Hello writers, and happy Friday! As February begins, Toronto has officially entered the depths of winter and we have had some chilly days this here week. And as much as I look forward to the day we can go back to the office, I am very grateful I’m able to work in sweatpants, cuddled up with my dog, and sipping tea on these chilly afternoons. I hope wherever you are, you’re keeping warm and cozy as well. It’s been a relatively relaxed week when it comes to publishing news, so let’s just jump right in, shall we?
Jeff Bezos is stepping down as Amazon’s CEO
The Big Five Publishers are now defendants in the eBook price-fixing suit.
Registration has opened for Publisher Weekly’s inaugural book show.
Waterstones has come under fire after stating they will not provide wage increases to their furloughed employees until after the shops have reopened.
Activists are working in large American cities to remove police presence from libraries.
After stepping down from her role as editor of the London Book Review, Mary-Kay Wilmers has become the consulting editor and her successors have been named.
Louise Bernice Halfe has been named Canada’s new parliamentary poet lauriate, becoming the first indigenous Canadian to hold the position.
The longlist for the Dublin Literary Award for best global work of fiction has been announced (and it contains four Canadian authors!)
Hunter Biden will be publishing a memoir about his struggles with addiction and road to sobriety.
Someone who claims to have been involved in the 2016 robbery of Kim Kardashian is writing a book about the crime (even though the trial is still ongoing and, I’m no lawyer, but this seems like a poor legal move).
George RR Martin has updated fans that 2020 was his best year yet when it comes to making progress on The Winds of Winter!
This is probably exciting for only me, but a behind the scenes book about the long-running medical drama Grey’s Anatomy is coming out this fall and believe me when I say I slammed that preorder button.
If you want to include an influencer as a character in an upcoming book, I highly recommend this piece about what authors get right and wrong when discussing the influencer lifestyle.
It’s no secret that the primary audience for romance is women. But should men be reading more erotica?
And lastly, as someone who both loves and loathes the rules of grammar, this incredibly passionate article about using brackets in quotes brought me a lot of joy.
Have a great weekend!
Joni, Author Engagement Specialist
“I am halfway through an amazing novel called The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. I recently watched the new HBO/Channel 4 drama It’s A Sin, which is about the AIDS crisis in the 80s. The show is incredible; so moving and beautifully written. I realized how little I really know about that time, and wanted to learn more by immersing myself in stories of people who lived it. The Great Believers moves between 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, and explores the impact and aftermath of the AIDS epidemic on several characters whose lives are intertwined. I love the writing and the story is so compelling – I’m looking forward to curling up on the couch and finishing it this weekend!”