Good evening literary fans. Here's some literary news and commentary to add to your weekend reading list.
- In Colson Whitehead’s Latest, the Underground Railroad Is More Than a Metaphor: This work of speculative historical fiction reimagines the support network for runaway slaves as an actual railroad. (The New York Times)
- Teju Cole talks to Taiye Selasi: ‘Afropolitan, American, African. Whatever’: The two novelists wax poetic about photography, being pigeonholed, and "traveling while black." (The Guardian)
- What Etgar Keret Learned From His Father About Storytelling And Survival: The Israeli short story writer talks to NPR about his memoir of the years after the birth of his son and before the death of his father. (NPR)
- Hair in War: On the role of women's hairstyles during the World War II war effort.(Catapult)
- This Woman's Work: Jessica Winter's Break In Case of Emergency vividly depicts a soul-crushing office. (Bookforum)
- Bridget Jones: New diary to be published in October: Bridget Jones' Baby: The Diaries will revisit the iconic character... and, no doubt, reveal who her baby's father is. (BBC)
- A New Round of Classic Rewrites, From Austen to Brontë: A roundup of the best contemporary adaptations of English 101 staples by Curtis Sittenfeld and others. (TIME)