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Pima County Library's 'One Book, One Community' cracks open 'Parable of the Sower'

The first of its kind in Pima County, the program will kick off with Octavia Butler's award-winning Parable of the Sower, which marked its 25th anniversary this year.... Read more»

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Jesse Sensibar documents loss along the highway in new book

Flagstaff author Jesse Sensibar knows the bittersweet reverence and reflection inspired by roadside shrines. In his new book "Blood In The Asphalt: Prayers From The Highway," he muses on a few such sites, in dispatches that are equal parts poetry, slightly macabre travelogue and impressionistic memoir. ... Read more»

Infiltrating L.A.: A Tucson writer's debut in Angeltown's critics' circle

Newly posted on the Los Angeles Review of Books website is a critique I just did of a writer-on-the-go's eyewitness account of a political upheaval. I wasn't as cool to the author as he was to me. ... Read more»

'Elvis of academia': Noam Chomsky joins University of Arizona faculty

Noam Chomsky, a pioneer in cognitive science and noted linguist, philosopher and social critic, has joined the UA. Chomsky, an MIT professor emeritus, has been a leading American intellectual since the 1950s, and co-taught a UA course last spring. "We fell in love with Tucson — the mountains, the desert," he said.... Read more»

Flowing Wells Library to close for a year as expansion nearly triples size

A $3 million expansion of the Flowing Wells Library will grow the facility to 13,000 square feet, nearly tripling its size, with a multipurpose room, children's room, patio and an updated collection. The library will be closed beginning October 1, and is expected to reopen in late summer next year.... Read more»

In opening campaign salvo, Flake book says GOP has ‘lost its way’

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is calling for a return to “traditional conservatism” in a book — "Conscience of a Conservative," an allusion to the Barry Goldwater book of the same name — that says the Republican Party has lost its way, the opening salvo in what could be a tough re-election campaign.... Read more»

Law of the letters: Two Az girls compete at National Spelling Bee

Two Arizona girls competed against 291 other students in the 2017 bee at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington this week.... Read more»

Navajo school immerses tribal youth in Diné language and culture

“Béédaałniih: Diné bizaad bídahwiil’aah. Táadoo biligáana k’ehjí yádaalłti’í. Ahéhee’.” These are the first words that visitors see on a sign at the entrance of Tsé Hootsooí Diné Bi’ Olta’, an elementary immersion school that teaches the Navajo language to its 133 students on the capital of the Navajo Nation.... Read more»

Cooper library to close for June renovations

A Midtown public library will be closed for about three weeks in June, as new computers are installed and the service desk upgraded at the Martha Cooper branch of the Pima County Public Library.... Read more»

Book takes intimate look at 19 Hotshots who died battling Yarnell Hill Fire

A new book, The Fire Line, tells the story of how 19 men lived, and how they died in the Yarnell Hill Fire.... Read more»

Poetry to fill the air at weekend festival

April is National Poetry Month and that means it’s time for the Tucson Poetry Festival. This weekend's event will include readings, workshops, a youth poetry competition, a panel discussion, and even a chance to dine with the guest poets. ... Read more»

Obituary

Arizona poet, 'Legends of the Fall' author Jim Harrison dies at 78

Jim Harrison, a writer whose "voice came from the American heartland," died Saturday at his home in Patagonia, south of Tucson. Often likened to Hemingway and Faulkner for his personality and prose alike, Harrison wrote vividly of the outdoors and sharply of man's interaction with the land. ... Read more»

Tucson's a stage for historic First Folio of Shakespeare

His plots, characters and turns of phrase are familiar to everyone. But many of Shakespeare's plays were not published during his lifetime, and might have been lost forever if not for a rare edition published in the years after his death. One of those historic volumes, a 1623 First Folio, is on display in Tucson.... Read more»1

Former gov. hopeful Barry Hess reposts Neo-Nazi screed, says 'Anne Frank' a forgery

A former Libertarian Party candidate for Arizona governor, Barry Hess, shared on Facebook an anti-Semitic screed by a notorious Holocaust-denying Neo-Nazi on Thursday, calling the "Diary of Anne Frank" a forged work of "Jewish propaganda"... Read more»

Introducing the gangster warlords of Latin America

In an excerpt from his new book, former GlobalPost correspondent Ioan Grillo finds his way to a Brazilian cocaine party.... Read more»

From the editor

ADOT remarks a lot: Gov't efficiency in action

Your tax dollars at work: an example of waste (of syllables) and abuse (of the English language) in government. If ADOT laid concrete and asphalt with as much abandon as they pour out 50-cent words, the whole state'd be paved over by the end of February. ... Read more»

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