Today In Books

Today in Books for September 6, 2021

20 Years of Literature after 9/11

In The New York Times, Dwight Garner and Jennifer Szalai look back at how literature has grappled with 9/11 over the last 20 years. It is an on-going reckoning that has both included more historically marginalized voices and at the same time embraced/defaulted to/acquiesced to moral ambivalence.

Amanda Gorman Inks Deal with Estée Lauder

Amanda Gorman continues her unprecedented cultural rise with what one can only assume is a massive contract to be the new face of Estée Lauder. As the only public figure offered was that the deal included $3 million in grants to support young writers, we don’t know what the deal includes. I think it is safe to say that is the largest every modeling contract for a poet.

Supply Chain Problems Are Coming for Your Holiday Book-Buying

If you’ve been in the market for a car or house or boat or RV or lumber or any number of products, you know that supplies are tight. Books, which had their own precursor to these shortages and delays last holiday season, are buckling up for another tight season. From shortages of truck drivers to international shipping delays, the word is to order early. And while is advice for bookstores, individual readers would do well to heed it as well: don’t wait until Christmas Eve and assume to book you want to buy is going to be on the shelf.