As you read this blog post and think of the many people in your lives that you would be able to share this with, it might be hard to believe that “773 million adults and young people lack basic literacy skills” (United Nations). For those 773 million, the ability to read and write is like the invisible key needed to unlock the door to wonders, communication, critical information, and above all, sustainable development.
If you’re a writer, you’ve likely heard about writing communities by now: Online—or even local, in-person—groups that exist solely for the support of writers can be crucial to your craft! You might even be a part of one of these communities dedicated to the support of its members. But, if you haven’t heard of this phenomenon, fear not—Night Heron Media is here to help you understand why you should care about the existence of these communities.
If you’re a Texas reader or writer, you might be wondering if any well-known authors hail from the Lone Star State. Perhaps you’re looking for inspiration as a writer yourself—or just a good book to read. Night Heron Media’s got you covered! We have compiled a handy list for your convenience of great authors who have been born, raised, or live in the great state of Texas. Read on to see who they are!
Amid the uncertainty of a worldwide pandemic, many Houstonians have found themselves aching to be transported from the monotony of a socially-distanced, work-from-home routine. Maybe we yearn to be touched in a time where human contact has become taboo. Maybe we simply want to educate ourselves about the social unrest present in our streets. Regardless of the motivation, people find refuge in the solace of loved hobbies and comforting tales. While real-time adventures may have to wait a while, books are ready to fill the gap that disease has created between us. While you’re at it, why not support an independent bookstore in need of our patronage? Here’s a few Houston treasures worth checking out.
We’ve been spending a lot of time at home these days and you know what that means: more time to read! While quarantine and social distancing measures pose no problem for fans of e-readers, other book nerds might be missing the days when you could aimlessly wander the bookstore aisles.
Are you looking to get your hands on a new (or used) book and support small businesses in the process? Read on for our top tips on buying books during the age of COVID-19.
Black lives matter. In the weeks since George Floyd’s death, some strides have been made at various levels towards supporting that statement, but racism is systemic, and it has a long history. The work that has just been getting started needs to be sustained in the long run in order for there to be lasting change, and it starts with the individual. So, as readers, as writers, as lovers of the written word, what can you do to support the BLM movement? We have three ideas.
March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday, but it's also National Read Across America Day, a holiday that celebrates the joys of reading! The day also brings awareness to the importance of literacy and advocates the National Education Association's (NEA) mission of motivating kids to read more.