Another week of adjusting to our new normal is in the books, and I hope everyone is still doing okay. Here at KWL we’ve settled into working from home, which includes being in a lot of Zoom meetings, figuring out how often you can message someone before it needs to be an email, and being grateful we have all of this technology at our fingertips so we can stay connected to one another and to all of you! Speaking of technology, Tara hosted a socially distanced Facebook Live event with Joanna Penn today that you should definitely check out.
Authors are banding together to support one another amidst book tour cancellations.
Minesotta festival Wordplay is moving online for 2020 and it has gathered an all star lineup of guests for the virtual festival. In moving the festival online, Wordplay has made the event free (but is accepting donations to offset the financial burden of resecheduling the event)! See you there?
Renown editor Richard Marek, who worked on the work of literary greats such as Hemmingway and Baldwin, has sadly passed away.
Canadian author Jia Tolentino is among the ten writers selected for the Whiting Award.
Valeria Luiselli has won the Rathbones Folio Prize for best literary work of the year for her novel Lost Children Archive.
After postponing Canada Reads, CBC will be hosting a q&a with the nominated authors every Thursday throughout April.
If you’re having a rough time adjusting to social distancing, be grateful you’re not quarantined with your wife, your child, and your mistress, as Ernest Hemmingway once was.
Or, if you’re looking to start listening to audiobooks in your newfound free time, Crime Reads has written an excellent guide if you’ve never tried the medium before.
If poetry is more your style, I highly recommend checking out Sir Patrick Stewart’s Instagram, where he is reading a Shakespearian sonnet every day. Honestly, you should check this out even if you don’t like poetry. Sir Patrick Stewart is a gift.
Need a laugh? David Sedaris has written a humorous piece for the New Yorker on his terrible attempts at hoarding during this pandemic.
Or if you’re looking to connect with others over your love of reading, Time has collected a list of virtual book clubs you could join.
We hope everyone is staying safe and is doing alright. We’d love to hear what you’re doing/reading to keep busy during this time of social distancing! We’re going to keep featuring a member of our team each week to let you know what we’re up to, and of course to recommend a book or two. Have a great weekend!
Tara: So I actually followed through on my attempt to learn guitar and had a virtual lesson from my mate Dave. His first piece of advice, don’t worry about annoying your neighbours. I also finished reading Race Against Time by Jerry Mitchell which was a really great read. It was a good distraction from the world and always good to read stories of social justice, especially now.