July 2022

Book creator

Ahsoka Writer Speaks Out Against ‘Frustrating’ Canon Dispute

Only a Sith deals in absolutes. Although this oft-quoted line of Revenge of the Sith was directed at Anakin Skywalker, it also applies to the issue of Star Wars canon. Since the early days of the franchise, canonicity has been an issue due to The Star Wars Holiday Special, early comics, and Expanded Universe books. And, despite Disney’s efforts to set the record straight, the confusion of Star Wars canon continues with the latest cause rooted in Ahsoka Tano and the upcoming Disney+ series, Tales of the Jedi.

Lucasfilm has officially announced the new six-episode animated series from The Clone Wars and star wars rebels‘ Dave Filoni at the 2022 Star Wars Celebration. Scheduled to be released this fall, three of the episodes’ shorts are set to focus on Ahsoka Tano.

Of course, this is far from the first and only series to further explore the story of this heroine. Filoni is currently filming the Ahsoka live-action series, starring Rosario Dawson, slated for release in 2023. But long before either series went into production, fans read about this character’s past in 2016 Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston.

Whereas Tales of the Jedi Should show more of Tano’s past, there have been rumors suggesting the Filoni-directed series will contradict what fans first read of Johnston nearly six years prior. As for what Johnston thinks about this and the canon question, the writer took to social media to answer.

Star Wars Writer Responds to Ahsoka Canon Backlash

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In the wake of potential Tales of the Jedi plot leaks circulating online, some fans have suggested that Dave Filoni and Lucasfilm conspired to change the canonicity of EK Johnston Ahsoka. But according to a post on Twitter by Johnston this is not the case at all – she commented how it is “frustrating to see people blithely declaring my book non-canon:”

“There’s no big conspiracy behind the changes to Ahsoka’s story. Dave approved the book six years ago and then continued to work on his journey. It’s frustrating to see people saying happily my non-canon book instead of just… using their imaginations like we did.

For Star Wars faithful who weren’t in the know, the fact that Filoni endorsed the book in 2016 is important to note. If the character designer approved the book, it was Ahsoka’s story at this moment.

However, as the writer noted, that doesn’t mean Filoni has stopped working on his story.

After Star Wars: The Clone Wars seemingly finished in 2014, Filoni managed to bring the heroine back into star wars rebels before continuing his journey through the Clone Wars era in the revival and final season of The Clone Wars on Disney+ in 2020.

Filoni also brought the character into live-action in seasons 1 and 2 of The Mandalorianfollowed by a cameo in Boba Fett’s Bookbefore the start of filming for his solo series.

Although some supported Johnston’s view and pointed out that the book and the new animated series can always complement each other, the Star Wars writer share that he is waiting “After” of the same once the show debuts:

“It will probably be more when the new animated series comes out. But the alternative is what we have with Luke, which is: next to nothing.”

What he wrote was true, from a certain point of view

Before the start of almost every Star Wars film there are the words “a long time ago” because Star Wars is meant to be a chronicle of historical events.

And, while that’s part of his genius, it’s also part of his problem.

Any new form of Star Wars content, whether on screen or in print, is considered part of that story. But like the weather inside this galaxy creates new storytelling opportunities, affects each other’s timelines, frustrates fans, and potentially weakens the impact of those stories that came before.

Given that new content is always in demand and Lucasfilm is looking to produce more Star Wars projects than ever before, it’s unlikely that Tales of the Jedi will be the last time the franchise will have to deal with this issue.

But while that’s not what fans want to hear, in the meantime, perhaps it’s best to continue looking at Star Wars canon from a certain perspective; and, for the sake of former Star Wars writers and creators, rely on the imagination before discrediting and dismissing the work that came before.

Tales of the Jedi will premiere on Disney+ in fall 2022.

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Reading and writing

Black female poets build their collective legacy

This weekend, a gathering of about 80 black women and poets will take place at the Awbury Arboretum in Germantown. For many, this will be the first time they meet.

Co-host Trapeta Mayson said the event will feel like a family reunion.

“If you’ve attended a family reunion or watched one on TV, you know there are family members who have never really met,” she said. “That joy and that fun that they have when they see each other, and the fact that we’re in this family writing community, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Mayson said the family of black women and women poets doesn’t really exist right now.

“There is a void,” she said. “We want to make sure that these artists and these women are counted, from the ancestors until today. We also want to make sure that we are fostering a legacy and building something that we can continue to build on.

Saturday’s event, called The Clearing, is a private day-long retreat for visiting poets, culminating in a public reading on the porch of the historic Francis Cope House at Awbury Arboretum from 3-5 p.m.

The Clearing is part of ConsenSISa three-phase project to identify, celebrate, and ultimately commemorate black women and women poets in Philadelphia, past and present.

The event is inspired by a scene from Toni Morrison’s novel “Beloved”, in which the character Baby Suggs gathers people in The Clearing, a hidden field inside a wooded areato pray, laugh, cry and dance.

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Writer market

Here’s how buying income shares now could earn me £1,000 a month

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The prospect of earning extra income without working more hours in the day appeals to me. One of the ways I try to do this is to own income stocks.

I think building a stock portfolio that pays me regular dividends could even give a four-figure boost to my monthly income. Right now might be a good time for me to start. Here’s why.

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Inflation is high and the economy is struggling. This made some investors less fond of income stocks than before. What’s the point of recouping 3% of their investment cost in dividends each year if inflation is three times that level, they ask?

One of the effects of this thinking – and broader market concerns – is that some stocks are priced lower. This drove up their dividend yields. For example, the actions of Sainsbury’s dropped 23% over the past year. This means that the dividend yield is now 6%.

But here’s the thing. I don’t expect inflation to stay high indefinitely. But if I buy 6% income stocks today, as long as the company doesn’t cut its dividends, I could still earn 6% of my investment years from now when inflation returns to much lower levels.

Build a portfolio of distributing stocks

However, the risk of a lower dividend still exists. After all, high inflation can also hurt a company’s profits, causing it to pay out less money to its shareholders.

To try to reduce the risk of my dividend income, I do two things. One is to diversify my investments across a range of stocks. The second is to focus on finding great companies with attractive returns, not great returns from unattractive companies.

Stock hunt to buy now

Many stocks have recently fallen in price – but they could fall further.

However, rather than trying to time the market, I am taking the opportunity now to chase revenue shares. If the potential return is already attractive to me, the fact that it could get even juicier if I wait a few months or years to buy doesn’t seem relevant to me. A stock price could suddenly rise again and I might have completely missed the opportunity by being too greedy.

So I’m taking advantage of recent market volatility to try to find income stocks I can buy. I look for companies with a competitive advantage that I believe can help them make big profits in markets with long-term customer demand. After all, profits fund dividends.

Aim for £1,000 a month from Income Stocks

Although dividend yields aren’t the focus of my hunt, they help determine how much I need to invest to try and reach my monthly target of receiving £1,000 in dividends.

At an average return of 5%, for example, I would need to invest £240,000. If the average return was higher, I could invest less. But I always looked for stocks based on the attractiveness of a company’s prospects, not just the yield.

If I didn’t have that money, I could still take advantage of the current opportunity to increase my income by buying income stocks. I would just like to reach the monthly goal more slowly.

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Looks like DnD’s publisher is now making horror video games

D&D and Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast announced a new AAA video game studio on July 26 – and it looks like a horror game could be next on the cards. Skeleton Key Studios states in its new Twitter bio that its games will aim to create “inspiring moments of suspense and horror that guide players to have fun and face their fears.” If that doesn’t sound like some creepy Ravenloft-style shenanigans, we don’t know what is.

We’re not sure what type of game Skeleton Key Studios will debut with (or if it will tie into any existing Wizards IPs), but we do find out who is leading the mission. A Wizards press release on Tuesday revealed that former Dragon Age executive producer Christian Dailey has joined Skeleton Key as vice president and head of studio.

In addition to working on the popular fantasy RPG BioWare, Dailey’s 20 years of gaming experience includes working with Electronic Arts and Blizzard. “I’m thrilled to begin this new adventure with the company that created so many of my favorite toys and games growing up,” Dailey said in Wizards’ press release. “Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast have been a huge influence on me, their brands have inspired my pursuit of a career in video games.”

