In our morning reading: an interview with Blake Butler, new writing from Carmen Maria Machado, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Lacy Crawford, Lynn Steger Strong’s Latest, Langston Hughes, Sasha Geffen Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Lacy Crawford and Lynn Steger Strong, an interview with Sasha Geffen, and more.
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?