literature http://kuow.org en Children's Books: Poem Depot And Thomas Jefferson http://kuow.org/post/childrens-books-poem-depot-and-thomas-jefferson <p>Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendations for children. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">She says she admires everything by </span>Maira<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Kalman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, including her new book, “</span>Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.” </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you're a fan of poems by </span>Shel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Silverstein or Jack </span>Prelutsky<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Pearl heartily recommends "</span>Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" by Douglas </span>Florian.<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:08:57 +0000 Steve Scher 29213 at http://kuow.org Children's Books: Poem Depot And Thomas Jefferson Karen Finneyfrock's Monstrous Spring http://kuow.org/post/karen-finneyfrocks-monstrous-spring <p>A &nbsp;Metro bus ride inspires poet, novelist and teaching artist <a href="http://www.karenfinneyfrock.com" target="_blank">Karen Finneyfrock</a>&nbsp;to find a delightfully surprising personification for Northwest springtime in her poem "Monster." Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:22:37 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 11331 at http://kuow.org Karen Finneyfrock's Monstrous Spring Marjorie Manwaring Offers A Poem Of Second Chances http://kuow.org/post/marjorie-manwaring-offers-poem-second-chances <p>As spring edges out winter and previously&nbsp;bare&nbsp;tree limbs are suddenly effusive with blossoms, there's a sense that almost anything -- or anyone -- deserves a second chance. In her poem "A Quiet," poet&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mmanwaring.com/index.html" target="_blank">Marjorie Manwaring </a>meditates on alternative endings and the possibility of redemption. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:44:32 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 10609 at http://kuow.org Marjorie Manwaring Offers A Poem Of Second Chances Poet Colleen McElroy On Choosing "What Stays Here" http://kuow.org/post/poet-colleen-mcelroy-choosing-what-stays-here <p></p><p>In her poem "What Stays Here,"&nbsp;<a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/colleen-j-mcelroy" target="_blank">Colleen McElroy</a> imagines life as a female soldier who must choose between loyalty to herself, and loyalty to a military code that says "keep quiet" and "get along." Like many of the <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/237218" target="_blank">poems</a> in McElroy's ninth collection, "Here I Throw Down My Heart," (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) the poem awakens us to voices and stories we might otherwise never hear with such intimacy and power.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:54:41 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 10348 at http://kuow.org Poet Colleen McElroy On Choosing "What Stays Here" A True Story Of A Slave And Master http://kuow.org/post/true-story-slave-and-master <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Charles Mitchell was a teenage slave of&nbsp; Washington’s surveyor general, James Tilton. In 1860, with the help of the West’s underground railroad, Charles Mitchell escaped to Victoria, British Columbia, and won his freedom. Public historian&nbsp;Lorraine McConaghy tells Ross Reynolds the story and discusses how she came to write her latest book, "Free Boy: A True Story of Slave and Master."</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 18:06:17 +0000 Producer 10316 at http://kuow.org A True Story Of A Slave And Master The Creative Class: Dismissed? http://kuow.org/post/creative-class-dismissed <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than a decade ago, Richard Florida’s best-selling book, “The Rise of the Creative Class,” was a cultural phenomenon. Florida argued that young, educated, single folks&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">would reinvent American cities. Today, Florida's critics say the wealth of the creative class hasn't trickled down to the working class. What’s the evidence? Some places, like Tacoma, used Richard Florida’s ideas as a blueprint for reinventing their downtown areas</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. What was the outcome? We’ll explore these ideas with journalist and geographer&nbsp;<a href="http://www.joelkotkin.com/">Joel Kotkin</a> and Tacoma arts administrator Amy McBride.</span></p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Producer 10243 at http://kuow.org The Creative Class: Dismissed? Early Recollections Of Prague And War With Madeleine Albright http://kuow.org/post/early-recollections-prague-and-war-madeleine-albright <p><a href="http://secretary.state.gov/www/albright/albright.html">Madeleine Albright</a> was the first woman to hold the Secretary of State position for former president Bill Clinton. She became known as an advocate for peace in the Middle East and for bringing war criminals to justice. In her new memoir, she chronicles her traumatic early life in Prague during the Nazi occupation, through the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 03:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 9467 at http://kuow.org Early Recollections Of Prague And War With Madeleine Albright Rising Popularity