5 Books I Wish I Read in High School

5 Books I Wish I Read in High School

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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 Despite the immense significance of literary classics, their themes and motifs can often be outdated and not relatable to a young audience.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 …

Patti Smith, Janelle Monáe, Better Oblivion Community Center Among Artists Donating to Nick Hornby & Dave Eggers Charity Auction

Patti Smith, Janelle Monáe, Better Oblivion Community Center Among Artists Donating to Nick Hornby & Dave Eggers Charity Auction

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A fundraiser organized by award-winning authors Nick Hornby and Dave Eggers—which benefits international youth writing and activism centers— starts up tonight, April 22nd.   Image Via Kingston University Nick Hornby and Dave Eggers are pretty famous people, as you’re probably aware  Nick Hornby wrote Fever Pitch, which got loosely adapted into a film of the same name, as well as the film that gave Nicholas Hoult his start, About a Boy.   Image Via Bigspeak Dave Eggers wrote A Hologram for a King, a small novel which became a finalist for the National Book Award and also got a film adaptation (which stared Tom Hanks!) They …