16 Writers on Trump’s America: Critical Linking, November 17, 2016

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And while we’re doing the hard, necessary work of mourning, we should avail ourselves of the old formations that have seen us through darkness. We organize. We form solidarities. And, yes: we fight. To be heard. To be safe. To be free.

Of all 16 of these essays from writers on living in Trump’s America, the one from Junot Díaz gave me the most life.


At a gala ceremony in New York City, the 67th National Book Awards gathered many of literature’s leading lights in celebration of just a few authors: Colson Whitehead, who won in the fiction category; Ibram X. Kendi, in nonfiction; Daniel Borzutzky, in poetry; and Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell in young people’s literature.

Your National Book Award winners!


We looked at the gender ratio in eight long-running literary prizes around the world. Since 1950, when the US National Book Awards were established, only one quarter of the prizes in its fiction category have gone to women.

*holds bridge of nose*

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