Word Play

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – April 2021

Text by Diane Slocum   April is National Poetry Month. This celebration of poetry all over the world started in 1996 to remember great poets and celebrate the importance of poetry. The San Joaquin Valley can rightfully celebrate...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING – March 2021

Text by Diane Slocum March is Women’s History Month and a good time to explore the often-ignored contributions that women have made throughout history. “Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality” (Revela Press,...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING • February 2021

Text by Diane Slocum February is our month to honor presidents, and “The Complete Book of US Presidents: Fourth Edition” was just released. Author Bill Yenne gives short biographies of each president, featuring the significance...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING • January 2021

Text by Diane Slocum In January, when the days can often be dark and dreary, especially as we await relief from months of pandemic, humor can be the best medicine. "The Chicken Sisters" (G.P. Putnam’s Sons,...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING • December 2020

Text by Diane Slocum In this season, can we make it a point to look for faith, hope, joy, kindness and generosity? One place to look is in books. Young readers of 8 to 12 years...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING

Text by Diane Slocum For many families, the holidays will look different this year. All those who have lost loved ones, those who have lost their homes and those who just are not going to...

NEWS ON WRITING, BOOKS + THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING

Text by Sue Burns and Photos by Taylor Johnson   I t has been 100 years since women were granted the federal right to vote by the 19th Amendment. Women can celebrate that milestone by being sure...

Word Play • July 2020

Text by Diane Slocum W hether or not we can travel this month and set our feet on unfamiliar soil, we can always rely on books to take us on adventures to exotic locations. The catch...

Word Play, June 2020

Isolation from normal life and those we love occurs in different ways and times.

Word Play, May 2020

Text by Diane Slocum T his year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, celebrated on April 22. The theme for this year was climate action. One way to get involved is to read about it. “The...