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Sylvia Plath’s Tarot Cards Sold for $207K: Today in Books

New Amanda Gorman Book CALL US WHAT THEY CARRY Coming Out Dec 7

Penguin Random House announced earlier today that Amanda Gorman’s upcoming collection of poetry will be entitled Call Us What They Carry, and it will be out on December 7th of this year. Gorman’s collection will include  “The Hill We Climb,” her breakout poem that she read at the inauguration of President Joe Biden, and new works. In a statement, statement, Gorman said, “I wrote Call Us What We Carry as a lyric of hope and healing. I wanted to pen a reckoning with the communal grief wrought by the pandemic. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever written, but I knew it had to be. For me, this book is a receptacle, a time capsule both made by and for its era. What is poetry if not a mirror for our present and a message for our future?”

Christian Robinson Announces Collaboration with Target

On Monday, children’s author and illustrator Christian Robinson tweeted about his collaboration with Target, just in time for back-to-school: “Today, every molecule that I am made of is buzzing with excitement! Y’all… @Target and I have collaborated on a limited edition collection of 70 items across home and apparel for kids and baby! Available in all Target stores and online August 15th!” The items Robinson is creating for Target range from clothing for toddlers and babies to bedding, backpacks, and home decor. You can get a first look at some of the items from the collection on Essence‘s website.

Sylvia Plath’s Tarot Cards Sold for $270K

Sylvia Plath’s tarot cards just went for £151,200 (or $270,000) in an auction at Sotheby’s. The cards were a 24th birthday present from her husband, poet Ted Hughes, and they were a major influence on Plath’s poems in Ariel. The cards ended up selling for about £100,000 more than their valuation.

2021 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

The 2021 Booker Prize longlist has been announced! The longlist is comprised of 13 novels, chosen from 158 novels that span the globe from South Africa to Sri Lanka.