“We are thrilled to continue to build our roster of exceptionally talented digital game leaders and to welcome Christian to the team,” Wizards of the Coast President Cynthia Williams said. “We will greatly benefit from the experience this team and this new video game studio will bring to Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro.”

It is the sixth North American video game studio added to Wizards’ portfolio. Tuque Games released Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance in 2021, but it proved to be a frustrating and repetitive co-op battler. It’s the only one of Wizards’ Digital Studios to have paid off so far.

Archetype Entertainment (also made up of ex-BioWare developers) is currently working on a sci-fi role-playing game, while Atomic Arcade is hiring developers to work on a “GI Joe Snake Eyes game.” Wizards also has two unnamed studios in Washington state, but their plans are still unclear.

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Reading and writing

The Gaelic language is breathtakingly beautiful, but I can’t live without it | Jenny Colgan

In common with my two terriers, I never give up anything, even if my harp teacher, publishers (40+ books) or my husband (very out of my league) might think I should. Doctor Who readers once received a petition to stop me writing Doctor Who (I haven’t stopped writing Doctor Who). But everyone meets their own Waterloo sooner or later, and it’s mine.

Gaelic is the language of my ancestors, and that of my husband: his grandfather was born in Mull in 1849. It is the original language of the country in which I live and which I deeply love. Not only that, but it’s beautiful in itself: musical to listen to, descriptive and exquisite. The very color spectrum is different. Liath means blue or grey, as it is the word for the color of the sky or the sea. Likewise gorm is blue, but also the color of grass. And dear is red-brown, like the earth, but ruadh is the red of your hair.

It also has an elegant and simple grammar. There are no words for “yes” or “no” and all verbs are infinitives. Things just are or aren’t. Tha – this is the case. Chan eil – it’s not.

There is no difference between “I” and “me” or “she” and “she”. Nouns do not need “a” or “the” in front of them. There is no verb “to have” – ​​something is either yours or on you. Which is actually quite lovely. Your work is on you – elm – rather than being you.

Aside from its beauty, learning Gaelic is also incredibly important now. When I started my first abortive attempt at learning the language in the 1980s, about 80% of people in the Western Isles spoke it. Now about 40% do. SNP plastered Ambailians and Poileas on every official vehicle, but it hides very serious cracks. All of our own Peigis and Dohmnalls are leaving us in Scotland, and we must work hard to replace them in the next generation.

More than 1.2 million people around the world have, like me, downloaded the excellent Scottish Gaelic Duolingo application. And I completed it! Can I now speak Gaelic? May I bolagan. It wasn’t even my first attempt. I also took a year at university, which I only managed by memorizing all the English poems in the textbook and then pretending to “translate” them.

It is not the will. It’s not grammar. It’s the absolute, senseless, unpronounceable vocabulary that makes me a total dunce. When I was at school, the first thing you learned in French was how to order in a café. I think you’re unlikely to summon a waiter by shouting “boy!” these days (or get served if you do), but in Gaelic that’s pretty much the last thing you’d get to, because the word for waiter is, wait for him, neach-frithalaidh. Or if you want the sommelier, neach-frithealaidh-fion.

Other generally handy phrases to take on a trip are also out of reach: Gabh mo leisgeul (“Excuse me”) is unlikely to stumble when trying to walk past someone. Meala-naidheachd! is pretty hard to come by when all you want to say is “congratulations!”

Spider in French: spider. In Italian: ragno. In German: turn. In Gaelic: damhan-allaidh.

I have BBC nan Gàidhealthe excellent Gaelic radio station, always on in the car (phone calls aren’t helpful, but the afternoon show is traditional music, often new works by great musicians like Julie Fowlis or Kris Drever, and is just awesome whatever language you speak).

When I lived in France and needed to learn the language so my kids didn’t have to take me to the doctor, I found the radio very useful as it repeated the news and the weather every 15 minutes. But Sun for the sun and vent for the wind felt relatively easy to glom. Yet in Gaelic, while I can handle the melodious Clachan-plain flour (hailstones), ceothath, gaothach and reothadh (fog, wind and ice) remain indistinguishable to me. (There is, in fact, a word for sunny – a grianache – if for some reason you find yourself speaking Gaelic abroad). As for news, I can’t get past “…agus Nicola Sturgeon ann an Holyrood…”

I wouldn’t mind, but my books are often set in (fictional) Scottish islands where people speak it casually, which means I feel like an impostor even more by my own characters.

There must be a way to just become less stupid. I have an unopened book on my shelf that taunts me every time I look at it. Learn Gaelic in six weeks! it says. Six weeks! Go on. I can do it! Now all we need is another glasadh-sluaigh.

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Writer market

10 best deals: TVs, keyboards and a Sweet Pixel 6A pre-order promotion

Amazon took over a lot of oxygen in the business room last week with Prime Day. However, there are a few gadgets and gadgets that are even cheaper this week than they were then. If you’re looking for a new robot vacuum, keyboard, or even a big TV, we’ve got some goodies for you.

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TV offers

Check out our guide to the best TVs for more recommendations.

TCL 6 series

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The TCL 6 Series (9/10, WIRED recommends) is our top pick of all the TVs we tested. It uses quantum dot technology to deliver bright, vivid colors, along with local dimming to keep dark colors as dark as possible. It also includes the Roku interface, one of our favorite streaming interfaces. This is one of the lowest prices we have tracked.

Another in TCL’s lineup, the Series 4 sits at the bottom of TCL’s offering, but over the years the technology we’ve loved in the higher-end models has spread. This super-cheap TV still packs a 4K HDR panel, a Roku interface, and a simple voice-activated remote. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s good value for money.

This is our pick for the prettiest TV we’ve tried. It comes with Sony’s state-of-the-art processing inside a beautiful OLED panel, giving it an absolutely stunning picture. It also comes with Android TV built-in, which of the Smart TV operating systems is one of the easiest to use.

Keyboard deals

SteelSeries Apex 7 TKL

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Beware of RGB LEDs and competitive performance in your keyboard? The Apex 7 TKL will meet your needs. It has very satisfying clicky switches, a sturdy aluminum frame and an OLED screen that can display system alerts or game information. individual keys, record macros, and even program the LEDs to respond to the games you’re playing.

The power and customization of gaming peripherals make them perfect for office work, if they didn’t have such over-the-top designs. Thankfully, the Logitech G513 Carbon, which is our pick for the best mechanical keyboard for home offices, comes with a more understated design while retaining useful features like customizable keys, tasteful LEDs, and your choice of several types of switches.

If you prefer your keyboard to be as loud and ostentatious as possible, this Roccat Vulcan 121 is one of our favorite keyboards because it knows exactly what it is. And it’s noisy. WIRED reviewer Jaina Gray says writing with it is like “hitting a thunderstorm”.

For years I’ve advocated using gaming peripherals to get regular work done, and the Logitech G915 keyboard is one of my favorites for that exact reason. It comes with a low-profile aluminum frame and a sleek design that can fit into any studio, but its additional programmable keys and macro tools make it easy to automate tasks, especially in creative programs like Adobe Photoshop, Premiere or Blender.

Other Technology Offerings

Google Pixel 6A

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The Pixel 6A will officially launch on July 28, and WIRED editor Julian Chokkattu says it’s the best phone for the price (8/10, WIRED recommends). It comes with a bright AMOLED display, all-day battery life, a great camera, and a sleek design. Google is running a pre-order promotion where you can get the company’s Pixel Buds A-Series (8/10, WIRED Recommends) for free when you order a Pixel 6A. These headphones pair instantly with many Android phones, have IP4X water resistance and Google Assistant integration. They’re usually $100, so it’s a bargain if you’re looking for a new phone. and new wireless headphones.

This robot vacuum from Roborock is our overall favorite. It comes with a self-emptying bin so you don’t have to empty the robot as often, as well as an impressive battery life. It can even map a large area of ​​your home, so it will learn exactly how to best clean your space. It stores up to four separate maps, so you can carry it from floor to floor, and you can even control it with Siri, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

Your pets leave a huge mess around the house, but don’t worry! This RoboVac from Eufy contains twin impellers that combine for massive suction, so no matter how much dog hair or other pet debris is around your home, this robot can pick it up.

