Writing and publishing resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.
- “Today, as the Chinese state bans Uighur books and paves over Muslim graveyards, poetry remains a powerful form of persistence and resistance for the Uighur people.” A sobering piece by Joshua Freeman that’s also a tribute to his professor-friend Abduqadir Jalalidin.
- From my friend Talia Liben Yarmush: “Is it a strange feeling that my [7yo] son wrote and published a book in six months while I have been working on the same novel since before he was born? Yes, yes it is. But it’s also inspiring.”
- Publishers Weekly [PW] on one of this week’s big new stories: “The news that BookExpo, BookCon, and Unbound will not take place in 2021 and that show organizer ReedPop is looking at ways to reinvent the meeting did not come as a surprise to publishers and distributors—or to booksellers. ReedPop, a unit of Reed Exhibitions, had been trying for a number of years to develop a show that would meet the various needs of the book world, but found only limited success. Most book business insiders contacted by PW expressed little interest in returning to the same version of BookExpo, but nearly all hoped some type of annual event could be created.”
- ICYMI: The December issue of The Practicing Writer 2.0 went out to subscribers earlier this week, and along with the usual panoply of (fee-free AND paying) opportunities, you’ll find featured there a wonderful resource for guidance with platform and social media.
- And of course, there’s a new batch of Jewish literary links posted over on the My Machberet blog. Highlights this week include Grace Paley, Nicole Krauss, and much more.
Have a great weekend, everyone.