LitLinks for Aug. 23, 2019
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Below are some of the best literary links I saw this week. By the way, if you enjoy this post, please share it with others. Thank you!
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- Sales of Toni Morrison’s books jumped following her passing.
- Counterfeit books rife with errors are selling on Amazon.
- Someone named Thatcher Wine is a book curator for celebrities, so he has both a name and job that I want.
- Step into the archives of Philip K. Dick.
- This article asks why Dorothy West’s work isn’t getting the same recognition as that of other Harlem Renaissance writers.
- How authors are starting to stand up for LGBTQ authors who are banned from schools in the U.S.
- All of this year’s Hugo Awards winners are women.
Books + Hollywood
- HBO will air a seven-episode limited series of Tom Perrotta’s novel, Mrs. Fletcher, starting on Oct. 27.
- Authors, take note: You may want to finish your book series BEFORE a show based on the series becomes the most popular thing on TV.
- Stephen King’s The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon is being made into a movie.
- The glasses Cate Blanchett wears in the film, Where’d You Go Bernadette? They were given to her by the book’s author, Maria Semple. (You can see the glasses 35 seconds into the trailer below.)
- This article lists 11 books that New Yorkers are reading this summer.
- Or, here are 25 books to help you finish off the year.
- Need a good laugh? These 13 books will make you LOL.
- August is Women in Translation month. Here are some new books translated by women.
- Nine new coffee table books to check out.
- The New York Times highlights debut novels about families fractured by abuse, displacement or death.
- Five books that may spark writers’ creativity.
- The New York Times dives into Rion Amilcar Scott’s new short story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You.
- You can explore Hogwarts with this interactive Harry Potter book.
- This book highlights scientists who loved and wrote poetry.
- Nell Zink’s new novel, Doxology, is out. Here’s a review.
- Insects are currently buzzing in the literary spotlight. (I couldn’t resist.)
- Artist Firelei Báez interprets what happens in three upcoming books.
Bookshops and Libraries
- A library in East Hampton, New York makes money by selling donated books on Amazon.
- On Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a woman is helping find a new home for unwanted books.
- A Pittsburgh bookstore is succeeding while being run by a first-time bookshop owner who dropped out of high school.
- Published Irish poetry favors men over women. (I’m guessing the imbalance isn’t limited to Ireland. Also, what about non-binary poets?)
- U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo on how poetry can combat hate.
- NPR interviewed 18-year-old Muslim Somali refugee poet Saida Dahir who just released her debut poetry album, The Walking Stereotype.
- Emily Michael is a poet on the verge of publishing her first collection. And, yes, she’s blind.
- Author Paule Marshall passed away on Aug. 5. She was 90.
- Children’s book illustrator Charles Santore passed away at 84.
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