In Review: The Week of June 1st

June 6, 2020

It's been an important, albeit heartbreaking news week. We continue to learn from Black communities and stand together in solidarity against anti-Black racism. Here's a  list of books by Black writers on All Lit Up that we hope you check out.

Read on for more happenings on the blog this week.


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On the Blog

books for pride 2020

~ From a queer AF YA novel to a good book of spells, Lambda Literary Award-winner Hazel Jane Plante recommends six choice books for #PrideMonth reading

~ Dani Spinosa tells us about the process of creating the poems in her new collection  OO: Typewriter Poems (Invisible Publishing) — a book of vispo — and what her teenage notebooks had to do with it:  "OO: Typewriter Poems marks a moment of contact, where my love of the visual avant-garde’s preoccupation with the typewriter collides with the silly femme lyric poetry of my teenage notebooks." 

~ Jean Marc Ah-Sen chats with us about his new collection In the Beggarly Style of Imitation (Nightwood Editions), writing, race, and why short stories are so liberating: "It was liberating to know that I would be abandoning most of the characters after introducing them; it forces you to make them more dramatic, and hopefully memorable; it keeps the momentum of action propulsive too."

~ Our ALU mixologist is back for the summer with a refreshing cocktail  and mocktail recipe to try this weekend with a side of new poetry: fall in love with Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart by Beatriz Hausner (Book*hug Press) while sipping on a Morning Star.






Around the Web



~ CBC Books released a list of 25 books about being Black in Canada. (And here is our own list for more books by Black authors.)

~ Publisher Don Gorman created a  handy list of  Black-owned/Black-focussed bookstores to support in the US.

~ Windsor, Ontario-based author Heidi L. M. Jacobs won the 2020 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for her debut novel Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass and Purveyor of Fine Footwear (NeWest Press). 








ICYMI (last week) 

Cooking with Off/Kilter



Off/Kilter headed into the kitchen to bring you the tasty ingredients for FIVE books that'll make your quarantine a little more digestible.

"Pflug's Seeds and Other Stories is the equivalent of comfort food – a collection with a magic that will bring you hope in these difficult times. Like a good pot pie or a Sunday roast made with a surprising little twist of a new ingredient to elevate it, these stories will open you up to new worlds and possibilities.


Key ingredients:
- Seers and vagabonds
- Addicts and gardeners
- Dream-seeds that can grow new worlds
- Communities formed against apocalyptic backdrops"




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