Hello and happy Friday! While it was a relatively slow week in the publishing world, the past few days have not been short on excitement (Hello President Biden and Vice President Harris!!).
Here at KWL we’ve announced our next live event, speaking with Kathleen Sweeney from Bookbrush! Be sure to have your questions ready and tune in next Thursday, January 28th, at 12:30pm EST! We also launched our 2021 Reading Challenge and are excited to try and read as many of the 50 categories as possible! I’m already working on “A book where the setting is a character” (see my recommendation below!); let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments!
Wattpad was sold this week in a bidding frenzy.
Medium has acquired Glose, a French digital reading platform.
Draft2Digital is removing their distribution to 24Symbols.
Hundreds of publishing professionals have signed an open letter opposing any future book deals for former President Trump or members of his administration.
Read every presidential inauguration poem ever performed, including the breathtaking poem from President Biden’s inauguration, The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman.
Speaking of Amanda Gorman, this is a great interview about her journey to inaugural poet.
Philadelphia poet laureate Trapeta B. Mayson has launched a toll-free poem hotline.
Netflix is adapting three of Ibram X. Kendi’s books.
The Great Gatsby entered public domain this year, and new imaginative versions of the classic novel have already emerged.
UK Crime writers! HarperCollinsUK is launching a crime writing competition:
And finally, my favourite pieces of the week. First up, a really interesting piece about the popularity of the Regency period in romance.
And last but certainly not least: I will never tire of pieces that discuss the intersection of artistry and leadership, especially when it comes to Stacey Abrams.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Rachel, Author Engagement Coordinator
“I do not like spooky stories so Mexican Gothic is definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was getting such rave reviews I needed to check it out. And friends, the reviews are right. This book is a masterclass in creating an atmosphere of dread and uncertainty. As you dig deeper into the goings on at High Place, you will start to wonder what is real, who is trustworthy, and will the heroine, Noémi, make it out unscathed.”