Category Archives: Blog Posts

Libraries vs. Bookstores: What’s the Deal?

Many strong calls to support local bookstores have gone out in the world over the last several years, but where’s the love for local libraries? What if you don’t have the means to spend a substantial amount of money on books? If you have to pick between one or the other, what should you choose? […]

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John Killacky’s “Embodied Voice: Video Narratives”

Interview by Lenny Farrell   Editor’s Note: A retrospective of John R. Killacky’s videos will be on view Jan. 19 through Feb. 16, 2018 at the Champlain College Art Gallery. Killacky, executive director of the Flynn Center, has made numerous films and videos in his hybrid career.   The opening reception with the artist will […]

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Women’s Corporate Battle: An Update of Publishing’s Status Quo

It’s 2018. You might think we’re done talking about gender inequality. Back in 2016, one of our bloggers, Jessica Demarest, wrote a post highlighting some of the organizations dedicated to publishing the female voice. From VIDA to Catherine Nichols, these individuals drew attention to the inequalities in the publishing industry and made changes to combat […]

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Nanowrimo: What Now?

Whether you hit the standard 50,000 word count or not, National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) ends when November does. The craziest of us spent Nanowrimo actually attempting to draft an entire novel in 30 days. Now you have this thing sitting in front of you the morning of December first that probably has 3,000 typos, […]

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The Vitality of Small Presses

Not only are independent publishers critical players in the publishing ecosystem, but they’re thriving in spite of those who challenge their necessity. Even though President Trump threatened a small press lifeline by declaring he would get rid of the NEA and the NHA, the House of Representatives approved a spending bill to continue providing funds […]

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Remembering Scholastic Book Fairs: A Roald Dahl Appreciation

When I was younger, in elementary schools across the country, visits from the Scholastic Book Fairs were magical days to budding bibliophiles and students; any kid with a love of books was encouraged to sweep one off the metal shelves or to scribble on their book order forms about their newest finds. Without a doubt, […]

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Ian Frisch Talks Magic and Publishing

Professional Writing ’09 graduate Ian Frisch recently landed a book deal for his nonfiction novel about the underground world of magic. He will be visiting Champlain for a Q&A from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on October 26 in CCM 221 to discuss his book and the publishing process.   “In 2015, I was researching […]

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The Art of Feedback and Disagreeing with Neil Gaiman

There are two things writers arguably love just as much as writing: talking about writing and looking for writing advice from famous authors. My roommate and I are both Professional Writing majors, and we just bought copies of Stephen King’s On Writing, fully intending to read the book from cover to cover.   Of course, […]

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Edmunds Poetry Slam

Poetry slams can be nerve-racking to the unprepared, but as two second grade classes from Edmunds Elementary School filled Aiken Hall’s Morgan Room on June 8, 2017, it was clear none of them were ill-prepared. The slammers not only memorized original and established works, they came with posters detailing their creative process as well as […]

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Banned Books: Sensations Over Censorship

Harry Potter, Of Mice and Men, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. What do they all have in common? It’s not that they have film adaptions or lead with male protagonists. It’s not even their underlying themes of death and inner demons. No, these influential novels have all been classified as three of the […]

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