Links: Events, NPR Book Concierge, & an Awesome Cover Song

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s December! This month, for me, always tends to feel both agonizingly long and gone too quickly. I should be doing laundry this afternoon, but all of my free time is currently going to Dragon Age: Inquisition. It’s truly a way better use of my time.

Reader BetseyDub sent us this link on the lawsuit against writer Emma Cline. Content warning for harassment.

“What should have been a happy milestone — publishing my first novel — has turned into a yearslong nightmare perpetrated by someone I believed I had finally escaped from,” Cline said in a statement to the New York Times on Friday. “My only experience of publishing a novel has been one where I am under acute attack, with my sexual history weaponized against me by a cadre of male lawyers. I’ll never be able to get back the years I’ve now spent responding to an ex-boyfriend’s baseless legal assaults and ludicrous, billion-dollar claims instead of writing another book. That’s a loss I don’t know how to fully comprehend.”

It’s also a loss that this kind of shaming seems specifically designed to create. Cline being unable to write a new book is a feature, not a bug, of Reetz-Laiolo’s suit, and underlines what we stand to lose when women’s sexuality is used as a weapon against them.

It’s a disheartening read, but I’d like to keep the outrage against sexual predators going for as long as possible. I’m enjoying the latest string of news of horrible people getting called out in public.

The NPR Book Concierge is out! If you’re unfamiliar with the yearly feature, the Book Concierge is an interactive page that lets you navigate, by genre, the best books of 2017. You can also look at books that fall into two or more categories – like scifi/fantasy & romance.

What do you think of the romance picks?

There are a couple book events coming up! One is TONIGHT at The Strand in New York. The event will have authors  Loretta Chase, Tessa Bailey, Joanna Shupe, Megan Frampton, and Tracey Livesay. Admission is $15, but in return, you get a $15 bookstore giftcard to use in store. So…it’s basically free.

If you’re in the New England area, Redheadedgirl is coordinating another Boston Meetup for December 17th. Click here for more details on getting to the meetup.

Excited for the release of Alyssa Cole’s A Princess in Theory? Well, you can get a sneak peek at Bustle, which has an excerpt of the much-anticipated contemporary romance.

Want to hear two Broadway stars cover a Taylor Swift song? Of course, you do.

It reminds of me “Cell Block Tango” in terms of the feel/lyrics.

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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