June 26, 2020

A debate over identity and race asks, are African-Americans ‘Black’ or ‘black’?

Jun 26 2020 Hundreds of news organizations over the past month have changed their style to Black in reference to the race of people, including The Associated Press, long considered an influential arbiter of journalism style. Far more than a typographical change, the move is part of a generations-old struggle over how best to refer to those who trace their ancestry to Africa. The capitalization of black, which has been pushed for years, strikes at deeper questions over the treatment of people of African descent, who were stripped of their identities and enslaved in centuries past, and whose struggles to...

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Kevin Kwan: ‘With Crazy Rich Asians my life exploded and I’m still trying to put it back together’

Kevin Kwan: 'With Crazy Rich Asians my life exploded and I’m still trying to put it back together' Jun 26 2020 After the global success of his flamboyant debut, the Singaporean novelist talks to Nosheen Iqbal about growing up with old money, living next to Bob Dylan in New York, and why publishing’s problems with diversity are no surprise Source: The Guardian More News Stories

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Study indicates it’s safe to check out books from the library that have been quarantined for three days

Jun 26 2020 A research report indicates that the virus that causes covid-19 is not detectable on books and DVD cases after three days of ordinary quarantine. The Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) study states that, “Standard office temperature and relative humidity conditions typically achievable by any air-conditioned office space” are sufficient to attenuate the virus within 72 hours. A second study is expected at the end of July. Source: webjunction.org More News Stories

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PBS Kids partners with Little Free Library for Summer Story Times

Jun 26 2020 Continuing its Read-Along series for children and families nationwide during the pandemic, PBS Kids is teaming up with Little Free Libraries for a selection of free online readings by a variety of celebrities and public figures. In addition to reading a children’s book, each guest will designate a location for a new Little Free Library in the U.S., which will feature a collection of diverse books. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories

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Dear black publishers and creatives…

I have been writing children's books for over 10 years now. I have worked as an editor in children's publishing houses for 15. For the last 18 months, I have been mentoring writers and illustrators of colour, and doing my best to try and explain how publishing works. How to navigate this industry whilst sharing my experiences of being an author and editor who is black. Thing is, this navigator is on new terrain now!

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