Marina here with this week’s Literary Round Up!


A few announcements:

  • The Kobo Writing Life podcast is now releasing new episodes weekly! Check out the newest one with our European Manager of KWL, Camille Mofidi. Camille shares her thoughts on why authors should go global, the questions they need to ask themselves before going global and why they should consider translations. She also gives listeners tips on translations, metadata, pricing, countries they should consider publishing to and how authors can reach these potential new markets. Listen here!


  • The KWL team and a few others at Kobo headquarters in Toronto are already in #NaNoWriMo mode, prepping and getting our ideas together for November! Stay tuned if you are in the area for an exciting event coming up! In the mean time, check out some of our tips to get started on that novel you’ve always wanted to write:

How To Win NaNoWriMo

Anna Burns has won the coveted ManBooker Prize 2018 for her title Milkman, announced earlier this week. The result came at shock for many, as Burns’ title beat fan favourite,Daisy Johnson’s Everything Under. Click here to buy or pre-order Milkman, as it releases at different dates across the globe.




Is it too soon to declare what the best books of the current century are? With 82 years to go, climate permitting, how much will this list potentially change? A panel of critics tells us what belongs on a list of the 100 most important books of the 2000s … so far. I have tons of catching up to do on this list so this would be a good way to experience new authors as a 2019 reading goal. Check out the full list below from Vulture:


Random House Publishing and Crown Publishing Groups have merged. Read all the details below:


An insightful and touching essay by author Donna Levin on the struggles of a working novelist, and the hard art of balancing writing with raising an autistic child. Read below on LitHub:


A Kickstarter campaign has raised over US$200K for the third installment of the Rebel Girls series!

Kickstarter for Third ‘Rebel Girls’ Brings in More Than $200K

As PW previously reported in September,Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo of Timbuktu Labs recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for I Am a Rebel Girl: A Journal to Start Revolutions, follow-up to their bestselling, volumes one and two.

Staff Pick of the Week: If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

By Chenise, Merchandising Intern


“When Oliver Marks is released from jail after ten years, the officer who put him there is waiting at the door, retired and wanting to know the truth about what actually happened. Oliver was one of seven Shakespearean students in their senior year at a small elite college, and decides that he’s finally going to set the record straight about the tragedy that occurred on opening night.

Oliver and his group of friends are the kind of characters I love. Not all good, not all bad. They’re on a spectrum; personalities that are a blend of caring, selfish, funny, jealous, and fu**ed up. I loved seeing them interact as a group and one-on-one, and how every relationship varied but was, nonetheless, vital to the overall story.

If We Were Villains quietly gets its hooks into you and keeps you enthralled the entire time. It’s beautiful and messed up and heartbreaking, and I would love to see this on a screen of some sort. It’s basically written to become a miniseries.”

Happy reading and have a lovely weekend, everyone!


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