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Dancing Through Life Via Picture Books

It's pretty safe to assume that most children learn to move before they learn to read. So, when picture books are introduced to their constantly expanding worlds, a subject material they have been experimenting with for their whole lives can create a reading experience that is both stimulating and enjoyable. Enter picture books about dance--they are interactive, multi-dimensional ways to engage with the world and with books simultaneously.

Q&A with Mark Burstein on "The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition"

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's iconic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In celebration of the anniversary, Mark Burstein updated and expanded Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice into the new 150th Anniversary Deluxe Editionout on October 5th. Check out our Q&A with Burstein below! Can't get enough Alice? Alice150 is sponsoring several upcoming events, including "Alice's Adventures at Columbia" at Butler Library on Tuesday, October 6th. .

Book Culture on Columbus Summer Reading Lists!

Summer has arrived in New York City, and there's no better way to spend it than lazing in the sun with a good book. It's time to head to the park and soak up some literature along with those rays. To help you start off your summer reading right, our staff and managers at Book Culture on Columbus have offered up their personal summer reading lists. We hope this provides you with some inspiration, and that your summer is filled with playful, contemplative, and ever surprising literary adventures.

Devon Recommends Books on Urban Wildlife

As spring gives way to summer, the city is booming with life and a flurry of activity. The sun is out, the temperature is rising, and New Yorkers are finally emerging from their cocoons of down coats as shorts-and-sandals adorned butterflies. Okay, maybe that's a little much, but it is exciting to be able to head outdoors without several layers of fleece. 

In honor of the change of season, I've put together a list of books that explore the wild, rugged outdoors that exists, even within the confines of the city.  Go forth: Read! Explore! Have fun! Don't forget the sun block!

Q&A and Reading with Jessamyn Hope, author of "Safekeeping"

This Monday, June 15th, Jessamyn Hope (Safekeeping) and Jonathan Papernick (The Book of Stone) will read and discuss their recent novels.  We'd like to thank Jessamyn for taking the time to answer our Q&A and for sharing her work with us!
Jessamyn Hope grew up in Montreal and lived in Israel before moving to New York City. Her fiction and memoirs have appeared in Ploughshares, Five Points, Colorado Review, Descant, and PRISM international, among other literary magazines. She was the Susannah McCorkle Scholar in Fiction at the 2012 Sewanee Writers' Conference and has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.