Newsletter Archive Featuring Nancy Tychowski from February 11, 2013

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The Stone of Heaven: Unearthing the Secret History of Imperial Green Jade, by Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott-Clark

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Stone of Heaven“Bud” closes out Lost in the Stacks Week with this treasure of a post:

One of the rarest, most valuable gemstones in the world is Jadeite. Smooth to the touch with a lovely luster, it’s sturdy and capable of being carved into shapes and objects. Green is the best known color but it also comes in shades of lavender, yellow, white and black. Being a favored gemstone in China for 3000 years, a wealth of superstition and folklore has developed around it. The best jadeite, “Imperial Jade” has long been coveted by Chinese royalty. The fascinating history of Imperial Green Jade is nicely recounted in the non-fiction book, The Stone of Heaven by Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott.

Levy and Scott, who are both investigative journalists, combed through ancient texts in archives throughout Asia to uncover many wondrous tales of jade and the people who loved it including:

Emperor Qianlong

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Friday Fun – What do you read to challenge yourself?

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Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: What do you read when you want to challenge your intellect, expand your horizons, broaden your horizons? What do you pick up when you feel ready to learn something new?

headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace: The classics, literary fiction, the in-depth articles in Poets and Writers magazine, non-fiction books on the art and science of good writing. I also like to read things outside the topics of literature and writing – articles on space travel, for instance, or archaeology or psychology. I love exploring new places by reading travel articles and other peoples’ ideas by reading essays. As writers, pieces about our craft are almost irresistible, but it’s a good idea to supplement our reading diet with…

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