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John Grisham Launches a Podcast: Critical Linking, May 30, 2017

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Called, appropriately, Book Tour With John Grisham, the podcast will feature Grisham’s conversations about books and writing with other authors on his tour, including David Grann, Ann Patchett, Jodi Picoult, Harlan Coben, Greg Isles, Lisa Scottoline, Ace Atkins, and more. One episode will drop each week once it launches.

Want to listen to one of the world’s most successful writers talk about touring? Here you go!

Last year, Hao Jingfang, author of Folding Beijing, became the first Chinese woman to win a Hugo Award. By day, she’s an economics researcher for the China Development Research Foundation. (She holds her PhD in economics, on top of a degree in astrophysics.) She’s also a spokesperson for Audi in China. The company recently put together an ad featuring the author, in which she talks about wealth inequality, the importance of imagination, and her love of writing.

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On Wednesday, Courthouse News Service reported that a private Utah-based corporation that runs the North Central Correctional Complex (NCCC) in Marion, Ohio, has been sued by the nonprofit Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) for blocking inmates from receiving books on “criminal justice policies, legal research, health care issues and other similar topics.”

Private prisons are a disgrace for a number of reasons, and this is one small one.