Publishing Workers Strike To Protest Racism | Book Pulse

Over 1,000 members of the publishing industry went on strike yesterday to protest racism. The #PublishingPaidMe movement gets more coverage. Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has a book-filled opinion piece in the NYT. Daniel Radcliffe responds to J.K. Rowling, and her deeply upset readers. A publisher insider predicts changes in the future, including fewer print ARCs. Rick Riordan is no fan of the early Percy Jackson films.

Want to get the latest book news delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our daily Book Pulse newsletter.

Antiracist Reading, News, and Collection Development Resources







The Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List has been updated and now includes over 95 titles.

The Millions offers “An Anti-Racist Poetry Reading List.”

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press), has an opinion piece in the NYT: “America, This Is Your Chance.” It is filled with suggested reading. Here are just a few: States of Denial: Knowing about Atrocities and Suffering by Stanley Cohen (Polity Press); the key trio of books by Ibram X. Kendi (How To Be an Antiracist (One World: Random House; LJ starred review), Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation), and his YA version of Stamped written with Jason Reynolds (Little, Brown; SLJ starred review)); From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Haymarket Books); Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie (Beacon Press); Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler (The New Press); and Democracy May Not Exist, but We'll Miss It When It's Gone by Astra Taylor (Metropolitan Books).

The L.A Times has a conversation between Marcus Anthony Hunter and authors Luis Rodriguez, Walter Mosley, Jean Guerrero, Gerald Horne, and Jervey Tervalon titled “How Does L.A.'s Racial Past Resonate Now?

More than 1,300 people in the publishing industry went on strike yesterday to protest racism. Vulture reports that “Publishing workers called out ‘the industry’s role in systemic racism through its failure to hire and retain a significant number of Black employees or publish a significant number of Black authors, and through its pursuit of profit through books that incite racism.’ Workers are tweeting under the hashtags #PubWorkers4BlackLives and #PubWorkers4Justice.”

BuzzFeed has an explainer on the #PublishingPaidMe movement, writing about the findings thus far. The NYT also has a report. features Bethany C Morrow’s A Song Below Water (Tor Teen), calling it a book of “Black joy.”

Electric Lit suggests “9 Books about the World-Changing Power of Protest.”

Popsugar offers “16 Books About Black History That Will Inspire You to Stay Strong.”


The NYT reviews Broken People by Sam Lansky (Hanover Square Press: Harper): “a piercing observer of gay men and the often fraught relationships we have with our own bodies.” Also, Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco: HarperCollins): “a disquieting novel.” Concordance by Susan Howe (New Directions: W. W. Norton): “appealingly jagged sequence of collage poems.” Disposable City: Miami's Future on the Shores of Climate Catastrophe by Mario Alejandro Ariza (Bold Type Books: Hachette): “Insightful and richly detailed.” All the Way to the Tigers: A Memoir by Mary Morris (Nan A. Talese: Random House): “a travel memoir and quest. Alluringly written in short, meditative chapters, it whizzes back and forth between America and India.” Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers by Doug J. Swanson (Viking: Penguin: LJ starred review): “Debunking Rangers lore as sold in movies, television shows, museum exhibitions and novels is the crux of Swanson’s revisionist mission.”

The Washington Post reviews The Daughters of Erietown by Connie Schultz (Random House): “[an] absorbing debut.” Also, You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat (Catapult): “what might have been a probing examination of the way generational trauma is passed down to a narrow journey through one young woman’s romantic travails.”

NPR reviews Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference by David Shimer (Knopf): “painstaking.”

USA Today reviews Dead Reckoning: The Story of How Johnny Mitchell and His Fighter Pilots Took on Admiral Yamamoto and Avenged Pearl Harbor by Dick Lehr (Harper), giving it 3.5 stars and calling it a “white-knuckle tale [that}… sheds new light on an important, albeit little-remembered turning point in the war.”

Briefly Noted

The shortlist is out for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Prize. Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer (Doubleday: Random House) and Abir Mukherjee, Death in the East (Pegasus: S. & S.) both make the list. The Bookseller reports.

The shortlist is also out for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

Bitch Media suggests “17 Books Feminists Should Read in June.”

The NYT features Hervé Guibert, who died in 1991 but now has two books getting new editions: To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life and Written in Invisible Ink: Selected Stories (both from Semiotext(e): MIT Press).

BookPage has a “Behind the Book” feature on The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon (Forever: Hachette). Also, a feature on immigration sagas for book clubs. prints P. Djeli Clark’s “A Dead Djinn in Cairo.”

Entertainment Weekly excerpts You Brought Me The Ocean by Alex Sanchez, illustrated by Julie Maroh (DC Comics), a new DC YA graphic novel “equal parts coming-out story and origin for this incarnation of Aqualad.”

Book Riot has a reading pathway for Virginia Wolff.

The NYT “Group Text” column features Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier (Doubleday: Random House).

Deadline has a report on the forthcoming Black Canary: Breaking Silence: DC Icons Black Canary Novel by Alexandra Monir (Random House Books for Young Readers).

Esquire features Henry Leutwyler: Hi there! by Graham Howe and Henry Leutwyler (Steidl).

Entertainment Weekly interviews Sam Lansky, Broken People (Hanover Square Press: Harper).

Shondaland interviews Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier (Doubleday: Random House).

People interviews Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek, Act Like a Lady: Questionable Advice, Ridiculous Opinions, and Humiliating Tales from Three Undignified Women (Bodale Books: Random House).

LitHub interviews Marie-Helene Bertino, Katherine Hill, Megha Majumdar, Scott Spencer, and Robin Wasserman.

Donna Tartt writes about Charles Portis for the NYT. The paper also has a story on Strange Defeat by Marc Bloch and how it has gained new relevance.

Publishers Perspectives has a piece by Richard Charkin: “Ten Publishing Things That Will Never Be The Same.” Among the changes he sees: physical ARCs will almost fully give way to digital versions, print-on-demand will rise, and there will be more movement between houses among authors and editors.

Daniel Radcliffe has responded to J.K. Rowling: “Transgender women are women … Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.” He goes on to address readers who are now feeling their experience of the Harry Potter books is tainted: “If you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life - then that is between you and the book that you read, and that is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that.” Vulture reports. Vogue offers a short explainer.

The editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit resigns after an image appeared on Instagram of him in brownface. Grub Street reports.

Authors on Air

Rick Riordan is no fan of the early Percy Jackson films, tweeting “it's my life's work going through a meat grinder.”  Entertainment Weekly reports. He has more hope for the Disney+ venture.

NPR’s Fresh Air interviews Doug J. Swanson, Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers (Viking: Penguin: LJ starred review).

PBS NewsHour has discussion questions for American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson (Random House; LJ starred review).

Deadline reports that Bitcoin Billionaires by Ben Mezrich is getting adapted. Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience: The True Story of the World’s First Documented Alien Abduction by Stanton Friedman and Kathleen Marden is as well. Cara Hunter’s Detective Inspector Adam Fawley series is headed to TV.

The Today show features Copper, Iron, and Clay: A Smith's Journey by Sara Dahmen (William Morrow: Harper).

Author Chris Wallace, Countdown 1945: The Extraordinary Story of the Atomic Bomb and the 116 Days That Changed the World (Avid Reader: S. & S.), will be on with Stephen Colbert tonight. He will also be on The View.

Want to get the latest book news delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our daily Book Pulse newsletter.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing