Literary Links: July 12 – 18

Happy Friday dumplings! After a long week, it’s finally time to kick back, relax, and catch up on the week’s bookish news! As always, I’ve got five interesting stories for you.

1. Pulitzer Prize-winning Nadine Gordimer passed away at the age of 90. As a white South African who hated apartheid, she is known for her novels that explore racial conflict in apartheid-era South Africa, and later, its transition to democracy.

2. Chicago had cow statues, Anchorage had salmon, and Buffalo had, well, buffalo. Now London has book benches! The National Literary Trust teamed up with Wild in Art to commission 50 benches painted to look like scenes from famous books, which have now been placed around the city. I love this idea!

London Narnia Book Bench

3. Hachette has been battling Amazon for what feels like months, and this week the plot thickens. According to WSJ, Simon & Schuster is also in talks with Amazon, although the nature of the talks is unclear.

4. In a move to embrace diversity, Marvel announced that its character Thor will now be represented by a woman, and a black character will don the stars and stripes of Captain America. Is this a good move to broaden representation in comics, or a gimmick just meant to drum up attention?

5. Amazon got in on the e-book subscription game, launching a service called Kindle Unlimited. For $10 a month, subscribers get unlimited access to e-books and digital audiobooks from a library of more than 600,000 titles. Unsurprisingly, titles from Hachette and Simon & Schuster are not being offered at the moment.

Happy reading, and enjoy the weekend!


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