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[Book Forum] Murmrr to host Ottessa Moshfegh’s virtual book launch; Revisiting Alex Vitale’s The End of Policing
Verso Books has made Alex S. Vitale’s 2018 The End of Policing free to download as an e-book on its website /www.versobooks.com/books/2817-the-end-of-policing>. In Vitale’s words: “The problem is not

[The Millions] June Preview: The Millions Most Anticipated (This Month)
We wouldn’t dream of abandoning our vast semi–annual Most Anticipated Book Previews, but we thought a monthly reminder would be helpful (and give us a chance to note titles we missed the first time around). Here’s what we’re looking out for this month. Let us know what you’re looking

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themAre you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[The Millions] Nadia Owusu on Validating Each Other’s Experiences
At Catapult, author Nadia Owusu, in a column titled “Exit Interviews,” gives voice to the grief of people of color—grief that is so often silenced. “We can choose to permanently change how we view each other,” Owusu writes, “how we work together, validating each

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Bennett, Mitchell, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Brit Bennett, Wayétu Moore, Alexandra Petri, Marie-Helene Bertino, David Mitchell, and more—that are publishing this week. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about The

[Guardian Books Blog] Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens is our reading group book for June
Running to more than 800 pages, with some 50 significant characters, this is a big book in every way – there is certain to be a lot to entertain usOur Mutual Friend has won the vote and will be our Charles Dickens book for June. And it’s a big one. The 14th and final complete novel that

[Book Forum] Room to Improv
Wayne Koestenbaum performs a surgery of surfaces. He finds the inside of a thing by drawing together the outsides of that thing, pinching the body until the folds present a name. His new book, Figure

[Book Forum] Ibram X. Kendi on anti-black racism in America; Keeping track of police attacks on journalists and press freedom
At the Los Angeles Times, LZ Granderson details /www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/george-floyd-and-the-special-hell-reserved-for-black-journalists-covering-his-killing> the mental toll on black

[Guardian Books Blog] An all black Desmond Elliott shortlist shows the future is here - and it is in good hands
Abi Daré, Derek Owusu and Okechukwu Nzelu tackle the big, intimate themes we all face: family, sexuality, trauma, empire, race, migration and love, writes Preti TanejaI am chair of the judges for the Desmond Elliott prize for debut writers this year and read through lockdown alongside my fellow

[The Millions] Helen Macdonald Gets Political
Helen Macdonald, the nature writer and author of the 2015 memoir H Is for Hawk, is having an enviable Covid-19 lockdown. She Skypes from a sunlit room in her home in the village of Suffolk, in the U.K., which she describes as “ridiculously out of a picture book.” Outside are rolling hills and a

[Guardian Books Blog] Do the work: an anti-racist reading list | Layla F Saad
What will happen after this news cycle is over and social media posts about diversity die down? Layla F Saad chooses books to fortify a long-term struggleEvery black person I know right now is exhausted. They are exhausted by the two pandemics disproportionately hurting and killing black people:

[The Millions] ‘Between Everything and Nothing’: Featured Nonfiction from Joe Meno
In today’s installment of featured nonfiction—curated by none other than our own Carolyn Quimby—we present an excerpt from Joe Meno’s Between Everything and Nothing: The Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum. The book, which follows two Ghanaian refugees,

[Book Forum] Book publishers sue Internet Archive over e-books; Jonathan Capehart talks with White Fragility author Robin DiAngelo
The Brain Lair bookshop offers a list of essential anti-racist reading /bookshop.org/lists/this-list-is-anti-racist?fbclid=IwAR0VwTmoE4gA1jLs6MjIAokUBNEvKKm-l94fSUfTlwO_0mJUh33_NISEXgQ>. Robin DiAngelo,

[The Millions] Jenny Zhang on the Importance of Funny Writers
At Lit Hub, Jenny Zhang recounts the important books in her life, from the first book she loved to her favorite reread. On the books that have made her laugh out loud: “Pnin by Nabokov, the stories of Janet Frame and Grace Paley make me laugh. Tommy Pico and Morgan Parker’s poetry make me

[The Millions] An Anti-Racist Reading List
There been no shortage of excellent anti-racist reading lists circulated in recent days, as the nation has been convulsed by mass demonstrations and protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. We’re going to add another—which

[Book Forum] Soraya Nadia McDonald on attacks to the vulnerable neck; Times staff denounce decision to run pro-militarization op-ed
In “Why We Can’t Stop Thinking About George Floyd’s Neck,” Soraya Nadia McDonald writes /theundefeated.com/features/why-we-cant-stop-thinking-about-george-floyds-neck/>about the history of lynching,

