To say the past few weeks have been difficult would be an extreme understatement. It has been an extraordinarily emotional time, especially for the Black members of our communities. Here at Kobo, we are committed to a continued effort to support our Black community, to make contributions financially, and to look within our own company to see where and how we can improve. You can read our full statement here:
On a personal level, I know a lot of us are committing to making donations, signing petitions, sharing resources on social media, having difficult conversations with friends and family, and as a group of avid book-lovers, many of us have been consciously picking up books by Black authors this month. In that vein, I want to start the roundup this week by sharing an essay by Saeed Jones about the protests that are happening in America (and across the world), and invite you to relisten to the conversation we had with him earlier this year about his novel How We Fight for our Lives.
It should come as no surprise that books on the topics of social justice and race topped bestseller lists this week.
Last weekend, the hashtag #PublishingPaidMe took Twitter by storm as authors compared advances paid to white authors and their BIPOC counterparts.
Between Covid-19 and the recent protests, Black bookstores are facing unprecedented hardships in 2020.
Writer and activist Rachel Cargle is opening a bookstore writing centre in her hometown of Akrin Ohio.
The Miriam Webster dictionary’s definition of racism is getting an update, thanks to a vocal activist.
JK Rowling released an essay this week, addressing long-standing accusations of transphobia. Rather than reposting that here, I’d like to share responses by two members of the Trans Community, as well as this great Twitter thread which breaks it all down.
The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded $1.4 million to literary organizations around the United States.
Last week, The New Yorker released a never-before-published Hemmingway story.
The first ever museum dedicated to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has been approved.
If you’re looking to continue to educate yourself on racism or the Black experience in North America, check out one of these reading lists. And when you’ve found the book you’re looking for, consider buying it from a Black owned bookstore.
Stay safe, stay healthy, have a great weekend.