In a stunning bit of reportage at Guernica, Lacy M. Johnson looks at the costs of laying nuclear waste to rest, and at the impact doing so has had on one particular St. Louis suburb.
For Nowhere, Hillary Kaylor finds there’s little she can do to help the kids who spend their days scavenging a dump in Cambodia....more
Waxahatchee just released Out in the Storm, via Merge Records, last week. Back in April, singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield spoke to Abby Haglage over at Lenny Letter about what’s behind the band’s fourth album:
I don’t want to call it a break-up record, but it was a romantic and professional relationship that fell apart.
If you’ve ever wanted to own a bookstore, here’s your chance! Win this Wellsboro, Pennsylvania bookstore.
India’s Oxford Bookstore announced it will be holding its third Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize in 2017, a competition meant to honor book cover designers....more
Rumpus contributor and BFF Antonia Crane has written an episode for Driven—a web series created by Rumpus founder Stephen Elliott—called “Poppy,” that is centered on authentic representation of sex work. Antonia writes,
This episode is our dream episode because it accurately reflects a sex worker’s story of intimacy and the possibility of contentment with a diverse, trans and queer cast and crew.
Monday 7/17: Jesus Ramirez-Valles discusses and signs Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology. 7 p.m. at Book Soup....more
Friday 7/14: Since it was rained-out last time, head to Hollywood Beach for the seventh installment of the CHIMERA reading series! Readers include Robert Carey, Jessica DeArcangelis, and Bréia Kokeb. 7 p.m., donations to Animalia encouraged....more
This week, in a story by Akhil Sharma that will leave you devastated, an Indian woman in an arranged marriage wakes one day to discover that she loves her husband. “If You Sing Like That for Me,” originally published in the Atlantic in 1995, is available this week at Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading in conjunction with the release of Sharma’s short story collection, A Life of Adventure and Delight, which collects this story and seven others that focus on the lives of Indian protagonists as they negotiate relationships and the difficulties of the human heart....more
Thursday 7/13: Tavern Books is proud to present a bilingual reading by Caroline Wilcox Reul and guests to celebrate the launch of Who Lives, Elisabeth Borchers’s book translated from its original German. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic presents Oakland poets Tongo Eisen-Martin and Derek Fenner for their monthly reading....more
Welcome to This Week in Trumplandia. Check in with us every Thursday for a weekly roundup of the most pertinent content on our country, which is currently spiraling down a crappy toilet drain. You owe it to yourself, your community, and your humanity to contribute whatever you can, even if it is just awareness of the truth....more
Ok, but like, among all the collusion and end of the world news we haven’t talked nearly enough about TELEPORTATION BREAKTHROUGHS.
It’s time to help translate some magical texts for Chicago librarians....more
Thursday 7/13: RADAR Productions collaborates with Nomadic Press to present July’s edition of the Queer Reading Series at the San Francisco Public Library....more
“There may be freedom in America but it is not for me.” At Catapult, Kenechi Uzor reminds us that not every immigrant story is an uncomplicated, happy one.
Mallika Rao writes for the Atlantic on the the beloved web series Brown Girls, its coming leap to HBO, and the promise of more complex narratives for people of color....more
A massive bookstore, The Book Garden, has opened in Iran’s capital city, Tehran.
The Huffington Post takes a look back at the Strand’s ninety years of successful bookselling in New York City.
A Russian bookstore is helping customers learn Chinese....more
Monday 7/10: Write Club L.A. presents Chapter 65: The Kids Are Alright. Featuring readings by Sofia Carianna, Spencer Towne, Rebeka Barrera, Annette Barrera, Christian Perfas, and Jacorey Palmer. Hosted by Paula Killen and Justin Wellborn, with Jeff Dorchen. $10–$20/pay what you can....more