[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: June 2020
Here are four notable books of poetry publishing this month.  In the Field Between Us by Molly McCully Brown and Susannah Nevison A unique and memorable collaboration that considers friendship, compassion, and the vulnerability and resiliency of our bodies. Nevison and Brown have collaborated

[Book Forum] Philadelphia Inquirer journalists call in “sick and tired”; Lauren Michele Jackson on the anti-racist reading list
A day after defending /twitter.com/JBennet/status/1268328278730866689?s=20> the decision to publish senator Tom Cotton’s New York Times op-ed, “Send in the Troops,” editorial-page editor James Bennet

[The Millions] Tochi Onyebuchi on Writing to Abate the Terror
For Tor.com, Tochi Onyebuchi reflects on his role as a black writer during protests against police brutality and the killing of black men and women. “And there I was, walking past that hollowed-out grocery store that November night, writing. Struggling with the possibility that this writing

[Salon Books] Yes, our political system is badly broken. But it doesn't have to be this way
Our political system runs on a set of hidden rules. They don't work for anyone — except the system itself

[Book Forum] White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor Sells Memoir
James Bennet has resigned from his position as editor of the New York Times Op-Ed page. In a staff letter announcing Bennet's departure, publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote, “Last week we saw a significant

[Book Forum] White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor sells memoir; Mychal Denzel Smith on how book publishing needs to change
James Bennet has resigned from his position as editor of the New York Times Op-Ed page. In a staff letter announcing Bennet’s departure, publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote, “Last week we saw a significant

[The Millions] An Anti-Racist Poetry Reading List
These recent poetry collections offer poignant narratives and snapshots of racial injustice in America, from lasting testaments of systemic violence to a public appeal for the vital work that remains to be done as the country confront its legacy of racism and exploitation. American Sonnets for My

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themAre you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[The Millions] Jason Reynolds on the Language of Discussing Racism with Kids
On the Kojo Nnamdi Show, YA author Jason Reynolds discusses the goal behind writing Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You with Ibram X. Kendi. “I think it’s always complicated to take such massive ideas and to whittle them into something bite-size without pandering or condescending to

[Guardian Books Blog] Publishing has ignored and pigeonholed black authors for too long | Magdalene Abraha
Year after year, the industry has failed to reflect the society around it, and correcting that will require concerted effortOver the past two weeks, people around the globe have gathered in protest against the terrible deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. In the UK, within just

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Lansky, Oates, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Sam Lansky, Joyce Carol Oates, and more—that are publishing this week. Broken People by Sam Lansky Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Broken People: “Lansky follows his addiction memoir The

[Guardian Books Blog] Don't like Dickens? No one can dispute how entertaining he is
This month’s Reading group choice Our Mutual Friend shows off the novelist’s prodigious gifts for fond characterisation – a lovable miracle in days like theseIt may seem like a banal observation to say that Our Mutual Friend is a lot of fun. Perhaps in the normal course of things, but in these

[Book Forum] A look at the women leading publishing in Africa; Michelle Alexander envisions a path forward
In the New York Times, Michelle Alexander reflects /www.nytimes.com/2020/06/08/opinion/george-floyd-protests-race.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage> on the continuing protests across

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Stuck Rubber Baby’
Originally published in 1995 by DC, the late Howard Cruse’s Stuck Rubber Baby is a pioneering graphic novel that explores politics, race, sex, and identity in the African-American and LGBTQ communities in the Jim Crow south. In July, First Second Books will publish a new edition to mark the

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: May 2020
We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what you’ve been reading. By looking at our Amazon stats, we can see what books Millions readers have been buying, and we decided it would be fun to use

[Book Forum] Keisha N. Blain on the long tradition of black women’s organizing; Porochista Khakpour discusses Brown Album
At The Atlantic, Keisha N. Blain looks back at the long tradition of black women’s activism and organizing /www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/pioneering-black-women-who-paved-way-moment/612838/>.

[The Millions] Rachel Eliza Griffiths on the Rhythms of Grief
At Poets & Writers, Rachel Eliza Griffiths describes the challenges she faced writing her new book of poetry, Seeing the Body, which follows her as she mourns the death of her mother. “The uneven rhythms of grief don’t allow you to do or to feel life as you did before,” Griffiths

[Book Forum] Look Who’s Watching
So, where does Quotients, this big, multilayered novel, come from? Quotients is about people trying to build homes and find shelter in family, when they feel that the world is place full of peril.

