Lit Hub Weekly: February 22 – 26, 2021


TODAY: In 1902, John Steinbeck is born in Salinas, California.

Also on Lit Hub:

Mary Gordon tries to understand Patricia Lockwood • Yaba Blay on the history of race in New Orleans • Why we hover over our sleeping newborns • Sushma Subramanian on the paradox of solitude and intimacy • Dreux Richard attends the Japan Firefly Society’s national conference • Julia Fine on writing Margaret Wise Brown into her novel • Elizabeth Becker on three women who changed the face of war reportage • On the political work of Mark Maryboy • How genetic sequencing exonerated an Olympian accused of doping • Matthew Gavin Frank recommends 11 books with things that take flightRebecca Carroll reflects on parenting a Black son in white America • On the dangers of the legal system relying too heavily on neuroscience • How Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa played a role in the late Enlightenment • Jonathan Lethem on the brilliance of Shirley Jackson • Georgina Lawton on learning the truth about her biological lineageDaphne Brooks remembers blues activist Rosetta ReitzHermione Lee considers the algorithmic genius of Arcadia A brief history of Rapture novelsOn the underrepresentation of HIV+ characters in YA lit • James Canton communes with an 800-year-old oak tree •  Elizabeth Miki Brina embraces the differences between Japanese and American culture • Alicia Andrzejewski on the (semi-hidden) history of queer pregnancy in literature • Li Juan on why China’s Kazakh herders are giving up a life of migration • Catherine Rottenberg on the overdue revival of Anzia Yezierska • A reading list for taking fashion seriously • Feast your eyes on the best book covers of the month • Angela Buck recommends nine books of seductive nightmares

Best of Book Marks:

“The world is full of painful stories. Sometimes it seems as though there aren’t any other kind”: on Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower • Station ElevenLaRoseHow to Be Both, and more rapid-fire book recs from K Chess • A month of literary listening: AudioFile’s best audiobooks of February • New titles by Hermione Lee, Yaniv Iczkovits, and Jennifer Ryan all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week

New on CrimeReads:

Olivia Blacke explores the perennial popularity of the cozy • A new TV show has the Baker Street Irregulars solving crimes instead of Sherlock • Ioan Grillo on the intensely profitable and semi-secret world of the global gun trade • February’s best new true crime releases • Jeff VanderMeer talks ecothrillers and noir with Meg Gardiner • Check out these February releases, new in paperback! • Jason Dearen on a deadly fungus that developed a taste for human blood • Tatiana de Rosnay asks, what’s left to write about creepy houses? • Read a roundtable discussion on mentorship in publishing • The judges for the inaugural Sisters in Crime Pride Award on queer voices in crime fiction

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