“I wasn’t sure if people would consider [my novel] too different or too foreign or too centered in a world that was unfamiliar. And in that way I really underestimated readers....[O]ne of the more delightful things of having the book come out was realizing that people wanted to know more about experiences that were different. People wanted to know more about different ways of being.”—Akwaeke Emezi, author of Freshwater, on DW News




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[travels back in time to 15-year-old self] hey guess what?! one day you’ll be a marvel comics writer

me: omg that’s great

me: but people on the internet will argue for days over whether you’re qualified

me: oh...

me: but Neil Gaiman will indirectly defend you...?!

me: WAT

—Eve Ewing, author of Marvel’s hotly anticipated “Ironheart” series, starring science phenom Riri Williams, responds to the social media storm regarding her “qualifications” for the job, on Twitter


“One of the reasons bureaucracy is so maddening is because it is silly in how opaque and arbitrary its laws are, but it can still rigidly dictate the terms of your life. It sounds pat, but it turns out that this is not unlike being with a toddler; toddlers are both absolutely irrational and silly and also completely unavoidable and inexorable and maddening.”—Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State, at Slate


"The most wonderful thing about it of all—even after all the research and talking to the evolutionary theorists and gender studies professors—was talking to Mara Altman Photo the women themselves. I found out that not only did they have chin hair as well, but they also have the same nightmare scenario of being caught in a coma and having their dearest family members find out that they have a goatee—and appointing one of their friends, family members, or a sister to come and pluck those if that ever happens."—Mara Altman, author of Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (and Back), at Salon


“Patrick Kavanagh said they don’t want writers to be talking about money because they don’t want to give them any.”—Sebastian Barry toasts the late poet Patrick Kavanagh in his first official address as Laureate for Irish Fiction. For many years, Barry, too, was “published and even praised, but had no money,” the Irish Times reports.

Megan Labrise is the staff writer and the co-host of the Kirkus podcast, Fully Booked. The photo above of Mara Altman is by Pablo Mason.