Lit List: Wednesday August 10, 2016

 Franz Kafka (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Franz Kafka (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Good evening literary fans. Here's a selection of today's must-read literary news and commentary.

  • Black Protest Writing, From W.E.B. DuBois to Kendrick Lamar: How writers from African diaspora probe the narratives of white supremacy. (Lithub)
  • Dear Any Soldier: Vonnegut during Wartime: On reading the anti-war satirist while deployed in Iraq. (The Millions)
  • Tristar Pictures to Shoot a Phantom Tollbooth Movie: the children's classic will return to the silver screen 46 years after a beloved live-action/animated hybrid adaptation. (Galleycat)
  • Jacqueline Woodson's New Novel For Adults Has Its Roots In Adolescence: The legendary YA author talks about growing up. (NPR)
  • No More Good Time in the World For Me: The genius of incarcerated musician Johnnie B. Smith (The Paris Review)
  • Long-Standing Legal Dispute Over Kafka Manuscripts Ends: Kafka's unpublished work is now the property of the National Library of Israel. (Electric Literature)
  • Scoping Out Comic-Con With Lord of the Rings Superfan Margaret Atwood: The novelist geeks out over Gandalf cosplayers and promotes her new graphic novel. (New York Magazine)
  • Canadian Indie Could Have Unexpected Hit with New Book on Trees: a small publisher focused on the environment will release German bestseller The Secret Life of Trees, next month. (Publishers Weekly)