Happy Friday and Happy almost Halloween! We hope everyone is able to enjoy some safe, spooky scary times this weekend (other than just being alive in 2020)! I was able to host a Halloween trivia night over zoom this week, and am hoping to have a scary movie marathon on Saturday while eating the two boxes of Halloween candy I bought for myself (no trick-or-treating in my neck of the woods!). I would love to hear how you’re celebrating Halloween this year; let us know in the comments!
Before we get into the news this week, it’s almost time to start NaNoWriMo! If you’re participating this year, be sure to check out our last minute advice from Team KoboWriMo and follow us on socials for more updates and advice as we embark on this challenge!
Christy Ottaviano Books is moving from MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
A new study suggests that the type of fiction a person reads will affect their social cognition.
Darnella Frazier, the teen who filmed the final moments of George Floyd’s life, is set to receive the 2020 PEN/Benenson Courage award from PEN America.
Hilary Mantel has shared some excellent advice for writers — definitely check this out if you’re starting NaNo on Sunday!
Daniel Menaker, a longtime fiction editor for the New Yorker and former Random House executive editor-in-chief, passed away at 79 this week.
Author of the Booker-shortlisted novel No Country for Young Men, Julia O’Faolain, has passed away.
The adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai’s novel Funny Boy will represent Canada at the 2021 Oscars.
Award-winning Canadian poet Billy-Ray Belcourt will be publishing his debut novel in 2022.
Jimmy Fallon has released a children’s Christmas book.
Mindy Kaling is set to star in HBO Max’s adaptation of Jennifer Weiner’s Good in Bed.
For our UK readers, there’s a chance to win a lifetime supply of books from a London bookshop!
As Halloween approaches, authors look back at their scariest characters.
If you’ve been reading these roundups you’ve probably realized I love a good list, so here’s another one! The 50 best Dracula’s ranked:
And finally, if you need some inspiration for your Halloween celebrations tomorrow, how about a spooky book/movie double feature?
Have a great Halloween weekend, everyone!
Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
“I have never read anything quite like In the Dream House. First, it’s a memoir about a relatively taboo subject – domestic abuse in the queer community – and second, the narrative structure is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. I recommend this book with a huge content warning that this book does discuss abuse, but if you are in a place where you can read this, please do. It’s fantastic.”