Happy Friday, everyone! 2021 is off to quite the start, isn’t it? We are still excited for the new year however, and have been spending a lot of time this week planning how to make 2021 another great year for KWL and our wonderful authors.
Before we get into the news for the week, we want to give a HUGE congratulations to the winner of our 2020 Indie cover contest, Ceux qui ne renonçaient pas by Luca Tahtieazym. Hosting this contest was an absolute blast, so be sure to check out the winning covers and let us know what other contests you’d like to see here on the KWL blog! And if you have any other topics you want us to cover this year, please let us know in the comments. We want to make sure the information we’re providing is content you want to see.
Book sales in 2021 are already off to a great start.
A lawsuit has been filed against Amazon, accusing them of price fixing the eBook market.
People are reading so much fanfiction, Archive of Our Own’s servers can’t handle it.
As we prepare to usher in the new administration, the next wave of political memoirs for the post-Trump era are upon us.
CBC has revealed the contenders for the 2021 edition of Canada Reads.
After the debut of its Netflix adaptation, the price for copies of Bridgerton are soaring. But the author doesn’t want her readers to pay that much for her books.
Sally Rooney has announced she’ll be releasing her third book this fall.
If we learned anything in 2020, it’s that nothing is set in stone (except our collective desire to bake when put in a lockdown). So while these calendars are definitely not a guarantee, Literary Hub and the Guardian have released their literary calendars for 2021.
And finally, two interesting pieces I really enjoyed this week:
The first, an article by an English teacher on using 1984 in her classroom and how the far-right are clinging to the title (in maybe not the most accurate of ways).
And second, Wikipedia is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this week. This in-depth look at the history of the website is fascinating (although it’s quite long so set aside some time to enjoy!).
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
Steph, Publisher Operations Specialist
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