Paper Trail

Woman reads Claudia Rankine’s “Citizen” during Trump rally

At a Donald Trump rally in Springfield, IL, on Monday, a woman read from Citizen, Claudia Rankine’s award-winning book about racism and “microaggressions” in contemporary America, while Trump gave his speech. Apparently some Trump supporters were so bothered that they asked her to stop.

Little, Brown has announced that it plans to publish a posthumous manifesto by Stéphane Charbonnier, the Charlie Hebdo editor in chief who was killed earlier this year. Charbonnier finished the book, Open Letter: On Blasphemy, Islamophobia and the True Enemies of Free Expression, two days before his death.

US author Laird Hunt has won the first Grand Prix de la Littérature Américaine for his novel Nevermore.

Nate Silver—the statistician, author, and founder of—said in a recent interview that Vox publishes too much, and that the website bases some of its content on Wikipedia entries.

Justin Taylor reviews The Hand That Feeds You, the “page-turning, genre-bending, resonantly disturbing mystery” by A. J. Rich, who turns out to be the nom de plume of writers Jill Ciment and Amy Hempel.

The Home School—the John Ashbery-sponsored conference for writers and artists in Hudson, New York—is now accepting applications for its weeklong gathering in August. This session’s faculty will include Rebecca Wolff, Dorothea Lasky, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Kate Durbin, Ann Lauterbach, and Cynthia Cruz.