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HardingThe songs of were recorded by Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and many more, resulting in multiple #1 hits and over a billion streams on Spotify to date. Now he’s launching an opportunity for other songwriters – his new “Write Like a Rockstar” contest, which begins July 22, 2022. This will give other adoptees a chance to write their own song with him (which will be recorded by Harding in Nashville), of which they will be co-owners and which they can add to their portfolio

Party like a rockstar may be a memoir, but it could just as easily be classed as a self-help book for those of us struggling to be ourselves. JT Harding is the epitome of the American rock-n-roll dream and a true testament that anything is possible if you are brave enough to dream it.”
Shane McAnallythree-time Grammy-winning songwriter and NBC star Songland

“I’ve loved JT’s stories since the first time I heard them at The Listening Room in Nashville. . . It’s an American story of unconditional parental love, big dreams, hard work, and joy. . . . I couldn’t put it down. I proudly recommend this book to readers of all ages.”
Dana Perino, New York Times bestselling author of Everything Will Be Fine: Life Lessons for Young woman (From a former young lady)

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — — “Everywhere I go, people ask me: how do you write songs? How can I become a songwriter?” says chart-topping country music songwriter J.T. Harding, which has over a billion streams on Spotify to its name. In his recently published book, Party Like a Rockstar: The Crazy, Fortuitous, Unlucky, and Harmonious Life of a Songwriter (Twelve/Hatchet, February 22, 2022)readers get answers only a storyteller like him can give, as well as an inside view of creating hit songs, working with the artists who sing them, the ups and downs of the songwriting process, and what what the grind really is.

But readers also get so much more. This book is first and foremost a fun, fast-paced, and entertaining memoir detailing Harding’s hard-earned journey to musical success, which took him from Detroit to LA to Nashville. It all started, he says, “when I was brought into the world by a young couple. A man and a woman who loved me so much decided to give me…”.

In addition to pulling back the curtain on potential songwriters and detailing compelling stories behind the inspiration for his most popular songs, Harding offers music lovers and fans a look back at the people and experiences that personally inspired him. :

  • His crazy upbringing as a long-haired, wild-headed and styled ‘creative’ in a sports-obsessed family
  • What it was like to grow up embraced – and accepted – and the difference it made as he tried to navigate his way through an unforgiving industry
  • Learn that a Hollywood fame was actually her biological father and the surreal experience of getting to know her biological parents as an adult
  • His run-ins and work with some of the greatest artists and bands of all time
  • And the devastation of losing one of his brothers to suicide at a young age

“Talking about my brother’s suicide was never easy,” admits Harding. “Maybe I felt like people would judge me somehow. Since my book came out, I’ve found that talking about it has the opposite effect: it brings me closer to people. Everyone has been through something in their life. The more I share my story, the more others share theirs with me.”

Harding’s book has already reached No. 1 as Amazon’s newest release in the songwriting genre. It was also recently featured in the Bluebird Café series at this year’s Sundance Utah Festival. And during the months of September National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and National Adoption Month in November, he will travel the country, perform his songs and make dedications in honor of his family – his biological and adoptive parents – and more particularly his brother who died by suicide.

Country music expert and TV host Ty Bentli notes, “The stories behind JT’s songs are some of my favorites in music, but I didn’t know his real story until now. It’s surreal. His life is Forrest Gump meets Surroundings.”

Adds an award-winning music journalist Gary Graf“As a songwriter, JT Harding knows how to tell a story. Party like a rockstar is Harding’s genuine, all-consuming passion for music (and entertainment), a plus-size personality that has propelled him to become a top collaborator responsible for so much success that we find ourselves humming along at random moments. The man behind these is just as interesting as the songs themselves, and you can’t put this book down without wanting to party like a rock star yourself.”

How does a guy who grew up with an inordinate passion for rock-n-roll end up writing giant country hits? How does a guy who had no connection to the music world achieve his dream of being on the radio? Your attitude to your situation helps a lot. According to Harding, “Being adopted gave me an incredibly optimistic outlook on life. Every time life throws me a curveball, disappointment, or roadblock, I’m reminded that I was adopted by the Hardings (the greatest parents ever), and that the universe has been supporting me since day one.”

Harding hopes that whatever he offers of himself and his experiences in Party like a rockstar will not only encourage dreamers around the world to keep grinding, but will inspire other songwriters. “More than ever, people of all ages all over the world seem to be interested in having their own hit song. My book not only gives the low down on working towards that goal, but it’s also my story of perseverance and never give up and how you have to stick with a dream for a long, long time if you ever hope to see it come true.”

Party Like a Rockstar: The Crazy, Fortuitous, Unlucky, and Harmonious Life of a Songwriter is available wherever books are sold. Learn more about Follow JT on social media @jtxrockstar on Twitter, ICT Tac, instagramand @jtxmusic on Facebook. For more information and the “Write Like a Rockstar” contest, go to

J. T. HARDING was born and raised in south strait. While other kids were on the baseball field, JT was in his basement, skipping MTV videos and trying to write his own songs. He started several bands in high school, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream. JT made his first demo reel with a cash prize he won by winning the VH1 game show Rock & Roll Peril! Since then, he has written several chart-topping hits, including “Smile” with Uncle Kracker, “Somewhere in My car” with Keith Urban“Somewhere with You” and “Bar at the end of the world” for Kenny Chesney, at Dierks Bentley “Different for girls”, by Jake Owen “Alone with you” and by Blake Shelton number one song “Sangria”.

His Memoirs/Practical Book, Party like a rockstarcame out in February 2022 and quickly reached number one on Amazon in the songwriting category. He lives in Nashville and continues to churn out the hits in the light of his vintage KISS pinball machine.

APPROXIMATELY TWELVE: TWELVE, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group, was established in 2006 with the goal of publishing no more than twelve books a year, singular works of non-fiction by authors who have a unique perspective and compelling authority, works that explain our culture. and which illuminate, inspire, provoke and entertain.

ABOUT HACHETTE BOOK GROUP: Hachette Book Group is a leading American publisher of general interest books comprised of dozens of esteemed publishers within the Grand Central Publishing, Hachette Audio, Hachette Nashville, Little, Brown and Company, Little, Brown publishing groups Books for Young Readers, Orbit, Perseus Books and Workman Publishing. We also provide custom distribution, fulfillment and sales services to other publishing companies. We are committed to promoting diversity in our business and our publishing programs, and to fostering a culture of inclusion for all of our employees and authors. We are proud to belong to Hachette Livre, the third professional and educational publisher in the world. Learn more about

CONTACT: Morgan Canclini-Mitchell, [email protected]


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Elon University / Today in Elon / In residence at the North Carolina Court of Appeals with Tamara Gomez L’22

An Elon Law Practice Residency with the Hon. Christopher Dillon and his legal assistant, Wesley Jones, introduced Tamara Gomez L’22 to a wide range of practice areas that interact with the North Carolina Court of Appeals every day.

Elon law student Tamara Gomez has completed her spring term 2022 practicing residency in Judge Chris Dillon’s Chambers of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Gomez was supervised by medical examiner Wesley Jones.

Tamara Gomez L’22 enrolled at Elon Law with two years of work experience as a paralegal for a Charlotte law firm.

During this time, Gomez learned about the many ways lawyers defend their clients. Having an older sister who also practices law also helped determine her professional interests.

Yet nothing compares to his experience working with a North Carolina Court of Appeals judge. For someone who is not very committed to the area of ​​law they intend to practice, working for an appellate court judge offers exposure to almost anything.

Gomez, a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, recently answered questions about her work with the Hon. Christopher Dillon and his clerk, Wesley Jones, during a Spring Quarter 2022 residency at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

This is the fifth and final profile in a series of conversations with Elon law students from the class of 2022 who have completed their practice residencies throughout the winter and spring terms.


Tell me about some of the work you were able to accomplish through your residency with Justice Dillon and the Court of Appeal.

Most, if not all, of my days have been spent reading, researching, and writing. My main responsibilities were writing hearing notes and working on draft notices. I have spent a great deal of time reading the appellant’s and respondent’s factums, the filed reply factums and the record. After my initial reading, I spent time pulling the issues on appeal and verifying that the correct standard of review was applied. I then located the case law and laws relevant to a case and conducted a side-by-side comparison of each party’s arguments. I found it extremely gratifying to also be able to include my legal opinion should the case be upheld, reversed, or upheld in part and reversed in part.

In your experience, what has surprised you the most about the practice of law and the courts of appeal?

