Lit List: Monday August 22, 2016

 Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten (Source: Wikimedia)

Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten (Source: Wikimedia)

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

  • The battle to save Langston Hughes' $3 million home: a Harlem brownstone where the poet's typewriter still sits on a shelf is threatened by gentrification. (CNN)
  • Learning from the Slaughter in Attica: A new book on the 1971 prison uprising illuminates the criminal justice system then and now. (The New Yorker)
  • Svetlana Alexeievich Grapples with Putin's Russia: from the Nobel laureate's upcoming book, reminiscences of the last days of Soviet Bloc. (Lithub)
  • The Trolls in Our Midst: What Fairytales Can Tell Us about Online Behavior: The "evil, stupid elves" on the page and online. (Electric Lit)
  • Death and All Her Friends: How to bury a stray dog. (The Paris Review)
  • Debut Novel Takes On The American Dream ... Racism, Recession And All: In her first novel, Cameroonian immigrant Imbolo Bue draws on her experience of coming to America. (NPR)