Bookshop U.K. Surpasses £1 Million in Profits, Dr. Seuss Enterprises Pulls Six Books From Publication, and More

by Staff

Every day Poets & Writers Magazine scans the headlines—publishing reports, literary dispatches, academic announcements, and more—for all the news that creative writers need to know. Here are today’s stories.

Since launching in November, Bookshop U.K. has generated more than £5 million in sales, amounting to £1 million in profits for independent booksellers across the country. (Guardian)

Dr. Seuss Enterprises has announced it will no longer publish six of the celebrated author’s books due to offensive content. “These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong.” (New York Times)

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has withdrawn as the Dutch translator for Amanda Gorman’s inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb,” and forthcoming debut poetry collection. Gorman’s Dutch publisher, Meulenhoff, was criticized for assigning the projects to a white writer. (Literary Hub)

“I left that night feeling—for the first time—that my stuttering wouldn’t interfere with my living fully, that it might even allow me to live more fully than I had thought possible.” Writer Sophia Stewart on finding community via the National Stuttering Association. (Catapult)

“I sometimes find it easiest to let certain realities express themselves in my thinking when I give them a surreal or allegorical expression.” Jonathan Lethem explains his affinity for science fiction. (New Yorker)

“What does Asian American and Black feminist solidarity look like on the smallest, most intimate scales?” Calin Amber and Margarita Ren discuss friendship as a mode of solidarity. (Margins)

Stylist recommends twenty-two new books by women writers, including the anthology Who’s Loving You: Love Stories by Women of Colour, edited by Sareeta Domingo.