Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi Want to Help Young People Talk About Racism: Critical Linking, August 21, 2019

Critical Linking is a daily roundup of the most interesting bookish links from around the web, sponsored by Roar, the YA imprint of Lion Forge.


“For the new book, the celebrated YA author is reimagining Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, the 2016 National Book Award winner that provided a comprehensive look at America’s relationship with racism. The new version will similarly trace the origins of anti-black and racist ideas as well as propose tools for identifying and combating them. But Reynolds, author of young adult and middle grade bestsellers including As Brave As You, Long Way Down and All American Boys, is making sure that the subject matter is approachable for a younger audience. ‘I rewrote the book top to bottom,’ Reynolds tells TIME. ‘I settled into it and I tried to figure out, if I’m 16, what makes me want to read this book? And the answer is always going to be subversion. So the book starts: “This is not a history book.”‘”

Just when you thought you could not love Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi any more, they teamed up to help our youth navigate racism.


The bookstore isn’t about me being here for four years, it’s about the connections that are made here and the community that’s created here,” said Magaña. “So that’s why I wanted the focus of the anniversary event to be not just about a celebration of us being here selling books … but about it being a special and unique space for the community.”

It gives me such heart feels to see a bilingual bookstore thrive.


“Warner Bros. has been trying for the last of couple years to find a way to get back into ‘The Matrix’ universe, but a hold-up over producing rights slowed the project down. Over the past couple of months, the studio saw an opportunity to ramp up development, with Reeves boasting a strong summer that included box office hits ‘John Wick 3’ and ‘Toy Story 4’ and a script from Wachowski that drummed up excitement.”

King o’ twisty interconnected plots David Mitchell is one of the writers and WOW does that make sense.

Vanessa Diaz @buenosdiazsd

Vanessa is a writer, reader and generally bookish Latina from San Diego. If loving Harry Potter and Agatha Christie is wrong, she doesn't want to be right. Vanessa’s penchant for books, travel and tea is rivaled only by her serious addictions to milk, avocado and floral lattes. When not reading books or selling them, she can be found blogging, working on her first novel or cozying up at a library.

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