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Akwaeke Emezi Won’t Submit Novel For Women’s Prize Requiring “Sex Defined By Law

In 2019, The Women’s Prize For Fiction nominated Akwaeke Emezi’s Freshwater, and they made history as the prize’s first non-binary transgender author to be nominated. The judges had been unaware of Emezi’s gender at the time of the nomination. This year when Emezi’s publisher, Faber, queried the prize about submitting their second novel, The Death of Vivek Oji, they were told they’d need to provide information about “Emezi’s sex as defined by law.” In response, Emezi will not let their future novels be entered for the award, writing on Twitter, “you not about to be out here on some ‘sex as defined by law’ like that’s not a weapon used against trans women.”

An Animated Reading Of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky

Lewis Carroll’s sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, contains the nonsense poem “Jabberwocky” about the Jabberwocky’s killing. Watch a TED-Ed Animation reading of the poem.

Jenna Bush Hager & Reese Witherspoon’s October Book Club Picks

Looking for your next read? Jenna Bush Hager and Reese Witherspoon have both announced their October book club picks. Bush Hager went with a horror novel that starts with a family on vacation: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam. And Witherspoon chose a fictional novel set in Ghana about a young woman making life decisions for her and her widowed mother: His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie.

25 Must-Read Books to Understand Politics and Political Issues

A list of 25 great political books to learn more about political history and major political theories, including Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis.