Writers Against Racial Injustice, Black-Owned Bookstores Rush to Meet Demand, 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.

Six Boston-area authors have formed a fund-raising and activism coalition, Writers Against Racial Injustice. The group launched their first fund-raising campaign on June 4 and have since raised more than $55,000 for Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit based in Montgomery, Alabama, that seeks to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. In the fall the authors intend to support voting rights initiatives. 

The New York Times checks in with booksellers at Black-owned independent bookstores, who are rushing to fulfill orders for anti-racism books. With a number of the most high-profile titles on backorder, booksellers are asking customers for patience

James Parker writes on Seamus Heaney, praising the poet’s capacity to look closely at violence and trauma, especially during the Troubles. “His imagination and his language are called back home, to the old and urgent place, to be with the mourners and the dead.” (Atlantic)

“Listen open-mindedly to the critiques of those that aren’t your type of reader, their critiques could be valuable too.” Sharlene Teo reflects on the art of teaching writing. (Electric Literature)

NPR is soliciting responses for its summer reader poll. This year the organization is asking readers to recommend their favorite children’s literature.  

“There’s a very uncomfortable and slightly squirmy thing about existing as a human with other humans.” Daisy Johnson discusses translating the intensity of adolescence into prose. (Millions)

Scribner has announced it will publish a new novel by Don DeLillo, The Silence, in October. (Publishers Weekly)