July 18, 2018

California Senator Kamala Harris is writing a book. The Truths We Hold: An American Journey will be both a memoir and a current events book, something the New York Times notes is “a mixture well-known to campaign books.” The Truths We Hold will be published by Penguin Press in 2019.

N.K. Jemisin. Photo: Laura Hanifin

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s morning and evening tweets are being collected into a book. Gmorning, Gnite! Little Pep Talks For Me & You, which includes illustrations by Jonny Sun, will be published this fall by Random House.

Hugo Award-winner N.K. Jemisin is publishing her first short story collection. How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? will be published by Orbit next November. “Back at the beginning of my career, I didn’t think I was capable of writing short fiction, let alone publishing it,” she said in a statement. “I hope new readers will like just seeing what kinds of worlds and weirdness I can come up with.”

Sarah Jeong looks at the cutthroat world of self-published romance novels on Amazon Kindle Unlimited. “A genre that mostly features shiny, shirtless men on its covers and sells ebooks for 99 cents a pop might seem unserious,” Jeong notes. “But at stake are revenues sometimes amounting to a million dollars a year, with some authors easily netting six figures a month.”

At The Guardian, Andrew Brown explains the scandals that led to the resignation of nearly half of the members of the Swedish Academy and the cancellation of this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature.

Former Monterey County Weekly editor Mary Duan reflects on the increasing security measures at newspapers, something that had become commonplace even before the Capital Gazette shooting. “In a profession that requires us to be open for sources, for tips, for community access, we’ve all had to become less accessible,” she writes.