Happy Friday everyone! Now that we’ve hit October it means spooky season has officially begun! While I am a self-admitted wimp when it comes to most horror (Insicidous will haunt me until my dying day), I still love Halloween and all of the spookiness leading up to it. If you’re also feeling spooky and want to try your hand at writing a scary story, I highly recommend checking out our monthly playlist.
The Word on the Street festival took place (virtually) in Toronto last weekend, and our very own Steph and Joni spoke about creating a writing community through podcasts. If you want to check it out, their talk starts at 2:01:40. And speaking of podcasts, it was International Podcast Day on Wednesday which is really the perfect time to make sure you’re subscribed to the KWL Podcast.
The Alliance of Independent Authors gave Kobo some love this week, discussing how to use Kobo as part of your global release strategy.
There has been a massive increase in the popularity of digital libraries since the pandemic began, which has publishers a little worried about what this means for sales.
A Federal Judge has ruled that the DOJ’s case against Bolton and his tell-all can move forward.
Nicola and David Yoonhave launched an imprint devoted to telling YA romance stories by and about people of colour.
Phoebe Robinson has announced the first books being released by her new imprint.
In response to another letter that has been making the rounds, hundreds of writers have come together to sign a letter supporting transgender and non-binary people.
Due to a publication error, Susie Dent’s new book Word Perfect was published with a bunch of typos which is a painful kind of ironic.
The Booker Prize has moved its award ceremony to avoid overlapping with the release of President Obama’s new book.
Jonathan Poh has won the 2020 CBC Nonfiction prize.
The shortlist for the 2020 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction has been announced.
The Warner Bros. adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, which had cancelled it’s theatrical release due to Covid-19 concerns, has announced it will premier on HBO Max later this month.
If you’re looking for something to read this weekend we’ve got you covered with a couple of book lists! First, in celebration of Banned Books Week, the American Library Association has released a list of the 100 most banned and challenged books of the last decade. How many have you read?
The world can be a little overwhelming at times (understatement of the century?) – so here’s a list of books to help restore your hope in humanity.
As I’ve already mentioned, it’s spooky season! Here are some spooky books about spooky books.
I really enjoyed this great interview on racial diversity in romance with author Alyssa Cole.
And finally, our favourite piece of the week: This article on Shondaland wondering why we aren’t hearing more about indie romance publishing.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Staff Pick Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
“A normal, suburban married couple who keep the spark alive by committing murder together… The concept was enough to get me pick up this book, the writing and characters kept me reading, and the twist kept me up until one o’clock this morning because I needed to finish it. It’s the perfect read to kick off the Halloween season.”
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