5×5: Debut Authors Whose Books Were Disrupted By COVID-19

5×5: Debut Authors Whose Books Were Disrupted By COVID-19

Author's Corner

Welcome back, book lovers! It’s 5×5 time again and I had the pleasure of speaking with five amazing new authors. As we are all well aware of/possibly saturated by, COVID-19 has upended every facet of life with which we are familiar. Amidst this new normal, how does one proceed with the release of their first (!!) book? I spoke to five debut authors – that should have been coming to stores near you – to ask exactly that. They tell us all about their experience in the new release process, and how they’ve adapted to the times. 1. What was …

3 Haiku Books In Celebration Of Haiku Poetry Day!

3 Haiku Books In Celebration Of Haiku Poetry Day!

Book Culture

Hope everyone is comfortable and staying sane during this long and enduring quarantine. If you are feeling anxious and need to calm your nerves, open your window and let in some fresh air. Take in the atmosphere and take this time to express your creativity through the form of a haiku! Today is National Haiku Poetry Day and we should take this time to elicit strong feelings through the beauty of haiku poems.     Here are three haiku poetry books that I feel like are worth the read: Basho – The complete haiku ‘Basho‘ by Matsuo Basho is a …

Stories of Quarantine: Boccaccio’s ‘The Decameron’

Stories of Quarantine: Boccaccio’s ‘The Decameron’

There is a 700 year old book that has recently been gaining popularity among readers. 14th century Italian writer, Giovanni Boccaccio, wrote “The Decameron” as a way of compiling a series of stories set during the Black Death of 1348.  What about this book is so popular now, you may ask? image via amazon In order to understand why, Professor Martin Marafioti of Pace University talks about the book and its relevance now compared to a few months or years ago.  The book title itself stands for “Ten Days,” and as said before, it is a series of stories surrounding …