Good evening readers. Here's your round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.
- National Book Awards: host Larry Wilmore will announce the winners tonight. Here's what some people thought of the nominees Vox
- Taking on racial food slurs: 2016 Man Booker Prize-winning author Paul Beatty "weaponizes watermelons" in his satirical novel, The Sellout NPR
- The Kids are All Right: what Harry Potter can teach us about good and evil Lit Hub
- The Brown Bookshelf declaration: hundreds of American children's book authors and illustrators pledge to fight racism and xenophobia The Guardian
- Three Lives & Co.: the independent bookstore in Manhattan's Greenwich Village will stay put indefinitely New York Magazine
- "Moonlight" story writer Tarell Alven McCraney: "a lot of it comes from dreamlike states, the chaos that is memory" The Creators Project
- Scarlet West, author-diarist of I'd Like to Thank Manchester Air Rifles, has the "mark of a great diarist - the one that makes you believe real life is fiction" Berfrois