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Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 4:13pm
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Faith Merino, debut author of “Cormorant Lake,” wanted to write a story told exclusively by women. 

“So much of popular culture and art is predicated on the belief that men will not watch movies or read books or watch TV shows that are told from a woman’s perspective,” Merino said in an interview with The Daily. 

She hopes to change that. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:49pm
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Albeit flawed, 2020 was a wonderful year for debut novels. Some of my favorites — “A Burning” by Megha Majumdar, “The Best Part of Us” by Sally Cole-Misch and “Burnt Sugar” by Avni Doshi, to name a few — kept me company during endless hours indoors. 

Other debuts, however, were less thrilling. “Waiting For The Night Song,” a nature fiction debut by Julie Carrick Dalton, falls into this category. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 6:57pm
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Like many conservationists, Enric Sala loved our world before he thought about saving it. “I loved the natural world before I could understand it. In fact, I was interested in understanding it because I loved it,” Sala writes in his book, “The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild.”

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 4:29pm
“Burnt Sugar,” Avni Doshi’s debut novel, has been selected for the 2020 Booker Prize shortlist.

The words in Avni Doshi’s “Burnt Sugar” hit you like a bullet. Doshi doesn’t mind that they come with a burden. “It’s easy to unravel when no one is watching,” she writes within ten pages of the novel. It is, I find myself thinking. In fact, it would be so easy to unravel right now. 

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 4:50pm
The concept is simple: Take a book, leave a book in return.

Reading has always been a solitary activity for me. When I checked out books at the public library as a child, I knew that those books were mine alone for the next two weeks. I read for hours while curled up on the couch, oblivious to everything except the words on the page. When my mother called me for dinner, I scrambled to reach a good stopping point in my book before joining my family. 

As a child, I’d never thought of books as a way to build friendships or community. But Little Free Libraries is looking to change that.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 6:09pm
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Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poetry is meant to be read at mid-morning with a cup of coffee slowly warming your hands. It’s meant to be consumed outside, under the shade of a familiar tree, shielded from the scorching summer sun. Her words should join hands with the gurgle of a tumbling stream and the calls of loons, bringing with it something close to tranquility. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 5:28pm
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Sally Cole-Misch dedicates her debut novel, “The Best Part Of Us,” to “every living thing.” An environmental communicator by profession, Cole-Misch refers to more than just humans or other animals. Her dedication encapsulates the entire natural world. Clusters of birch trees, steep rocky cliffs, vast lakes and bays — Cole-Misch recognizes that everything around us is living, pulsing, with energies unique to its spirit. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020 - 6:25pm
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Every time I see someone tread off a beaten trail, crushing plants in their wake, my heart crumples inside. “They’re just plants,” is the usual response I’m met with, words that cut inside me further. Plants may seem insignificant, partly due to their size and their position below our eye level. Humans are fascinated with animals larger than themselves — elephants or killer whales, for example — but aren’t thrilled by a small shrub. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 6:55pm
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This piece is a part of a series on "Art during COVID," an exploration of art forms to keep our idle minds creative during this pandemic. With many of us at home, our minds have ample time to wander, wonder and create. This series highlights accessible and immersive art forms to both produce and consume during the pandemic months and beyond.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 5:48pm
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This piece is part of a series on “Art during COVID,” an exploration of art forms to keep our idle minds creative during this pandemic. With many of us at home, our minds have ample time to wander, wonder and create. This series highlights accessible and immersive art forms to both produce and consume during the pandemic months and beyond.

 

How do we show our gratitude for the world around us?