Another week has come and gone, and I hope everyone is still hanging in there as 2020 continues to 2020. We’re kicking off the roundup this week with some exciting Kobo news: Audiobooks have officially launched in Mexico! In conjunction with our partners Gandhi and Porrua, KWL authors now have the opportunity to sell their audiobooks in another territory!
Now let’s see what’s been happening in the rest of the publishing world this week.
While many industries are struggling in this strange, new, Covid world, according to The Hot Sheet, the book industry is actually experiencing growth in 2020!
Not all aspects of publishing are fairing well during the pandemic; Bookseller W.H. Smith is expected to cut up to 1500 jobs as they restructure post-Covid-19.
The American Library Association has announced they’ll be moving their 2021 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits online.
The legendary publishing magazine The Bookseller has been acquired by the publisher of the theatre magazine, The Stage.
Author Ta Nehisi Coates will be the guest editor of Vanity Fair’s September issue.
The longlist for the Guardian’s annual “Not the Booker Prize” has been announced – time to get reading and cast your vote!
The Scotiabank Giller Prize has donated $25,000 to both the Indigenous Literary Studies Association and Diaspora Dialogues, two organizations that support BIPOC writers.
The winners of the 2020 Hugo Awards were announced last Saturday!
However, George R.R. Martin has come under fire for his performance as host of the virtual awards ceremony.
The University of Texas San Antonio was in the process of digitizing the largest collection of historic Mexican cookbooks when the pandemic hit. Now, they’re releasing recipes from the collection in free eBooks!
While many museums remain closed or require far-in-advance reservations to maintain social distancing, a website dedicated to historic books has been created to fill the museum-shaped gap in your life.
The original, hand-written manuscript for Anne of Green Gables will be available online in 2022.
Marisa Tomei has been announced as the narrator for the audiobook of Elena Ferrante’s upcoming novel, The Lying Life of Adults.
If you (like me) have been spending more (too much) time online since lockdown began, you too might really enjoy this paper on linguistic theories behind memes.
William Wordsworth’s former home has been sold for two million pounds to a Buddhist charity, the Alfoxton Park Trust, which intends to renovate the modest, 17-bedroom home into a retreat centre.
The first trailer for Charlie Kaufman’s adaptation of Iain Reid’s novel I’m Thinking of Ending Things has been released.
If you need some weekend viewing inspiration (and live in Canada or have a Canadian VPN), the documentary The Booksellers is now available to watch on CBC Gem!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
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