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Jun 15, 2019

Manager of the Amazon Literary Partnership

Interview starts at 15:41 and ends at 52:45

“I feel strongly that everyone has a story, and everyone deserves to have the opportunity to tell their story. The rest of us don’t have an obligation to buy that story, but if it’s out in the world and there’s a way for people to find it, that’s doing good work.”


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“Amazon to Joe Biden: We pay all the taxes we owe” at by Lydia DePillis at CNN Business - June 13, 2019

Interview with Neal Thompson

Amazon Literary Partnership 2019

“Amazon Literary Partnership Announces 2019 Grant Recipients” - press release May 20, 2019

Examples of organizations receiving support from Amazon Literary Partnership: Words Without Borders, Pen America World Voices Festival and Best Translated Book Awards, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Cave Canem, Kundiman, Black Mountain Institute (creator of the City of Asylum program), Young Writers Project, Transit Books, Hurston/Wright Foundation

Amazon Literary Partnership web site

Academy of American Poets (creator of the Poem-a-Day skill for Alexa)

Hugo House

Community of Literary Magazines and Presses

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Literature programs

Books by Neal Thompson: Kickflip Boys: A Memoir of Freedom, Rebellion, and the Chaos of Fatherhood, A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It or Not!” Ripley Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shephard, and Driving with the Devil: Southern Moonshine, Detroit Wheels, and the Birth of NASCAR

Books recommended by Neal Thompson: Working by Robert A. Caro, The Library Book by Susan Orlean, The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead (available for preorder with delivery July 16, 2019), and Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon

Next Week’s Guest

Noah, a co-founder of N2Kindle

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