It is Friday the 13th in 2020! What could possibly go wrong?! I kid, I kid, it’s just a normal Friday in a rather unusual year… but maybe avoid walking under ladders today just to be safe. On a less ominous note, we’re almost at the halfway mark for NaNoWriMo! We’re still plugging away at our wordcounts here at Kobo, and I have to say, our weekly write-in sprints have been great for my productivity. If you want to join us for our next one, you can find the info at the bottom of this post!
Hachette recently launched a BIPOC imprint called Legacy Lit.
Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges has partnered with Scholastic to launch a new publishing program.
Between the pandemic and the call to support local businesses, Canadian indie bookstores have found new ways to connect with their customers.
The London Book Fair has moved its 2021 dates from spring to the summer.
Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is ending in January 2021.
Some incredibly sad news, Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy! and author of his recent memoir, passed away at 80 this past weekend. Who is: the best gameshow host of all time?
Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, has been voted the Women’s prize “Winner of winners”.
Souvankham Thammavongsa has won the Scotiabank Giller Prize for her short story collection, How to Pronounce Knife.
The American Library Association has announced the longlist for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medals.
Matthew Hollet has won the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize.
If you’re like me and absolutely devoured the Netflix adaptation of The Queen’s Gambit, you might enjoy this piece on how the story of Beth Harmon mirrors that of the novel’s author, Walter Tevis.
Oprah and Brad Pitt have teamed up to bring Ta-Nehisi Coates’s The Water Dancer to the screen.
Blue Ivy Carter has narrated the audiobook adaptation of the Oscar winning short Hair Love.
Are you looking to find new readers for your older backlist? Literary Hub is recommending people find comfort in reading older books that are new to them.
If you’re a crime writer and are looking for murder weapon inspiration, how about a list of the weirdest ones yet?
When Covid-19 became real in March, many of us were reminded by publications and social media alike that Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in isolation during a plague. The Washington Post is now posing the question: what great art will emerge from this pandemic?
And to end things with a laugh: When meme culture meets classic literature – Four Seasons Total Landscaping edition
Best of luck with the rest of your Friday the 13th, and have a great weekend!
“We’re officially halfway through NaNoWriMo and I have definitely not hit my stride. I am not writing as much as I hoped to, but I’m not giving up yet. I will say that writing in a group has really pushed me. Every Wednesday the KoboWriMo team spends 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST writing together on Zoom and using an OhWrite sprint room, and each time I have hit 1000+ words in under an hour. I want that gold star!! The sprint room really brings out your competitive spirit – if you’re like me and need a nudge, don’t miss next week’s write-in. You can join us here!”
– Laura, Author Engagement Specialist