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[The Millions] Must-Read Poetry: July 2020
Here are four notable books of poetry publishing this month. After the Body: Poems New and Selected by Cleopatra Mathis An excellent collection that leads with her new poems, finely attuned to the body and aging. “Bed-Bound” begins: “I live in the seam of stitches and throb.” The

[Book Forum] Media collective launches the Trans Journalists Association; Cornel West in conversation with Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
Tonight, /www.eventbrite.com/e/begin-again-james-baldwins-america-and-its-urgent-lessons-for-our-own-tickets-109985064288> Cornel West will talk to Eddie S. Glaude Jr. about his new book /

[The Millions] A Visit from the Goon Squad, a Decade Later
Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad, made its debut a decade ago, and the author reflected on the book’s trajectory with Seija Rankin at Entertainment Weekly. “It was a wonderful gift and a nice shot of excitement,” Egan says. “It came at a time

[Book Forum] Writing Motherhood
Several years ago at a friend’s wedding reception, the mother of the groom said to me, “I hope someday you get to experience the joy of a child.” She paused for a moment, then followed up: “Or perhaps

[The Millions] Our Private and Public Lives: The Millions Interviews Sanaë Lemoine
I met Sanaë Lemoine in graduate school nearly a decade ago, when we were both in our 20s. We often spoke about literature, writing, and teaching, and yet, we were never in workshop together. I was always curious about her writing, so when I received an early copy of her debut novel, The Margot

[Book Forum] American history scholars discuss racism and memorials; Medium lists fifty Black Twitter accounts to follow
The New York Times talks to editors, executives, writers, booksellers, agents, and publicists about what it’s like to be Black in the publishing /www.nytimes.com/2020/07/01/books/book-publishing-black.html?referringSource=articleShare>

[Book Forum] LA Times responds to open letter from its Guild’s Black Caucus; Tressie McMillan Cottom on class and white consumerism
Eve L. Ewing on why she capitalizes the “W” /zora.medium.com/im-a-black-scholar-who-studies-race-here-s-why-i-capitalize-white-f94883aa2dd3> in the word White when talking about race: “Whiteness is

[Salon Books] The secret of his success: Donald Trump's six weird tricks for authoritarian rule
Historian Jennifer Mercieca decodes Trump's "rhetorical genius" in her must-read book "Demagogue for President"

[Salon Books] Citizenship: The great extinguisher of hope
Citizenship is an empty rhetorical shell deployed to perpetuate abuse, dispossession, and exclusion

[Book Forum] Ibram X. Kendi reflects on freedom, power, and the Fourth of July
At The Atlantic, Ibram X. Kendi, the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and How to Be an Antiracist--reflects on what the Fourth of July meant in

[The Millions] Nobody’s Martyr: The Millions Interviews Shannon Reed
In Why Did I Get a B?, her memoir about teaching, Shannon Reed writes “I enjoy teenagers. I like that they have to be convinced to like you.” It’s one of the many lines in Reed’s book that feels authentic.  “Authentic” gets thrown around a lot in the world of secondary school

[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] Colson Whitehead on Making Eccentric Ideas Plausible
Two-time Pulitzer-winner Colson Whitehead spoke to Hillel Italie at AP News about his latest book, The Nickel Boys, his quarantine routine, and his childhood reading habits. “I wanted to write from a very early age, just from reading Marvel Comics and Stephen King, and Arthur C. Clarke and

[Salon Books] Author Max Brooks on America's poor pandemic response and why Donald Trump is "a homicidal buffoon"
The "Devolution" author spoke to Salon about how ill-equipped privileged people are for dealing with disasters

[Book Forum] Lady Romeo
Charlotte Cushman was once called “the greatest living actress.” In the mid-nineteenth century this queer, Shakespearean performer was all the rage. Walt Whitman called her a genius, Louisa May Alcott

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Nugent, Tenorio, Martin, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Benjamin Nugent, Lysley Tenorio, Andrew Martin, and more—that are publishing this week. Fraternity by Benjamin Nugent Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Fraternity: “Terry Southern

[Guardian Books Blog] Reading group: we're reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith in July
After astounding and confusing critics in 2000, Smith’s landmark debut is turning 20 as an established classic. Which should make it a cracking tale to read togetherZadie Smith’s White Teeth has come out of the hat and will be the subject of July’s reading group. Which feels like a great thing