I was very surprised at how much the standard of review affects a case. My first exposure to standards for review occurred in LMC III, but I didn’t fully understand how much those standards could affect an appellate decision. A standard of review describes the degree of deference an appellate judge can afford to a trial court. For example, conclusions of law are examined de novo, so that the appellate judge replaces the judge of the first instance court to examine the case “again”. However, an abuse of power is limited to checking whether the trial judge’s decision was clearly motivated. I quickly learned that the standard of review can, and often does, affect whether the issue raised can even be argued on appeal.

Tamara Gomez L’22 has completed her residency in practice in the offices of the Hon. Chris Dillon of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Which of your traits benefited you the most in your approach to this residency?

I would strongly say that my intellectual curiosity benefited me enormously during a judicial residency internship. Judges are tasked with analyzing issues that do not always correspond perfectly with case law or relevant laws. For example, we must turn to different mechanisms of judicial interpretation to see what the wording of a case rule or law means, and how the law applies to specific facts. Sometimes the answer is clear. In many other cases, the answer is complex and confusing. A judicial residency requires intellectual curiosity as there must be a desire to see the facts from different angles which can certainly impact not only the current case but also future cases.

How did your time with Justice Dillon and the Court of Appeal shape your plans after graduation?

I came to Elon Law with the goal of exploring as many new areas of law as possible. I never imagined that my law school experience would only include a residency where I could do just that: explore various areas of practice! Judicial residencies are a great opportunity for those who have not yet decided on the type of law they want to do after graduation, as you get immediate exposure to a wide range, from civil law to criminal law and everything else. The attentive nature of Justice Dillon and his firm has instilled great confidence in my legal writing and research skills which I have no doubt will be applicable in any area of ​​law I pursue.

Share a “bit of advice” for current and prospective students as they prepare for their own Elon Law residencies or, more broadly, for law school in general.

Be prepared to adapt your learning and writing styles to a residency placement! Prior to this residency, I had the opportunity to work in corporate law, civil, criminal and administrative litigation. However, this placement is different from my other experiences because judicial internships allow you to see the world from the perspective of judges. Each chamber is also made up of separate judges who have established their respective legal writing styles. In particular, I found that the legal writing in chambers is clear, concise and to the point.

Not surprisingly, state appellate courts receive a large number of trial court decisions, so it was my job to provide a succinct summary for Judge Dillon. I never realized how wordy my writing was until I received my first commentary review and since then I have worked hard to condense my legal writing to match my chambers. Elon Law has given you all the tools you need to succeed in a residency, so be prepared to tweak and apply those skills as you see fit for any room.

About the Residency in Practice Program

Elon Law’s highly experiential 2.5-year program requires each student to complete a full-time, course-related practice residency during their second year of study. Through faculty-led residencies, students cultivate essential skills, values, and judgment to help them excel as lawyers and deepen their understanding of diverse practice areas, while enabling lawyers to pass on their wisdom about the legal profession.

Students work 32-36 hours per week for a 10-week term with a judge or attorney supervisor and a faculty member to create and implement a learning plan that develops increased mastery of professional legal skills and in a field of legal practice.

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Is it a stock picker’s market? It is complicated


If you read the financial news long enough, you will almost certainly come across the term “stock picker’s market”, although there is considerable divergence of opinion on what it means. Many people, including great Vanguard Group Inc. founder John Bogle, dismiss the idea out of hand. After all, they argue, money made by one stock picker is lost by another, so no market can be good for both.

Academics have studied various precise definitions to see whether stock-picking stock mutual funds beat their benchmarks more in certain types of markets than in others. This work has not resulted in a firm consensus, but there is marginal statistical evidence that high individual stock volatility, low index volatility, low pairwise correlations between individual stocks, and high dispersion of stock returns stocks help active managers versus benchmarks.

If this is correct, we had a pretty good stock picker market from late 2016 to September 30, 2020, but things have changed. It is often said that the opposite of a stock picker market is a quantitative stock market. When stock prices deviate from long-term historical relationships, pickers thrive, but when fundamentals drive the markets, quants are king. At least that’s the theory.

Actively managed US equity mutual funds have underperformed their benchmarks by an annualized average of 2.3% since September 30, 2020, compared to 0.7% for the period from December 31, 2016 to September 30, 2020. The latter figure is roughly the average expense ratio for these funds. Over the long term, actively managed equity mutual funds tend to underperform their benchmarks by little more than their expense ratio, so 2016 to 2020 was a better than average period. but hardly anything to celebrate as a stock-picking market. As of September 30, 2020, however, this seems to be a stock picker’s nightmare.

But maybe good stock pickers work for hedge funds, not public mutual funds. From December 31, 1999 to December 31, 2016, long-short equity hedge funds (stock-picking funds) had annualized excess returns of 7.3% per year. These returns are not as reliable as public mutual fund returns for many reasons, and experience suggests that average hedge fund investors generally do slightly worse than published indexes. Yet we can look at relative numbers. From Dec. 21, 2016, to Sept. 30, 2020, long-short equity hedge funds posted an average annualized return of 8.2%, twice as much as the previous 17 years, enough to qualify the market period of pickers as securities. But their annualized excess return since Sept. 30, 2020 has been even better, 8.5%, so we may still be in good stock picking territory.

Long-short equity hedge funds focus on individual stocks, global macro hedge funds focus on broad economic drivers. You might expect the global macro economy to thrive in the opposite type of market, favorable to long-short stocks. If all stocks rise and fall together in response to macro news like inflation and currency regimes, you would expect aggregate analysts to offer more value than individual stock researchers. Global macro hedge funds generated an annualized surplus of 7.2% from 2000 to 2016, 4.6% from 2016 to September 2020 and 7.6% since then. So the so-called stock picker market hurt the returns of macro funds, but the end of that market simply brought them back to their historical average performance.

The beneficiaries of the regime change in September 2020 were quantitative funds. The table shows the performance of five Fama-French factors. These are simple investment rules used as standards in university funding. The “size” factor, for example, is the total return of a portfolio that buys the smallest 30% of stocks and shorts the largest 30% of stocks, rebalancing once a year at the end of June.(2) The value portfolio similarly buys the 30% of stocks with the highest book-to-price ratios once a year and shorts the 30% of stocks with the highest book-to-price ratio. lowest price.

The period from 2017 to September 2020, known as the “quantum winter”, was the worst for the factors as far back as they were calculated – 1963. Value was killed, size and caution had terrible yields, and hardiness only gave anemic results. Only momentum worked well. Things reversed in September 2020, with the first four factors offering exceptional returns and a loss of momentum.

Fama-French’s factor portfolios are not intended to be held as standalone investments, but to be added to an equity index fund. A portfolio comprised of an equity index plus 20% of each of the factors outperformed the market by 4.8% from 2000 to 2016, but reversed that trend to underperform by 4.7% from 2016 to September 2020. It has since returned to 15.3% outperformance.(1)

Quantitative mutual funds and hedge funds use much more sophisticated factor strategies, as well as some non-factor strategies. Nevertheless, it is generally true that when Fama-French factors are doing well, quant is booming, and when Fama-French factors are running out of steam, quant is in trouble.

While past performance is not indicative of future results, market regimes seem to persist in the medium term. When it comes to public mutual funds, now is a bad time to pick stocks, but long-short equity hedge funds seem to be doing well. Macro funds had a poor period from 2016 to September 2020, and quantitative funds had a terrible time. The global macro is back to the historical average, the quantitative funds seem to be having an exceptional run.

Although I don’t have a crystal ball, macroeconomic factors such as inflation, Federal Reserve stocks, midterm elections, Ukraine, energy, the euro, and China seem likely to boost markets for at least the remainder of 2022. Now seems like a good time to me to try to be on the safe side of global economic forces rather than getting into the weeds of individual stock prospects.

• If this is your first bear market, don’t panic: Nir Kaissar

• Think risk factors rather than asset classes: Mohamed El-Erian

• Bond traders are as confused as everyone else: Robert Burgess

(1) I’ve oversimplified, the actual construction is a bit more complicated, but that’s the general idea.

(2) You can loosely think of this as a portfolio that doubles stocks in the top 30% of the five quantitative factors, holds no stocks in the bottom 30% of the five quantitative factors, and has intermediate weightings of stocks with mixed quantitative signals.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Aaron Brown is a former Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets Research at AQR Capital Management. He is the author of “The Poker Face of Wall Street”. He may have an interest in the areas he writes about.

