June 16, 2020

Amistad launches #BlackoutBestsellerList on social media

Jun 16 2020 In order to shine a light on Black authors and push the publishing industry to be more inclusive, Amistad books — a publisher devoted to uplifting multicultural voices — started an initiative encouraging readers to buy two books by Black authors between now and June 20. The #BlackoutBestsellerList initiative seeks to empower the voices of Black writers one book at a time and push books by Black authors to the top of the bestseller list. "To demonstrate our power and clout in the publishing industry, Saturday June 13 - Saturday June 20, we encourage you to purchase...

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Do the soaring sales of anti-racism books signal a true cultural shift?

Jun 16 2020 In the wake of the waves of police brutality at protests against the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other black people, Americans are turning to books to try to understand the United States’ history of structural and institutional racism. Over the past month, sales of books about anti-racism have surged dramatically. Every one of the 10 books on the New York Times’s combined e-book and print nonfiction best-seller list this week is about anti-racism. ... ... Calls to read more, as many critics have said, cannot and should not replace active work to break...

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Trans activists write to newspaper condemning JK Rowling abuse story

Jun 16 2020 Trans and non-binary activists have written a public letter in support of JK Rowling after the Sun published a front page interview with her ex-husband headlined: “I slapped JK and I’m not sorry.” The group of campaigners said that while they strongly opposed the Harry Potter author’s stance on trans rights, they stood in solidarity with her against the newspaper’s “abhorrent” approach to a domestic violence story. “Misogyny is a pervasive force and one that treats survivors and victims of sexual and domestic violence as bylines to their abuser’s story,” the trans and non-binary activists said in...

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At 99, Al Jaffee says goodbye to Mad Magazine

Jun 16 2020 Mad magazine is celebrating its longest-tenured contributor, Al Jaffee, with an issue devoted to him on the occasion of his retirement. The latest edition of the smart-alecky bible of boomer humor, billed as the “Special All Jaffee Issue” and available Tuesday, is filled with reprinted and previously unpublished work by or about Mr. Jaffee, the creator of two signature features in the magazine, the intricate Mad Fold-In and Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions. Source: New York Times More News Stories

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Bookshops need to be representative too

I want to acknowledge that my experience as a South Asian is not the same as those of Black people in this country. Although it’s important to note that we may have some shared experiences, the current BLM protests are about Black Lives, and it’s crucial to know the difference.  However, the recent conversations about diversity in the publishing industry have stirred up some familiar feelings for me.

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