Well, the longest week of the longest year has finally come to an end. I saw a tweet this week that read, “From the year that brought you six months of April, welcome to Tuesday, Part 3” and I felt it in my bones. I hope everyone has managed to take a break from the news a bit, and has given themselves a chance to breathe. And if you haven’t, do it now! Get a glass of water (or wine, or whiskey, or tea), find a comfy chair, turn off CNN, and relax. It’s good for you, I promise (I am not speaking from experience but promise to take my own advice eventually).
This week has also marked the start of NaNoWriMo! And while some have found the current state of everything too distracting to write, others have welcomed the challenge as a way to force themselves away from the news, if only for an hour or two. Instead of including staff book recommendations this month, we’ll be including a KoboWriMo update at the end of each roundup! Please let us know how your NaNo project is coming along in the comments, and if you have any tips on how to stay focused during *gestures wildly* all of this.
Like I said, this week has been slightly stressful, so let’s start off with a heartwarming story about a New York bookstore that gives books to kids in need over the holidays.
Bookshop.org has officially launched in the UK.
Hundreds of authors have joined an initiative to help indie booksellers across the UK.
DK is making its first venture into fiction.
Little Genius Books, an independent children’s publisher distributing through Simon & Schuster, will launch next spring.
PRH is extending their temporary digital license terms for content in libraries and schools.
Author Rachel Caine sadly passed away this week after a battle with soft tissue sarcoma.
The shortlist for the CBC Poetry prize has been announced.
Have kids at home and need an activity to keep them busy? The CBC First Page student writing challenge has opened for submissions!
The Goodreads Choice Awards nominees have been announced!
To say book fairs as we know it have changed drastically this year would be a wild understatement. Five book festival directors discuss what it’s been like having to adapt on the fly during 2020.
Award winning author Ivan Coyote is releasing a new book of pandemic correspondence in 2021.
Canadian author Ashley Aurdain’s upcoming debut novel has been optioned for the screen.
The adaptation of the novel The Things They Carried has scored an all-star cast.
How do you make a great adaptation of a Stephen King novel? Well Mr. King has a few ideas.
Former 3rd Rock from the Sun costars, John Lithgow and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, are reuniting to bring Lithgow’s poetry to life.
Instead of doom scrolling, why not panic shop for books at Indie bookstores? The holidays are coming up fast after all.
And lastly, my personal favourite article of the week: Carmen Maria Machado has reviewed this season’s hottest scents and it is poetry.
Have a great (and hopefully relaxing) weekend everyone!
Current KoboWriMo Collective Wordcount: 68,128
“So far NaNoWriMo is going much better than I’d anticipated. It’s my first time participating and I haven’t written anything creatively in years, and never anything longer than a project for high school (my spec script for the TV show Alias remains my longest piece of writing to date). But I’ve found the practice of sitting down and pumping out 2000 words every night to be pretty soothing, especially given that a) I had zero expectations going in so I don’t mind if whatever I’m writing isn’t great (it is a first draft after all), and b) the world is unbelievably stressful right now and writing has proven to be a lovely reprieve. I really hope I can keep up my current pace so I can reach the 50,000 word count goal and win my first NaNo!”
– Rachel, Author Engagement Intern