Jul 23 2015
News from the world of books and writers
- There is controversy (again) over Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. Have you read Go Set a Watchman? I have not, yet. The narratives playing out in the media raise interesting questions about authors and their intentions both before and after publication. Fans of To Kill a Mockingbird’s Atticus Finch recoiled at his racism in the sequel, while others rationalized the character’s development based on the mystery surrounding which book was intended to be published first: “So did Lee soften and polish Atticus Finch in the transition from ‘Watchman’ to ‘Mockingbird’? Or sharpen his edges to depict the complexities of the South’s transition out of segregation?” Still others have looked more critically at the arguable source text, judging Mockingbird again for taking up undeserved space in the literary canon. Why is it always women? The Guardian asks.
- Poet James Tate has passed away.
- Do you read the New York Times Bookends column? Two writers weekly debate an issue in the books world. This week, they tackle the subject of whether there is a use for boring literature, which has the potential to be anything but boring.
- PopSugar has compiled a list of book to film adaptations in 2015. See a good movie, sure, but try to read the book first!
- Toni Morrison gave an hour-long interview to the BBC, in which she discussed “her childhood, her experiences at Howard University, the time she spent in publishing, and her latest novel, God Help the Child.”
What did I miss? What’s the most interesting piece of book or writer news you’ve read lately?