Happy Friday everyone! It has been a very busy week here at Kobo. In case you missed it, we had two big launches this week! We introduced our newest eReader, the Kobo Nia, and we launched our subscription service, Kobo Plus, here in Canada! If you’re a KWL author who considering enrolling their books in Kobo Plus, you should check out our list of reasons why we think it’s a great idea!
Lisa Lucas has been named publisher of Pantheon and Schocken Books.
Megan Dobson has been named new VP and Publisher at Zonderkidz.
You may have noticed there have been a lot of changes in leadership in publishing as of late; will this result in a transformation of the industry’s landscape?
Donald Trump Jr. has decided to self-publish his newest book, and believes he’s making a statement against the “Liberal Elite” publishing industry by doing so. This has left many conservative imprints wondering what the future will hold for them.
Joanna Cole, the author of the beloved children’s series The Magic School Bus, has passed away at 75.
Noveslist Elizabeth Harrower, author of The Watch Tower, has passed away at 92.
Colson Whitehead has been awarded the 2020 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction.
Masters of horror Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy are collaborating on an adaptation of Stephen King’s Mr. Harrigan’s Phone.
Cree writer and performing artist Tomson Highway has announced he will be releasing a memoir titled Permanent Astonishment in 2022.
A collection of postcards written by L.M. Montgomery to George Boyd have been discovered and donated to PEI’s L.M. Montgomery’s Institute.
And finally, if you find yourself looking for a new quarantine activity, the internet’s greatest food history archive could use your help.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
If you’re a huge nerd like me, you’re probably staring down a summer without cons and feeling pretty bummed out. And while I can’t give you a crowded convention hall filled with cosplayers, vendors, and the very distinct smell of convention hall pizza mixed with nerd musk, I can recommend this novel by Sam Maggs, which captures the magic of a comic convention within its pages. Yes, the targeted age group for Con Quest! is middle grade, but there are so many delightful pop culture references and familiar con-related emotions it’s perfect for veteran con-goers and the newest generation of nerds alike.