Happy Friday everyone, and a belated Happy Canada Day/Fourth of July. I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy, and if you’re experiencing a heat wave like the one in Toronto right now, I hope you’re managing to stay cool. It is toasty out there. Because of the long weekend due to the aforementioned holidays, we’re cramming two weeks’ worth of book news into one, so let’s get crackin’!
As the publishing industry continues to reckon with its history of predominant whiteness, the New York Times has interviewed eight publishing professionals across various fields about how being Black in this industry has affected their careers and what they hope the future will bring.
Dana Canedy has been named the new senior vice president and publisher at Simon & Schuster.
Nan Talese, president, publisher, and editorial director of her own imprint at Double Day, has announced she will retire at the end of this year.
Comedian and bestselling author Phoebe Robinson is getting her own imprint at Penguin Random House
The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses have announced the winners of their sixth annual Firecracker Awards, which celebrates Indie fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry.
Trans writer Gabrielle Bellot has written a wonderful response to the Harper Letter.
In a bit of good news, A retired Cincinnati teacher has started a mobile bookstore.
Penguin Random House Canada is offering a week of free literary programming for kids called Camp Penguin
The final collection from the late Terry Pratchett will be published this September.
Shakespearian actor, starship captain, head mutant in charge, and absolute legend Sir Patrick Stewart is writing a memoir!
Cherie Dimaline, author of the critically acclaimed young adult novel The Marrow Thieves, is writing a new novel for adults inspired by a Metis legend.
Ernest Cline is following up his pop-culture filled, video game adventure novel Ready Player One with an aptly named sequel, Ready Player Two, due out this fall.
There are several books and memoirs by music legends being published this year that have been announced this past week. Mariah Carey is releasing a memoir this September.
Lenny Kravitz is also writing a memoir about his career, set to be published this October
And Lana Del Ray is releasing a poetry collection titled Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass. The e-audio spoken word album will come out this month, with the hardcover collection to be released this fall.
HBO will be adapting Brit Bennett’s bestselling novel The Vanishing Half into a limited series.
The 1619 Project is being adapted into a portfolio of films, television, and other content by Lionsgate and Oprah.
The BabySitter’s Club Netflix adaptation has been receiving rave reviews since it’s debut last week, and today Netflix will be dropping a documentary about the universally beloved character Claudia Kishi.
Finally, one of my favourite pieces this week looks at the challenge of writing in an alternate timeline, and how this premise is even more poignant during these difficult times.
Have a great weekend, y’all!