5 Books I Wish I Read in High School

5 Books I Wish I Read in High School

Book Culture

More and more high schools have been adding modern novels into their literature curriculum, which allow teenagers the opportunity to enter the current realm of books instead of staying stuck in the past. Despite the immense significance of literary classics, their themes and motifs can often be outdated and not relatable to a young audience. While coming of age masterpieces offer great insight into the minds of adolescents, more recent releases seem to have just the advice and spunk that high schoolers should be required to absorb in a classroom setting.     1. Just Kids by Patti Smith    …

Patti Smith Set to Receive PEN America Literary Service Award

Patti Smith Set to Receive PEN America Literary Service Award

Punk poet laureate Patti Smith is set to receive the PEN America Literary Service award at this year’s PEN America Literary Gala. Since the seventies, Smith has had a way with words, writing books, poems, and songs. Her work became widely recognized and she soon became a role model for many. She will receive this year’s Literary Service award for her contributions to the literary world and her influence on those who admire her to experience the transformative experience of reading and writing.    PEN president Jennifer Egan writes of Smith in a statement to the press, “In all of …