For me, the highlight of Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day was Amanda Gorman’s rendition of ‘The Hill We Climb’.
Amanda, who is the America’s first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate, began her poem asking “When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?” The remaining 5-minutes was spell-binding, generating accolades from across the globe.
Describing herself as a “skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother [who] can dream of becoming president, only to find her self reciting for one”, she delivered an unforgettable piece of work. Not a surprise then that her poems are already trending on book sites!
Watch Amanda in action at the Inauguration here.
Recently came across this quote from Dorothy Parker – American writer, critic, satirist and poet.
‘If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second-greatest favour you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first-greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.’
A new online venture, Bookshop.org, has been launched with the aim of supporting your local independent bookshop which they see as essential to a healthy culture.
As anchors on our high streets our booskshops connect authors with readers, introduce us to new writers and help children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime.
The plan is, that as more and more people buy their books online, bookshop.org want to create an easy, convenient way for us to get our books and support local bookshops at the same time. If you want to find a specific one to help, they can be found on the main website map. Your bookshop will then receive the full profit from your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops. They want to give back to everyone who promotes books, authors, and independent bookshops!
Bookshop.org say: ‘We hope we can help strengthen the fragile ecosystem and margins around bookselling and keep local bookshops an integral part of our culture and communities.’
This is a great idea and needs our support. Check the link.