17 of the Best Opening Lines in Literature

17 of the Best Opening Lines in Literature

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The opening sentence of a book can determine a lot of things (including whether or not you decide to keep going with said book). It’s the author’s first invitation into a world of their own creation. They can be long, descriptive, run-on sentences that prepare you for everything you’re about to see; laying it all out on the table. Or, they can be short, concise, small, quiet yet poetic sentences; not revealing much, but urging you to read more. Opening sentences stick with you in a way unlike any other quotes because they are forever the first words you associate …

Mississippi Prison Sued for Restricting Inmates’ Access to Free Books

Mississippi Prison Sued for Restricting Inmates’ Access to Free Books

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As we’re all aware, the United States prison system is a mess with no clean up in sight. If you’re disillusioned with the prison system as of current, I’m sorry to say, this article will only depress you further.   A prison in southern Mississippi and the Mississippi Department of Corrections are being sued for restricting inmates’ access to free books. Law firm DLA Piper is arguing that a relatively recent policy change at the South Mississippi Correctional Facility violates the inmates’ First Amendment rights: only religious books are freely accessible to the inmates.   Big House Books is a nonprofit that …

Meet George, a Transgender Character Encouraging Acceptance of LGBT Youth

Meet George, a Transgender Character Encouraging Acceptance of LGBT Youth

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In 2017 we’ve seen progress of acceptance and representation of gay and lesbian individuals. When it comes to accepting and representing transgender individuals, however, there’s a lot more progress to be made.    One author is seeking to bridge the gap between the LGBT community and the public through representation,  using the transgender protagonist in the children’s book, George.   Image Via Amazon   Gino’s book follows a transgender child who tries to find a way to help others understand her true identity as a female and shed the perception of gender that is ingrained in her community. Gino effectively dives into …

These Books We LOVE Almost Didn’t Exist

These Books We LOVE Almost Didn’t Exist

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Seven days. 16 cities. Countless books and plays.    Banned Books Week is an event to celebrate all the books and plays that almost got the boot throughout history. There’s no doubt we’ll be taking part in it. This month, from September 24th to 30th, organizations will be paying homage to the books that faced challenges, bans, or censorship while being released.   The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund (DLDF), which fights for the First Amendment as well as funding for the arts. Their commemoration to those badass books will be a show called ‘Banned Together: A Censorship Celebration Cabaret‘ that will …