Of Microhousing http://kuow.org/post/rising-popularity-microhousing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the cost of living continues to rise in the city, people are finding it harder to find an affordable place to live. To accommodate the demand, developers&nbsp;are building&nbsp;</span>microhousing<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> --&nbsp;tiny studio apartments with private bathrooms that share a kitchen with other units. The </span>microhouses<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> boast affordable living in high-demand neighborhoods such as Capitol Hill and the University District. However, residents in some neighborhoods fear the developments skirt zoning laws and create too much density too fast. City </span>Councilmember<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tom Rasmussen is considering legislation that could put new restrictions on </span>microhousing<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He joins us to explain.</span></p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Producer 9708 at http://kuow.org Rising Popularity Of Microhousing Poet Carolyne Wright's "Ghazal For Emilie Parker" http://kuow.org/post/poet-carolyne-wrights-ghazal-emilie-parker <p>It can be hard to know how to respond to tragedies on the scale of the Newtown, Conn. shooting. We want to do something, but what?</p><p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:16:52 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 9482 at http://kuow.org Poet Carolyne Wright's "Ghazal For Emilie Parker" Nancy Pearl On Teen Books Adults Can Enjoy http://kuow.org/post/nancy-pearl-teen-books-adults-can-enjoy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many adults&nbsp;loved the&nbsp;Harry Potter series. Of course,&nbsp;adults&nbsp;weren't the target audience. The Hunger Games and the Chronicles of Narnia were also written&nbsp;for young adults, and yet they developed a loyal&nbsp;following among the older set. What other teen books would adults enjoy?&nbsp;Author and regular&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Weekday</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> commentator </span><a href="http://www.nancypearl.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Nancy Pearl</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joins us with some recommendations. What are your favorites? Call us at 800-289-5869. Email </span><a href="http://weekday@kuow.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">weekday@kuow.org</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;or send us a tweet&nbsp;</span><a href="https://twitter.com/weekdaykuow" style="line-height: 1.5;">@weekdayKUOW</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Producer 9076 at http://kuow.org Nancy Pearl On Teen Books Adults Can Enjoy Breaking The Silence Around Suicide http://kuow.org/post/breaking-silence-around-suicide <p><em>Editors' Note: This story contains descriptions of suicide. If you or someone you know might be suicidal, visit the <a href="http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/">National Suicide Prevention Lifeline</a> or call </em><em>800.273.8255 (</em><em>800.273.</em><em>TALK</em><em>).&nbsp; <a href="http://www.suicide.org/support-groups/washington-suicide-support-groups.html">Support groups and grief counseling</a> for survivors can be found throughout the Puget Sound region.</em></p><p></p><p>Portland writer <a href="http://www.kim-stafford.com/">Kim Stafford</a> has struggled to make sense out of the suicide of his brother Bret for 25 years. Though Bret was just 14 months older, Kim always looked to his brother as a leader and teacher. When he shot himself at age 40 in 1988, nobody in Bret’s family knew how much he was struggling.</p><p>Members of the Stafford family, even their father and famous poet William Stafford, couldn’t bring themselves to speak or write about Bret's loss. It was largely up to Kim Stafford to break the family silence.&nbsp; Kim’s new memoir, <a href="http://www.kim-stafford.com/new-book-100-tricks-every.html">“100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do:&nbsp; How My Brother Disappeared,”</a> is the story of his brother’s life and death and its devastating and transformational effect on Kim and his family.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:37:41 +0000 Dave Beck 6124 at http://kuow.org Breaking The Silence Around Suicide Politics In Verse With Calvin Trillin http://kuow.org/post/politics-verse-calvin-trillin <p></p><p>America's deadline poet <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/bios/calvin_trillin/search?contributorName=calvin%20trillin">Calvin Trillin</a> presents this talk about the 2012 presidential election -- in verse. With wry humor, Trillin discusses politics, campaigns and poetry, including the frustrating difficulty of trying to rhyme words with presidential candidate names. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on December 10, 2012. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 5508 at http://kuow.org Politics In Verse With Calvin Trillin Nancy Pearl's Books To Pass Along http://kuow.org/post/nancy-pearls-books-pass-along <p>Many of us pass along books we love to family and friends. If you could only pass along one book — one you truly love — which book would it be? Librarian Nancy Pearl gives <em>Weekday</em> her list of books that should be passed along to loved ones.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Nancy Pearl 1018 at http://kuow.org Nancy Pearl's Books To Pass Along