Lit List: Thursday August 18, 2016

 Idra Novey (Source: www.idranovey.com)

Idra Novey (Source: www.idranovey.com)

Good evening literature lovers. Here's a round-up of today's must-read literary news, commentary and essays.

  • Dear President: A Message for the Next Commander in Chief From Fifty American Poets and Writers including George Saunders, Junot Diaz and Anthony Doerr (Poets & Writers)
  • 'I wanted to burn down the house of fiction': Idra Novey on the disappearances – in life, literature and translation – that inform her writing (The Guardian)
  • 12 Books to Read Before Fall (And Real Life) Returns: Librarians around the country put forward their summer must-reads including books by Alain de Botton, Yaa Gyasi, Emma Cline and Daniel O'Malley (LitHub)
  • ‘Blood in the Water,’ a Gripping Account of the Attica Prison Uprising (New York Times)
  • Emma Watson has names Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide as next pick for book club (GalleyCat)
  • J.K. Rowling Is About to Release 3 New Harry Potter Books:  Three collections of short stories reveal intricate details about several characters’ lives. (TIME)
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook names 5 books you should read (AFR)
  • Editor of the New York Times Sunday Book Review gets bigger role: Pamela Paul will now oversee all book coverage for the Times, including the daily Books section, book news, and publishing industry news. (Publishers Weekly)