Critical Linking for September 1st, 2015


We’re seeing more and more women of color break into mainstream markets, and their books obliterate arguments about whether or not our stories sell. In light of this affirming and necessary era, I thought I’d share nine titles from women of color authors that have been published in the last five years—books that I like to think of as part of a modern Brown girls’ literary canon:

A great list of 9 Great Books by Women Of Color You Should Definitely Read by the great Ashley Ford.


During the first half of the year, Paula Hawkins’ debut novel, The Girl on the Train, sold more than 4.5 million copies, more than any other book during the period. In addition, E.L. James‘ latest book, Grey, sold more than 3.5 million print, audio and e-book copies in the U.S. and U.K. during its first two weeks in publication.

Big first half of 2015 for Penguin Random House.


Author Harper Lee’s safe-deposit box doesn’t contain another unpublished book.

That’s the finding of James S. Jaffe, a rare-books expert brought in to review the contents of the safe-deposit box at a bank in Ms. Lee’s hometown of Monroeville, Ala. Mr. Jaffe, who was hired to set the record straight about what’s inside the mysterious box, says that it contains an original typescript of “Go Set a Watchman,” an early typescript of the first third of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and a later copy-edited typescript of “Mockingbird.”

Looks like we can all exhale.


Has the e versus p debate been a distraction? Yes, but a useful one. It has made readers more clued up about how books are made – and more aware of the power they have to influence what and how they read.

Who won the print versus digital debate? Readers.

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