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Author Protest Prompts Seuss Museum to Replace Mural

The first Children’s Literature Festival was to take place this weekend at The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, but protests from some scheduled participants over a mural has caused a shake-up both of the festival and of the museum’s exhibit itself. In question is a mural from Dr. Seuss’ first book which authors Mike Curato, Mo Willems, and Lisa Yee called an “obviously offensive” drawing of a Chinese man. The three authors withdrew from the festival in protest of the mural. The museum has since taken down the mural and says they will replace it.


25 Years of Poetry on the New York City Subway

This year marks the 25th anniversary the MTA’s Poetry in Motion program, which puts posters of poems in New York City subway cars. The program was started in 1992, but fell fallow for a time before being reinvigorated in 2012. To date, more than 200 poems have appeared in subways as part of the program.


Writing Science Fiction in Trump’s America

In a long essay for The LA Times, John Scalzi mulls the particular challenge for a science fiction writer in Trump’s America. Scalzi writes that when the whole world feels unsettled, then it’s hard to know what trajectory to follow, which of a range of immediately frightening possibilities to pursue. The task would be easier, he suggests, if the world could perhaps settle for a minute: “Then I could get back to writing work that’s minimally allegorical and not, intentionally or otherwise, something that looks like straight-up reportage.”


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