Pandemic fuels book sales at retail giants such as Walmart and Target; Trask Roberts examines the history of unauthorized translations; Lily Meyer reviews new pandemic writing; and other stories.
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Susan Orlean revisits her viral tweets; Susan Barba on honoring the earth; Porochista Khakpour discusses Brown Album; and other stories.
Dan Crowe and Matt Willey plan new annual literary magazine; Lauren Beukes compares her fictional pandemic with reality; Margot Harrison reflects on cyber horror; and other stories.
David James Poissant on attempting to write a timely novel; the Guardian seeks nominations for its “Not the Booker” Prize; Adrian Tomine on turning inward in his new graphic memoir; and other stories.
Vintage Español to publish Spanish edition of Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist; Andrew Martin reflects on ordering the stories in Cool for America; Miah Jeffra talks decolonizing artmaking; and other stories.
The movement to free poet Varavara Rao; Ann and Jeff VanderMeer on the evolution of modern fantasy; Marisa Silver talks character development; and other stories.
Antiracism training with Robin DiAngelo; Literary Hub highlights the best books still forthcoming this year; Preety Sidhu recommends novels that center essential workers; and other stories.
The Transpacific Literary Project to publish new folio on monsoons; three writers with disabilities reflect on difficult conversations; new bookstore owners in Chicago learn the ropes mid-pandemic; and other stories.
Jia Tolentino on the pandemic, politics, and protest; Layla F. Saad on approaching anti-racist work with intention; Carlos Fonseca recalls the images that informed Natural History; and other stories.
Corinne Manning on writing about abuse; Orwell Foundation announces 2020 prizewinners; Stephen Epstein discusses his path to literary translation; and other stories.
Comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson to launch her own imprint; Simon & Schuster hosts memorial for Carolyn Reidy; Patricia Lockwood on surviving COVID-19; and other stories.
“A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” stirs controversy; Elyzabeth Joy Holford to lead Vermont Studio Center; Lee Williams considers the legacy of code-switching; and other stories.
M. M. Carrigan discusses the future of Taco Bell Quarterly; Ashleigh Bryant Phillips celebrates rural narratives; Sarah Gerard talks creative partnerships and love affairs; and other stories.
Simon & Schuster schedules memorial service for Carolyn Reidy; Verso Books and the Feminist Press celebrate fifty years in business; Raoul Peck looks to James Baldwin for guidance; and other stories.
Candice Carty-Williams reflects on a historic win; Malcolm Tariq remembers lessons from a beloved professor; Jennifer Baker recommends new and forthcoming books by Black authors; and other stories.
The New York Times will begin uppercasing “Black”; some U.K. libraries prepare to reopen; Saidiya Hartman reflects on writing as an act of building home; and other stories.
Six Black British poets reflect on poetry and protest; R. O. Kwon and Garth Greenwell discuss editing a literary anthology about kink; the American Booksellers Association and Out of Print debut literary face masks; and other stories.
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation announced the winners of its higher education scholarships; writers recommend texts on race and racism in America; Shelf Awareness turns fifteen; and other stories.
Carter Sickels on finding a model for queer masculinity in The Outsiders; Emily Bernard reflects on raising her daughters amid ongoing anti-Black violence; Melissa Faliveno examines gender identity language; and other stories.
Masatsugu Ono discusses translation and foreignness; the Poetry Society of America announces award winners; four writers celebrate Black queer narratives; and other stories.
James Parker on the redemptive power of Seamus Heaney’s work; NPR opens its summer reading poll; Sharlene Teo offers writing advice; and other stories.
The remaining board members at the National Book Critics Circle identify next steps; Aracelis Girmay reflects on talking about whiteness and police brutality to children; James Bradley considers confronting ecological loss through fiction; and other stories.
Alicia A. Wallace finds a blueprint for liberation in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower; Colson Whitehead reflects on politics and the pandemic; the winners of the Trillium Book Awards were announced; and other stories.
The Justice Department attempts to block the publication of John Bolton’s memoir; We Need Diverse Books and Penguin Random House announce scholarship winners; Brandon Taylor reflects on anxiety in the present era; and other stories.
The Guardian reports on the #BlackoutBestsellerList campaign; Michael Roberts appointed interim executive director at the Center for Fiction; Vogue profiles Tayari Jones; and other stories.