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  • Tucson school board lifts ban on Latino studies books

    Tucson school board lifts ban on Latino studies books
    The Tucson Unified School District has voted to rescind its ban on seven books, including several canonical works of Chicano history, that were ordered removed from classrooms last year as part of a conservative-led backlash against the teaching of ethnic studies.
  • An appreciation of Oscar Hijuelos

    An appreciation of Oscar Hijuelos
    Oscar Hijuelos, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who died Saturday, was a cultural pioneer who wrote elegant novels about ambitious Cuban expatriates and music-loving New Yorkers. He told stories that revealed the texture and passion of the Latino...

    Gwyneth Paltrow annoys fellow author at book signing event

    Gwyneth Paltrow annoys fellow author at book signing event
    What's an author assigned to sit next to a much more famous person (Gwyneth Paltrow) at a book signing to do? Write about it, of course. "Due to the inflexibility of the alphabet I had the questionable good fortune to be seated directly beside Gwyneth...

    Junot Diaz is a Poetry Genius

    Junot Diaz is a Poetry Genius
    Rap Genius is a deceptively simple idea started by three friends from Yale: a website where users could make their own pop-up annotations to the lyrics of their favorite rap songs, with the most popular crowd-sourced explanations rising to the top. For...

    Time to get to Denver and the BookBar

    Time to get to Denver and the BookBar
    "This is it, this is what I wanted," says Nancy Sullivan, owner of the new BookBar in Denver. The American Booksellers' Assn. checked in with the bookseller-slash-bar maven to see how things were going two months after her launch. The BookBar's physical...