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David Chariandy: Canadian Chronicler

Jun 21, 2018

The name David Chariandy may not sound familiar, but this multiawarded Canadian author and literature professor is set to make waves this 2018. Chariandy was a critical success with his first novel, Soucouyant. But now with Brother about to be published by British publishing powerhouse Bloomsbury, his name is sure to be known to many more readers. David Chariandy was born in Scarborough, Ontario. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa. He then attended York University in Toronto for his PhD, which he received in 2002 after completing a dissertation on black Canadian literature. Afterward, he moved to Toronto and is now a professor of En......

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Ayn Rand: In Pursuit of Happiness

Jun 14, 2018

Writers wear many hats. They aren’t just writers; they’re also directors, educators, activists, and so much more. Ayn Rand, a Russian American author, has successfully made a name for herself, not only as a writer across various media, but also as an activist and philosopher pioneering the Objectivist movement. Though she has since passed on, her legacy lives on in the pages of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Ayn Rand, as she is contemporarily known, was actually born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum. Being born in St. Petersburg to a middle-class family meant that she had access to education. As early as eight years old, she was already writing screenplays; and at ten, she started wri......

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Kendrick Lamar Receives 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music

Jun 07, 2018

Musician Kendrick Lamar made history this year as he became the first rapper to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his album DAMN. The jury announced the list of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners on April 16. Since the Awards’ expansion beyond journalism in 1943, only classical and jazz musicians have been awarded the Prize for Music. Past awardees of the Pulitzer Prize for Music include William Schuman (1943), Ned Rorem (1976), and Henry Threadgill (2016). The album, which consists of 14 tracks and lasts 55 minutes, was cited by the Pulitzer committee as “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes......

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Grammar Chaos: Altogether Is Not the Same as All Together

Jun 06, 2018

One of the most difficult things about learning and mastering the English language is that a lot of words sound too alike. Sometimes, this is also because new words are formed by combining already-existing words together. For this round, we’ll be discussing the words altogether and all together. Here are some sentences which use both forms. Can you guess which pair of sentences uses them correctly?   I took all of my general education classes all together this semester.   I decided to drop them and extra-curriculars altogether.   My brother is seeing his choir group and soccer team all together this Saturday.   The last they wer......

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Grammar Chaos: Rain Check, Please!

Feb 28, 2018

How many times have you “taken a rain check” when you were asked out? Probably more times than you could count. The real question is “What actually is a rain check?” “Taking a rain check” is an idiom that means that you want to postpone something. When you take a rain check, you’re actually rescheduling. Here’s the explanation why. The term “take a rain check” has been in use as early as the 1870s. When baseball games were postponed because of the rain, baseball teams would reissue the audience tickets. These tickets became known as “rain checks.” Eventually, rain checks became a popular thing for other outdoor games or events that have to be rescheduled because of bad weather.......

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Grammar Chaos: Putting the Edit in Credit(s)

Feb 21, 2018

This Grammar Chaos entry presents the correct use of the words credit and credits as well as some sample sentences containing these similar but different terms. If you can’t tell whether to use credit or credits in a sentence, this quick tutorial might just be for you! Don’t be deceived by that additional s! You might be familiar with the saying, “Give credit where credit is due,” which means it’s important to acknowledge someone for their hard work. But if, say, that person has made a lot of contributions—giving money to charity, finding the cure for a disease, saving your neighbor’s puppy from drowning that one time—why is it incorrect to change credit to credits? Let’s start of......

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Richard Paul Evans: The Accidental Author

Dec 31, 2017

“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” — Richard Paul Evans Richard Paul Evans may be the New York Times Best-Selling Author of The Christmas Box, but this wasn’t something that he’d been planning his whole life around. What started as a mere hobby turned into a fruitful career. An advertising executive, Evans wrote and self-published The Christmas Box, a Christmas story for children. He did this after he was unable to find a publisher or agent. The story was published as a paperback novella in 1993 and distributed in his community. The Christmas Box is about a family of three who moves in the Victorian h......

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Writing Hacks: Fiction Framework—Booker’s Basic Storytelling Plots

Dec 05, 2017

Writers keep trying to be original, but let’s face it: in fiction, nothing is really original anymore. There’s proof! The Seven Basic Plots is a book by psychologist Christopher Booker about, well, the seven basic plots most often used by writers and most enjoyed by readers. Even though the title says seven, there are actually nine mentioned in the book. According to Booker, the additional two plots are rare but are recently making a comeback in fiction. Critics have initially dismissed Booker’s theory on the basic plots, but it is of good use to beginning writers. These basic frameworks can help give direction to your story. Read on to find out where these plots can take your story.......

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