Another week has come and gone, and on this warm Friday before the summer solstice, I am really looking forward to spending the next two days reading outside and enjoying the sunshine.


Today is Juneteenth, the day that marks the anniversary of when the last enslaved people in Texas found out they were free, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. In honor of Juneteenth, I encourage you to read this collection of articles on Literary Hub about the history of Juneteenth, the movement to make Juneteenth a national holiday, and other readings on Black History.

Juneteenth Should Be a National Holiday: Readings in Black History and Joy

Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865 arrival of Union troops in Galveston, Texas-over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation-who brought with them official news of the end of slavery in the United States.


As antiracist book sales continue to rise, some booksellers are struggling with profiting off the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bookstore Owners Struggle With Surge In Anti-Racist Book Sales

Kalima DeSuze, the owner of Cafe con Libros feminist bookstore in Brooklyn, has seen book sales skyrocket in the last two weeks as mostly white customers rush to order literature on dismantling racism. A year ago, she would have sold 200 books in a good week.

Bernadine Evaristo, the author of Girl, Woman, Other, discussed the surge of Black authors on the bestseller list.

‘This is a history-making moment’

Booker Prize winning author Bernardine Evaristo has become the first black British woman to top the UK paperback fiction chart, with her novel ‘Girl, Woman, Other’. Speaking to BBC Breakfast, she said the Black Lives Matter movement had probably helped to propel the book up the charts – with other authors of colour also topping charts in the UK and beyond.


Multiple members of The National Book Critics Circle, including the president of the organization, have resigned after conversations regarding their statement on Black Lives Matter were leaked.

National Book Critics Circle: president and five board members resign amid claims of racism

The president and five other board members of the National Book Critics Circle have resigned, amid allegations of racism and violations of privacy. Laurie Hertzel, president since 2019, announced over the weekend she was leaving the 24-member board.

Canadian author and educator Nadia L. Hohn is set to host #KidLit4BlackLives, a virtual children’s literature rally, tonight at 7pm EST.

Virtual children’s literature event #KidLit4BlackLivesCanada aims to ‘educate, empower and heal’ | CBC Books

Books The event will take place on June 19, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET. It will feature stories, songs, reflections, poetry and words from predominantly Black Canadian authors for young people and allies for equity and justice. Canadian author and educator Nadia L.

Reni Eddo-Lodge has become the first Black British author to top UK book charts.

Reni Eddo-Lodge becomes first black British author to top UK book charts

Reni Eddo-Lodge has become the first black British author to take the overall No 1 spot in the UK’s official book charts. Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race topped Nielsen BookScan’s UK top 50 in the week to 13 June, making her the first black British author to take the top slot since Nielsen began recording book sales in 2001.

Literary review magazine Bad Form is launching a new prize for young BIPOC writers.

Bad Form Young Writers’ Prize launches with trade support

Bad Form, the quarterly literary review magazine, is launching a new prize for young black, Asian, Arab and other non-white fiction writers based in the UK, with support from across the publishing industry. The Bad Form Young Writers’ Prize is intended to help provide practical support to British authors from underrepresented backgrounds, helping them to break into the business.


100 poets in Chicago have come together to write one poem about the city’s gun violence.

On Writing a Collective Poem in Response to Chicago Gun Violence

“According to the Chicago Police Department, 2,611 people were shot in Chicago in 2019. By contrast, NYC and LA totaled just over 1,800 shooting victims combined, far fewer than Chicago by itself.” (, January 2nd, 2020). The Chicago Tribune’ s crime team tracks shootings by day and month.


Zadie Smith’s latest essay collection, Intimations, which was written during the early months of lockdown (and thus making me feel terrible about my level of productivity during quarantine), will be released this July.

Zadie Smith to Release New Essay Collection About Life During Lockdown

Looks like someone’s had a productive quarantine. “White Teeth,” “Swing Time,” and “On Beauty” author Zadie Smith will reflect on our time spent in lockdown in a new collection of essays called Intimations. According to Penguin Random House, Intimations was written during the “early months” of lockdown and is set for release on July 28.

Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro is set to release his next novel, Klara and the Sun, next spring.

New novel by Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro coming in 2021 | CBC Books

Books Klara and the Sun will be released on March 2, 2021. British-Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro has written a new novel slated for release in 2021. Klara and the Sun will tell the story of an ‘Artificial Friend’ named Klara, who has outstanding observational qualities, as she watches browsers come and go from her place in the store hoping one of them will become her new human owner.


Bestselling novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón has passed away at the age of 55.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, author of The Shadow of the Wind, dies aged 55

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, the Spanish author of internationally bestselling novels including The Shadow of the Wind, has died at the age of 55. The novelist, who was frequently described as the most-read Spanish author since Cervantes, died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles, his publisher Planeta announced.


Tea Mutonji’s short story collection Shut Up, You’re Pretty has won the Trillium Book Award for best book in Ontario.

AudioFile Magazine has announced the five audiobook narrators who will be receiving their lifetime achievement award!

AudioFile’s Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the five acclaimed audiobook narrators who have just been given the magazine’s highest accolade


An adaptation of Beth Macy’s book Dopesick is in the works at Hulu with Michael Keaton set to star.

Michael Keaton to star in limited series based on NYT bestseller ‘Dopesick’

The Hulu series is based on Beth Macy’s 2018 book about the ongoing opioid crisis in America. Michael Keaton will be hitting the small screen to star and executive produce a show based on Dopesick, a New York Times bestselling book on the opioid crisis.

A summer literary series brought to you by Stella Artois and narrated by Andy Cohen is both something that’s happening and a sentence I never thought I’d say.

Andy Cohen Is Narrating Summer Stories From Literary Authors for Stella Artois

Tales of the ‘summer life we once savored together’


If you were curious about whether or not the plethora of celebrity story-times that were taking place at the beginning of isolation were in breach of copyright law, here’s your answer!

Do Online Storytimes Violate Copyright? | American Libraries Magazine

Our online column Letters of the Law explores a wide range of legal issues that arise in libraries. In this column, Tomas A. Lipinski explores two topics that have made headlines this year: privacy concerns around the 2020 US Census and copyright issues surrounding traditional and online programming.


Finally, in one of my favourite articles of past the week, three authors discuss what Pride means to them in 2020, fifty years after the first Pride march and in a year where no Pride marches can occur.

What Does Pride Mean Now?

Fifty years after the first Pride March, the authors Jericho Brown, Carmen Maria Machado and Thomas Page McBee reflect on a complicated moment for the L.G.B.T.Q. community. This article is part of our latest Pride special report , featuring L.G.B.T.Q. voices on the challenges and possibilities of these troubled times.

Have a wonderful, and safe weekend everyone. And to all the dads out there, Happy Father’s Day!


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