Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.
Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.
Also: a gay bookstore said to be the oldest in the U.S. will reopen; Hilton Als on art and memory.
Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, will carry Cap's shield. He's the second African-American to take on the iconic role. Also this week, Marvel announced that Thor will be female.
Also: Stephen Burt on trans literature; David Adams Richards on the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
Also: Marvel's Thor is now a woman; the origins of cool.
The comic book publisher said the new character will be the Thor of the Marvel Universe.
Also: Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.
The National Literacy Trust commissioned 50 artists to paint benches with scenes from famous books and placed them around London for the summer.
Gordimer found her central theme exploring the human effects of racial injustice, but her work continued long after South Africa's apartheid regime had ended.