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92nd Street Y announces upcoming readings; Sarah Jeong joins the "New York Times"

Sarah Jeong. Photo: James Bareham

The 92nd Street Y has announced the lineup for its upcoming season of readings and talks. The schedule includes appearances by Gary Shteyngart, Jonathan Franzen, and Karl Ove Knausgaard, among others. Kate Atkinson will start the season on September 25 with a talk on her upcoming book, Transcription.

Sarah Jeong is joining the New York Times as the editorial board’s lead technology writer. Currently a senior writer at The Verge, Jeong is also the author of The Internet of Garbage. “Sarah has guided readers through the digital world with verve and erudition, staying ahead of every turn on the vast beat that is the internet,” the Times said in a statement.

According to leaked documents obtained by The Intercept, “Google is planning to launch censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms about human rights, democracy, religion, and peaceful protest.”

Amitava Kumar talks to Poets & Writers about underrated authors, desert island books, and the feeling of being published. “I have been writing and publishing for such a long time that it’s difficult to remember,” Kumar said of his first published work. “In terms of my career, to be honest, I felt I had really published when I got into the pages of Granta. Why? Because it had been a dream for so long.”

The poetry editors of The Nation have apologized after publishing a poem by a white man “seemingly written in the voice of a homeless person begging for handouts” that was criticized online over its “attempt at black vernacular,” among other issues.