[The Millions] An Anti-Racist Fiction Reading List
Amidst the weeks of worldwide protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, we’ve been reflecting on the fiction from recent years that speaks to the ongoing legacy of racism in the United States. The books highlighted here—featuring quotes from Publishers Weekly

[Book Forum] Samira Nasr named top editor of Harper’s Bazaar; Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Chenjerai Kumanyika on prison abolition
For Nieman Lab, journalist Wendi C. Thomas details /www.niemanlab.org/2020/06/police-have-been-spying-on-black-reporters-and-activists-for-years-i-know-because-im-one-of-them/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NiemanJournalismLab+%28Nieman+Journalism+Lab%29>

[Salon Books] Masha Gessen on Trump's "autocratic attempt" — his attack on reality, meaning and democracy
Author of the new "Surviving Autocracy" on Trump, America's historical blindness and the desperate need for hope

[The Millions] The Desire Not to Be: The Millions Interviews Garth Greenwell
In Cleanness, Garth Greenwell’s follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut What Belongs to You, the author brings readers into an intimate and explicit relationship between an unnamed narrator and a student named R. Greenwell’s first and second books aren’t necessarily a pair. One does not

[Book Forum] Nieman Lab collects accounts of racism in newsrooms; Candice Carty-Williams on publishing’s exclusionary “mainstream”
Nieman Lab is collecting /www.niemanlab.org/2020/06/i-continue-to-have-nightmares-that-i-still-work-there-many-many-journalists-speak-out-about-racism-in-newsrooms-across-the-country/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NiemanJournalismLab+%28Nieman+Journalism+Lab%29>

[The Millions] Teju Cole’s Meticulously Curated Playlists
During these uncertain times, Teju Cole is curating playlists that reflect current events and his own thoughts on history and music. Brittle Paper has compiled the playlists, which include titles like “songs without words” and “melodious uncle.” For the playlist titled

[Salon Books] Brit Bennett's "The Vanishing Half" and 4 more must-read novels out in June
Bennett follows up her bestselling novel "The Mothers" with an epic family tale of race, identity and family trauma

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: My pity is fake … by Miriam Neiger-Fleischmann
These stark lines set out a hard, unfinished personal reckoning with atrocious memoryMy pity is fake,my poems, atonement.Mutation in my genesbegan in the gas chambers.Even before that,antigens werecreated in my bloodagainst torture and murderand mindless oppressionand all kinds of atrocities.Yet,

[The Millions] Fate, Capitalism, and Football: The Millions Interviews Katherine Hill
Katherine Hill has always been an omnivorous sports fan, someone who can get caught up in March Madness, World Cup soccer, Wimbledon, and the Olympics. But football was the sport she wanted to explore in her second novel, A Short Move, which follows the life story of Mitch Wilkins, a high school

[Book Forum] Six National Book Critics Circle board members resign following an effort to publish statement supporting Black Lives Matter
At least six members of the National Book Critics Circle’s board of directors /www.bookcritics.org/board/> have resigned /www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/83582-turmoil-rocks-nbcc-board.html>

[Guardian Books Blog] Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?
Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of themAre you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooksScroll down for our favourite literary linksRead more Tips, links and suggestions blogsWelcome to this week’s

[The Millions] Hanif Abdurraqib on the Generous Music of Protest Chants
On GEN, poet and author Hanif Abdurraqib reflects on the empowering sounds of protest chants and the ways it gives purpose to movements. “The protest chant is generous music: It can pull someone to exactly where they need to be, even when they don’t always know if they have the energy to

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Spencer, Phillips, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of  Scott Spencer, Lucie Britsch, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, and more—that are publishing this week. An Ocean Without a Shore by Scott Spencer Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about An Ocean Without a

[Guardian Books Blog] Our Mutual Friend is as wildly overblown as the society it depicted
From rapacious capitalists and martyrs to poverty to ‘dropsical’ pubs teetering over the Thames, Dickens’s novel was faithful to a far-fetched realityEarly on in Our Mutual Friend, Charles Dickens treats us to a description of a Thames-side pub:The Six Jolly Fellowship Porters, already

[Book Forum] UK authors form Black Writers’ Guild; What Pride means now
Over one hundred UK authors have formed a new group to address /www.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/15/black-writers-guild-calls-for-sweeping-change-in-uk-publishing> inequality in the publishing

[The Millions] An Anti-Racist Graphic Novel Reading List
In tribute to the memory of George Floyd, who died at the hands of the Minneapolis police, and in support of the worldwide outcry over his death, we present this list—compiled by the comics editors at Publishers Weekly —of graphic titles about African American life and history. The titles here


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