I can’t believe May is already here! It seems like April just flew by. Although I think we can all agree that during social isolation, time does start to feel meaningless. Regardless, warmer weather and sunshine is definitely welcome, even if we do have to enjoy it from inside our social distancing bubble. Tara has just discovered that her wifi reaches her backyard hammock so you’d better believe she’s ready for warmer weather!
Now for the book news from this week:
A couple of weeks ago we shared that comic book creators were holding an online auction to help support comic books stores during the pandemic – that auction has come to a close and over $400,000 was raised!
Bookshop has successfully raised one million dollars for independent bookstores!
Independent publishers are launching a #ReadIndie campaign on social media in hopes to get more support during this time.
While many writers find themselves struggling financially, a petition has begun circling online asking the Poetry Foundation for financial support.
In response to the pandemic, the UK has fast-tracked it’s removal of VAT on eBooks.
And in response to the removal of VAT, Amazon is changing their eBook prices.
As some parts of America begin to reopen, independent bookstores are trying to figure out what the future of bookselling looks like.
Michael J. Fox will be releasing a new memoir, set to be released this fall
Emma Donoghue, author of Room, is set to release a new novel this summer about a pandemic.
A novel by Simone de Beauvior, which was once thought to be too intimate, is set to be published for the first time this year.
Michelle Obama’s book tour for her memoir, Becoming, has been made into a documentary for Netflix.
Joy Harjo has been named the US Poet Laureate for a second term.
The Triangle Awards, which recognize excellence in LGBTQ+ literature, have announced their 2020 winners.
If you’re hoping to use some of your social isolation time working on your craft, writer Omar Mouallem has launched “Pandemic Universty”, which offers writing classes across many genres and styles for a minimal fee.
Or maybe you’re just starting to write, in which case you should check out this NPR piece on how to write a book.
And if you need a reminder that you can write about literally anything, here’s a wonderful interview with the creator of Taco Bell Quarterly (yes, you read that right).
Lastly, I know we’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but can we judge a celebrity by their bookshelf? As interviews move into the virtual space, many celebreties are choosing to use their bookshelves as backgrounds, and The New York Times has broken them all down for us.
Have a wonderful first weekend of May, everyone!
Staff Pick and Social Distancing Update
Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
I’ve been finding it challenging to find new, creative ways to exercise in the confines of my apartment. Luckily, my dog has been willing to help me out.
I recently finished listening to the audiobook for Cameron Esposito’s Save Yourself and whatever the audio equivilant of “couldn’t put it down” is, that was me with this book. It is laugh out loud funny, incredibly honest, and I cannot recommend it enough.