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The Pop-Up Newspaper Covering ‘The World’s Largest Protest’

For two months, many thousands of farmers have been staging a massive sit-in with their tractors on the highways around New Delhi, demanding that the Indian government withdraw a package of agriculture laws that the farmers say will slash their income and make them prey to Big Agribusiness. And some of these farmworkers, with sympathetic writers and artists, have...

Will The Big U.S. Publishing Houses Be Backing Away From Conservative Political Books?

"There are some in the industry who believe houses have a responsibility to publish a wide range of viewpoints, seeing it as a First Amendment issue." (And conservative books have tended to sell well.) "But a burgeoning group of mostly younger industry members argue" — especially in the wake of the Capitol riot and Simon & Schuster's subsequent cancellation...

Native American Languages Could Become Another Casualty Of COVID

Jodi Archambault: "As COVID-19 takes a fearsome toll on our people, it also threatens the progress we have made to save our languages. The average age of our speakers — our treasured elders who have the greatest knowledge and depth of the language — is 70. They are also those who are at most risk of dying from COVID-19."...

The Most Valuable Award In British Poetry Goes To Bhanu Kapil

Poet Lavinia Greenlaw, who chaired the committee for the T.S. Eliot prize, said of Kapil's How to Wash a Heart, "This is a unique work that exemplifies how poetry can be tested and remade to accommodate uncomfortable and unresolvable truths. ... It’s a book that one of the judges said, ‘Every time you start it, you have to finish...

The Indie Bookstore That Categorizes Books By Emotion

There are shelves about "On the Troubles of Growing Up and Moving On" and "For Escaping Your Life," among many others. "Oh Hello Again owner Kari Ferguson, who previously founded Dickens Children’s Books in Vancouver, Washington, was inspired to create Oh Hello Again by Ellen Berthoud and Susan Elderkin’s concept of bibliotherapy—the idea that reading the right book at...

Defining Southern Literature Is A Troubled, Troubling Task

For white Southern writers, especially, "the deconstruction and demolition of so many of the myths about Southern culture and identity has been ongoing in literature for a long time but seems to have accelerated at a stunning rate in the past four years, and especially at the start of this year. The combined effects of these historic circumstances are...

The Creativity, Therapy, And Writing Skill It Takes To Co-Create Celebrity Memoirs

Michelle Burford has co-written, or really, written after many hours of absorbing interviews, quite a few celebrity memoirs. She calls herself a "story architect," and her name appears on the covers of the memoirs alongside the famous counterparts. But as a Black woman, she has to tell publishers not only to think of her for Black women's memoirs: "I’ve...

The Internet Is Shaping, ANd Changing, The Novel

Can a novel be, or feel, contemporary without references to doomscrolling or at least brushing up against social media? "While the internet and mobile phones initially posed problems for fiction writers - not least for their potential to destroy traditional plots of desire and obstruction (chance encounters, missed connections, quests), the dangers of such instant gratification increasingly appear to...

What Novelists Can Learn From Playwrights

Brontez Purnell: "All good theater and literature should run the zodiac of feelings: Some of it should be sad, some of it profound; some of it should be boring and some of it should jump completely off the cliff. Whatever vehicle I’m using, I’m always trying to arrive at a certain sense of balance." - The Atlantic

Amazon Sued For Price Fixing

The suit "alleges that the publishers pay high commissions and other costs to Amazon, which in turn increases the retail price of e-books sold on the platform. The lawsuit claims the five publishers account for 80 percent of books sold in the US, and calls the arrangement a 'conspiracy to fix the retail price of e-books,' which it argues...

Why I Make Undergrads Read Unfinished Novels

Matthew Redmond teaches this class at Stanford in part "to disrupt what seems an obvious distinction between development and result, closure and continuity. On careful inspection, it is surprisingly difficult to tell what makes a novel, or any piece of writing, truly finished." Yet there was another factor this past fall quarter, "a period defined by the constant escalation...

Wikipedia @20: A Little Piece Of Utopia Left On The Internet?

As more and more of the internet is consolidated, discredited, and co-opted by capital, Wikipedia begins to look like a vestige of a bygone era. With its volunteer-run editing process and its open-source ethos, the site may be the one success of an early-internet ethos (crowdsourced, democratized information-sharing, with little centralized control) that otherwise has come to look like...

Read (And Watch Again) Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Poem

Here's the video and the transcript. - The Hill

Google And France Make Deal To Pay News Outlets For Content

"Google and a French publishers' lobby said on Thursday they had agreed a copyright framework under which the U.S. tech giant will pay news publishers for content online, in a first for Europe. The move paves the way for individual licensing agreements for French publications, some of which have seen revenues drop with the rise of the Internet and...

Hungary Orders Warning Labels Put On Books With LGBTQ Content

After the small queer women's publisher Labrisz released a book of fairytales, titled Wonderland Is For Everyone, that includes LGBTQ characters, the right-wing government of Viktor Orbán's Fidesz party ordered Labrisz to affix a sticker saying that the book depicts "behavior inconsistent with traditional gender roles" to every title it publishes to which that statement applies. - Reuters

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