Happy last Friday of August, everyone! It’s wild to me that we’re almost in September and summer is coming to an end. Where does the time go?! I know a lot of our authors are also parents and are gearing up to either send their kids back to school or start up remote learning again, and we’re thinking of you as you being to navigate these new challenges.
Printing companies for trade books are almost running at capacity. Between the number of spring books that have been moved to a fall release date, and an increase in sales in specific categories, printers are feeling the pressure.
Canadian publishers ECW Press and Annik Press have announced a new partnership.
Wattpad and Spain’s Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial have formed a new partnership, granting PRH Grupo Editorial translation rights for Wattpad Book’s English titles.
Kuwait has relaxed their book censorship laws after banning thousands of titles in recent years.
After months fraught with controversy and accusations of racism, Bon Appetit has announced that Dawn Davis has been brought on as the new editor-in-chief as the magazine attempts to rebuild.
Speaking of controversy, JK Rowling continues to make headlines as she returns a human rights award given to her in 2019, after the president of the organization criticized her transphobic comments.
A big topic this week across several publications has been how writers will portray 2020 in years to come. One piece asks if post-9/11 fiction can guide our expectations of literature post-Covid-19 literary world?
And this article asks how crime writers will tackle the pandemic in their books?
It’s not just Covid-19 that will be remembered in literature; how we remember the protests against racial injustice will also be influenced by how authors write about them.
The shortlist for the 2020 Journey Prize has been announced.
Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has won the International Booker Award for The Discomfort of Evening
For the nature writers our there: Helen Macdonald has shared some excellent advice to anyone looking to write about the natural world.
If you’re in the process of creating a marketing plan for a new title, take a look at this piece on how Bookstagrams have changed the way books are reviewed and read.
Tomorrow is Independent Bookstore Day! It’s a great time to support your favourite local indie shop, and to make sure you’re supporting them in the right way.
Who are your favourite independent bookstores?? Let us know in the comments, and have a great weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
“I’ve been on a bit of a literary fiction kick as of late, and the last book I finished (at around 10pm last night) was Emily St. John Mandel’s The Glass Hotel. I’m a big fan of her work (Station Eleven has been haunting me since mid-March), and her latest novel is no exception. This book, in large part, is about the 2008 financial crisis, which isn’t usually my genre of choice, but between the stunning prose and captivating characters, I found myself unable to put it down.”