I can’t believe it’s here: the final round up of 2020! To say this year has been a roller coaster would be a wild understatement, but we made it! The holidays are almost here and 2021 is upon us. Speaking of the holidays, the Kobo office will be closed from December 24 – January 4. You can read more about what that means for content processing here.
Despite the year winding down it was still a busy week here at KWL! We had an amazing live Q&A with our Europe team which you can watch here. And the third week of our cover contest is underway! Be sure to vote for your favourite Science Fiction & Fantasy cover before the 21st to send them through to the finals!
In case you wanted to relive any part of 2020, AP takes a look back on the year in publishing.
After their imprint at Penguin Random House was closed last year, Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau are starting their own publishing company.
Jay-Z’s entertainment company, Roc Nation, is bringing their own imprint to Random House.
Data is showing that Italians are reading more under lockdown.
Angie Thomas is planning a star-studded virtual tour for the release of her newest novel, Concrete Rose.
John le Carré , the legendary author of spy novels, has passed away at the age of 89.
Anthony Veasna So, the author of the highly anticipated short story collection Afterparties, has died at 28.
Literary Hub looks back at the literary voices we lost in 2020.
If you’re a fan of reading award winning novels, this is the list for you.
If anything had a great year in 2020 it’s the puzzle industry, and this piece looks at the history of everyone’s favourite quarantine pastime.
‘Tis the season for festive novels to be released, which means that they needed to be written when things were less festive and more “middle of a summer heatwave”. So how do authors stay in the spirit of the season year-round?
Is anything not going to get a reboot? Paramount TV Studios is developing a reboot of Little House on the Prairie.
On of my favourite articles of the week looks at the intersection of politics and romance.
And last but certainly not least, one of the more hotly anticipated end of the year lists: what books did Barack Obama enjoy in 2020?
Have a great weekend and happy holidays!
Rachel, Author Engagement Intern
“From her performance at the 2019 World Cup to her incredible activism, it’s hard to be a sports fan and not know about Megan Rapinoe, even if you don’t follow soccer. And after listening to the audiobook of her memoir, I definitely count myself as a Megan Rapinoe fan. While the book never gets super personal, it does touch on pivotal moments in her life both on and off the soccer pitch: from becoming the first openly gay women’s soccer player to fighting for equal pay, from being the first athlete after Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the anthem to the consequences of that decision. If you’re a sports fan at all, or just love a good memoir, I highly recommend.”