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The Daily Telegraph Villainizes Literary Activist: Today in Books


After The Daily Telegraph wrote a story villainizing a student who called for Cambridge’s English Literature curriculum to include post-colonial or BME authors, the university issued a statement that they will not be dropping any one author in favor of another. This was specifically in response to the Telegraph‘s claim that Lola Olufemi, the student who created the petition, was forcing the school to “replace white authors with black writers.” Cambridge also condemned social media harassment of the student after word of the petition spread. The fact that the Telegraph splashed a giant photo of Olufemi with that headline across their front page tells me plenty about their intentions.

The Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlists

The Carnegie Committee announced the Fiction and Nonfiction shortlists for the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence. The Fiction finalists are: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan, and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. In Nonfiction, the finalists are: The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie. The winners will be announced in Denver, Colorado on February 11th.

John McCain Will Publish A Memoir

Senator John McCain will publish a memoir titled, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations. Mark Salter, a speechwriter and McCain’s co-writer on this book, said the memoir will be “expansive and reflective about his career and life, the direction of our politics and our leadership in the world, and the causes and values that matter most to him.” The Restless Wave will be out in April. It seems like there are a ton of political memoirs out and upcoming as of late. I wonder why…

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