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7 events for the week of July 17 – Twin Cities

JEFFREY BOLDT: Signs copies of his new novel “Blue Lake”. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, Once Upon a Crime, 604 W. 26th St,. Minneapolis.

DAVID SANTOS DONALDSON: Discusses “Greenland: A Novel,” with Patrick Nathan. 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Virtual event, presented by Magers & Quinn. Register at

JEFFERSON MORLEY: Features “The Dance of the Scorpions: The President, the Spymaster and Watergate”. In person. 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis.

SARAH NELSON: Minnesotan signs copies of his new children’s picture book, “A Park Connects us,” an ode to local parks and how they become beacons for interracial fun. 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 22, Lake Country Booksellers, 4766 Washington Square, White Bear Lake.

ERIKA SANCHEZ: The award-winning poet, novelist and essayist (“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”) talks about her new memoir, “Crying in the Bathroom,” about the Mexican immigrant daughter’s childhood in 1990s Chicago. virtual at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21, presented by Magers & Quinn. Register at

GRAND OPENING STRIVE: Strive Publishing Book Store at IDS Center, 80 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, will hold a grand opening from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20. The event will kick off the store’s Summer Author Series with a visit from Anthony Walsh, author of the children’s book “Hockey Is For Everyone.” The summer series will feature children’s book authors, starting July 30, every other Saturday at 11 a.m., and adult genre authors every other Wednesday at 5 p.m., starting August 3. children’s books and to address the under-representation of black authors in book publishing.

RIPE SHERRY: Minnesotan presents “Touching Two Worlds: A Guide for Finding Hope in the Landscape of Loss”, a memoir and guide to help people better deal with their grief. Walling, a trauma psychologist, thinks most people are not good at mourning, burying a loved one on Saturday and returning to work on Tuesday. And we deny grief that doesn’t involve death, like job loss, divorce, and other life changes. We must, she says, learn to integrate grief. Her topics include parenthood and grief, the neurological benefits of movement (and why she joined the circus), how to cry in public, and recognizing and defusing triggers. Walling will read and sign books at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, and will host a book launch party at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 4 at The Coven, 2429 Nicollet Ave. ., Minneapolis.


William Kent Krueger and his wife Diane work on the New York Times crossword Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (Jean Pieri/Pioneer Press)

“Iron Lake” William Kent Krueger’s first thriller starring Cork O’Connor, is the summer title of A Book, a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans to read a common title and come together virtually to appreciate, reflect and discuss. From now until September 4, Minnesotans are invited to read the featured book and will have access to reading guides and virtual book club discussions through local libraries. Readers can access the eBook and audiobook for free on Ebooks Minnesota for eight weeks and will need to create an account to access the free materials. In addition to digital formats, hard copies of the book will be available at public libraries and independent bookstores across the state.

“Iron Lake,” released in 1998, featured O’Connor, a former sheriff from the northern Minnesota town of Aurora. He won a Minnesota Book Award and Mystery Writers of America Anthony Award for Best First Novel. The St. Paul author will hold a virtual chat at 7 p.m. on August 11 with Grand Master Ellen Hart. For more information, visit It is a program of the Friends of St. Paul Public Library serving as the Minnesota Center for the Book.

In 34 years, Krueger’s 19th O’Connor adventure, “Fox Creek”, will be released on August 23. it’s on Novel Suspects’ summer reading list and Publishers Weekly gave it a star-studded review. It is Henri Melouxformer Ojibwe healer, who leads two women into the BWCA to avoid danger and O’Connor must find out who is threatening one of the women and where the wise old elder has disappeared in the desert.

” On the left bank “, a new Socialist Zine, launched earlier this month at East Side Freedom Library. This left-leaning magazine is published by St. Paulite David Ackos, who lives on the West Said and works on the East Side as a tenant organizer working on housing justice. The publication is accepting submissions for the next volume at [email protected] They are also inviting local leftist writers to support the project by joining the editorial board.

More good news: “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich is available in paperback from Harper Perennial. Part ghost story, part love story for books and bookstores, it’s based on the real-life aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.

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Defeating the Democrats is not enough

There’s a good chance the Republicans will score a big win this fall.

However, defeating the Democrats solely because of their terrible performance will not be powerful or lasting. Republicans must defeat Democrats because their values ​​are wrong and their policies simply cannot work.

Beating the Democrats in a strictly performance-based campaign allows the next round of Democrats to come forward and claim that the ideas and policies were good, but the personalities were incompetent.

It has happened before.

Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” was a failure. The next round of Democrats repudiated him, and within a few years they nominated George McGovern, who was even further left.

Jimmy Carter’s failure in 1980 taught the Democrats nothing. Four years later, Walter Mondale showed up promising to raise taxes.

Barack Obama’s radical and divisive policies set the stage for the election of Donald Trump in response. Then Joe Biden came in as Obama’s vice president and moved even further to the left, towards even more destructive and radical policies.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher taught us that “first you win the argument, then you win the vote”.

She set out in 1975 to win the argument that socialism was immoral, impossible in the real world, and produced terrible results. She won that argument so decisively that no openly left-wing Labor leader has been elected prime minister in 40 years.

Like Thatcher, Republicans must develop a campaign that wins the argument over core values ​​and philosophies. The Democrats’ performance failures must be tied to their policy and values ​​failures. As President Ronald Reagan said, “The problem with our liberal friends isn’t that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t true.”

US President Joe Biden waves as he leaves Israel’s Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv on his way to Jerusalem on July 13, 2022.

Performance-wise, the opportunity to defeat the Democrats as incompetent (which is not the same as being wrong) is going to be huge.

President Biden continues to decline cognitively and is increasingly troublesome. A recent presidential Jobs approval poll was at 33% approval, which is a dangerous warning sign for Democrats’ prospects this fall.

Jill Biden’s Taco Democrats gaffe may be a sign she’s joining her husband in not being able to remember what she should say.

Record gasoline prices, rising food prices, and rising murder and crime rates affect all Americans. Borders are open and insecure (with no COVID-19 tests or criminal records). Meanwhile, the country’s residents are illegally given free cell phones and free travel across America. Schools teach seven-year-olds that they are guilty of white privilege and ask third-grade students to discuss sexual orientation. At the same time, schools are failing to teach reading, writing or numeracy. The failures are seemingly endless and getting worse.

Then there is potentially the greatest corruption crisis to ever envelop a White House. No reasonable person can doubt that President Biden routinely and systematically lied about Hunter Biden’s corruption (and the President’s knowledge of it). Evidence continues to come to light of how sick Hunter’s behavior was and how impossible it was for President Biden not to know.

The recent revelation that the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve sent one million barrels of oil to a Chinese oil company with which Hunter Biden has business ties is just one more example of the administration’s flagrant and arrogant corruption Biden.

So, there will be a lot of performance failures to focus on. But the failures must be tied to the underlying truth: the philosophy and values ​​at the heart of big government socialism simply can never work.

These terrible results are not the result of random incompetent behavior. These are the natural, if not inevitable, results of unenforceable values ​​and unrealistic destructive models.

I wrote my new book, Defeating Big Government Socialism: Saving America’s Future, because it is so important to defeat the philosophy – and not just to reject the current performance. Sean Hannity said it’s the most important book I’ve written in the more than 30 years we’ve known each other.

We are at a crucial decision point in the history of our nation. As Americans, we can choose the destructive and failed values ​​and policies of big government socialism. Or we can choose to restore the America that works with the values ​​and policies that have made us the strongest, freest, and most prosperous country on the planet.

Which path will you choose?

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The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author.

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Negotiators face obstacles ranging from ‘mundane’ to ‘mission impossible’ Farm Policy News

New York Times writer Matina Stevis-Gridneff reported today that “Russian and Ukrainian negotiators are to meet on Wednesday in Istanbul, in the increasingly desperate effort to release huge quantities of grain from Ukrainian ports and ship it to a world facing growing hunger.

“Officials have tried for months to break the deadlock without triggering an escalation of war or, worse, a direct confrontation between Russia and NATO.

Wednesday’s meeting raises hopes of a breakthrough, but in interviews more than half a dozen officials directly involved or briefed on the plans cited obstacles ranging from the mundane to “mission impossible”.

The Times article noted that “the proposed alternatives, moving grain overland or across the Danube, have been too slow, cumbersome and small-scale to meet the challenge of more than 22 million tons of cereals blocked in Odessa and other Black Sea ports that are blocked by Russian warships.

