Hello and happy Friday everyone! We hope all our Canadian writers had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend last week, hopefully with an excess of pie (pumpkin is my personal favourite). We here at KWL are gearing up for NaNoWriMo and have a Facebook Live event with Grant Faulkner, NaNoWriMo’s executive director, this upcoming Thursday (October 22nd). Be sure to check it out and get those questions ready! We are also thrilled to announce our newest addition to our promotions tab, our #OwnVoices free page! You can learn more about this promo here, and as always, if you have any questions be sure to let us know in the comments or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
KWL’s Nick Coveney is speaking at SelfPubCon this weekend! He’ll be discussing growing your indie publishing business and going wide at Kobo – his panel is on Saturday October 17 and is slated to begin at 4pm GMT (11am EST). You can catch Nick’s talk here (the link won’t go live until the event begins.
A huge congratulations to KWL author R.E. Donald – their novel Yellowhead Blues has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 Whistler Independent Book Award in Fiction!
The Ford and Andrew W. Mellon foundations have partnered to launch Disability Futures Fellows, a new grant designed to raise the visibility of Disabled creatives.
The Frankfurt Virtual Book Fair kicked off this week.
Canada is the guest of honour at both the 2020 and 2021 Frankfurt Book Fair, giving Canadian publishers the opportunity to internationally showcase Indigenous authors.
Novelist David Grossman spoke at Frankfurt about the need for writers to bear witness to 2020.
The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, has named two new members.
The Forest of Reading, Canada’s largest reading award program, has announced their nominated titles for 2021.
The shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize has been announced.
Children’s author Michael Rosen is writing a book about his near-fatal experience with Covid-19.
Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic minority leader in Georgia, is writing a political thriller due out in 2021.
Amnesty International and Angelina Jolie are partnering to write a book for teenagers, highlighting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Ava DuVernay will write, produce, and direct an adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s non-fiction book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents for Netflix.
Laura Esquivel’s 1989 novel Like Water for Chocolate is getting two sequels and a musical adaptation.
With the help of a panel of fantasy legends, and a phenomenal introduction by N.K. Jemisin, Time Magazine has produced a list of the 100 best fantasy books of all time. How many have you read?
Winnie the Pooh first appeared on the page and captured our hearts 90 years ago this week; here are 90 facts you may not know about the tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff:
Arguably the most important article of the week, on the 25th anniversary of the BBC’s legendary adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, Lit Hub’s Emily Temple has done us the favour of ranking every Mr. Darcy.
Have a wonderful weekend!