Hello and happy Friday everyone! It’s been a pretty slow week in publishing news, which is pretty par for the course in the late summer as everyone gears up for a busy fall. But just because the publishing world is quiet doesn’t mean we’re slowing down over here at KWL! Our very own Tara, Joni, Shayna, and Steph hosted a Facebook Live AMA yesterday where they answered any and all KWL-related author questions. Thank you to everyone who attended our event, and if you missed it, be sure to check it out and let us know if you’d be interested in another AMA event in the future!
Astra Publishing House has hired Leonard S. Marcus as editor-at-large to help develop its children’s book list.
The battle between John Bolton and the Trump administration continues on as Bolton claims the administration abused the pre-publication review system in an attempt to suppress his book, The Room Where it Happened.
A story that will tug at the heartstrings: after their father was hospitalized with Covid-19, two brothers started bringing him and other patients eReaders loaded with audiobooks.
Authors are finding new ways to connect with their readers as the pandemic continues to disrupt book tours.
Another event is moving online (I feel like we can expect all events to move online at this point, no?): The Toronto International Festival of Authors will take place virtually from Oct 22 to Nov 1
Ocean Vuong is the newest addition to the Future Library.
The nominations for the inaugural Ignyte Awards, which celebrates SciFi, Fantasy, and Speculative fiction, have been announced.
Lucy Ellman, author of Ducks, Newburyport, has won the James Tait Black prize almost forty years after her father’s win.
Civil rights leader, Ruby Bridges, will be releasing a children’s book inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests this fall.
A never before published Dr. Seuss book has been released 28 years after the author’s death.
And speaking of Dr. Seuss, did you know that beloved classic Green Eggs and Ham started as a bet between Dr. Seuss and his publisher?
If you’re a romance writer, or interested in the history of the RWA, I highly recommend this article about the founder of the organization, Vivian Stephens.
Incorporating technology and social media into your book can be difficult as it can change faster than it takes to publish a book. Emma Jane Unsworth, author of the novel Adults, has written a very helpful article on how to capture this essential part of Millennial Culture in your work.
A show inspired by the life of Dan Mallory (aka A.J. Finn), who infamously duped his way into the publishing industry, has been greenlit with Jake Gyllenhaal tapped to play Mallory.
One for the comic book nerds: a first look of the Locke & Key and The Sandman crossover has been released. If you’re unfamiliar with either of these series, stop what you’re doing and start reading them immediately.
Did you know there’s a twitter account whose sole purpose is correcting typos in the New York Times? *slams follow button*
Have you made more than your fill of banana bread and sourdough since the beginning of lockdown? Are you in need of inspiration to continue your quarantine cooking journey? Now you can have countless recipes as a database of 5000 vintage cookbooks is now available online!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
“I don’t think I can say enough about The Vanishing Half to do it justice. It’s beautiful. It’s touching. It’s timely. It tackles issues such as race, gender identity, violence, and relationships while telling a stunning story about twin sisters living wildly different lives. If you’re looking for a book that will educate you while taking your breath away, this is it.”