Evgeniy Isaev, CC BY 2.0,

What books have you chosen to read this summer?  Philosophy?  Classics of fiction?  Comic Books? 

The long, warm days lend themselves to reading, and we'll spend the summer getting advice on WHAT to read from some of our local bookstores. 

Northtown Books in Arcata checks in with the latest installment of "Summer Reads". 

Americans (Still) Struggle To Read Well

Feb 15, 2017
Randi Hausken, Bærum, Norway - CC BY-SA 2.0,

The literacy rate is considered high in America, but plenty of people struggle to read at an appropriate level. 

Cognitive scientist Mark Seidenberg says that's because we don't do enough to connect what science has learned to the way language is taught in the classroom. 

Seidenberg lays out his case in the book Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, And What Can Be Done About It.

Rebroadcast: How To Write Gooder

Dec 28, 2015
Three Rivers Press

It's back to school in another key Exchange interview from the past. 

Our teacher is journalist Constance Hale, who whacks metaphorical hands with metaphorical rulers in her blog Sin and Syntax

The blog morphed into a book called Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose. 

Bringing Kids' Stories To Life

Jan 30, 2014
Grant Barrett/Wikimedia

Kids tell lots of stories, but those tend to be one-on-one kinds of events. 

A nonprofit called Stories Alive encourages literacy in children by making productions out of their stories.