Good afternoon and happy Friday, everyone! Another week has just flown by, making me worry about how quickly winter and it’s accompanying cold is approaching. I’m not ready! Although I guess with colder weather comes more opportunities to snuggle up with a cozy blanket and a good book, right? Silver linings and all that. Anyway, I digress. We’re here to take a look at the news from around publishing this week, so let’s do that, shall we?
The fall is usually the busiest season in publishing, and given the number of huge titles that were delayed due to the pandemic, fall 2020 is gearing up to be even bigger than usual.
The Women’s Prize for fiction has started a new initiative called the “Reclaim Her Name” project, which is releasing a collection of fictional works written by women that were originally published using male pseudonyms. While many are applauding this initiative, some critics are questioning if it’s ignoring the original intent behind some of these pen names.
Real life lawyer Alan Dershowitz is suing a fictional lawyer for defamation. Wild, right? But if he wins, this could have serious implications in the world of historical and biographical fiction.
New York Comic Con, the biggest pop culture convention on the east coast (and my personal favourite), is partnering with Youtube and moving online for 2020.
The Toronto Raptors’ G-League Team, the 905, and Penguin Random House have teamed up to create a children’s reading group focused on inclusion.
Ontario publisher Biblioasis is launching a new series of “short take” books that will respond quickly to current events.
The longlist for the 2020 Journey Prize for short fiction has been released.
A new parody of Goodnight Moon is being released with a really cool scientific twist.
Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has found a publisher for his new tell-all, Disloyal.
Former president George W. Bush will be releasing a new art book containing 43 portraits of immigrants.
After the massive success of the latest addition to the Twilight Series, Midnight Sun, Stephanie Meyer has confirmed that more books in the sparkly vampire universe are planned.
Award winning author Ian Williams will be releasing an essay collection about race in the fall of 2021.
Sharon Stone has announced she’ll be writing a Hollywood memoir.
Bette Midler is writing a children’s book about a real-life mandarin duck that appeared in Central Park in 2018 (the Wind Beneath Your Wings puns have already begun).
The book trailer and a sneak peak at Weird Al’s photo book have been released.
It’s no secret that many of us have struggled with reading throughout this pandemic, so here are some ideas on how to rekindle your love of reading! One, consider joining a virtual book club! The New York Times has gathered up some of the best ones, along with their August picks to help you get inspired
Alternatively, this article suggests revisiting some of your childhood favourites to find that spark that helped you fall in love with reading to begin with.
One of my favourite pieces this week was this interview in The Atlantic about two best friends who run a bookstore together.
And last, but certainly not least, this list of Hamlets in pop culture ranked is both spectacular, and might cause you to fall into a Shakespearean-Youtube rabbit hole. If you happen to have a favourite Shakespearean portrayal from pop culture please leave it in the comments (and might I recommend looking up Stephanie Beatriz from Brooklyn Nine-Nine reading Romeo’s soliloquy? You won’t regret it).
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Staff Pick Tara, Author Experience Manager
“I just started reading this ahead of an online event with the author later this month. It’s different from the last book of hers I read and it’s gripped me right away. I also enjoy a book with an older protagonist.”
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