Good evening readers. Here's your round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and fiction.
- Transfigure hatred with art: Charlotte Wood on how art can give us the strength to “question, provoke, understand, reject, change” Lit Hub
- “A Year in Reading”: National Book Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson on what she read in 2016 The Millions
- Croatia Reads: the small nation becomes the first “free reading zone” Signature Reads
- They are Trying to Break Your Heart: former journalist David Savill makes his fiction debut in this “searing” new novel Los Angeles Times
- Portraits of the Black Panthers: photographer Bryan Shih and historian Yohuru Williams capture the “foot soldiers and unheralded leaders” that formed the backbone of the Black Panther Party The Washington Post
- “Banned Books and Blockbusters”: how American courts redefined obscenity, and transformed the creation and consumption of books and movies The New Yorker
- Bent spine and tattered pages: on the beauty and honor or reading an old, worn book Book Riot