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Substack offers $100,000 in grants to writers; Samantha Irby on who she wants to read her book

Samantha Irby. Photo: Eva Blue

Wow, No Thank You author Samantha Irby tells Literary Hub about late night writing, Gone Girl, and who she wants to read her book. “If I am being honest, and completely vulnerable, I would say that I hope that people I used to be friends with, people I was very close to with whom I shared big parts of my life and whose friendships I squandered or fucked up or ruined in some way, I hope that those handful of people have maybe read something I’ve written and seen that I turned out okay,” she said. “Not even in a shitty way, but genuinely in a ‘look at this thing I made, I hope you like it, I miss you!’ kind of way.”

Online newsletter platform Substack is offering $100,000 in grants to writers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant amounts range from $500 to $5,000 and include “digital mentorship.” Applications will be accepted through April 7.

Simon & Schuster is joining to help support independent booksellers.

At Literary Hub, Corrine Segal looks at the challenges faced by literary and art organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Arts organizations are always in the difficult position of arguing for their own existence, particularly in a political atmosphere that falsely casts them as the domain of a coastal elite,” she writes. “That case now seems substantially more complicated.”

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