Anderson’s Bookshops turns 40 in September

Anderson’s Bookshop has roots in Downers Grove for 41 years, and next month the independent business celebrates its current location at 5112 Main St. Anderson’s is a sixth generation family-owned bookstore that dates back to the founding in 1875 of WW Wickel Pharmacy (now Oswald’s Pharmacy), which sold books and …

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Saint-Louis activist shares heartbreaking experiences in poetry book

“I use my transparency to invite other people into a space where they can feel comfortable sharing their truth and honesty.” ST. LOUIS – Transparency in sharing everything she’s been through in her 38 years comes naturally to published author, poet and community activist Tracy “T-Spirit” Stanton. The average person …

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Recent RSCC graduate is now heading to Yale University

Katelyn Laughon went from years of critical illness to a year of remedial classes at Roane State, and then to an academic triumph which she credits largely to community college. She was accepted into the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at prestigious Yale University in New Haven, Conn. She …

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Alaa Al Aswany – WSJ

Alaa Al Aswany, one of the most renowned novelists in the Arab world, almost gave up writing. After the Egyptian state publisher rejected his first two novels in the 1990s, he published them himself, winning critical acclaim but few readers. When the state, which monopolizes the distribution of books, rejected …

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The Best Recent Poetry – Critics Summary | Poetry

Learning to sleep (Cap, £ 10), John Burnside’s first collection of poems since 2017 is an assessment of the many sleep disorders (including severe insomnia and apnea) that have afflicted him for several years. Lack of rest, and its physical and mental impacts, are made tangible. “Ode to Hypnos” begins: …

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