Literary Links: Kristen Roupenian’s book deal, Jason Reynolds on poetry and more

A roundup of the internet’s best literary news to make your Monday morning more tolerable.

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Patti Smith and Salman Rushdie met up at the Whitney Museum recently to discuss writing, the Trump administration and more. Click here for Billboard‘s recap.

Jason Reynolds, one of our favorite young adult novelists, believes kids who are spooked by reading should begin with poetry. “The white space, for an intimidated reader, adds breathability to a seemingly suffocating task,” he says. For more, click here. 

The New York Times invited several children’s book illustrators to discuss their craft and create new art. Click here to see the results.

You probably new this was coming. According to The Guardian, Kristen Roupenian “just sold her debut book to a UK publisher for a high five-figure sum.” She wrote the short story “Cat Person,” which went viral last week. Click here for the full scoop.

Amy Dickinson of The Washington Post thinks every kid should get a book this Christmas. To find out why, click here. 


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