Hello, happy Friday, and happy second night of Hanukah to those celebrating! We hope everyone continues to stay safe, healthy, and, as winter looms closer, continues to stay warm. We are in our second week of the 2020 Cover Contest; make sure to get your votes in for your favourite Mystery/Thriller cover to send them to the finals! We are also gearing up for our next Live Q&A: this one will be with the KWL Europe Team! If you have any questions about reaching the European market, publishing translations, or Kobo in general, be sure to tune in on December 17th at 11am EST!
The criticism over the Big Five potentially becoming the Big Four hasn’t let up, and a big question has been what does PRH’s acquisition of Simon and Schuster mean for diversity in publishing? Spoiler: it’s not looking great.
Speaking of PRH, Penguin Random House Canada is dividing the Knopf Random House imprint into two separate entities (Knopf and Random House).
Pulitzer prize winning novelist Alison Lurie has passed away at age 94.
Canada Reads has announced the dates of the 2021 debate.
The winners of the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards have been announced!
The winners of the 2020 Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards have been announced.
Some comic book news: Marvel is creating an anthology featuring Indigenous characters written by Indigenous writers.
DC Comics has announced that the next Batman will a Black man named Tim Fox (son of Lucius Fox).
The Scotiabank Giller Prize will be launching a monthly book club covering the 2020 longlist.
The Bad Sex in Fiction Awards, which “celebrates” bad sex in literary novels, have been cancelled for 2020 with the judges saying, “the public has been subjected to too many bad things this year to justify exposing it to bad sex as well.”
In response to the cancellation of the Bad Sex Awards, The Guardian has created a list of the sexiest moments in literature that aren’t sex scenes.
A fun game during the beginning of the pandemic was investigating the bookshelves of celebrities as we pivoted to interviews being held at home. Lucky for us, the New York Times has investigated once more.
I’m not usually one for long exposition before recipes in a food blog, but this piece on cooking a meal to honour James Baldwin is the one and only exception.
Dating during a pandemic is definitely not an easy task, but it’s a little less painful when you consider how much it’s like living in a Jane Austen novel (although now that winter is upon us, I hope no one falls in the lake like Mr. Darcy in that scene).
As I said last week, the “Best of 2020” lists are plentiful this time of year, and this week we have contributions from:
And last but not least, Lit Hub’s Best Adaptations of 2020.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Laura, Author Engagement Specialist
“Grown is a well-written but heavy read, as it touches on many difficult topics. This mystery is a work of fiction with a ripped from the headlines twist that readers may recognize. It follows Enchanted Jones, a young singer who gets caught up in the limelight of R&B singer Korey Fields after meeting him at an audition. But soon she’s caught up in the hidden secrets of Korey’s dark side. One night, Enchanted wakes up with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night. Who killed Korey Fields? Jackson uses the book to challenge opinions of what makes a teen “grown”, and force us to consider how young women, especially young Black women, are treated by their peers and people in the media.”