is President Abraham Lincoln, cradling the body of his 11-year-old son, Willie, who has just died of typhoid fever. Surrounded by ghosts, inundated by a “kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices,” Lincoln stares in the face of one of life’s most difficult questions: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end? Continue reading “Quote of the Week | George Saunders”

Link of the Week | National Book Foundation

As I’m sure most of you know, October is National Book Month – a blissful, 31-day period dedicated to America’s favorite pastime (#sorrynotsorry, baseball fans). Since 2003, the National Book Foundation has spent the greater part of October hyping its finalists for the National Book Award, one of the highest honors awarded in American literature. Continue reading “Link of the Week | National Book Foundation”