Antiracist Reading & Viewing | Book Pulse

There are more antiracist reading lists, and even more suggestions, as demand begins to create shortages. Jenna Bush Hager picks A Burning by Megha Majumdar as her June book club pick. AudioFile announces its 2020 Golden Voices. Warner Bros. makes Just Mercy free for viewing this month. The film is based on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, a title on some of the antiracist reading lists.

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Antiracist Reading and Viewing For Adults, Teens, and Kids

The NYT: “A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters.”

Electric Lit: “Fiction By Contemporary Black Authors About Navigating White Supremacy.”

The Cut: “13 Books You Should Read About Black Lives.”

Book Riot: “5 Books About Black Movements and Systemic Racism in America.”

USA Today: “Looking for books about racism? Experts suggest these must-read titles for adults and kids.”

Town & Country: “30+ Books to Educate Kids and Teens about Race.”

Popsugar: “17 YA Books to Diversify Your Kids' Bookshelves and Teach Them to Become Better Allies.”

Essence: “9 Children's Books To Teach Your Kids About Racism And Discrimination.”

Time: “Several Antiracist Books Are Selling Out. Here's What Else Black Booksellers and Publishers Say You Should Read.”

Bustle: “Books About Race In Britain To Add To Your Anti-Racist Reading List.”

The Guardian: “Do the work: an anti-racist reading list.”

Esquire: “These Essential Movies From Black Filmmakers Confront Systemic Racism In America.”

Parade: “The Anti-Racist Starter Pack: 40 TV Series, Documentaries, Movies, TED Talks, and Books to Add to Your List.”

Entertainment Weekly lists “47 black-owned bookstores across the country that you can support.”

The National Museum of African American History & Culture provides “Talking About Race.”  

Reviews

The Washington Post reviews Stray by Stephanie Danler (Knopf): “I found myself desperately wishing that I was reading a novel so I could expect some kind of plot arc.”

NPR reviews Surviving Autocracy: A Status Report by Masha Gessen (Riverhead: Penguin): “Gessen clearly regards Trump not only as a Putin apologist and sometime collaborator but as a Putin impersonator.”

Entertainment Weekly reviews A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf; LJ starred review), giving it an A- and writing “More resonant than the book's sometimes fragmentary strands of the plot, though, is the immediacy of her characters, their hopes and fears and ordinary dreams.”

Briefly Noted

Jenna Bush Hager picks A Burning by Megha Majumdar (Knopf; LJ starred review) as her June book club pick.

AudioFile announces its 2020 Golden Voices: Julia Whelan, Ramon de Ocampo, JD Jackson, Emily Woo Zeller, and Arthur Morey. The news broke via email.

Electric Lit offers “7 True Stories About the Journey to Seek Asylum in the U.S..”

Literary Hub suggest “19 new books to look forward to.”

Tor.com gathers “All the New Science Fiction Books Arriving in June.”

The UK Crimefest nominees are announced. The Bookseller reports.

Bustle interviews Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half (Riverhead: Penguin). As does Shondaland.

Entertainment Weekly interviews Megha Majumdar, A Burning (Knopf; LJ starred review).

Bitch Media interviews Bethany C Morrow, A Song Below Water (Tor Teen).

Electric Lit interviews Leah Johnson, You Should See Me in a Crown (Scholastic).

io9 interviews Max Brooks, Devolution: A Firsthand ­Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre (Del Rey: Ballantine; LJ starred review).

The NYT discusses two games that “might appeal to book lovers searching for entertaining ways to pass the time.” The games are “Dear Holmes” and “Dear Reader.” And on the topic of new ways to experience stories, the paper also has a report on A School for Fools, “a mind-bending adaptation of Sasha Sokolov’s 1975 novel."

Tor.com is offering free downloads of four novellas to celebrate Pride month.

The Washington Post writes "Writers of the past turned suffering into literary masterpieces. They might help us understand how to meet the challenges of our day."

Robb Forman Dew has died. The NYT has an obituary.

Authors on Air

The Today show features All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (S. & S./Atheneum./Caitlyn Dlouhy Bks.; SLJ starred reviews) and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award–Winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi (Little, Brown: Hachette; SLJ starred reviews).

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Sonia Shah, The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move (Bloomsbury: Macmillan).

Warner Bros. makes Just Mercy free for viewing this month. The film is based on Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (Spiegel & Grau: Random House; LJ starred review).

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