In Review: The Week of March 2nd

March 7, 2020

This week we talked accessibility in the writing community, got a peek into a publishing intern's experience at a small press, considered a philosophical take on writer's block, celebrated women and body positivity in advance of International Women's Day, and more.  

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On the Blog


~ Tyler Enfield, author of the highly anticipated Like Rum-Drunk Angels (Goose Lane Editions) chats with us about books and writer's block: "[...] creativity is part of something much, much bigger than ourselves, and if it doesn’t show up for work some day, that’s really none of my business."

~ Accessibility activist Dorothy Ellen Palmer talks about accessibility and writing retreats in Canada: "The fair, representative inclusion of seniors and disabled people in our numbers would actually raise the representation of all marginalized groups, because we come from all marginalized groups."

~ Latitude 46 Publishing publicity intern Cory Gaudette shares his first-hand, behind-the-scenes experience with getting books into readers hands in this edition of In House.

~ In advance of #InternationalWomensDay we celebrate women of all shapes and sizes with Editor Christina Myers and some of the contributors in BIG: Stories about Life in Plus-Sized Bodies (Caitlin Press) who talk about their bodies, experiences, and hopes.





Around the Web

~ People steal rare books and coins from libraries, but they also steal rocking chairs apparently.

~ Authors take to Instagram to defend a 13-year-old boy who was taunted for his online book reviews, proving once again that readers are a community.

~ The London book fair has been cancelled over coronavirus fears and upset from publishers, authors, and agents who were planning to attend.





ICYMI (last week)


Wearing Tiaras: On Fairy Tales, Community, and Happiness




"What I love most about fairy tales, more than the glamour of princesses and fancy dresses, is their potential to build community. Because fairy tales deal with our most basic fears and desires and do so in the safety of “once upon a time,” they have historically been safe places for individuals to come together. Stories allow us to practice empathy, to bond over shared experiences, fears, and desires. I don’t believe that fairy tales themselves are inherently unfeminist (in fact, many early stories are about women envisioning ways out of oppression, and the solution is not always a wedding). The problem, I think, is the way society has played pick-and-choose with fairy tales—we’ve emphasized certain aspects of the stories and fed those to the public."






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