Good evening readers. Here's your round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.
- An interview with Rep. John Lewis: the Civil Rights icon and graphic novelist urges children to “read everything. Learn as much as you can learn. Study. Be kind. Be courageous. And just go for it.” Lit Hub
- Hear from Syrian writer Noor Hariri: the winner of the 2016 Euro-Mediterranean literary contest, “A Sea of Words” reflects on her story, “Reasons and Names” Arablit
What Jane Eyre can teach women today about money: how Charlotte Brontë’s infamous heroine found independence and choices in her unexpected wealth TIME
Recognizing the Enlightenment’s neglected hero: a new biography of Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture fills a gap in history books The New Republic
Madness fetishized: on literature’s glamorization of mental illness and suffering The Times Literary Supplement
Reversal of the Muse: an overlooked podcast for women “who aren’t content to simply be muses” The Atlantic
Rethinking adoption: how an unexpected pregnancy, a birth, and a family reunion gave one grandmother a new perspective on adoption Catapult