Tagged with fiction

On the Sisterhood of Reading…

“Sometimes they would sit in the parlor together, both reading – in entirely separate worlds, to be sure, but joined somehow. When this happened, other people in the family couldn’t bring themselves to disturb them. All that could be heard in the parlor was the sound of pages, turning.” – Alice Hoffman

Great Women in History: Astrid Lindgren

Great Women in History: Astrid Lindgren

Growing up with a Swedish mother, my sister and I were fortunate enough to be indoctrinated in to all things Astrid Lindgren related, from a very young age. We had hand me down copies of all of her books, dog-eared and crinkled with time. Our mother handmade us dolls of our favorite characters. We were … Continue reading

On Writing up a Storm…

“Every few weeks she would shut herself up in her room, put on her scribbling suit, and fall into a vortex, as she expressed it, writing way at her novel with all her heart and soul, for till that was finished she could find no peace.” – Louisa May Alcott

On Writing…

“Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness. Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought … Continue reading

On Illuminating Books…

“We don’t want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally unfair and that there is no light in the darkness; we want to feel that … Continue reading

On Oral Tradition…

“For most of human history, ‘literature,’ both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written — heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world.” – Angela … Continue reading