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WriteNow Mentees Respond To Lionel Shriver: Today in Books

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WriteNow Mentees Respond To Lionel Shriver

Lionel Shriver wrote an article claiming Penguin Random House is eschewing quality in order to tick a diversity box. This was in response to an email from the publisher, which stated that, by 2025, its authors and staff will reflect the diversity of UK society. Mentees of WriteNow, a PRH program which “aims to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves” responded to Shriver’s solidly unwoke tirade with an open letter. “Shriver seems to view diversity and quality as mutually exclusive categories. We are compelled to ask: does she truly believe that diverse writers are incapable of penning good books?” It’s a great response–I recommend reading the whole thing.

Introducing The New Apple Books

Apple is embarking upon it’s biggest book redesign ever, according to its senior v-p of Internet software and services. A new Apple Books app will replace the iBooks app with the forthcoming release of iOS 12. Among the new features, Apple Books will include a curated collection of titles, and will introduce audiobook sales directly in the app.

Maryland Lifts Limitations On Prisoner Access To Books

Maryland prison officials have reversed a policy limiting prisoner access to books. Prisoners can now receive book shipments directly from relatives and online retailers. The corrections department also lifted constraints on how often inmates can order through prison-approved vendors. Hurray!