Book News Roundup: Hugo House brings on new Fellows, Town Hall is hiring an election correspondent

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  • The 2018-19 Made at Hugo House Fellows are Courtney Bird, Emily Dhatt, Emily Dhatt, Kim Kent, Katrina Otuonye, and (SRoB contributor) Dujie Tahat. The Made at Hugo program brings together promising writers and offers them full access to the House's full range of resources — from classes to events — and encourages them to work together as a peer group to develop their work. Read more about all the fellows here.

  • Over the weekend, a dumb online magazine that allows any dipshit to publish an article with them ran a horrible clickbait piece about libraries. I'm not going to link to the article — or a cache of the article, since it was eventually removed because it was so dumb — but I am going to link to two great local defenses of libraries. First, Curbed Seattle published a great account of every service that the Seattle Public Library provides. Second, Seattle Magazine wrote about SPL's transition to a digital age. Please read those pieces, and please don't read clickbait that assholes post to the internet. To some dishonorable publishers out there, hate-clicks count as real clicks, so they keep diving deeper towards the bottom of what's considered acceptable in public discourse in order to keep their advertisers happy. Please stop clicking, stop referring to them by publication name, and stop talking about them.

  • There was not a lot of actual news out of the San Diego Comicon last weekend. But here's a local-angle story you might have missed: Fantagraphics is bringing back the print edition of its comics criticism magazine, the Comics Journal. This is the magazine that introduced me to the idea of literary criticism back when I was a kid. So now you know who to blame! Hopefully, CJ will do a better job of representation this time around; the magazine was always pretty bro-y, back in the day.