Friday Finds for Writers

Treasure Chest
Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • “Having written outside your gender in Understory, did you ever have any lasting concerns about the sort of reactions you might get for writing beyond your own ethnic background [in subsequent work]?” Excellent question–and similarly excellent answer, in this Bloom Q&A with Pamela Erens, conducted by Terry Hong.
  • “Well-Read Black Girl, founded by self-professed book nerd, Glory Edim, is the most successful of this new wave [of book clubs]: a little literary utopia, a place where books by black women writers are celebrated, discussed, and absorbed.” Super profile by Molly McArdle for Brooklyn Magazine. (via @ShadeMountainPr)
  • There’s been such a great response to my new Lit Hub article on Jewish lit that it’s not easy to imagine many of you haven’t read it yet, but, ICYMI, here it is.
  • “I’m often asked–and I see writers agonizing about–what social media we ‘should’ have. In particular, whether it’s worth it to have a Facebook page for our ‘author self’ as well as a personal profile.” Sound advice from Allison Williams on the Brevity blog.
  • And I’ll leave you with a special treat–last weekend, I had the chance to attend a New York Philharmonic performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade (conducted by Alan Gilbert). It was magical. And I’ve been able to find a recording of an earlier performance to share with you. Listen. And be inspired.
  • Have a great weekend, everyone.