Bookstores Nationwide Show Solidarity, Coffee House Press Staff Aids Minneapolis Community, 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.

As protests against police brutality and anti-Black racism continue nationwide, independent bookstores are taking action to support the movement. WORD Bookstores, located in New York City and Jersey City, pledged to donate a portion of its sales this week to The Bail Project. Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis helped provide protestors with food and space to organize. Many others are creating anti-racist reading lists and other resources. (Publishers Weekly)

Claire Fallon, the publicity and operations associate at Coffee House Press, is distributing essential supplies and food to residents in the Twin Cities. Fallon is raising money via Venmo and posting regular updates to her Twitter. Other friends of Coffee House Press are also hard at work: Former marketing and sales manager Nica Carrillo and former intern Annie Harvieux are actively raising funds, and buying and delivering goods.  

“What will happen when the news cycle is over, the social justice memes are no longer posted, and the declarations for inclusivity, diversity and ‘doing the work’ have died down?” Layla F Saad highlights anti-racist books that focus on the long-term. (Guardian)

A number of high-profile titles on anti-racism are temporarily out of stock at major online retailers. (Slate)

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts has announced it is permanently suspending operations, including its artist residency program. Based out of a historic working ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming, the nonprofit offered artists in a variety of genres an opportunity to work in an extraordinary environment. 

The New York Times explores the world of audiobook casting, and the recent push to hire more narrators of color

Vogue highlights thirteen queer literary classics, including Virginia Woolf’s Orlando and James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room

And the Daily Shout-Out goes to the Franklin Park Reading Series for adapting its events to the pandemic era. Join Deb Olin Unferth, Clare Beams, Gabriel Bump, and Malcolm Tariq for a talk this Monday, June 8, at 8:00 PM EDT.