Archive for October, 2012

Librerías are truly one of the most diverse and fantastic attractions Madrid has to offer. These intimate book boutiques dot the numerous streets of the Spanish capital city. In the neighborhood of Malasaña on San Vicente Ferrer 34, the librería Tres Rosas Amarillas specializes primarily in the sale of short stories. The works of Edgar […]


Without a doubt, Chip Kidd has had a substantial impact on the first impressions of readers everywhere. As associate art director for the New York publishing house Knopf, Kidd gives everyone a reason to judge a book by its cover. Also an author for the publishing house, Kidd offers this excellent Ted Talk on his role […]


Thanks to all who came out to celebrate our launch and to help Penumbra raise money. The evening was a smashing success. If you missed it, we’ll have another in the spring and we’ll be delighted to welcome you. With the proceeds from our creative reading event, we are anticipating a high-quality finished product, which […]


Donald Hall was appointed U.S. Poet Laureate in 2006. He has built a career as one of America’s most widely read contemporary poets, and has published 15 books of poetry. Hall has also written more than ten books for children, more than five works of memoir, text books on reading literature, short story collections, and […]



“Words have users, but as well, users have words. And it is the users that establish the world’s realities.” Amiri Baraka (born LeRoi Jones) was born on this day, October 7, in the year 1934. He founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s in Harlem and has published more than 40 essays and books. […]


The Renewed interest in Mavis Gallant’s short fiction since The New Yorker published a segment of her journals this summer may lead, if we are lucky, to more live appearances by the author, reading her work to fellow lovers of literature. In The Moslem Wife, My Heart is Broken, Paris Stories, and other fine works, Gallant […]