New episodes of Race Matters, an interview with Joyce Carol Oates, and more

January 29, 2016
by WLT

News, Reviews, and Interviews 

This week on the Race Matters radio show, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas discusses race and immigration with WLT art director Merleyn Bell. 

In this New York Times interview, Mexican writer Álvaro Enrigue discusses his first novel to appear in English. 

Via Literary Hub, Marie Mutsuki Mockett writes about the imprint of storytelling and how childhood reading differs from East to West. 

Scholastic has pulled its new children’s book A Birthday Cake for George Washington after an outpouring of criticism.

Flavorwire discusses what makes the National Book Critics Circle awards the most progressive in terms of its regard to both exceptional books and category flexibility. 

The German Prize for Crime Fiction has selected its top three national and international crime fiction titles for 2016. 

In this interview with Joyce Carol Oates, she discusses her latest novel, the role of obsessions, and social engagement in a writer’s life. 

Translator Katrina Dodson interviews Ann Goldstein, the translator of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels.



Fun Finds and Inspiration 

A forgotten Beatrix Potter story, The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, will be published this fall. It features an older and stouter Peter Rabbit. 

Recent Neustadt Prize finalist Don Paterson believes famed Scottish poet Robert Burns would probably be all over Facebook and Twitter if he was alive today. 

Brain Pickings examines the appeal of memoir, self-portraiture, and why we write about ourselves. 

A group called the Creative Action Network is saving public domain books from boring covers. Its initiative, Recovering the Classics, is getting started by crowdsourcing fresh, modern covers for 50 public domain books.