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A Miami-Dade church hosted an event where they distributed banned books.

Related: The Southern Poverty Law Center has named that terrible book banning group an anti-government extremist group.

Also related: the Biden Administration named a government coordinator to deal with these book bans, via Barrons.

Like romance novels? The Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast recently did an episode on just that.

Speaking of, Smart Bitches Trashy Books now has a monthly feature on queer romances. Here’s the first one. Hooray!

I’m not a fan of horror, but maybe you are? Slate on Stephen Kings’ Night Shift.

This is a fun quiz, from The New York Times: “How Well Do You Know Popular Books for Summer Reading?” (I got 2 out of 5 — not a shocker since I’d read those two authors!)

Lithub looks at the literary roots of Die Hard.

As if we already didn’t love her, Dolly Parton is now giving out MORE books to kids, with a major the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in California.

I’m seeing Across the Spider-Verse today, so here’s a BBC piece on why the Spider-Verse movies are the greatest comic book movies ever made.

And finally: I know this might not be a popular take, but I don’t read reviews of my books on Goodreads and Amazon. I’ve had people yelling at me for what I’ve written since I was 18 years old, so I think I’m full up. Not everyone abides by this advice. This woman went in a completely bizarre direction.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

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