Happy Friday, everyone! To those who celebrated a long weekend last week, I hope you had a wonderful break, and to those who are heading into a long weekend as we speak, I hope you have a wonderful break! It’s been another slow-ish week in the publishing world, but we’ve been keeping pretty busy over here at KWL working on some exciting new things, and we had a wonderful Facebook Live event with Orna Ross from the Alliance of Independent Authors this week! If you haven’t watched it already you should definitely check it out.
Big news in the Indie Romance Publishing world this week: after a somewhat controversial period, the RWA has renamed the Rita Awards the Vivian Awards in honour of the founder of the group.
Author Brandon Sanderson has made his creative writing lectures available to anyone and everyone on Youtube.
Canadian publishers and booksellers continue to search for what their future will look like in a post-pandemic world.
Publishers seem to be racing to publish timely works on or about the pandemic.
UK Wholesaler, Bertam Group, has gone up for sale this past week
James Patterson and Bill Clinton will reunite to write a second thriller together about a former president’s daughter who gets kidnapped.
Disney + has announced they’ll be producing a new Percy Jackson series.
The shortlist for the Indigenous Voices Award has been announced.
A new trend is emerging during the pandemic: silent, virtual reading clubs. The New York Times has written about the experience and missing public reading spaces here, and the CBC has also written about a virtual reading club anyone can join here:
If you’ve found yourself looking for some shorter content to read during the pandemic, the CBC has compiled a hefty list of Canadian short stories you can read online for free.
Are you looking for something new to do with your kids during lockdown? Why not get them into Stephen King (although young me would have had wicked nightmares from this so tread cautiously)
Or, if you’re like me and are missing sports so much it’s painful, why not check out one of these books on great moments in sport?
And finally, let’s spend some more time judging the bookshelves behind famous people in virtual interviews, an activity that is slowly becoming my favourite hobby.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Stephanie, Publisher Operations Specialist
“I reread the whole Hunger Games trilogy recently — I had rewatched the first movie and was like, ‘man those books were good’ and then I had to finish them all! The books still hold up ten years later, but Catching Fire is still the best one. May the odds be ever in your favor!”