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November 10, 2020

Shorties (Stacey Abrams on Writing Romance Fiction, SPIN on College Radio's Continued Relevance, and more)

Our Time Is Now by Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams talked romance writing with the Guardian.

“Whether I’m writing about an ethno-botanist or a woman who’s raising orphans in South Georgia, the challenge of telling their stories is the same challenge I face as a legislator who has to talk to someone about passing a bill on kinship care, helping grandparents raising grandchildren, or blocking a tax bill because I’m using expertise they don’t realise I have,” she said. “I revel in having been able to be a part of a genre that is read by millions and millions of women, in part because it respects who they are. It respects the diversity of our experiences, and it creates space for broader conversations.”

SPIN examined the enduring relevance of college radio.

Friday's update to the 2020 edition of Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2020" book lists added 17 new lists. 152 year-end lists are now featured, with MANY more to come.

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Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

Deep Sea Diver visited The Current for an interview and live performance.

Megan Rapinoe talked to Fresh Air about her memoir One Life.

All Songs Considered interviewed composer Ólafur Arnalds.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune recommended recently published graphic novels.

Legendary folk singer Shirley Collins played a Tiny Desk Concert.

It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders interviewed author Talia Levin.

Electric Literature recommended books about feminist folklore.

Filmmaker Barry Jenkins has remixed Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album.

Koritha Mitchell reconsidered Toni Morrison's novel The Bluest Eye on its 50th anniversary at Electric Literature.

We'll Have To Pass shared an oral history of McCarren Park pool parties.

Deutsche Welle recommended Japanese authors beyond Haruki Murakami.

Marissa Nadler covered Journey's "Of a Lifetime" with members of Converge and Cave In.

Literary Hub shared an essay from Kiese Laymon's collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.

The Longlist for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced.

Mary Wollstonecraft finally has a statue in London.

Vox interviewed author Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

The New York Times shared an excerpt from Jonathan Lethem's new novel The Arrest.

Literary Hub interviewed Lethem.

Locus interviewed author Victor LaValle.

The Coil shared an excerpt from Leland Cheuk’s novel No Good Very Bad Asian.

T Magazine shared new fiction by Alexander Chee.

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