Good afternoon and Happy Friday everyone! The speed at which time is flying by is really out of control. Was I not just saying I couldn’t believe it was June? And July has the audacity to be next week? Is anyone else feeling this way or is social distancing finally getting to me?
The big news in the Kobo offices this week was the announcement of the Kobo Emerging Writers Prize winners! We usually host a fancy gala for this event, but given the current circumstances surrounding large gatherings (i.e. don’t have them), the winners were informed via video conference, and you can watch their incredibly wholesome reactions here:
As the publishing industry begins to dismantle the systemic racism within, this essay takes a hark look at the allies of whiteness in the industry.
Many folks have made the decision to put in active work toward being anti-racsist, and a lot are doing so by purchasing antiracist books from Black bookstores. This has left a lot of Black booksellers asking these new patrons to be patient as they scramble to fill an unprecedented number of orders, many of which are for the same few titles.
If you’ve also been inspired by recent events to unlearn racism and becoming actively antiracist, this article makes the case for reading some Black Science Fiction Authors.
The CEO of MacMillan has announced he will be stepping back from day to day responsibilities.
Cities around the world are starting to enter different phases of reopening; here’s a look at how UK publishers and booksellers alike are tackling Phase Two.
Waterstones, a bookseller in the UK, attempted to reduce the touching of books by stocking them with the blurb facing out, which resulted in a lot of angry cover designers.
You can now read a previously unpublished story written by a 17 year old Louisa May Alcott’s unfinished story, but you might not be a fan of the ending.
Great news Game of Thrones fans, George R. R. Martin is hopeful the next book will be out in 2021.
A book of 40 letters from 40 prominent Canadians will be released in honour of the 40th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope.
Grammy nominated singer Halsey is set to release a poetry collection.
Canadian broadcasting icon Peter Mansbridge is set to publish a book this fall.
Don DeLillo will be publishing a new novel The Silence this fall.
The team behind Hulu’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People have reuniting to bring the author’s other hit novel, Conversations with Friends, to the screen.
This weekend is the last weekend of Pride month, and once you’ve made your way through our Pride Reading List, check out these highly anticipated books by LGBTQ+ authors coming out in the second half of 2020.
And finally, my favourite article of the week is an essay in defense of swearing in literature. Warning, this article contains a lot of (impressively creative) cursing.
Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
I stumbled across this book on my Twitter feed being described as, “What if Buffy fell down the rabbit hole instead of Alice? What if she was a Black bi girl from Atlanta” by the author and immediately purchased it. It is an action packed contemporary fantasy novel with some excellent nods to the source material, incredible friendship, and a kick ass protagonist. I can’t wait to dive into the second book.”