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

We’re continuing to add awesome programming to Book Riot Live, including a Farm to Table: How a Book Gets Made panel, a live performance of Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Book Jeopardy hosted by Ryan Chapman, and more! Register here with promo code RIOT for $20 off!


Our next main Quarterly Box ships this Friday, and you have until the 2nd to sign up! Get surprise books hand-picked by the Riot crew, along with neat bookish goodies, in your mailbox every three months! (And check out the YA box while you’re at it!)

This new Read or Die t-shirt is my favorite thing in our store. Everything in the Book Riot Collection at the store is 25% off right now, so it’s a great time to snag a hoodie for upcoming chilly weather!

read or die

Read Harder IRL Book Groups are coming to a city near you! Meet up with other book lovers and talk all things lit. See here for details/to RSVP.

Our first ever LIVE recording of the Reading Lives podcast is happening on 9/3 at The Strand Bookstore! The guest is Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of Bright Lines. We’d love it if you could come out!

Posts From Last Month That I Loved With Many Loves

Librarians are so rad, as evidenced by this parody of “Uptown Funk.” This letter from a father to his newborn daughter about how books work. This look at how authors are using tech in innovative ways. Leila is touring the world via female crime writers: first stop, Norway. This story about Tolkien performing an exorcism on a tape recorder…in Gothic. Books for people who love the movie Clue. These fandom-inspired quiet books are AMAZING.

Check This Box for Other

Welcome new Rioters Vanessa Willoughby, Jake Offenhartz, and Kelly Anderson! We’re so happy to have them and expect only greatness and works of magical genius from them. NO PRESSURE.

Books I’m Putting In My Face

signs preceeding the end of the worldEverything I’m reading these days is for Best Translated Book Award 2016 consideration, and man has it been an adventure. I’m knee-deep in Clarice Lispector’s Complete Stories. Yuri Herrera’s Signs Preceding the End of the World is everything I want when I read Cormac McCarthy, but don’t get. I’ve just started Sphinx by Anne Garreta, an experimental French novel from 1986 that tells a love story without the use of gender markers. Too soon for a verdict on that one, but I’m enjoying the ride.





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

Amanda Nelson,

Managing Editor, Book Riot