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Patient Zero Book Trailer Assignment

Kimberly Parker, English teacher at Cambridge Rindge and Latin and editor of 'A Time to Break Silence,' speaks with English teachers at NCTE 2013 (Nation.

On the heels of the groundbreaking collection "Love, InshAllah" comes the other side of the story. In "Salaam, Love," American Muslim men speak openly for the first time about their love lives, offering frank, funny, and insightful glimpses into their hearts--and bedrooms. Twenty-two writers from varied ethnic, racial and religious perspectives--including orthodox, cultural and secular views--take us along as they search for love and passion.

Book Trailers and Author Videos

Some quick videos to introduce Beacon Press books, alongside some fun and interesting videos of our authors.

It's the birthday of the avant-garde composer Igor Stravinsky (1882), born in Oranienbaum, near St. Petersburg, Russia. His first major success as a composer was a ballet based on a Russian folk tale, called The Firebird (1909). It was wildly popular, and he traveled all over Europe to conduct it. He then got an idea for a ballet about a pagan ritual in which a virgin would be sacrificed to the gods of spring by dancing herself to death. Stravinsky composed the piece on a piano in a rented cottage, and a boy working outside his window kept shouting up at him that the chords were all wrong. When Stravinsky played part of the piece for director of the theater where it would be performed, the director asked, "How much longer will it go on like that?" Stravinsky replied, "To the end, my dear." He titled the piece The Rite of Spring. At its premiere in 1913 in Paris, the audience broke out into a riot when the music and dancing turned harsh and dissonant. The police came to calm the chaos, and Stravinsky left his seat in disgust, but the performance continued for 33 minutes and he became one of the most famous composers in the world.

-- The Writer's Almanac

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