How Young Writers Are Leading A Poetry Comeback: Critical Linking, July 25, 2018

Sponsored by PC and Kristin Cast’s LOST, published by Blackstone Publishing.


Young adults and certain racial ethnic groups account for a large portion of the increase. U.S. poetry readers aged 18 to 24 more than doubled, jumping from 8 percent in 2012 to 17 percent in 2017. Among people of color, African Americans and Asian Americans are reading poetry at the highest rates — which more than doubled in the last five years — up 15 and 12 percent, respectively.

Other notable increased readership groups include women, rural Americans and those with only some college education.

A look at why we’re seeing a growth in poetry — both in books published and books read.

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While most independent bookstores around the world have almost lost the battle against international book-selling chains and e-commerce giants like Amazon, a few have managed to stay afloat and even thrive. Here  are some from around the world that are keeping the joy of reading alive.

Who is up for a trip around the world in bookstores

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If you look at lists of canonically funny books on the internet, which I do with some frequency (what, is that not a normal way to spend one’s time?) you will notice that, invariably, almost all the books listed are by men. And when books by women are included, they tend to be nonfiction: memoir or essays. Your Nora Ephrons, your Sloane Crosleys, your various female comedians who have written bestsellers. There’s nothing wrong with that, exactly—except for the fact that I happen to know that there are a ton of very funny novels by women out there, being ignored by the Funny Book Canon.

Added a ton of books to my reading list here

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