Critical Linking, a daily roundup of the most interesting bookish links from around the web is sponsored by Bloomsbury, publishers of Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson.
“Last month, at age 101, she released her first collection of poems, ‘Days of Blue and Flame,’ published by Passager Books at the University of Baltimore. The book is the latest iteration of a creative mind that has worked with form and style for the better part of a century.
‘I really feel like the good fairies were standing over my cradle, giving me the oomph to create,’ Yerkes said recently while eating a breakfast of cornflakes and toast in her apartment.”
“There’s a famous quote attributed to German religious reformer Martin Luther that sums up the role of the printing press in the Protestant Reformation: ‘Printing is the ultimate gift of God and the greatest one.’
Luther wasn’t the first theologian to question the Church, but he was the first to widely publish his message. Other “heretics” saw their movements quickly quashed by Church authorities and the few copies of their writings easily destroyed. But the timing of Luther’s crusade against the selling of indulgences coincided with an explosion of printing presses across Europe.”
“The small indie press boom is among us. In both 2017 and 2018, a whopping 40% or more of the National Book Awards longlists included titles from university and independent presses. It’s an exciting time for small presses— never before have there been so many diverse books in the mainstream reading radar. Think about it: could something like Citizen by Claudia Rankine or When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen have been published if indie presses weren’t around?
We’ve curated twenty books published in 2019 from twenty small presses to add to your to-be-read pile.”