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Literary Round Up: October 19th

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.

Anna Burns Wins the 2018 Man Booker Prize

Anna Burns has won the 2018 Man Booker Prize for her novel, Milkman. As of this afternoon, 27-year-old Daisy Johnson, the youngest author ever to make the Booker Prize shortlist, was also the favorite to win, with Ladbrokes giving the book 9/2 odds.



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:

A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Literary Canon

Illustration: Tim McDonagh Okay, assessing a century’s literary legacy after only 18 and a half years is kind of a bizarre thing to do. Actually, constructing a canon of any kind is a little weird at the moment, when so much of how we measure cultural value is in flux.

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

The Random House and Crown Publishing Groups Merge

The Crown Publishing Group has joined the Random House Publishing Group in a newly-combined division reporting to current Random House president and publisher Gina Centrello, who has been named president and publisher of the new supergroup, Penguin Random House US CEO Madeline McIntosh wrote today in a letter to staff.

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:

The Hard Art of Balancing Writing with Raising an Autistic Child

I was a twice-published novelist on the day that my husband Michael and I went to see a psychologist about our son. William was so fearful and inflexible that in spite of the reassurances of various friends (“but all kids like routine/have tantrums at the age/watch videos nonstop”), we had to admit that something wasn’t right.

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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