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Shardlake, Bridgerton season 3 and the new Raymond Briggs exhibition should all be on your radar this week. Disney/Liam Daniel/Neftlix/ Andrew Hasson /Alamy

Bridgerton is back and still frothy, but developing a more grown-up attitude – what you should see and read this week

Much to enjoy as Bridgerton returns, a Tudor murder mystery intrigues, the International Booker prize is imminent, the National Gallery is 200 and the genius of Raymond Briggs is on display.
Some Gen Zers and millennials might not identify as readers because they assume the reading that they do doesn’t ‘count.’ Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

Gen Zers and millennials are still big fans of books – even if they don’t call themselves ‘readers’

It turns out that identifying as a reader can be more about community, wealth and gender than how much someone actually reads.
While literary texts can nurture deep understandings about racism and power, it’s not enough to provide students with racially and culturally diverse texts. (Rasheeq Mohammad)

How literature teachers can create anti-racist classrooms

When teachers are self-aware of how their identities impact their values, beliefs and experiences, they are better prepared to help students build bridges between their lives and literature.
The Passover Seder – like this one in Azerbaijan – commemorates the story of the Israelites’ escape from slavery, and the start of their long sojourn in the desert. Reza/Getty Images

Passover: The festival of freedom and the ambivalence of exile

The Passover Seder commemorates the escape from slavery in Egypt. But then came the 40-year wandering in the desert – a story that resonates with much of Jewish history.
Esther denouncing Haman, who, according to the Purim story, attempted to have all Jews within the Persian Empire massacred. Hutchinson's History of the Nations/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Purim’s original queen: How studying the Book of Esther as fan fiction can teach us about the roots of an unruly Jewish festival

Whether thousands of years ago or right now, fans have always created new stories based on familiar characters, weaving their own experiences into the tale.

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