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10 Library Fellowships for Writers
“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” – Sidney Sheldon

I.  Boston Public Library’s Children’s Writer in Residence
United States of America

Library Fellowships - Boston Public Library - Credit Brian Johnston

Image: Brian Johnston

Boston Public Library was established in 1848 and is the oldest large municipal library in the United States. Today the service has 25 branches, including the beautiful Central Library in Copley Square. The Library’s Children’s Writer in Residence Program provides an emerging children’s writer with the financial support and space needed to complete one literary work for children or young adults. The writer in residence receives a $20,000 stipend and a private office in the Central Library. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and script projects are all eligible. Applicants cannot have published more than three books to date.

II.  State Library of Victoria’s Creative Fellowships

Library Fellowships - State Library of Victoria - Credit Brian Yap

Image: Brian Yap

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Between 1936 and 1943 thousands of boldly coloured and graphically diverse posters were produced by the Work Projects Administration, established as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. These posters were designed to publicise health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. Here is a selection of the posters produced to promote libraries, books and learning.

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Friday Aerogramme: News and Updates from Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Just over a week ago we posted Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling - a list first shared by Emma Coats, a Pixar Story Artist, on Twitter in 2012. To say the response to the post has been huge would be an understatement. We’ve received thousands of comments and shares and the interest in the list continues to grow. On Wednesday The New Yorker’s Richard Brody responded to the story with an article titled The Problem with Processed Storytelling’. Brody says that Pixar films make him feel as if he ‘were watching the cinematic equivalent of irresistibly processed food, with a ramped-up and carefully calibrated dosing of the emotional versions of salt, sugar, and fat.’ What do you think of Brody’s article? Add your thoughts in the comments below.

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The shortlist for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for 2013 is due to be announced on the 9th of April. The longlist for the prize was announced quite some time ago – on the 12th of November in fact – presumably in order to give readers some chance of making an indent into the rather extraordinary 154 book longlist before the second announcement is made.

The winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award will receive €100,000 prize, making it the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. In order to be eligible for the 2013 prize, books needed to be published between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011.

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Hospitals of the Soul

17 February 2013 — 1 Comment
Public Library Hall of Llegal Literature of the Public Library of Iowa City, USA

Public Library Hall of Legal Literature at the Public Library of Iowa City, USA

A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. Continue Reading…

UK daily newspaper The Telegraph reported recently that local doctors are going to begin to prescribe self-help books to patients suffering a range of conditions including depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

Are Books the Best Medicine?

Are books the best medicine?

Doctors will be able to give their patients a written prescription which they can take to their local library where they will be directed to one of 30 approved texts. Each book has been assessed as ‘effective’ in helping combat mental health problems.

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