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.”
- Good-bye, Edith Pearlman (via Shelf Awareness).
- Just because I didn’t discover Robert Lee Brewer’s 2023 Get Started Right Writing Challenge until yesterday doesn’t mean I can’t make use of it—and maybe you can, too.
- From the UK-based The Bookseller: “Groups including Inklusion, CRIPtic Arts and #KeepFestivalsHybrid are calling on literary festivals to find ways to retain digital access provisions after several, including Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF), indicated they would have to cut back on hybrid options due to the ‘prohibitive’ cost.” (Hat tip: Mslexia.)
- “What Can We Learn from Barnes & Noble’s Surprising Turnaround?”—thoughts from Ted Gioia (hat tip: Roy L. Pickering, Jr.).
- And don’t miss the first set of Jewish-lit links for 2023 over on the My Machberet blog.
Have a good weekend, everyone.