Hello everyone, and happy Friday! Although, to be perfectly honest, I’m writing this on Thursday as we have a long weekend here at Kobo, so if some groundbreaking publishing news happens on Friday and it’s not in this roundup that would be why. But given how little news there has been this week, I highly doubt that will be the case (*knocks on wood just to be safe*).
The biggest news of the week: the longlist for the Booker Prize has been released!
Mariko Tamaki, author of Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, has been named the best writer at the 2020 Eisner Awards, and she’s also announced she’s launching a literary imprint focused on publishing comics by LGBTQ+ creators.
Crime fiction house Crooked Lane Books has announced they’re launching a commercial fiction imprint.
There has been some tension surrounding how the London Book Fair handled refunds after the cancellation of the event due to Covid-19.
Are we using the full potential of the internet to make virtual book events as great as they can be?
Author Kristen McGuinness has written a great article about what she has learned in her time as a ghostwriter, bestselling author, editor, and writing coach.
Vanessa Springora’s memoir Consent, which shook the France literature scene, is being adapted into a film.
Ethan Herisse, who portrayed Dr. Yusef Salaam in Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed When they See Us, will be teaming up with Dr. Salaam again to narrate his audiobook Punching the Air.
A couple more Hollywood stars are entering the literary sphere. Matthew McConaughey has announced he’ll be writing a “playbook” based on the lessons he’s learned throughout his life.
And Keanu Reeves has announced he’ll be creating a new comic book due out this fall.
And lastly, a wonderful piece mourning the loss of the landline in literature.
Have a great (long) weekend, folks!
Laura, Author Engagement Specialist
“I loved this read from debut author Kate Stayman-London. One to Watch tells the story of Bea, a plus-size fashion blogger who is asked to be on Main Squeeze, a a dating show where suitors will compete for her affection. This was a fun read, with lots of pop culture references and reality TV tropes sprinkled throughout. Bea made a compelling heroine and her journey shines a light on the treatment of plus-size women in media, while keeping readers rooting for her happy ever after.”