Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re continuing to stay safe, healthy, and cool during this hot and humid July (if you’re located somewhere that is not over 30 degrees celcius and/or has a humidex of under 85% know that I’m wildly jealous). Compared to weeks passed, it was a relatively slow week for book news, but let’s take a look at what did happen this week in the world of publishing.
After being postponed due to Covid-19, Canada Reads took place on CBC over this past week. If you have yet to watch the debates I highly recommend doing so before clicking the link to see the winner.
The legal battle between the Internet Archive and Publishers continues to rage, despite Brewster Kahle’s urging that they should be working together to bring books to the masses during the pandemic.
Mark Dawson bought his own book to launch it to bestseller status, and then he lost his ranking. This has sparked conversation throughout the publishing world over whether or not this is fair.
Instead of going virtual like so many other festivals in the time of Covid, the Appledore book festival will become a drive-in affair.
Powell’s Books, arguably one of the most famous independent bookstores in America, is still unsure when it will reopen after closing its doors in March due to Covid, and when it does, what that reopening will look like.
HBO will be adapting Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates into a TV special
Incredible news for comic book fans: Amazon has ordered an adaptation of the Paper Girls series!
Inspired by The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams, a group of men started a Romance Book Club with the hopes it would help them open up about their feelings and assist in their personal relationships
Whether you’re a mystery writer or a fan of the genre, I highly recommend this fascinating article on the intersection of writing mysteries and studying physics.
The 25th anniversary of the cinematic masterpiece Clueless was this past week, and it has media writers defending the film as the best, most clever Austen adaptation.
I’ll leave you this week with a couple of book lists to add to your summer TBR pile.
In the first, LitHub has rounded up what 100 different writers have been reading during quarantine.
And second, Essence Magazine is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary this week and they have collected the 50 most impactful Black books from the last 50 years.
Have a great weekend, folks!
Tara, Senior Manager Author Experience
I’ve been on a real kick this summer reading books about the sea. I think I’m missing the ocean, fresh water lakes just aren’t the same. Anyways, this book was a great read. It chronicles Diane Cardwell as she learns to surf in Rockaway beach in NYC. I love the idea of someone talking the New York subway with a surf board.