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Early Bird Books: In Conversation with Alice Walker

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The author of “The Color Purple” reads three of her poems and answers reader questions about her work, life, and views on society. On February 9, 1944, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker was born in Georgia. Walker lived under Jim Crow laws that were present during that time in the South. But her parents resisted such segregation, refusing to subject their children to working in the fields for white plantation owners. Growing up listening to stories her grandfather would tell, Walker began writing when she was just eight years old. She published her first poetry collection, Once, in 1968, and her debut novel The Third Life of Grange Copeland in 1970. In 1982, she published her award-winning novel The Color Purple. The iconic book…

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Battle ‘Ships: Once Upon a Time’s CaptainSwan vs. SwanQueen

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Emma Swan and Captain Hook/Killian Jones

As soon as Once Upon a Time aired back in 2011, I knew I was a goner. Dark fairy tales? True love? Magic spells that take over an entire town? Yes, please. Since then, I’ve fully committed to the roller coaster that is this show: deaths, evil queens, magic beans that let you jump realms, and hearts getting pulled out of chests willy-nilly. But it’s not just the drama that keeps me coming back for more. No, the real draw is all the true love on the show, unabashedly hooking us hopeless romantics and basically making it impossible to stop watching (see what I did there??). For all of you non-OUATers, here’s a rundown on the overall plot: Emma Swan…

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3 TV Shows and a Book for Those Who Like Fairytales on the Grimm Side

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I like my fairy tales like I like my men: dark and mysterious with just a hint of danger. Ha! OK, maybe that’s a little over-the-top, but with all the rebooted fairy tales popping up lately, it’s hard not to get caught up in the more mature retellings of our favorite childhood stories. While there will always be a place for the bubble-gum sweetness of Disney, I’ll gladly take a modern dark and twisted fairy tale that harkens back to the, well, dark and twisted Grimm original. Even television isn’t immune to the dark fairy tale trend. Here are three shows —and one book! — that you should be binging every time you’re looking for a little tortured true love…

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15 Things We’d Do Differently if We Were Once Show Runners

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Enchanted Sexism. Enough with only women as villains. Remember the Bechdel Test. Forget about making happiness about getting a man. After a three-season redemption arc, why not have Regina finally realize that she has what she really wants—family, community and love. She doesn’t need a man! Switch it up. Instead of having Regina attack the Charming family again (yawn!) have her withdraw because she’s depressed and take her magic with her. You could have the town grow colder and colder—a good reason for Elsa to show up. Who else shares her magic? Two words: Storybrooke High. Before you laugh, consider this: living in Storybrooke are Henry; Grace, the Mad Hatter’s daughter; Pinocchio aka Augus;t and who knows how many other…

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