A New émigré Russian Writer Makes Waves in the U.S.

ShareAmerica By Christopher Connell Novelist Vladimir Nabokov fled the Russian Revolution and won acclaim writing in English. The exiled Joseph Brodsky, persecuted in the Soviet Union for his poems and Jewish religion, won a Nobel Prize and became U.S. poet laureate. Now a
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The Icon and the Axe : An Interpretive History of Russian Culture

The Icon and the Ax is subtitled an "interpretive history" of Russia.  It tells the story of Russia from its origins as the Kievian Rus through the 1960s Soviet Union when the book was written.  The author, James Billington, loves Russia and this comes through clearly when he laments the (more...)

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Literature Prize

Legendary American musician Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel prize in literature, the first songwriter to receive the prestigious award. The Swedish Academy, which makes the annual decision on who will win the Nobel Literature Prize, said Dylan was honored "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American (more...)

US Publisher Recalls Children’s Book on Slavery

VOA Fern Robinson Scholastic Publishing is recalling one of its children's books from bookstore shelves in the U.S. because, as it said in a statement Sunday, "the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves." One of the country's founders and its first president owned (more...)

Joseph Brodsky’s Drawings, Like His Poetry, Echo Pushkin

Among the most cherished possessions of Solomon Volkov, author of the book Conversations with Joseph Brodsky, are drawings by the Russian-American poet and Nobel laureate, including a self-portrait and sketches of Volkov and his wife. “He was a gifted draftsman who could do very good likenesses of people with a (more...)

Ayn Rand’s Anthem Advocates Egoism

Adaptation of Ayn Rand's early novel, Anthem will republish in 2011 and will be available in bookstores. First published in 1937, Anthem read like a work of science fiction, akin to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and George Orwell's 1984. In a political climate like today’s where the competing factions toss out (more...)

Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Literature Priz

VOA News The Nobel Prize committee in Stockholm, Sweden, has awarded this year's Nobel Prize in Literature to Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich, for what the Nobel Committee called "her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." Alexievich has written books on the human impact of the Chernobyl disaster, (more...)

One of The World’s Greatest Writers Gabriel García Marquez Died

One of the world's greatest writers Gabriel García Márquez died at the age of 87 in Mexico City. Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo throughout Latin America. Considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century, he was awarded the 1972 Neustadt (more...)

People Who Build Glass Houses Shouldn’t Throw Stones

Corruption, bribery and exasperation. There seems to be general agreement among specialists that corruption is particularly widespread in post-communist Russia. Not only is it a major distraction, but it seems to be a business. Looking from the inside out… is Russia too corrupt for American business? Enter Glenn Williamson’s Inside Out: (more...)

Holocaust Survivor Explores Survival and Resilience

Then we went into the showers, and we were the lucky ones. We got the water. Millions of others got the gas, but we knew nothing about that then." – Lilly Klein, whose diary is on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Gene Klein was born in Czechoslovakia in (more...)

Philadelphia’s Heart and Soul Picture Book

News photographer Michael Viola shares over three hundred snapshots that capture twenty-five years of Philadelphia history Between 1790 to 1800, Philadelphia was the temporary capital of the United States. Nestled along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers, the so-called city of brotherly love has a rich and colorful history. (more...)

Compelling Story of Pet Literature

Author Jude Kingsley’s heartwarming tale is of her hero, a Yellow Labrador Retriever named King Goliath Booker, a canine person with uncanny wit, love for life and endurance who inspires optimism and faith Author Jude Kingsley unveils a heartwarming tale filled with lessons and amusing adventures from an adorable (more...)

NY Deacon Proposes a Treatment Method To the Disease of Racism

To be featured in the (2013 New York State Reading Association), Deacon Kenneth L. Radcliffe considers ‘Applying Alcoholics Anonymous Principles to the Disease of Racism’ an effective approach to liberate the victims from the shackles of racial discrimination NEW YORK – Using Christian and humanist principles and a 12-step program designed (more...)

But You Like Really Dated?!

Leonardo DiCaprio and Mariah Carey?  Cher and Tom Cruise? BUT THEY LIKE REALLY DATED?! Using the same quick wit and signature illustration style that has attracted thousands of fans to his website, Ryan Casey presents all of the hilarious details behind four decades of celebrity hookups in But You Like Really (more...)

Tanya Anina announces release of “Time for a Change”

New book takes readers through the love entangled life of Taya, a free spirit In “Time for a Change” (published by AuthorHouse), author Tanya Anina’s new novel, readers join a young woman, Taya, as she grows and matures through her difficult life experiences. Readers follow Taya as she travels across (more...)

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