“Mission Impossible? Officials Argue to Free Ukraine’s Grain,” by Matina Stevis-Gridneff. The New York Times online (July 13, 2022).

“The urgency is real. Do not move the grain already in the ports and in the silos in the coming weeks will begin to hamper the summer harvestbecause farmers will have no place to store their fresh harvest.

Stevis-Gridneff explained that “So far, one of the main sticking points has been the issue of ship and cargo inspection: the Russian side demanded that it carry out inspections on its own to ensure that the ships transport only grain, and that on their return they are empty and do not bring any weapons back to Ukraine. A diplomat from a country that is a member of the UN Security Council said that a compromise was being developed with The Turkish authorities carrying out the checks.

“The diplomat, who spoke to reporters in the background, said the proposed deal includes a Russian guarantee do not shoot at ships. But that promise would only apply to the transport of grain and would likely be time-limited, the diplomat said, adding that an agreement could be reached by the end of the week.”

Reuters writer Max Hunder reported yesterday that, “Ahead of planned four-party talks in Turkey to unblock grain exports from Ukraine, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday. the grain issue must be resolved under the auspices of the United Nations. “Ukraine is advocating for the issue of unblocking Ukrainian grain to be resolved under the auspices of the UN,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko told Reuters.

Also yesterday, Reuters editor Michelle Nichols reported that “United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday that ‘there is still a long way to go‘ in talks to try to resume Ukrainian grain exports to the Black Sea.

And Reuters writer John Irish reported yesterday that “French Minister of Foreign Affairs said on Tuesday that she stay cautious on the prospects for four-party talks in Turkey to unblock grain exports from Ukraine, given that Russia had repeatedly added obstacles to reaching such an agreement.

Meanwhile, Reuters writer Elaine Monaghan reported today that, “Ukraine on Tuesday raised hopes of increased grain exports despite Russia’s blockade of Black Sea portsnoting that the ships had begun to pass through a major mouth of the Danube.

“‘For the past four days, 16 ships passed through the mouth of Bystre,” Deputy Infrastructure Minister Yuriy Vaskov said in a ministry statement. “We plan to maintain this pace.”

“The ministry said that 16 ships were now waiting to be loaded with Ukrainian grain for export to foreign markets, while more than 90 other ships waited their turn in the Romanian Sulina Channel.

The Washington Post (Page A9 – July 13, 2022).

Elsewhere, Isabelle Khurshudyan and Serhiy Morgunov reported in today’s Washington Post that, “Farmers across Ukraine increasingly feel financial pressure of the Russian blockade of the Black Sea, and the economic collapse of the sector affects food security in the world. Ukraine accounted for 10% of global wheat exports in 2021, according to the United Nations.

The high cost of exporting grain through alternative routes — by truck or train to a western neighbor or on a barge through small ports on the Danube — means farmers are losing moneythey said.

“Many farmers are refuse at all to export the current harvestunless a diplomatic solution is found to unblock the Black Sea ports. Some said they were going shop their grain in silos for now. But with no money coming in, they might not be able to harvest this fall – threatening to drastically reduce production from one of the largest grain producers in the world for the coming years.”

The Post article added that “Ukraine has been working to improve other export routes, but they each come with their own headaches. Farmers and government officials said most grain now transits through the Danube, from where it flows to Romania’s Black Sea ports of Sulina and Constanta. But Romanians are struggling to manage the volume of grain Ukraine needs to export, creating costly expectations, officials said.

In production-related news, Bloomberg writer Megan Durisin reported yesterday that, “Heat, drought and storms have reduced the wheat harvest in Francethe largest exporter in the European Union, which further weighs on world supplies.

“French heat and drought reduce wheat harvest for key EU exporter”, by Megan Durisin. Bloomberg News (July 12, 2022).

And Elisabetta Povoledo reported in today’s New York Times that, “Every morning at dawn, Roberto Guerrini walks the perimeters of the rice fields in northern Italy where his family grew up rice for four generations to ensure that there are no holes – often caused by burrowing animals – in any of the earth fills.

“Not a drop of water should be wasted. Drought conditions are so harsh that the government declared last week a emergency state for much of the north Italyand there are growing fears in one of the country’s most fertile regions that things will never be the same again.

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Carmen Giménez takes the reins of Graywolf Press

The Noemi Press founder will succeed Fiona McCrae, who helped transform the publishing house into a cultural force during her nearly 30-year tenure.

Carmen Giménez will join Graywolf Press as Executive Director and Publisher starting August 8. She will succeed Fiona McCrae, who served as director and editor for 28 years.

“Carmen came forward through our extensive international search for a leader whose experience and passion for publishing would expand Graywolf’s strong reputation in new and exciting directions,” said Kathleen Boe, Board Member of administration of Graywolf and chair of the search committee. “As we got to know her, it seemed to us that Carmen had been preparing for this role all her life.”

Giménez is a queer Latinx poet and publisher, and founder and current publisher of Noemi Press, a Virginia-based nonprofit literary arts organization and publisher. She is also an English teacher at Virginia Tech.

Giménez is more than qualified to take up the mantle of McCrae, who helped the authors of Graywolf win a host of Pulitzers, National Book Awards and Booker Prizes. In 2019, Graywolf released Giménez’s latest collection, Be a Recorder, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, the PEN Open Book Award, the Audre Lord Award for Lesbian Poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

“[Graywolf Press] has been a vital force in literature and as a mission-driven organization led by transformative Fiona McCrae,” Giménez said. “I hope we can build on this legacy as we continue to evolve, take risks, engage directly with the current moment, and serve our local, national and international community of readers and writers.”

Giménez is also the author of five other collections of poetry (including cruel futures and Milk and dirt, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist). She is also the author of the lyrical memoirs Shoot down the little birds, which won an American Book Award. Additionally, she was awarded the Academy of American Poets Fellowship in 2020 and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Howard Foundation, and Hermitage Foundation during her career.

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BookTok: Building Advocates Within the Publisher Community

The pandemic has secured TikTok’s place as a forward-thinking global giant. Today, it reaches people of all ages and drives sales of everything from fashion to technology, wellness, subscription services and more. Books are no exception: #BookTokthe hashtag created by “bookfluencers” to organize content related to reading, already has more than 60 billion views.

BookTok has generated countless sales, with bookstores like the hashtag in store windows and e-commerce sites creating dedicated #BookTok collections. Madeline Miller’s Novel The Song of Achilles was first published in 2011, but recently shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller charts, thanks in part to the hype generated by BookTok.

The Guardian suggests that BookTok was partly responsible for the 5% growth in book sales in 2021, and Statista predicts the global publishing market will be worth more than $124 billion by 2027. The surge of online interest has left some BookTokkers feeling like they are not being recognized for their contribution to the burgeoning publishing industry. book.

Retailers who quickly saw the opportunity offered by BookTok are already embracing the community – US bookseller Barnes & Noble recently announced a partnership with TikTokaligning with the #BookTokChallenge. This is an important first step, as it lends weight to the discussion by highlighting how publishers can better engage with creators to drive sales. However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to opportunities to promote new releases, reach new audiences, and harness the power of the online reading community.

Know the basics well

The Barnes & Noble-TikTok partnership is a step in the right direction. The campaign will connect customers to a dedicated #BookTok hub designed to drive book discovery in-store and online using QR codes.

Publishers can take inspiration from this and find a formula that works for them to interact directly with creators and their audience. Bookfluencers are already creating buzz around new titles and they come with pre-built audiences. Therefore, working with them on promotional cycles is a natural fit. Authenticity is what makes creator-focused marketing special, and it’s essential that the publisher-bookinfluencer relationship is grounded in genuine interest in the title or genre. Otherwise, collaboration is unlikely to be effective.

Creators understand this dynamic, with most choosing only to work with brands that match their interests or, in this context, to support the authors they admire and the stories they enjoy. According to a recent Vamp survey of over 900 creators worldwide, 65% say “love of the brand or product” is the top consideration when choosing to partner with a brand.

Identity is another essential dimension of the creator’s authenticity. 69% of creators who took the survey said they use their platform to champion causes they believe in, such as social mobility and gender equality. Influencer marketing is a great way to reach underrepresented communities, including highlighting new writers from minorities or underrepresented groups. Making the voices of these communities heard through creator audiences ensures visibility and adds relevance to the campaign.