[Book Forum] Raquel Willis on Black trans power and her forthcoming book; Dana Canedy named publisher of Simon & Schuster
At Forbes, Janice Gassam rounds up black businesses to support /www.forbes.com/sites/janicegassam/2020/07/02/12-black-businesses-to-support-for-blackout-day-2020/#60402afd544d> today for Blackout Day

[The Millions] ‘Want’: Featured Fiction from Lynn Steger Strong
In today’s edition of featured fiction—curated by our own Carolyn Quimby—we present an excerpt from Lynn Steger Strong’s novel Want. Following on the heels of Hold Still, the novel won praise from Kirkus, which called it “a wise, unflinching, and compelling novel about

[Book Forum] Collected reactions to the Harper’s letter; Nan A. Talese will retire this year after six-decade publishing career
Nan A. Talese is retiring /knopfdoubleday.com/nan-a-talese-to-retire-after-remarkable-six-decade-career/> later this year after a six-decade career in publishing. Talese first started working in the

[The Millions] Brit Bennett on the Opposite Sides of the Color Line
Brit Bennett discusses her latest book, The Vanishing Half, with Simran Hans at the Guardian. The novel, which was an instant bestseller and quickly optioned by HBO, follows twin sisters who decide to live on opposite sides of the color line, one as a white woman and one as a Black woman. “I

[Salon Books] New page-turners heat up our summer reading: "Blacktop Wasteland," "The Only Good Indians" and more
Get ready to meet "F*ckface" and "The Son of Good Fortune," plus more recommended reading for July

[Book Forum] Disorder, Abbreviation, Clarity, Silence
In Alexandra Chang’s debut novel, Days of Distraction, the twenty-five-year-old narrator escapes her unfulfilling job as a tech reporter by moving from her native San Francisco to upstate New York with

[The Millions] Dissecting Desire: The Millions Interviews Sarah Gerard
Sarah Gerard arrived on the literary scene with her collection of essays, Sunshine State, three years ago, garnering much praise and being hailed as a “writer to watch.” Her debut novel, Binary Star, received similar praise two years earlier. The Florida-born writer just published her highly

[Salon Books] Mike Davis on the global crisis: "This moment is not a tunnel with a bright light at the end"
Author and activist on Trump, the pandemic and the crisis of capitalism: "The lives of several billion are at risk"

[Salon Books] Defenders of Confederate monuments are afraid of real history
Confederate statues are part of a destructive mythology of white supremacy. Calling it "history" is an insult

[Book Forum] Gabrielle Bellot points out what the Harper’s letter gets wrong; New York Times Magazine’s take on The Decameron
Discourse about The Letter /harpers.org/a-letter-on-justice-and-open-debate/> published by Harper’s Magazine has been fast and furious /

[The Millions] The Millions Top Ten: June 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] Jamaican dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson wins PEN Pinter Prize; Sarah M. Broom on Black authors’ freedom to write
The Columbia Journalism Review is hosting /www.cjr.org/the_media_today/black-journalists-systemic-racism.php> a series of discussions /galley.cjr.org/featured> with Black journalists about systemic

[The Millions] Garth Greenwell on Being a Mystery to Yourself
At Guernica, Garth Greenwell discusses his new book, Cleanness, which shares a narrator with his debut, What Belongs to You. “I think it’s an assumption on my part about human beings: that we don’t know ourselves, that we are much more mysteries to ourselves than we are clear, and that

[Salon Books] We are far from Stoneybrook now: On the quiet revolution of "The Baby-Sitters Club"
Watching the new Netflix series as an adult makes me realize that the books I read as a kid were always subversive

[The Millions] Writing Sideways: Edith Wharton, the Postmodernists, and Social Satire
If things go on at this pace,” Lefferts thundered, looking like a young prophet dressed by Poole, and who had not yet been stoned, “we shall see our children fighting for invitations to swindler’s houses, and marrying Beaufort’s bastard. This memorable comic sentence comes in the

[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

[Book Forum] Damon Young reflects on “Serious Conversations About Racism”; Patricia Lockwood’s coronavirus diary
According to the Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column, Donald Trump has now made more than 20,000 “false or misleading /www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/13/president-trump-has-made-more-than-20000-false-or-misleading-claims/>”

[The Millions] Sarah M. Broom on Seeking Out Intellectual Boundlessness
In her “By the Book” interview with the New York Times, author Sarah M. Broom discusses the importance of allowing Black writers to write with a sense of boundlessness. “I wish (and I know this was not the question, exactly) for the day when Black writers — especially women —

