Footnotes, June 2020: Book links from around the web
At The Reading List, we’re trainspotters when it comes to interesting book links, and here are a number that caught our eye.
- Mad respect to AfroLitSans Frontieres, which not only started an international, virtual African literary festival from scratch, then appeared in The New York Times, but also organised a sign-a-thon for African writers in support of Black Lives Matter in the USA.
- Speaking of Black Lives Matter in the USA, there are a lot of lists of books to read as you continue (hopefully? hopefully you’ve already started? right?) your anti-racism journey. There’s Ibram X Kendi’s, Victoria Alexander’s, a list from black publishers and booksellers, a list for children and teens, this all-digital book list from Kobo and lots more lists here.
- When was the last time you bought a Blackbird Books title? Get inspired, independent African and South African publishing right here.
- American YA author Jason Reynolds recorded a brilliant chat with Kojo Nnamdi on racism and the current protests in the USA. Must-listen stuff.
- The Caine Prize! The Caine Prize. The AKO Caine Prize. It’s come out of Covid-19 hiding (note: we commend everyone who went or is currently in Covid-19 hiding) and announced its shortlist. We have a close connection with author Rémy Ngamjie; read his shortlisted story, ‘The Neighbourhood Watch’, here. And read all shortlisted stories here. (Holding thumbs, Rémy!)
- Barbara Ehrenreich. Barbara Ehrenreich? Barbara Ehrenreich!
- Over here, W Ralph Eubanks muses on what befalls literary culture when cities fall silent.
- Hey, who wants to know about Marian Keyes’s top recommended books? We sure do.
- Lionel Shriver is making everyone’s lives miserable again.
- Who the hell invented vinaigrette, anyway?
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