To be a part of the literary community over the last few weeks has involved seeing months’ worth of events rescheduled, canceled, or shifted online. In some cases, this has been due to precautions taken to prevent coronavirus infection; in others, it’s due to writers canceling book tours. The Loft’s Wordplay Festival is shifting from an in-person event to one that will take place in a host of online spaces, for instance. As writers, publishers, and event planners look out at this shifting landscape, a host of questions come to mind. If events aren’t feasible right now, are there alternatives? Are live-streamed readings and discussions the new normal when it comes to literary events? Is there a way to capture that same sense of community that the best literary events held in a physical space can accomplish?
In our afternoon reading: a playlist from Andrew Krivak, an interview with Kim Gordon, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Amber Sparks’s new collection, new writing by Victor LaValle and Janice Lee, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new nonfiction by Jami Attenberg, a review of Amber Sparks’s new collection, and more.
With the arrival of February, it feels like 2020 is getting into high gear, for better or for worse. A cursory glance at the month’s most anticipated new books could best be described as eclectic: there are experimental and transgressive works here, along with career-spanning tomes and thematically ambitious works of fiction. If this is a harbinger of what the rest of the (literary) year looks like, it’s a good omen.
In our afternoon reading: fiction by Amber Sparks, musings on the monoculture, and more.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on Amber Sparks’s forthcoming collection, interviews with Bernardine Evaristo and Jonathan Lethem, and more.
In our afternoon reading: fiction from Amber Sparks, an interview with Lee Rourke, and more.