[The Millions] Tuesday New Release Day: Starring Kwan, Center, Iglesias, and More
Here’s a quick look at some notable books—new titles from the likes of Kevin Kwan, Katherine Center, Legna Rodríguez Iglesias, and more—that are publishing this week. Sex and Vanity by Kevin Kwan Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say about Sex and

[Guardian Books Blog] White Teeth seemed fresh and hopeful in 2000 – how does it read now?
Zadie Smith’s debut heartened many readers when it first appeared with its breezily multicultural story. It seems a more complicated tale in 2020Zadie Smith’s White Teeth, the back of my copy explains, is about “the tricky way the past has of coming back and biting you on the ankle”. A

[Salon Books] Julian Zelizer on the rise and fall of Newt Gingrich: The man who was Trump before Trump
Princeton historian on the firebrand who remade the Republican Party — and paved the way for the rise of Trump

[Book Forum] Columbia launches public database for COVID-19 coverage; Josie Duffy Rice on national narratives and local organizing
Namwali Serpell looks at /www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/07/23/sun-ra-everything-nothing/> photographer Ming Smith’s portraits of Afrofuturist poet and musician Sun Ra, and the challenges of their work.

[Book Forum] Everyone’s A Critic
In Andrew Martin’s new story collection, we’re with the critics, who are also writers, who often don’t write anything at all. Like Derek, who peaks hate-skimming a novel by the sometime-boyfriend of

[The Millions] Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2020 Book Preview
Well. It’s been quite a year. There’s probably no need to belabor just what kind of a year it has been. Suffice it to say that for the purposes of The Millions Preview, it has made things crowded and strange. A number of books you see below also appeared on the last preview, but have had

[Book Forum] Bari Weiss and Andrew Sullivan resign; The TRiiBE editor-in-chief Tiffany Walden on the danger of sensationalist narratives
Andrew Sullivan is resigning /twitter.com/sullydish/status/1283100440683479043?s=20> from New York magazine. Bari Weiss has resigned /www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/business/media/bari-weiss-resignation-new-york-times.html>

[Book Forum] Light Verse
A longtime translator, Christina MacSweeney is responsible for bringing the writing of authors like Valeria Luiselli, Daniel Saldaña París, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, and Eduardo Rabasa to English-language

[Book Forum] Mainstream coverage of ongoing Black Lives Matter protests dwindles; Rakesh Satyal named executive editor at HarperOne
At Electric Lit, Eva Rosen offers a reading list of books on housing inequality /electricliterature.com/8-books-about-housing-inequality-in-america/>. Rosen, author of The Voucher Promise /

[The Millions] Panel Mania: ‘Spellbound’
At first, Bishakh Som’s Spellbound: A Graphic Memoir is the story of a leap of faith: Som quits her job as an architect to work full time on a graphic novel. The book then relays her life story as she grows up in New York City, the child of immigrants from India, and moves through her years as an

[Book Forum] The Literary Arts Emergency Fund to provide $3.5 million in one-time grants; Michelle Obama launches podcast
The Literary Arts Emergency Fund /www.nationalbook.org/literary-arts-emergency-fund/> will provide $3.5 million in one-time grants to publishers and literary organizations. The fund is supported by

[The Millions] Rion Amilcar Scott on the Comforting Familiarity of Clichés
For PBS, Rion Amilcar Scott, author of the story collection, The World Doesn’t Require You, explores how the familiarity of clichés can comfort those in the midst of grieving. “Look, as a writer, all my training has taught me to be allergic to cliches,” Scott says. “If I

[Salon Books] MSNBC's Zerlina Maxwell on "The End of White Politics"
Politics isn't about white men in suits anymore, says Maxwell — and Joe Biden needs to pick a Black woman

[Book Forum] Revisiting John Lewis's National Book Award Speech; Sloane Crosley Sells Novel
Barak Obama /medium.com/@BarackObama/my-statement-on-the-passing-of-rep-john-lewis-fa86761cd964>, Joe Biden /

[Guardian Books Blog] Poem of the week: On First Knowing You’re a Teacher by Peter Kahn
The classroom’s unpredictable demands provide surprisingly poetical inspirationOn First Knowing You’re a TeacherRobert’s not coming in, my boss tells me.I’m sitting sweating in a windowless office,a stack of résumés eye-balling me, stinkingup the desk – I’m first screener and sleepyin


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