A poet’s exploration of his childhood experience in the company town created when the Jenpeg Dam was built on the Nelson River is one of the nominees for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards.

Kazim Aliit’s Northern Light: power, earth and memory of waterin which the poet revisits his childhood home to discover the effect of the dam on the Cross Lake community, is nominated in the LGBTQ Non-Fiction category.

It is one of many books with Canadian ties nominated in all 24 categories of the annual awards. Ivan Coyoteit’s Care of: Letters, Connections and Remediesa book of responses to letters the poet/performer received, is nominated in the transgender non-fiction category. Alex Ohlinchair of the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia, is nominated in the bisexual fiction category for her collection of short stories, We want what we want. Grace Zau is nominated in Lesbian Poetry for The language we were never taught to speak. poet and novelist Hiromi Goto is nominated in the LGBTQ Comics category for shadow lifefor which she also won an Asian Pacific American Literature Award. PJ Vernonthe novel bath house is nominated in the LGBTQ mystery category.

The winners will be announced in New York on June 11. The full list of nominees is available at

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To the list of topics that could get a teacher from the Deep South fired—topics like sex, racism, and evolution—you can now add “butts.”

An assistant manager from Mississippi told CBC As it happens recently that he was fired for reading a children’s book called I need a new ass.

Toby Price told CBC the incident started when a group of second graders logged on to Zoom for a reading event and the guest reader didn’t show up. Filling in on short notice, he grabbed the book – about a boy who notices the crack in his butt for the first time and worries it’s broken – and read it. (The book is part of a series that includes I broke my ass and My ass is so loud.)

He was later fired for his “inappropriate” book choice; the case has since been the subject of a petition by the free speech organization PEN.

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Amazon abandoned an experiment in selling physical books that began in 2015 in Seattle and eventually led to the opening of 25 physical bookstores across the United States.

According to RetailWire, the company generated just 3% of its revenue from brick-and-mortar stores, mostly from its ownership of high-end grocery store Whole Foods. As it closes bookstores and many small retail stores, Amazon plans to launch clothing stores under the name Amazon Fashion.

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An independent Calgary publisher is printing a new edition of a Ukrainian-language anthology from 80 or more years ago as part of a fundraiser for the Canada-Ukraine Foundation.

Durvile Publications plans to publish The Little Book: Reader of Stories for a Free Ukraine on March 31, according to a CBC report.

The book, which includes letters of the Ukrainian alphabet, illustrations, stories and poems, was originally created for the Canadian Ukrainian diaspora. The edition will include English translations by McMaster University Linguistics and Language Professor Magda Stroniskas well as a pronunciation guide.

Details are at

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A wave of resignations by junior and mid-level editorial employees at major publishers has shed light on the industry’s low pay, growing workload and limited opportunities for advancement – even as major publishing conglomerates record high revenues and profits.

A number of editorial assistants and editors publicized the challenges and sparked discussion on the topic. A recent story on the PublishersLunch website suggests that part of the problem is that editors are “technologically illiterate” and offload all of their IT challenges onto junior editors and editorial assistants. The story can be found at

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Margarita W. Wilson

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