Archive: Mary Morris

Reader Spotlight: David Trent of Laurel, MD

Consuming youthful passions aren't always what popular culture would have us believe. David Trent's insatiable appetite is for books on philosophy, religion and history. Asked how he'd like to be identified, Trent, 21, replied: "What a question! I've actually been wondering about this for years now, and the question continues."...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | June 22, 2009; 09:39 PM ET | Comments (3)

Reader Spotlight: Everybody Wins! at Walker-Jones Elementary School, D.C.

Since 1991, Everybody Wins! has grown from five volunteers in Manhattan reading to elementary school students during lunch into a national nonprofit literacy mentor program partnering adult volunteers with elementary school students for weekly one-on-one reading sessions called "power lunches" in 9,200 public schools. At the end of May, Book...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | June 19, 2009; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Five Books on the Japanese American Internment

"We were in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong faces." These words, which might resonate with some Guantanamo Bay detention camp prisoners whose stories are told in Mavhish Khan's My Guantanamo Diary, are spoken by Alice Takemoto in Nisei Memories: My Parents Talk About the War...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | June 4, 2009; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reader Spotlight: Author Paul Chaat Smith, National Museum of the American Indian

Non-natives charmed by The Education of Little Tree, Dances with Wolves, The Last of the Mohicans, and Thunderheart, for starters, might find in Paul Chaat Smith's Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong , a bracing wake-up call. In this rigorously insightful collection of essays written between 1992 to...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | June 2, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Reader Spotlight: Ted and Gerald 'J-Man' Best, of Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

Book World is pleased to present two young avid readers of the Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop, a program founded in 2002 by Kelli Taylor and Tara Libert at the DC Jail. "Free Minds uses books and creative writing to empower incarcerated teenaged boys in Washington, D.C. to...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | May 5, 2009; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (2)

Grace Cavalieri Presents Five Books of Poetry

Book World is pleased to present a special poetry month Short Stack by poet and playwright Grace Cavalieri, founder of the public radio series "The Poet and the Poem" -- celebrating its 32nd year on the air -- which she hosts and produces from the Library of Congress. The Annapolis...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | April 23, 2009; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Reader Spotlight: Juan Williams of NPR

Juan Williams's eyes light up when he says he's a booklover. "It started at the public library for me and I read a cross-section of books constantly," he says. Now a news analyst for National Public Radio, a political analyst for Fox News and author of six books, Williams was...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | April 14, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reader Spotlight: The Egans of Takoma Park

You never know when you'll have a few minutes to spare to read!

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | March 24, 2009; 02:18 PM ET | Comments (2)

Reader Spotlight: Nancy & Sam Raskin, Adams Morgan

Nancy and Sam Raskin, DC residents since 1969 (and parents of Steve Raskin of globe-trotting electronic funk band Fort Knox Five, and Joyce Raskin, a freelance art director for Houghton Mifflin), are two of our community's avid readers and book club members. Sam and Nancy Raskin. (Mary Morris) Nancy, former...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | March 3, 2009; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five Great Books About Punk Rock

My older daughter Wenona turned me on to Green Day, who became my gateway to punk rock. This passion led to being schooled mercilessly by serious fans of the Clash and the Sex Pistols to whom Green Day were mere poseurs. But my fascination with Fugazi, one of D.C.'s most...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | February 19, 2009; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

Reader Spotlight: The Birchmere's Michael Jaworek

Michael Jaworek, promoter of The Birchmere in Alexandria, and originator and co-founder of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA, host of the Wammies, DC's version of the Grammys), and long-time Book World reader, is one of our community's voracious readers. "I usually have several books going at the same time,"...

By Mary Ishimoto Morris | February 10, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Janis Ian: 40 Years Later

It was long ago and far away. The world was younger than today. It was 1966--when taking a stand for civil rights could have serious negative consequences--when 15-year old Janis Ian of New Jersey recorded Society's Child [PDF], a song about an interracial love affair. Atlantic Records, which paid for...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | January 21, 2009; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Five Books About Peace

"We speak of peace and we make war," Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias Sanchez once said. As made clear by history and by our current conflicts, waging peace calls for continuous renewal, individually and collectively. Here are five books written in support of peace from radically different points of view. They...

By Ron Charles | January 1, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Read the Classics, One Byte at a Time

No time for books? As easily as you're reading this -- wherever you are -- you could be becoming well-read. Since the launch of DailyLit in May, 2007, a community of 150,000 serial book readers has sprung up -- in subways, restaurants, airports and doctors' offices -- using laptops, PalmPilots,...

By Ron Charles | November 19, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Five Books about DJ Culture

When asked if he had any favorite books about DJ culture, DJ DB, founder of Brooklyn electronic music store Breakbeat Science, answered, "I've been in a couple and never even read those, sorry." Perhaps artists focused on creating culture are too busy to read about it, but his role as...

By Rachel Hartigan Shea | October 16, 2008; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (16)

Five Favorite Books About Ballet

When I was five, my mother, May Ishimoto, signed me up for ballet lessons. I loved the classes and especially the recitals, for which our teacher, Roy Gean, who later co-founded the Maryland Youth Ballet, recruited my mother to sew costumes. One enchanted evening, Mr. Gean took a group of...

By Christian Pelusi | August 14, 2008; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (8)

Four Books That Honor American Veterans

In the spirit of Memorial Day, Book World invited Jan Scruggs to pick his favorite books that honor our vets. Scruggs is founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; he recently wrote the foreword to The Wall: 25 Years of Healing and Educating...

By Christian Pelusi | May 29, 2008; 06:22 AM ET | Comments (15)

Five Books About Native Americans by Authors Who Aren't

"Every time I venture into a bookstore, I find another book about Indians. There are hundreds of books about Indians published every year, yet so few are written by Indians," writes award-winning poet, author and filmmaker Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene) in his poem "The Unauthorized Autobiography of Me." "A book...

By Christian Pelusi | March 13, 2008; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (14)

For People with a Weakness for Popular Music

For some folks, it's shoes or guitars that set their hearts aflutter. For others (and we know who we are) it's books about music and artists that make our pulses quicken. We've got to have them. We'll spend our lunch money, turn our pockets inside out, grow collections large enough...

By Christian Pelusi | November 29, 2007; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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