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Letter From the Editor: August 2015

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Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

I send monthly updates on the what-nots and whatevers of Book Riot to our contributors and I recently had a light bulb moment: our readers would probably appreciate something like that. Therefore, I present unto my bookish brethren a monthly letter from the editor (that’s me), wherein I’ll gab about news you need, posts I’ve loved, books I’m reading, and whatever else catches my fancy:

Goings-on You Should Know About

-MARGARET ATWOOD IS COMING TO BOOK RIOT LIVE. As are Alexander Chee, Alisha Rai, Jason Reynolds, Lucy Knisley, and more. Here, have a registration promo code:



-Our Do You Even Read, Bro? tanks are back by popular demand for a very limited time. Order one here.

-The Technology and Reading Quarterly box has been featured in the “Best of Quarterly” section. It’s a great time to buy a box if you’ve been curious but don’t want to take the risk of not knowing what you’re getting.


Posts From Last Month That I Loved With Many Loves

Depressing literary quotes as motivational posters (thank you, Brandi, you are the hero the world deserves). A musing on the use (or not) of technology in modern literary fiction. A look at how books with the same name can cause bigger problems other than confusing booksellers and librarians. Two Rioters re-read some V.C. Andrews, to hilarious effect. Why Go Set a Watchman will break your heart, but you should read it anyway. Feminist books for young adults.


Check This Box for Other

I’m a judge for this year’s Best Translated Book Award, which I’m really thrilled about. We talk a great deal about diversity on Book Riot, and that should include geographic diversity to a greater degree than it currently does. I look forward to talking more and more about these books as I read through the (giant, enormous, 350+) stack of eligible books.


Books I’m Putting In My Face

the club dumasSeveral Harper Lee biographies in preparation for a panel on the author I’m moderating for the (first ever!) Mississippi Book Festival. Do come, if you’re local! The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte and translated by Sonia Soto- I’m on a books about books kick right now and this is scratching that itch (as long as I try to forget the unfortunate Johnny Depp adaptation). A Useless Mana collection of short stories by Sait Faik Abasiyanik and translated by Maureen Feely and Alexander Dawe. Deceptively simple, snapshot-style stories that are only a few pages long but stay with you for days.





That’s all for now. Thanks for reading our site. You’re my favorite people.

Amanda Nelson,

Managing Editor, Book Riot