Writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.
- As we mark the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, The New York Times “asked Yoko Ogawa, an award-winning Japanese author, to reflect on the literature unleashed by the atomic bombings.” The resulting article was translated by Stephen Snyder.
- Matthew Desmond’s Evicted has been on my Goodreads Want-to-Read shelf for a long time. This week, Franny Zhang’s essay for the Ploughshares blog on the use of the third-person perspective in this book reminded me that I need to prioritize reading it.
- “It’s Time to Radically Rethink Online Book Events,” argues Kate Reed Petty over on Electric Literature. And she offers some suggestions.
- “Calling all grammar nerds and punctuation junkies!” You may want to check out the STET! Game Night event, on Wednesday, August 12 at 8PM ET on Zoom. Featured participants: Connie Schultz (author of Daughters of Erietown), Amy Bloom (author of White Houses), Lisa Lucas (publisher at Pantheon and Schocken Books), and Preet Bharara (former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and author of Doing Justice). Game will be hosted and refereed by Random House’s copy chief Benjamin Dreyer (author of Dreyer’s English).
- And of course, you’ll find a fresh set of Jewish literary links posted over on the My Machberet blog —including a sneak peek into a no-fee poetry contest that I’ll mention again on Monday in the “Markets/Jobs” post. But why not take a look right now? Maybe you’ll want to get to work on your entry over the weekend.
Have a good weekend!