Friday Lit Links: Week of December 8

December 8, 2017
by WLT

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News, Reviews, and Interviews

The “Silence Breakers” who have spoken out publicly and anonymously about sexual assault and harassment were named Time’s 2017 Person of the Year. From the pages of WLT, we look to Dubravka Ugrešić’s “The Scold’s Bridle,” which addresses misogyny and the persistent silencing of women and Githa Hariharan’s “When Bodies Speak,” which addresses the public silencing of women who have been assaulted and tortured.

Michael Frank describes what it’s like meeting his perfect translator for his memoir, The Mighty Franks.

The New York Times has released its list of 100 Notable Books for 2017.

NPR’s Book Concierge has released its guide to 2017’s Greatest Reads.

Aisha Sabatini Sloan details resisting the temptation to cater to white audiences in an MFA program.

Electric Lit sat down for an interview with Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down, to talk about the importance of poetry in today’s era of literature.

VIDA reports on gender inequality within the literary prize culture.

The campaign to preserve James Baldwin’s former home in France  and turn it into a writer’s retreat has failed. Instead, it will be developed into a luxury apartment complex, slated to open by June 2019.

In this Foyles Q&A about anonymous North Korean dissident writer Bandi, Bandi’s translator, Deborah Smith, shares what is knows about the anonymous writer, what is known about the state of literature within North Korea, and linguistic differences between the Korea of the North and South.


Fun Finds

Via Literary Hub, Hope Ewing chronicles her discovery of “booze writing,” a type of writing that could help those dealing with alcoholism.

Tacoma, Washington, is fast becoming the perfect place for emerging writers.

This Japanese home in Yokohama is designed around a climbable earthquake-proof bookshelf.

Via the Atlantic, three deployments in Iraq changed this Army veteran’s voice in writing.