Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you’re having a good week, are staying healthy, and are staying safe. It’s definitely starting to get chillier here in Toronto… I got a frost warning for my hometown this morning so in the words of Jon Snow, “winter is coming” (I’ll be honest, I’ve never read or seen a Game of Thrones so I have no idea who actually said that, I just attributed it to the guy with the winter-y-est name. Don’t @ me). We’re getting ready for another Facebook Live event next week with author Ines Johnson! Get your questions ready and join us next Tuesday at noon for a Q&A!
Now onto a bit of publishing news:
MacMillan CEO John Sargent has announced he is leaving the publishing house.
Parneshia Jones has been named Director of Northwestern University Press, becoming the first Black person to hold the position in the press’s history.
The Department of Justice has opened a criminal inquiry related to John Bolton’s tell-all to investigate whether or not the author mishandled classified information.
Audible’s romance subscription service Audible Escape will no longer be available as of November 1, 2020.
Is Goodreads’ reign as book website supreme coming to an end?
The wildfires sweeping the west coast of the United States are taking a toll on booksellers in the region.
A LOT of literary prizes have been announced in the past week, so we won’t get to them all (especially the incredibly specific ones), but the biggest announcement has definitely been the Booker Prize shortlist!
Another big prize announcement: The National Book Awards have named their 2020 nominees.
Margaret Atwood has been awarded the 2020 Dayton Literary Peace Prize lifetime achievement award.
The longlist for the CBC 2020 nonfiction prize has been announced.
The only specific prize list I’m going to share – I love the city of Toronto and really love books about my favourite city, so you’d better believe I’m all about the books on the Toronto Book Award longlist:
The first volume of Barack Obama’s memoir has a release date!
Rupi Kaur will be publishing a new poetry collection this November.
It’s not quite another remix of Old Town Road; Lil Nas X is writing a children’s book titled, C is for Country
Leslie Jordan, of Will & Grace and Instagram fame, is writing a collection of essays due to be released next spring.
And finally, my favourite piece of the week: this must-read essay by Roxanne Gay on Audre Lorde.
Have a great weekend, everyone!