Writing Life

Writer Spotlight: On the Inimitable Rebecca Solnit

Men Explain Things to Me. Hope In the Dark. A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Storming the Gates of Paradise. The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. These are just a few of the titles written by the writer Rebecca Solnit, a brilliant prose writer, sharp cultural critic, and vocal environmental advocate.

In addition to writing some twenty-odd books on feminism, western & indigenous history, and power & social change, among other topics…

On Reading, Writing, and Difference-Making

For many of us, it's felt like the past two years have been filled with increasingly-dark political days. It can be difficult to know where to turn, to find what—if anything—can make a dent, can turn a tide. In stories, readers see characters who do the right thing—and the wrong. Particularly as young readers, we learn how to foster empathy, to step outside of ourselves and into others' shoes. In seeing our beloved characters struggle with what's right and wrong, and how they should act, we see the importance of weighing our own moral compasses and standing up for what's right.

Inside Cornelia's Notebooks

If, one day, you find yourself talking with Cornelia Funke, you'll likely find your eyes drawn to one of several A4 notebooks she carries with her—to events, to the beach, scattered around her home. Just looking at the covers, it's clear Cornelia is an artist of both words and images, and her doodled collages lend so much character to the notebooks in which she writes her stories.