Category Archives: Literary Apologies

My spirit animal bit my patron saint

A nice factlet about Julie Murphy. Around 2010, she was a librarian who did the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) thing that happens every November. The YA novel she wrote was Side Effects May Vary. Which eventually got published and … Continue reading

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Facts to know before you face the committee

When the late poet Maxine Kumin had to defend her Radcliffe thesis, the committee asked questions about the thesis – “Amorality and the Protagonist in the Novels of Stendhal and Dostoevsky” – and also questions to test her general knowledge. … Continue reading

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Hey, VOYA, here’s an apology master class!

You recall the recent bananas attack-poodle non-apology strategy employed by the children’s literature journal VOYA, after the publication ran a review that many critics, authors, readers and librarians found offensive? (Catch up here.) Well, today on Twitter, author and unofficial SorryWatch Senior Children’s … Continue reading

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The poet who stole breakfast

Poet Jane Hirshfield suggested we do an apology analysis of William Carlos Williams‘s short poem “This Is Just To Say.” We were honored and delighted by the idea. We hadn’t done it before, because the poem’s still under copyright, so … Continue reading

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OY, VOYA

Would you like to read a case study in shitty apologies and social media implosion? You are in luck! VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) is a journal of young adult literature. It recently reviewed a novel called Run by Kody Keplinger. … Continue reading

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This booger-related apology is better than The Daily Beast’s Olympic apology

I have no context for this note, but does it really need context? Why Riley’s Apology Note Is Better Than The Daily Beast’s Apology Note:  Simplicity. There’s no talk about Riley’s noble tradition of standing up to bullies, being a supportive … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident of the Chocolate Love Monkey

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sorry you hate freedom, whiny readers!

As you may have heard, a romance novel between a Jewish prisoner and an SS Commander, set in a concentration camp during World War II, is stirring up some mishegas. It came to a head when an author and critic, Sarah Wendell … Continue reading

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sorry you thought you were buying a good book

Brilliant Books, an independent bookstore in Traverse City, MI, has offered an apology and an offer of a refund to customers who preordered Harper Lee’s “recently discovered” new novel, Go Set A Watchman, and felt blindsided by the book they actually got. As you … Continue reading

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