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Literary Round Up, Sept 21st

Marina here subbing in for Joni while she’s out of office this week; I hope I can do her justice! Here’s our round-up of all things book-related you need to know.

Lots of huge announcements this week regarding some prestigious literary awards. The ManBooker Prize has just announced its shortlist for 2018, featuring its youngest ever author, Daisy Johnson, 27. Watch the announcement and list below:

Man Booker Prize on Twitter

We are pleased to announce our #ManBooker2018 shortlist. Watch what our judges had to say and read more here: https://t.co/iL5pmgKpaZ https://t.co/5ZKZrYlIEp

Another award we have heard from this week was The Giller Prize, which announced its longlist for this year’s award. This is the most prestigious award in Canadian Literature. Check out the nominees below:

The Giller Prize on Twitter

It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist. https://t.co/WBNrExCvTE #GillerPrize #CanLit

And it looks like Michelle Obama is filling up arenas in her upcoming USA tour! Getting tickets for these has been compared to scoring tickets to a Beyoncé concert, because they are selling out so fast! We are all very excited about her memoir Becoming coming out in November.

Michelle Obama’s upcoming book tour is selling out arenas

The former first lady’s forthcoming tour in support of her new memoir, Becoming, is selling out large venues across the country, drawing comparisons to pop stars like Beyoncé. The book is scheduled to hit shelves on Nov. 13.

Movie Lovers Corner:


Photo Source: @TheRippedBodice (Twitter)

Some great news for fans of romcoms and romance novels. It looks like LA’s The Ripped Bodice – the US’ only exclusively romance brick-and-mortar bookstore – has partnered up with Sony Pictures Television to bring forth new adaptations of female-centered content. Check out the article by EW for the full scoop! If you’ve loved recent adaptations of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Crazy Rich Asians, you will definitely want to tune in.

The Ripped Bodice on Twitter

We are so grateful to Chris and the whole team at Sony for offering us a seat at the table. We are so excited to help develop the romance projects we want to see on our screens! 💗 https://t.co/LF5tglwopT

While we wait for all the new romcoms to come out, check out this amazing list of upcoming adaptations by LitHub, featuring my personal favourites: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend.

23 Literary Movies and TV Shows You Should Be Watching This Fall

Everybody knows that fall is the best season for television-and usually books and movies, too. After all, as the weather gets colder, people have more time to stay indoors where it’s warm, or snuggle up in a theater, where there’s popcorn. But what to watch first?

KWL News:


Chrissy and Laura will be at NINC in Florida next week. Happy and safe travels, team!

And today KWL author Carrie Ann Ryan is taking over our Facebook page answering all your questions! Head on over to participate between 1-2PM EST or catch up on the discussion after at our Kobo Writing Life page!


Staff Recommendation:

Elizabeth Scott, Pub Operations Coordinator



The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death

by Erin Gibson

“The audiobook is an experience in itself. I’ve read a lot of feminism and gender equality but the author’s snark and writing makes it all very fresh and hilarious. The author just reads it in such a way that it’s like listening to a perfect marriage of standup comedy and gender studies”


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