Critical Linking for October 26th, 2015

The coloring book consist of 45 black-and-white illustrations by artists like Yvonne Gilbert, John Howe, Tomislav Tomić, Adam Stower, and Levi Pinfold, which bring scenes from the novel to life.

The official Game of Thrones coloring book is here.

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However sincere the intentions, saying that you want to hear from marginalized voices rings hollow against the literal barrier of the reading fee. It’s hard enough to submit to a system you’re outside of without having to pay to do it. Fees ensure that people who have disposable income will submit the most. So it’s fine to charge fees if you’re targeting mostly white, male writers who went to elite schools and who have a financial safety net. It’s not so great if you want to hear from the single mom working two jobs who writes poetry at night.

Charging reading fees has to go. If you can’t make your publication work without them, then maybe your publication shouldn’t be publishing.

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Shakespeare plots are great fun while being somewhat difficult to untangle. Winterson wrestles wonderfully with a perplexing text and emerges with a complicated, satisfying and contemporary tale that stands wholly on its own, despite the Bard’s significant shadow. But then again, show me a novelist who isn’t under that shadow. For that reason, and because Winterson makes this cover business look easy, I imagine many novelists are salivating for the chance to write the next book in this promising new series.

I have been looking forward to this series of Shakespeare “cover” novels, and it sounds like the first one out of the gate is a winner.

 

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