Finds for Writers

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Most Fridays the Practicing Writing blog shares writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend. But it’s been an excruciating week for so many of us. And frankly, I’ve paid next-to-no attention to garden-variety news from the writing and publishing spheres.

On Wednesday, however, I received an email from Facing History and Ourselves, a Boston-based global nonprofit organization that I’ve admired for many years. The email introduced a “mini-lesson” titled “Processing Attacks in Israel and the Outbreak of War in the Region.”

The resource isn’t perfect. (What resource is?) But one of its segments impressed me as something that, though intended for educators and students, could be clarifying for writers as well, in our work and in the rest of our lives. It’s a section titled “Avoiding Antisemitic and Islamophobic Tropes in Discussing Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

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  • From Publishers Weekly: “L. L. McKinney, the author who developed the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag campaign earlier this month, has announced the Juneteenth Book Festival, which will take place on Friday, June 19. The event is being co-organized by Saraciea Fennell, a book publicist and founder of The Bronx is Reading – Bronx Book Festival.”
  • Speaking of the #PublishingPaidMe hashtag—that’s one of the threads in Sophfronia Scott’s latest, moving “Ruminations” in The Waking, Ruminate magazine’s online journal. (Full title of the piece: “Self-Deception in the #PublishingPaidMe Marketplace.”
  • Another moving piece, this time on the Brevity blog: “Never Too Late: On Finding a Literary Life,” by Shiv Dutta (one of the many wonderful people I met when I attended the Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers Conference a few summers ago).
  • Also noted in Publishers Weekly: “The Association of University Presses presented two awards during its virtual annual meeting on Monday: Larin McLaughlin, editor-in-chief of the University of Washington Press, received the Constituency Award for her commitment to advancing the goals of diversity and inclusion in the university press community; Ned Stuckey-French was awarded posthumously the inaugural StandUP Award to honor people who are not on staff at a university press but who have done extraordinary work to support, defend, and celebrate university presses.” I don’t know Larin McLaughlin, but I was acquainted with Ned Stuckey-French, and I hope that if you have some time you’ll check out the short video tribute that’s linked within the brief article.
  • And, as always, there’s a new batch of Jewish literary links posted over on the My Machberet blog. On this Juneteenth, I’ll recommend especially that you click on over to check out some “representations of black struggle in the pages of Yiddish literature,” as sourced in the Yiddish Book Center’s latest “Weekly Reader.”

Have a meaningful, peaceful, healthy weekend, everyone.

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