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Dana Canedy Is First Black Person To Head Major Publishing Imprint

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Simon & Schuster has named Dana Canedy executive vice president and publisher of its namesake imprint. She is the first Black person and the third woman to hold that position.

Privilege Takes Many Forms In 'Friends And Strangers'

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J. Courtney Sullivan's new novel examines the relationship between a mother and her child's caregiver — both women with significant degrees of privilege, despite their surface economic differences.

D. L. Hughley: 'Everybody Knows' Independence Day Didn't Free Us All

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In his new book, Surrender, White People!, Hughley suggests we consider whether our national holidays speak to the entire nation — along with other bitingly funny ideas for addressing injustice.

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Pitch-Perfect 'Mexican Gothic' Ratchets Up The Dread

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's latest is true Gothic horror; set in 1950s Mexico in a creepy, isolated house where a young bride believes her new husband is poisoning her, and that ghosts walk through walls.

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Rudolfo Anaya, A Founding Father Of Chicano Literature, Dies At 82

Anaya's 1972 classic Bless Me, Ultima — about a young Mexican American boy and his curandera mentor in New Mexico in the 1940s — inspired a generation of Chicano writers.

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A Bittersweet Moment For Black Bookstore Owners

As Black booksellers race to meet increased demand for books about race and justice, many are dealing with complicated, sometimes painful feelings about what the new business means.

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Kevin Kwan's New 'Sex And Vanity' Is A Summer Romp With A Satirical Sting

For his latest novel, Kevin Kwan decided to update one of his own favorite books, A Room With a View. The result is Sex and Vanity, a fun, decadent whirl that manages to take on some serious subjects.

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Fascinating, Messy 'Death In Her Hands' Is A Portrait Of An Unraveling Mind

Ottessa Moshfegh's latest isn't exactly a murder mystery, though there seems to be a mysterious murder. It's more a portrait of a woman gradually losing her mind, using the mystery to try to hang on.

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'From Here to Equality' Author Makes A Case, And A Plan, For Reparations

In a new book, economist William Darity Jr. argues that monetary payments are owed directly to the descendants of enslaved people, to help reverse more than two centuries of disenfranchisement.

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'I See These Conversations As Protective': Talking With Kids About Race

What does it mean to be anti-racist, and how should adults talk to kids about race and racism? Children's author RenEée Watson and anti-racism scholar Ibram X. Kendi suggest starting with books.

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Libraries Are Dealing With New Demand For Books And Services During The Pandemic

Across the country, libraries have seen demand for e-books skyrocket as people try to entertain themselves during lockdown. But they're also dealing with complicated questions around reopening.

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'Miss Iceland' Is A Subdued, Powerful Portrait Of A Suppressed Society

Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir's atmospheric novel, about a young writer and her outcast friends in 1963 Iceland, will transport you to another time and place, though not necessarily a rosier time and place.

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National Book Critics Circle Board Members Resign Over Racism Allegations

The National Book Critics Circle, which represents hundreds of critics across the country, has been roiled by a dispute over an anti-racism statement that has led several board members to resign.