It’s Victoria Day Weekend here in Canada (or May 2-4 if you will), so heading into the long weekend means our news roundup is coming at you a day early this week. As is tradition with May 2-4s, it will probably rain all weekend (even though this weekend is supposed to kick off Canadian summer), but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless. Even if we are sheltering in place, who doesn’t love a four day weekend?
I’m not sure if it’s because it’s only Thursday, or if publishing has just had a slow week, but the news portion of the roundup is a little light this week, so I tacked on some fun articles at the end.
Unfortunately we’re starting out on a sad note this week. Carolyn Reidy, the CEO of Simon and Schuster, died suddenly of a heart attack this week.
As social distancing measures start to be lifted around the world, there have been many articles about how booksellers are approaching reopening, both here in North America and overseas. I found this one in the New York Times to be the most comprehensive when it comes to different tactics booksellers are taking to start reopening their doors.
The first state approved English book is being published in North Korea.
Jennifer Lopez’s daughter Emme has secured her first book deal at the age of twelve. The children’s book, which will be title Lord Help Me, will be about celebrating every day faith and will include a collection of the author’s daily prayers.
Netflix has announced an adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s new novel, The Lying Life of Adults.
And AMC has secured the rights to two Anne Rice series, The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of Mayfair Witches, which include a total of eighteen titles. I, for one, am always on board for more Lestat and can’t wait to see what comes of this deal.
Robert Downey Jr. will be adapting the comic Sweet Tooth, written by Toronto native Jeff Lemire, for Netflix.
While we still have to wait for the on screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece, The Sandman (thanks, Covid-19), an audiobook is going to be released this summer and the casting is what dreams are made of.
A new database, based on the records of the previous owner of famed Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Co., makes it possible to see the reading habits of some of your 20th century favourite authors.
This week marks the 95th anniversary of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway. To celebrate, Bookmarks has collected the first reviews of every one of her novels.
If you’ve been having trouble reading during the pandemic, this article in Vox helps explain why our attention spans may be suffering.
Alternatively, if you’re still reading but would prefer something short and sweet, Lit Hub has collected the best contemporary novels under 200 pages.
And lastly, a fun list to end our roundup: Crime Reads has ranked the most iconic detective sidekicks. Personally, I would have put Veronica Mars and Mac higher on the list, but that’s just me.
Have a great long weekend, folks!
Tara, Senior Manager, Author Experience
“I’ve been reading this book this week. It’s a nice little pick me up when you’re feeling a little uninspired. Turns out even Van Gogh was afraid of a blank canvas. Who knew?”