The Answer Sheet: Literature


Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/02/2011

That's one heavy book: 10,119 pages, 2 feet thick

There’s a new book in the University of Iowa Libraries but don’t expect anybody to read it all the way through in a single sitting. It’s a 10,119 page, 2-foot-thick book of poetry.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/02/2011

That's one heavy book: 10,119 pages, 2 feet thick

There’s a new book in the University of Iowa Libraries but don’t expect anybody to read it all the way through in a single sitting. It’s a 10,119 page, 2-foot-thick book of poetry.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 12/10/2010

Finalists for young adult literature award

Here are the five books selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association as finalists for the 2011 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 12/10/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 11/06/2010

Must we have the digital vs. print battle?

Do we have to have a fight over digital vs. print in children's literature? Why can't we have both?

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:00 PM ET, 11/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 09/04/2010

How 'Twilight,' other dark fiction affect teen brains

Scientists, authors and education experts are meeting this weekend at Cambridge University to investigate how fiction with dark themes, such as the "Twilight" saga and the "Harry Potter" series, affects and alters the teenage brain. Here's a Q&A with the conference organizer, who talks about what parents can/should do about it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:23 AM ET, 09/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 07/16/2010

The education of 'Twilight's' Edward Cullen

Someone has to correct an error made (in another publication) about Edward Cullen's education. That someone is going to be me.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:46 PM ET, 07/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 07/11/2010

‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ from $3.95 to $39,000

In 1960 you could buy the first edition of "To Kill a Mockingbird" for $3.95. Today you can pay $39,000!

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:54 AM ET, 07/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 07/11/2010

Why ‘Mockingbird’ has been challenged

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is now a classic, but there have been challenges to the book over the years, and initial reviews were mixed in 1960. One called it "sugar-water."

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:34 AM ET, 07/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 04/16/2010

"Twilight" on 2009 Most Challenged Books list

My Sister's Keeper, Jodi Picoult and banned books, Eclipse, Twilight, Breaking Dawn, Eclipse and banned books, banned books, Twilight and banned, The Twilight Saga books joined the list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009, the American Library Association says. The list includes "Catcher in the Rye," and, believe it or not, "To Kill a Mockingbird."

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 PM ET, 04/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/05/2010

Wiesel's 'Night,' 'Hamlet' in 60 seconds?

What would you say about an effort to boil down the plots of great literary works into a 60-second video? Would that entice young readers to run to the library and grab the book? Here's a program that thinks it would. I don't.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 PM ET, 02/04/2010

Fairfax County schools reject book challenges

Parental challenges to books in school curriculum usually make when district officials succumb to the challenge and restrict or remove the resource. But some don’t. Some stand firm and reject the challenge. That’s what Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia--one of the finest systems in the country--has been doing for years in the face of a handful of challenges about books in its classes.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:26 PM ET, 02/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/28/2010

Taking Anne Frank off shelves: Indefensible

It isn't the first time that a classic book has been pulled off a library shelf because a parent didn't want their darling child to read it, but it is equally obscene every time it happens. This just happened in Culpeper County Public Schools, where a version of the “Diary of A Young Girl,” by Anne Frank was removed from schools because a parent complained about graphic sexual language, according to the Star Exponent.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)