Lit List: Friday December 2, 2016

Good evening readers. Here's your round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.

  • Ahmed Naji faces final appeal: the Egyptian writer and author of The Use of Life is serving a two-year prison sentence for "violating public modesty" Hyperallergic
  • Writers respond to Trump: led by PEN America, writers and organizations have signed a pledge to defend the First Amendment Huffington Post
  • First literary loves: writers on the short list for The Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize think back to childhood, remembering the books that first inspired them Lit Hub
  • Authors as adjectives: from Joycean to Zolaesque, male authors' names have a long history of inspiring adjectives. It's time we start canonizing the leading female literary powerhouses The Times Literary Supplement
  • Living in airplane mode: Helena Fitzgerald reflects on the transformative power of life on the move Catapult
  • From "Whereas Statements": a poem by Matthew Zapruder responds to the 2009 congressional resolution of apology to Native Americans The New York Times
  • Last Girl Before Freeway: Sara Eckel reviews a new biography of Joan Rivers and considers the late cultural icon's feminism The Washington Post