Finding the right partners can be difficult for publishers new to creator marketing. There are trusted platforms that offer a wide selection of approved creators. The introduction of designer sampling tools like Vamp’s feature makes it much easier to filter options based on specific settings or aesthetics.

Compare sectors

The fashion and beauty industries were the pioneers of creator marketing and as a result, content creators have dramatically changed the way these industries market themselves. Brands from high-end luxury to mainstream have made TikTok an essential part of their marketing efforts, with effective results. In 2019, it was big news when Estée Lauder announced that it was allocating 75% of its advertising budget to creator marketing – but today, it’s not uncommon for brands to allocate dedicated budgets to maintain a creator marketing strategy still active.

The latest development in how the fashion industry continues to lead the way with bold investments in designer marketing is bringing TikTok stars with no fashion background into their marketing campaigns. For example, Gucci recently teamed up with viral TikTok trainspotting creator @francis.bourgeois to promote his new collaboration North Face collection.

BookTok recalls the early days of how fashion and beauty brands embraced a movement: there is a passionate community, creating engaging content out of love for the product and enthusiastically sharing it on TikTok. It’s time for publishers to follow in fashion’s footsteps and take the next bold step to partner with these designers.

Create new experiences

Beyond the more traditional creator-brand engagement model, there are also other exciting ways to leverage the BookTok movement. For example, publishers could invite creators who are illustrators and designers to compete to create book cover illustrations for upcoming releases. It goes beyond the reviews and recommendations that form the core of #BookTok, involving artists (and their communities) to support authors as an exchange of creativity.

Another idea for publishers is to activate the readership community through live events such as live author readings and Q&A sessions hosted by bookfluencers. Fashion and beauty brands like Dior and Louis Vuitton have hosted live events on TikTok, and it’s easy to see how the idea could translate to BookTok. Unlike in-person versions of these events, virtual gatherings aren’t limited to people in a specific city or venue capacity and are therefore more accessible to fans. Markets such as China have highly engaged consumers who are enthusiastic about “direct shopping,” which could open up new revenue streams for direct-to-public book sales.

It’s promising to see publishers taking their first steps towards engaging with online reading communities thanks to the talent of creators. Those who invest in collaborating with passionate fans — in the form of brand sponsorships, regular promotional features, or one of many other approaches — are opening a successful new chapter in the history of book marketing.

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James Ellroy: ‘Alcoholics Anonymous was good for hot tub parties in the 70s’ | James Elroy

James Ellroy, 74, is a detective novelist known for his gritty noir novels and true crime essays. Celebrated for his “LA quartet” of novels, which includes The black dahlia and LA Confidential, and his “Underworld USA” series examining American political corruption, many of Ellroy’s obsessions (murder, crime, politics, masculinity) were influenced by the unsolved 1958 murder of his mother, Geneva Hilliker. Recently, he released two books of his “Second LA Quartet” – Perfidy (2014) and Storm (2019) – which begin with Pearl Harbor and take place during World War II. Ellroy has a new podcast, James Ellroy’s Deadly Journey to Hollywoodwhich features him reading several of his true-crime essays.

Let’s start with the podcast. You choose five stories including Stephanie of Destination: Mortuary!and night clash of your Hollywood journalist room on the murder of Sal Mineo. Why those?
These are crimes, and they all take place in Hollywood. Some things. I have a low baritone voice, I have a punchy voice, I can read dramatically. I have a rat-a-tat journalistic style. And it can be argued that my mother’s unsolved murder in 1958, when I was 10, is what got me addicted to crime… The podcast was a joy, but as much as I love this series, this is nothing but a stalking horse for the full, unredacted version of my 1995 novel American tabloid on the reign of John Kennedy. And it will be 12 hours with me narrating and rated actors reading the dialogue.

Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart and Scarlet Johansson in the film adaptation of Ellroy’s Black Dahlia. Photo: Universal/Allstar

So this series is a taste of that?
Yes, a taste. The act of opening. I like to say the movies and TV shows are out and the podcasts are here. Podcasts are the perfect transposition of the novel to another form. Time is not a factor. There is no censorship. It’s writing, 100% transposed. It’s a kick for me.

What was your idea of ​​podcasts before you started on this one? Do you have any favourites?
No, I don’t listen to anything. I don’t have a computer, I don’t have a cell phone. I wrote all my books by hand.

Can we talk about Stephaniewhat features of the podcast?
This is my favorite of all my detective plays. I went to high school at a few high schools northeast of Stephanie Gorman. I was born in ’48, and she was born in ’49. And, if you can use that term to describe a murder case, hers is the best case I’ve ever read.

In your account of the still unsolved murder of Stephanie, you write: “the act creates the mess”, and “the killer is crucial and irrelevant”.
If you were to take the man who killed Stephanie Gorman in the summer of 1965, if you were to put him in the spotlight, you would find he was nothing but a human blob of illusion. He wouldn’t know why he did it. I doubt it was well planned. He could have seen her come in and out of this house, in this very bourgeois neighborhood, and develop a yen for her. And then, one day, he knocked, she opened the door, and he reacted.

One of the things that can be difficult with true crime is that it is often women who are killed, and yet they are lost in the crime narrative. What is your position on this?
I’m very interested in the character of the victim. For me, the question is always: “Who was she?” »… It was in 2001 when I wrote Stéphanie’s play for QG, and there had been a reopening of the case, and the detective, Tim Marcia and I, we visited his old high school. Stephanie was a unique and adorable girl. She exuded character. Tim and I were just in love with her. And we saw old school albums with Stephanie’s picture in them. I had already seen the photos of the death and some family photos. But I had never seen live photos of Stephanie on the tennis team, or Stephanie in her history class before. We saw those pictures, and Tim and I just lost it, crying like animals. I said to Tim, “I love him.” He said, “Yes, I can get it.”

In the past you have spoken about Bill Clinton and his moral degeneracy in the way he treated Monica Lewinsky. What impact have the last two American presidents had on you?
I have been out of the world for a very long time. I haven’t followed the Trump presidency, I haven’t followed the Biden presidency, I don’t watch TV other than boxing. The world that I portray in my books – of powerful men – there are unhappy young women who want to be part of the scene. Men will lie and do almost anything to impress women. It is the nature of the beast.

And also, perhaps, to impress other powerful men.
Yes. Which is some twisted shit.

Why don’t you engage anymore?
My books are extremely complex and require a solid year of planning before I write the first word of the text. And if I only read the era I’m writing about, I have everything I need at home. I do a lot of sports, I have an elliptical trainer in my office. After this interview, I’m going to jump on it. I have a boom box and I play classical music CDs, so I’m going to listen to a piece of music and exercise. Blow my endorphins in the sky? Yes.

James Elroy in 1995
James Ellroy in 1995, outside the LA restaurant where his mother was last seen alive in 1958. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP

The first time I interviewed you you were living in Kansas, the second time you were in LA. Now you are in Denver. I understand that you got back together with your ex-wife, Helen Knode?
Yes, yes, back with Helen, and very happy for six years. Monogamy has never been our problem. It was always cohabitation. The cohabitation is horrible. So now I live in apartment 208 and Helen lives in apartment 200.

Do you still have dogs? You had a bull terrier called Barko
Barko the bull terrier, Margaret the bull terrier, Dudley the bull terrier. Very British dogs. But no, no dogs now. Because I’m older. I’m just completely broken by how dogs die before you.

Do you still have a lot of weapons?
When I had the house in Kansas City, I had a lot of guns. And I had a library and everything. But here, I think I only have two left. They stay in the apartment. What is my position on gun control? I do not think about it. The thing is, with psychopaths, if they want to get their hands on a gun, they’re going to get it by hook or by crook.

I was thinking more of the crazy young people who think, “I hate everyone.” If it wasn’t so easy for them to get guns, they might just hate everyone and not hurt them.
This is a very good point. With me, however, call me superficial, but I don’t think much about these issues.

You joined AA in the 1970s, so early the cocaine wasn’t even around.
Yes, it was so long ago that I had never used cocaine. Cocaine became a big problem in Los Angeles in the 1980s. When I joined AA, it was good for hot tub parties. There was a place called Hot Tub Fever where people used to go. Make an appointment with Hot Tub Fever and have your own room with a hot tub. I think it no longer exists.

