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Junot Díaz Accused Of Sexual Misconduct
On Twitter, What We Lose author Zinzi Clemmons alleged that author Junot Díaz forcibly kissed her during a workshop on issues of representation in literature. Clemmons added that she’s “far from the only one” he’s done this to. Díaz made a statement through his literary agent in response–not to any specific allegations. He said he takes responsibility for his past actions, and this was why he made the decision to discuss his own history as a victim of sexual abuse in an essay published by The New Yorker last month. Read the full story, and Clemmons’ statement here.
Nobel Prize In Literature Will Not Be Awarded This Year
It has been decided. In light of sexual assault allegations made against an individual who has ties with the Swedish Academy, and the resulting resignations of numerous members of the Academy, the Nobel Prize in Literature will be delayed this year. The winner will be announced and awarded along with the 2019 Prize, instead.
Boy Sells Lemonade To Support Libraries
Here’s a little relief. Five-year-old Ulysses Stoutenburg decided to take action in response to library budget cuts in his local York County. He set up a lemonade stand, handing out free lemonade and asking for donations. The young philanthropist made $98.19.