Lit List: Tuesday August 2, 2016

 James Baldwin (Source: Wikipedia)

James Baldwin (Source: Wikipedia)

Good evening literary fans. Here's what we read today that you should too.

  • The World is White No Longer: James Baldwin and Notes of a Native Son  (LitHub)
  • Philip Roth Versus the Movies: "It’s not surprising that the best Roth films have been acts of homage, not faithful renderings." (The New Yorker)
  • Why Do So Many Contemporary American Authors Send Their Characters Abroad? Two writers discuss "the impulse for fiction writers to send their characters to distant places." (The NY Times)
  • Oprah's Book Club pick: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: The book was released a month ahead of schedule as a surprise.  (The Washington Post)
  • Not the Booker prize (very) longlist 2016: votes, please! A longer list to display the many books released this year that deserve recognition. (The Guardian
  • S&S India Starts Local Publishing Program: Simon & Schuster announced that it will begin publishing local titles in India starting in 2017. (Publisher's Weekly)
  • There's the Great Man: Befriending George Plimpton.  (The Paris Review
  • We Don't Only Need More Diverse Books. We Need More Diverse Books Like The Snowy Day: Rich and Pretty author Rumaan Alam discusses diversity in children's books. (Slate)
  • Pocket Constitution Claims the No. 2 Spot on the Amazon Bestseller List: Sales have "skyrocketed" after Khizr Khan's speech at the DNC. (GalleyCat