February 25, 2016

The new miniseries about the O. J. Simpson trial has provided an opportunity to look back at some of the bestsellers that emerged following the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Vulture revisits the lowest of the lowlights in Faye Resnick’s Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted, while prosecutor Marcia Clark (herself now a novelist) says Jeffrey Toobin’s American Crime Story, on which the TV series is based, “has glaring inaccuracies.” According to Clark: “Toobin got a lot wrong because he’s not behind the scenes. He’s not there. And so he has third-party sources he talks to that don’t care about getting it right, or deliberately lie.”

After a long financial struggle, St. Mark’s Bookshop, the legendary independent East Village store, is closing.

Tony Tulathimutte

Tony Tulathimutte

Brooklyn magazine has a round-up on the state of diversity in publishing, with statements from fifty people from the literary world. Novelist Tony Tulathimutte says, “ Even when you get to write about your own experience of being a minority in America—you know, even that can be turned against you. Are you going to be used later on as leverage against an accusation of racism? Will you then be seen as a collaborator? In most cases the answer is yes.”

Tonight at the Strand in Manhattan, novelists John Wray and Colson Whitehead will discuss Wray’s new book, The Lost Time Accidents.

President Obama has nominated Dr. Carla Hayden to be the United States’ fourteenth Librarian of Congress. The Librarian of Congress is in charge of caring for, and making available, the library’s 162 million items. In Hayden’s words, the Librarian is also responsible for making sure “people realize that they have this treasure right here in Washington, DC.” Obama cites Hayden’s work “revitalizing Baltimore’s struggling library system,” and points out that her “understanding of the pivotal role that emerging technologies play in libraries will be essential in leading the Library of Congress as it continues to modernize its infrastructure and promote open access and full participation in today’s digital world.” If confirmed by the Senate, Hayden will be the first woman and the first African American to hold the position.

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