How do you feel about getting old?
I try to have a strong third act. I am in competition with the late Philip Roth. What looks like a good lifespan would be 88, or 89, or even 90, which gives me plenty of time to finish this novel I’m writing right now, and the last two books of the “Second LA Quartet” , and maybe another book. And make podcasts. There’s no way to rationalize 74 as being middle-aged. This wild ride is not eternal. But I’m not particularly afraid.

Hollywood Death Trip by James Ellroy, produced by Audio Up, is available exclusively on Amazon Audible

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Writer market

From the Tate Modern and the London Underground to Selby Market, meet the writer-in-residence who collects the city’s stories

She has been writer-in-residence at venues as varied as the Tate Modern art gallery, the London Underground and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.

Now, author Sarah Butler’s latest project takes her to Selby, where she’ll help capture what makes the borough special.

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Fascinated by the relationships between stories, places and communities, Sarah’s work explores identity, belonging, landscape and home.

Sarah Butler has become writer-in-residence for Selby Stories.

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Meet Selby Abbey’s new artist-in-residence, Serena Partridge – who specializes in…

Her project, My Town, will see Sarah collect stories about Selby and share them with others, creating a rich image of the town’s historic market square, in particular.

Sarah, who has had three novels published by Picador in the UK, will have a stand at Selby Market in July and August and people are invited to tell her about their memories of Selby.

“It’s always a privilege to work on projects like Selby Stories – listening to people talk about their city and their relationship to it,” she says.

“I am truly delighted to know Selby through the stories of its people, and to share those stories on the project blog and later through temporary installations in Selby itself.”

Selby Stories will run until the end of 2023 and will include artist residencies, singing and songwriting, screenings, music and performances, celebrating what makes Selby unique.

The program began with artist-in-residence Serena Partridge. Yorkshire textile artist Serena creates tiny embroideries to adorn the hidden nooks and crannies of 900-year-old Selby Abbey.

She spent the past winter drawing inspiration from nearly a thousand years of history, craftsmanship and stories that surround the Abbey and the generations of people who have worked, volunteered, revered and visited.

Selby Stories is the cultural program of the Selby High Street Heritage Action Zone, part of a government funded scheme run by Historic England, which aims to breathe new life into local shopping streets by regenerating historic buildings and engaging communities in artistic and cultural projects.

Selby is one of more than 60 main streets in the country to receive a share of the funding, with additional funds coming from Selby District Council.

Councilor Tim Grogan, senior executive member for health and culture at the council, said: ‘I know there will be loads of stories that local residents can contribute to this project.

“Capturing these memories is a great way to preserve this part of our history for posterity. I hope residents will take this opportunity to share their stories with Sarah and at the same time find out more about all the activities planned as part of Selby Stories.

On August 15 and 22, you’ll have the chance to meet Serena, as she sews pieces live at Selby Abbey between 10am and 1pm.

Other events this summer include a wooden frame that will be moved around town to capture Selby’s best views, with local residents having the chance to nominate their favorite spots.

Sarah will be at her stand at Selby Market on July 11-25 and August 15 (9am-1pm) and at Selby Farmer’s Market on August 20, 10am-1pm. Stories can also be submitted directly to Sarah via her blog at

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Book creator


Imagine if Frank Frazetta, HR Giger and TH White (he wrote The Once and Future King) got together and created a sci-fi comic based on the Arthurian legend. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what Liam Sharp has accomplished and frankly, it’s astounding. Buckle up your belt…

Let’s start with art first. Liam Sharp is a master of his medium. Just look at his work to find out. I mentioned Frazetta and Giger specifically earlier because while Sharp is undoubtedly an original himself, this comic split into three specific eras echoes Frazetta’s work in the parts set in the distant barbaric past of the game. humanity and I can’t help but see Giger’s influence in the future defining a part of the book in everything from the design of the spaceship to the appearance of the altered or rather “carked” characters of the future. I say influenced because everything Sharp does on the page is quirky and beautifully rendered but the echoes are there, even the horrid AI enemy is mesmerizing to watch. Those two parts of the book alone are worth the price of admission, but then Sharp does something wonderfully unexpected, he ties it all together with a narration and a section set in or very close to our present, that’s clearly his own thing in terms of art. While I’m sure everyone will no doubt rave about the marvel of Sharp’s ancient fantasy and sci-fi elements (and it’s brilliant, intricate, mouth-watering pages that capture the barbaric past and cold from the distant future), it’s those pages featuring the character of Amber Weaver as she talks to a young man she’s involved with and her storytelling through the book that ties it all together into a cohesive whole and crashes the decor.

So I knew what an artist Sharp was, but honestly I had NO IDEA how good a writer he was. Sharp does EVERYTHING in this book including the lettering which looks great by the way, its placement reflects Sharp’s absolute control over everything on the page and flows beautifully through the amazing images on the page like a perfectly cut flow that provides you the information to navigate the story laid out in front of you on the page. The basic idea is quite simple: we start in the past with a mysterious death, jump into the future for a history lesson that sets the stage, touch the present to meet our narrator, then travel back to the future to meet our Merlin or rather MER LIN and the scene is set before jumping into the past as Sharp cleverly links the last pages to the first to form a perfect circle that explains a lot. Sharp doesn’t lay all the cards on the table either, it gives the reader enough credit to follow the story without explaining everything to you. like Mordred and Merlin are there if you look for them. another fantastic element is how Sharp makes the future war between AI and humans a war on many fronts or planes by adding another fascinating element like a matrix to the sci-fi part of the story.

It’s an opener that does exactly what it’s supposed to do…makes you want more immediately. It’s a complex mix of sci-fi and fantasy with Magic at its core bound by a wonderful chain of humanity.

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Fiction publisher

Histria Books joins the group of independent publishers as of July 1

Las Vegas, NV, July 02, 2022 –(– Histria Books is pleased to announce that it has entered into a worldwide distribution agreement with the Chicago, Illinois-based Independent Publishers Group (IPG) at from July 1. Histria Books is an independent publishing house with offices in Las Vegas and Palm Beach. The company was previously distributed by the Casemate group.

IPG is the leading independent distributor of books, e-books and audiobooks from publishers worldwide, and a top 10 provider of book content for Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, libraries and specialty markets, in addition to thousands of retailers worldwide. .

Histria Books publishes approximately 50 titles a year across its six editions, including business fiction and non-fiction, books for children and young adults, and academic titles with a humanities focus. With authors from all over the world, representing diverse cultures and backgrounds, Histria Books has a strong international focus.

The new distribution agreement will ensure the company’s continued growth as IPG offers a comprehensive sales and marketing approach, extended account reach and innovative digital services. Dana Ungureanu, Director of Histria Books, commented, “We are confident that this new relationship will benefit our authors and readers by increasing sales and making our books available in markets we were unable to reach. achieve before. We are delighted to join the family of IPG publishers.

The new distribution agreement with IPG will provide access to a wide range of worldwide sales channels for Histria’s six editions: Gaudium Publishing, Addison & Highsmith Publishers, Prende Publishing, Histria Kids, Vita Histria and the Center for Romanian studies. With the move to IPG, Histria Books will continue to grow as a leader in independent publishing.

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Book creator

Music Book of the Month: Ben Wardle, Mark Hollis – A Perfect Silence

A fascinating and in-depth read.

Ben Wardle knows the intricacies of the music industry – he was a talent scout for Warner and the founder of the independent label Indolent. When you combine that experience with his appreciation of the late Mark Hollis and Talk Talk, he’s well-positioned to offer unique insight into pioneering art-pop attire.

Hollis’ production received accolades after her death in 2019, but it wasn’t always that way. NME was particularly venomous, once describing him during an early gig as looking like a “nervous accountant who had stumbled on stage”. Despite the negativity and cynicism, Hollis never wavered.

Wardle gives an honest account of the musician’s utter determination to innovate, something he often did to the exasperation of collaborators, bandmates, producers and managers. Indeed, Phill Brown has likened Hollis’ ruthless standards to an attempt to “bottle the mind of improvised magic”. The biography also confirms how deeply Hollis was influenced by his brother Ed and includes key memories of producer/musician Tim Friese-Greene and manager Keith Aspden.

Mark Hollis was much more than the hits “It’s My Life” or “Life’s What You Make It”, and A perfect silence with pleasure and meticulously gives us this insight.

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“A perfect silence”.
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